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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Chez Pierre Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1514)
$31 to $50
French
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Chez Pierre Bistro is an authentic and most charming French bistro that everybody wished they had in their neighborhood, where Chef Pierre develops his profound love for creative and innovative ideas in his kitchen.
The ambiance is intimate, friendly, his staff always very professional and his charming wife Esther watches over the dining room.

Chef Pierre has the extensive knowledge, passion and respect of the best ingredients from local farmers markets. His cuisine is superb and his daily specials are impressive, unique and follow the seasons.
In the winter you can find his famous cassoulet, in the spring, shad roe and soft shell crabs, in the summer, paella in addition to a selection of wild fish.

It is no surprise that Chez Pierre Bistro has been voted Best French restaurant of the Desert for the past 10 years and nominated among ”Best Chef of America” by his peers.
Top review
Johnvip
Dined 2 days ago
Best French chef around for miles! Extremely authentic French cuisine, served with care. If you want real, French cuisine Chez Pierre is your place. The wine list needs some help, lol.
A photo of Oceans restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1341)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Cathedral City
About the restaurant
Oceans a Mediterranean style seafood restaurant at its location since 1995.This intimate European restaurant brings the Oceans to desert offering fresh seafood prepared in classic Mediterranean and Californian styles. Dishes like bouillabaisse, paella, abalone sea bass, sand dabs, shrimp, scallops, lobster, salmon, swordfish, tuna, oysters are served every day. Not a fish lover? Oceans offers meat specials for meat lovers 16 oz veal chop, rack of lamb and steaks. Oceans serves premium spirits and an extensive wine list. Do not wait and jump to Oceans.
Top review
DIH64vip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
This is a lovely restaurant that can be quite intimate. It also serves large parties. Always welcoming. The food is fresh and wonderful. A great lunch meeting or date night place
A photo of 533 Viet Fusion restaurant
4.8
4.8 (192)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
533 is a contemporary Vietnamese Fusion restaurant nestled in Palm Springs, with a full bar. We take pride in cooking with the freshest local and organic ingredients, that your taste buds will love, and your health will appreciate! We also have a unique spring roll bar in our modern dinning room, where you can enjoy our popular best seller Spicy Tuna Roll. Amongst our most popular dishes you will find our Yellow Curry, Osso Buco, Vietnamese Crepe, French Braised Short Ribs Pad Thai. For years our Chef has updated our menu so that everyone can enjoy our culinary creations, we have plenty of gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan dishes. Thank you Palm Springs for voting us Best of the Best Vietnamese!
Top review
AndreLvip
Dined 7 days ago
The food and service at 533 is always great. We love starting off with the Viet-wings appetizer. The shaky beef and the lemon grass pork fried rice is always a perfect combination for an entree to share with friends. The owners Brenda and Roly are always available and make sure we have a wonderful experience and have everything we need. This is one of our regular restaurants. We always love our experience at 533.
A photo of Le Donne Cucina Italiana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1071)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Taste the authentic flavors of Italy at Le Donne Cucina Italiana! Voted best Italian restaurant in Palm Desert three years running by the Desert Sun and Palm Springs Life, Le Donne Cucina Italiana makes pastas fresh every day using old-world techniques. You'll love the sophisticated atmosphere and delicious, authentic Italian dishes.
Top review
SaraR
Dined 2 days ago
Food is always excellent. Have not found anything on the menu that was subpar. I think this may be the only restaurant in the valley that makes their own pasta. The restaurant is very enjoyable when it is not at capacity. At capacity, much too loud for the quality of the food. Classical music and a more moderate to low level of noise would enhance the total dining experience. It is a small space and you are forced into the neighboring tables' conversation if they are loud speakers. Some inconsistencies between servers. One provides bread with the meal and the other only provides it for a $3 charge. The restaurant closes for July and August. Looking forward to a great restaurant reopening.
A photo of Bongo Johnny's Patio Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (623)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Bongo Johnny's is a modern American diner with 2 fully covered/cooled/heated patio's (inside dining available also). Bongo Johnny's is a local favorite in Palm Springs, CA. Noted for top-rate service, $7 bottomless champagne, and a fun/casual atmosphere; it is a popular choice for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with the locals and visitors alike. Bongo Johnny's Patio offers American and Mexican breakfast fare, signature burgers, sandwiches, made from scratch Mac&Cheese dishes, Fish&Chips, Healthy Salads, unique drink specials, and the BEST Bloody Mary in town
Top review
Foodievip
Dined 3 days ago
We were a group of 14 and had excellent service from Angel The food never disappoints. It's our go to before a concert in Downtown Park . Great spot !
A photo of J's Deli restaurant
4.7
4.7 (343)
$30 and under
Deli
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Beautiful outdoor patio, Full bar that offers happy hour daily. Bakery on premise that features homemade bagels.
Take-out, delivery, catering and private dining available.
Top review
AAfoodievip
Dined 1 day ago
J’s Deli is a gem in the desert. It’s an authentic Jewish deli which is very hard to find outside of NYC. Our server Tony was very attentive and J himself came over and talked with us. We will be back time and time again.
A photo of Coral Sushi & Sake Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (118)
$30 and under
Sushi
La Quinta
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN!

Coral Sushi and Sake Bar is excited to be serving the Coachella Valley. We are a Sushi Bar with a Korean influence in the menu, proudly serving our signature rolls and amazing sake and wine list. Join us for an appetizer and drinks or for a special night out.
Top review
Chickvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Third time and it was fantastic once again. We had the garlic edamames and the power trip sushi
A photo of Backstreet Bistro Palm Desert restaurant
4.5
4.5 (927)
$30 and under
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Come and enjoy our fresh and authentic italian cuisine our friendly and family oriented staff is looking forward to provide you with a delightful dining experience on our quaint and comfortable patio . We are looking forward to serve you with our delicious daily specials and our incredible hand selected wine list. You can make reservation by phone or on our website http://www.backstreetbistroelpaseo.com/reservations- . Backstreet Bistro, a place where friends meet friends!
Top review
MandDPvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Food was good as always. This was Restaurant week but they were not that busy. Great for us not for them. They will be closing for summer but will be back in the fall. Can’t wait!
A photo of Waldo's Ristorante restaurant
4.5
4.5 (792)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Welcome to our home!
Waldo’s was founded by restaurateur Waldo Cesoni with the intention of becoming “the destination point” for a true Italian culinary experience.

The restaurant pays homage to the essence of the great Italian American restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, where delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were simultaneously elegant, comfortable, and unpretentious.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Carlos the server was very attentive and kind, as was the person bussing the table. Food was excellent. Of course, making things more affordable would allow me to eat there more often.
A photo of CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs restaurant
4.2
4.2 (656)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Chi Chi at Avalon Hotel is a restaurant centered in the tradition of California wellness and clean living set in the playful pool-centric setting of Palm Springs. Serving up fresh, chef-inspired fare, our menu reflects a vibrant, spirited take on delicious real ingredients and authentic West Coast cuisine. Under the wing of our chefs, you'll have access to specialized menus and innovative dishes all though fully prepared to fit your unique affair.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Fantastic service, fresh ingredients in my salad, and excellent cocktails. A lovely afternoon
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