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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Palm Springs / Palm Desert? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Canopy Wine Lounge restaurant
4.9 (57)
$50 and over
Wine Bar
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Canopy Wine Lounge is a driving source for wine & community no matter where your palate takes you. To curate this lounge, a partnership formed between longtime Palm Springs local Noah Mamet and the owner of our 15 unique winery properties around the globe. Our decor is a modern take on the popular design of the 1950's, using clean lines, pops of color, and various textured fabrics and fixtures.

To accent our wine bar, we have a custom-built clay amphora where our in-house winemaker will be fermenting and ageing a Californian rosé. Glowing fireplace features highlight our meticulously curated selection of desert plants. Our food bites are meant to be paired with quality-driven wines and lively conversation between friends.

Top review
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
We enjoyed a beautiful glass of wine and dessert.
A photo of Clandestino restaurant
4.8 (586)
$30 and under
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Clandestino is the moody sister of Tac/Quila. Serving elevated and fresh Mexican food. Located right next to the Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant is headed by Chef Gustavo Carreon who has worked diligently to create a menu that highlights the best that his home country has to offer. Some Clandestino exclusives include crab enchiladas in a creamy artichoke sauce, stuffed squash blossoms and cochinita pibil.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
This was my 2nd time for lunch & it was amazing on both occasions. The seared ahi tuna salad is fantastic! Service was impeccable. Lovely outdoor patio & view. Highly recommend.
A photo of Mole Palm Desert restaurant
4.7 (135)
$30 and under
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Located at The Shops on El Paseo, Molé brings authentic flavors of Mexico to the community of Palm Desert, CA. We are proud to offer creative dishes made from scratch daily, such as Guaca-crab “jaracho” with diced mango; Colorado lamb shank adobo with ancho chile molé and minted cream; and, of course, molé con pollo made from 32 ingredients. Molé Comida showcases the pinnacle of modern Mexican cuisine by combining traditional recipes with contemporary techniques and presentation. With an unwavering focus on quality and creativity, every dish is a masterpiece that showcases Chef’s passion and skill. The restaurant’s elegant atmosphere, exceptional service, and exquisite cuisine make it a must-visit destination for food lovers seeking a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or indulging in a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, Molé Comida promises to deliver an unforgettable culinary journey.

Top review
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
the best Mexican food I have ever had. the drinks weren't bad either
A photo of The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge restaurant
4.6 (1196)
$30 and under
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Sushi & Whiskey

Chic. Modern. Sophisticated. But also casual and friendly. The Venue is the cool hot spot on El Paseo, popular with locals, out-of-town visitors and food critics who serve up rave reviews. The Venue is artful, from its sleek décor to the original, ever-evolving menu, enthusiastically created by owner/chef Engin Onural. "This is my art," he shares. "Each plate is a painting, but I use fish instead of paint."

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
exceptional food, very creative menu. perhaps the most creative Japanese food I have had.
A photo of Kitchen in the Desert restaurant
4.5 (666)
$31 to $50
Twentynine Palms
About the restaurant
Kitchen in the Desert is a Caribbean and New American restaurant located just outside the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. We pride ourselves in making high quality food from scratch using fresh ingredients and providing a comfortable environment to enjoy it in. We have a full bar plus beer and wine and are open nightly from 5 to 10pm. *Please be advised that all reservations are for outdoor seating, so please dress accordingly.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Loved the place after a day of hiking. The food was good.
A photo of Alice B. restaurant
4.5 (452)
$31 to $50
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Alice B. restaurant and bar from award-winning chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken combines Southern California’s incredible seasonal bounty with Mediterranean-leaning flavors. The culinary vision is a collaborative effort between Feniger, Milliken and acclaimed Executive Chef Lance Velasquez.

This unique dining experience is located at Living Out, a luxury resort-style LGBTQ+ active senior community surrounded by spectacular mountain views. Inspired by the extraordinary life of Alice B. Toklas and her life partner Gertrude Stein, the restaurant establishes a vibrant space where culinary excellence, art, and community converge seamlessly.

We offer indoor & outdoor seating, plus bar seating. Dinner starts at 5PM. Bar menu starts at 4PM. Weekend Brunch starts at 9AM. Join us for live music on select nights.

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger are the founders of Mundo Hospitality Group, including Border Grill, Pacha Mamas, BBQ Mexicana, SOCALO, and most recently Alice B.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
A wonderful new venue. We ate in the bar area with incredible entertainment on the piano. Will definitely return.
A photo of Wildest Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.4 (1235)
$31 to $50
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Our philosophy is to attempt to source wild-caught fish, local pasture-raised poultry and grass-fed poultry, as well as plant-based meals that promise to be flavorful options to those who choose to eat meat-free. We offer allergen sensitive options for gluten-free, dairy-free, nut and seed free. Whenever possible we strive to offerproducts without hormones and steroids and the restaurant strives to be cruelty free and to supports local organic, biodynamic and sustainable farms. Provisions not made in house will be sourced from the coolest epicureans. Health conscious casual fine dine in a beautiful setting with live entertainment nightly. Indoor/outdoor dining. Palm Spring's Life best new restaurant and Wine Spectator award winner. GREAT FOOD, GREAT DRINKS, and a GREAT TIME!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great service and food. Love dining outside so I hope you improve the patio area. Felt more like a parking lot than a patio
A photo of La Cocina at Reforma restaurant
4.3 (284)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant

Reforma Palm Springs offers a world-class dining and nightlife venue while remaining rooted in Southern California with an authentic sense of place. Occupying nearly 9,000 square feet of a mid-century icon unique to Palm Springs.

Inspired by Latin American culture, our Pan-Latin menu pays homage to the Southern California experience. Cuisines from Mexico, Central, and South America are represented and fused, paired with our handcrafted cocktails, delivering a unique dining opportunity.

We believe nightlife should be inclusive and inspirational; a welcoming environment that fosters a sense of community, even for first-time visitors.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
The food was delicious and our server, Ariel, was great.
A photo of Maleza restaurant
4.2 (33)
$31 to $50
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
A soulful new take on modern Mexican cuisine. Taking its cue from the Spanish word meaning “undergrowth” or “from the earth,” Maleza is an all-day restaurant and bar rooted in an earthy rusticity offset with airy Palm Springs ease.

Headed up by Executive Chef Ysaac Ramirez, Maleza serves up a Mexican-inspired share plate experience unlike anything else offered in the desert. The indoor/outdoor bar, led by Beverage Manager Nick Turner, features an extensive list of rare mezcals, craft cocktails, and a curated list of non-alcoholic cocktails, beers, and wines. Both food and drink pair expertly and coalesce to form an unforgettable experience.

Maleza features intimate restaurant seating, community tables for larger groups, and fire pit loungers for a more laid-back experience.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Really enjoyed our meal. We ordered the calamari, and it was some of the best I’ve ever had. Very crispy, with cornmeal, rather than flour. The tostadas were too spicy for us, but the flavors were fabulous. We ordered the halibut, and I can’t quit thinking about it. I’ve got to go back soon for that again. Topped it off with the churros. I can now see why every table was ordering some. They were so good! I’ll be back!
A photo of Cork & Fork restaurant
4.1 (2713)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
A truly unique restaurant and bar , featuring the award winning signature cuisine of Executive Chef & Owner Andie Hubka. Cork & Fork has been a locals favorite since 2013.

Cork & Fork was the Desert areas first wine bar & small plates kitchen, showcasing fabulous affordable wines from around the world and incredible dishes to go with them. In our new location we now also offer an expanded menu along with craft cocktails and a rotating Chef's tasting menu featuring eclectic ingredients and familiar foods done with a twist in Chef Hubka's signature style.

This is a one of a kind, award winning spot for foodies , wine lovers and cocktail fans to come together in a sexy and stylish space with soaring floor to ceiling windows and indoor/outdoor dining to bring in that gorgeous Desert vibe.

Please request patio seating when making your reservation if you prefer outdoor dining, and we will accommodate you when possible.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
We found this kind of last minute. The thought of farm to table was what attracted us. The service was excellent, only surpassed by the food. We began with the date appetizer since we were in the date capital of America. The flavors were so wonderful. My wife then had a dairy- and egg-free Nonno pizza to accommodate her allergies. She loved it. I had the short rib ravioli, and it was delicious.
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