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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Lavender Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6393)
$31 to $50
Californian
La Quinta
About the restaurant
At Lavender we combine the finest meats and seafood with the freshest organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Dine indoors in a warm, cozy atmosphere or on our stunning tree-lined patio. Lavender Bistro also prides itself on providing superb live music nightly to set a warm and friendly atmosphere.

For every occasion, to change the ordinary into extraordinary, come join us at Lavender Bistro, "where memories are made!"

Closed for Summer Break from the last Sunday in May until the last Thursday in September.
Re-Opening 09/28/2023!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
Our server Francisco was incredible!! We had a wonderful table where we could talk and enjoy the live music. We will definitely return. The sea bass was perfectly done! Delicious!
A photo of The Fix On El Paseo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (390)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
We are a California style Bistro serving Breakfast Lunch and Dinner, we take pride in serving only the freshest ingredients. We offer pet friendly al fresco dining. We have the best patio on El Paseo directly across from the Gardens On El Paseo.

We will be offering a special pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve. Please join us!

Top review
janebvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great restaurant with super food and amazing service , they often have wonderful music that is sometimes accompanied by the staff. Just a great El Paseo experience. No vegetarian .
A photo of The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1177)
$30 and under
Sushi
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
Foodie1vip
Dined 6 days ago
We had a lovely evening dining outside and as usual the food was fresh and delicious. The service was very attentive!
A photo of Kitchen in the Desert restaurant
4.6
4.6 (615)
$31 to $50
Caribbean
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
LisaB
Dined 5 days ago
Had a great meal at kitchen in the desert. The backyard is stunning, food was delicious and our server was friendly and made good suggestions for food and drinks. Our desserts took a while to come out and they comped them which we appreciated. Would highly recommend.
A photo of Jimmy B’s restaurant
4.5
4.5 (28)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Delicious Palm Springs: A Culinary Haven at Jimmy B's Grill, Cocktails, and Steakhouse (formerly Sam's Place)

Nestled in the heart of the sun-kissed oasis of Palm Springs, Jimmy B's Grill, Cocktails, and Steakhouse has become a culinary landmark, offering an unforgettable dining experience that tantalizes the taste buds and elevates the spirit. With a legacy of fine cuisine and warm hospitality, Jimmy B's has emerged as a beloved destination for locals and tourists alike.

Founded by the visionary entrepreneur Jimmy "Jimmy B", this establishment is a beacon of culinary excellence. Jimmy B, a passionate food enthusiast with a penchant for crafting mouthwatering dishes, set out on a mission to create a dining experience that marries the quintessential flavors of the desert with the sophistication of a classic steakhouse.

Top review
PattiCvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great Service! Great Food! The singer on the patio was a bonus.
A photo of Ernie’s Bar and Grill at PGA West restaurant
4.4
4.4 (411)
$30 and under
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
Ernie's is an "open to the public" Gastro-Pub located at PGA West, overlooking the famous Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses. The hallmark of Gastro Pub fare is that it takes adventurous twists on familiar food, all made from scratch with palette arousing ingredients. Ernie's offers both a casual and refined atmosphere that welcomes the casual beer drinker, the wine enthusiast or the hipster looking for a cocktail. The restaurant consists of booths, low and high top tables positioned to provide people watching, sports on various TV’s or take in golf course views. The large patio provides both outdoor living room furniture and table dining. Two gas fire pits provide and area to relax, unwind and socialize.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great service and food was hot and delicious It’s always a wonderful view sitting outside.
A photo of Birba restaurant
4.4
4.4 (326)
$31 to $50
Italian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Birba is the perfect al fresco date spot for a warm, breezy desert evening. Since 2011, Birba has been serving up handcrafted seasonal cocktails, homemade pizza + pasta ( Gluten-free + cauliflower crust available!) in an almost entirely outdoor setting. Cozy right up to the bar for a Lavender Collins or linger at a table chatting with friends. Birba is chic yet down-to-earth, welcoming with a sophisticated edge. Join an eclectic and diverse crowd of locals and travelers for dinner and drinks under the desert sky.
Top review
JanetH
Dined 2 days ago
Ian was wonderful. The avatar pesto pasta was amazing, and the piece of the pie was great.
A photo of CHI CHI at the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs restaurant
4.3
4.3 (631)
$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
JSL1vip
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
Wonderful meal! Staff was wonderful and attentive. Food was incredible. Will be back again on our next visit to PS!
A photo of bluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (789)
$31 to $50
Californian
Rancho Mirage
About the restaurant
Experience bluEmber, the resort’s signature restaurant for an inventive spin on California New American cuisine. Enjoy the sophisticated dining room, or sit back and enjoy food and wine pairings on the award winning patio. Cozy up with a cocktail by the fire pit and admire the majestic mountains and lush fairways. Whatever you choose, bluEmber embodies the Rancho Las Palmas experience at every turn with an exquisite menu, variety of fine wines, and unmatched hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great family dinner, 6 guests and everyone loved the food and ambiance!
A photo of Cava - Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa restaurant
4.1
4.1 (263)
$30 and under
Californian
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
Cava combines tropical elegance with innovative dining and an equally delicious view. The experience is superlative and the flavor is divine!



With a dynamic new wine list spanning each of the California regions, including an extensive selection by the glass. Cava is the perfect choice for a romantic dinner fro two, an evening with friends, or a private event for 10 to 50 of your luckiest guests. You will also enjoy the valley's best views while dining poolside on the outdoor terrace.

Top review
DarrellC
Dined 7 days ago
Had a nice breakfast at CAVA. The setting is beautiful near the pool deck. The presents of the breakfast buffet was very good.
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