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

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 The Purple Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1770)
$31 to $50
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
The sophistication and glamour of the Rat Pack era comes alive at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, the desert’s premier supper club. The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s.

Step in and you’ll be transported back to the elegance of the era: an intimate and inviting room, classic cocktails, world-class cuisine and the best in live entertainment seven nights a week. Hobnob with celebrities, locals, and visitors alike at Michael Holmes’ Purple Room — where Palm Springs plays!

Tuesday-Thursday enjoy acclaimed jazz entertainers from 6:30 to 9:30, No cover.

Tuesday through Thursday is the best Jazz Happy Hour in Valley from 4:00 to 6:00

Friday through Sunday join us for dinner and a show (tickets required) featuring nationally-known entertainers.

The Purple Room has been voted #1 on TripAdvisor and one of the top 100 restaurants in the country by Open Table.

Top review
DaveHvip
Dined 2 days ago
LOVE Sharon Sills! Ben was a great server as well. Wedge salad and chocolate lava cake delish.
A photo of El Patio - La Quinta restaurant
4.7
4.7 (18)
$30 and under
Mexican
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
El Patio is a family owned and run restaurant. What began as family Sunday brunch, soon led to an effort to share family recipes for everyone to enjoy. Felipes, our sister restaurant, began our journey and inspired our family to share our culture in a larger scale. Join the El Patio familia for some drinks and delicious Guadalajara inspired dishes.
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JeanneL
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Love this place it is my new favorite! Going to tell everyone about it.
A photo of The Tropicale restaurant
4.6
4.6 (9908)
$31 to $50
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
A chic and sophisticated décor provides the setting for our distinctive "world cuisine", a provocative mix of zesty influences that creates a delightful dining experience in Palm Springs, California. Plush high-backed semicircular banquettes surround our dining room and offer comfortable and private seating. The cuisine has a light, exotic feel with an emphasis on Pacific Rim specialties, from Chilean Sea Bass baked in Banana Leaves or Kahlua-Barbecued Pork Chops to all sorts of tasty tapas, salads, wood-fired pizzas, and desserts. The Coral Seas Lounge, a hip mid-century style bar is lined with sexy black leather bar-stools and is reminiscent of the upbeat lounges of old Palm Springs. It wraps around the dining room and leads outside to a lush, tropical, 2000 square foot dining patio where a variety of specialty cocktails and old-school favorites are mixed - an ideal place where friends gather and martinis are sipped under the starlit desert sky.
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JenniferP
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter was amazing! Food was good, came out fast and hot. Highly recommend the chocolate cream pie.
A photo of RD RNNR Libations Pints & Plates restaurant
4.6
4.6 (995)
$30 and under
American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
RD RNNR Libations, Pints & Plates is here to bring a new experience to our locals! It is dedicated to specializing in Craft American fare with fresh ingredients, great value and an invigorating casual dining atmosphere.
Our focus is warm and genuine service, local farm to table produce, creative cocktails and a well balanced selection of rotating taps! The RD RNNR vibe is hip and exciting and all right in the heart of our beloved Old Town La Quinta!
*And yes, we are pronounced roadrunner !!

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ElizabethPvip
Dined 4 days ago
Desiree was a wonderful server and the food excellent. My friend and I split the artichoke tickers - to die for. I had the wedge salad with chicken - excellent and my friend had the braised cow and enjoyed the left overs for breakfast!
A photo of The Nest restaurant
4.5
4.5 (3127)
$31 to $50
Continental
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
The Nest is Indian Wells' most famous restaurant and lounge. We've been serving fine guests, celebrities, golf and tennis legends since 1965. The reasons for our exceptional longevity and acceptance are delicious food, wonderful, warm atmosphere, great entertainment, and generous refreshments, along with the service you would like to receive all the time .... RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM ONLY. The Nest enforces a strict upscale dress code. We do not allow beachwear, gym attire including sweatpants, sweatshirts or hoodies. Athletic apparel, jerseys, beanies, bandanas, backwards ball caps, oversized or baggy clothing are prohibited. No excessively revealing clothing will be allowed. Clothing emitting offensive odors is not permitted to be worn anywhere on the property.
Top review
bennettw
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service were great! I think it was a little bit over priced but still worth going. My rib eye was cooked perfectly as was the salmon that my friend had. I am not sure why but it seems that mashed potato's are on every menu in Palm Springs. Wine was reasonably priced for a fine dining restaurant, which was a surprise. Lava cake for desert was ok, not great but the Blueberry pie was tremendous. Bar area turns into a karaoke around 7:00p, if you are sitting in the dining room close to the bar it gets a little loud but we were across the dining room and you could hear the music but it did not disturb our dinner conversation. I will absolutely go back next year!
A photo of Vicky's of Santa Fe restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2259)
$31 to $50
American
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
An award-winning restaurant noted for its outstanding American cuisine, it has been consistently awarded "Best Hot Spot", "Best Live Music Venue" and "Most Vibrant Bar Scene" by OpenTable.

Since 1989, Indian Well's place for cocktails, dinner, live music, and nightlife. Vicky's is a place where everyone knows your name. Owner Marc Laliberte likes to say, "It's not just the place. It's the people. Our guests become friends and family." A menu of prime steaks, fresh seafood, rack of lamb, and pork chops pair with any number of sides, such as our classic twice-baked potato. A walk-in wine cellar features California wines from well-known winemakers to select boutique vintners. At the spacious center bar, signature cocktails shake up through the night. The Lounge Room with a live music program overseen by desert legend John Stanley King.

Open Monday thru Saturday. Closed Sundays. Dinner Reservations required for dining rooms and the lounge.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our first time dining in the lounge where the band entertained a packed crowd. Food was good, service was very good, entertainment was exceptional. We will definitely return.
A photo of 1501 Uptown Gastropub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2247)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Local chef and restaurateur, Chad Gardner and restaurateur, Willie Rhine combine their years of culinary and hospitality experience to bring Palm Springs premier Gastropub with great mountain view patio dining, artisan cuisine, libations and brews.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a party of 8. We all enjoyed different entrees. The food was excellent & the service was outstanding! Our waiter, sorry forget his name, was super friendly and very professional. A great dining out experience, we highly recommend & will be back.
A photo of El Jefe restaurant
4.3
4.3 (17)
$30 and under
Mexican
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Fine Mexican food from Chef Ana Sabatino make your taco dreams come true. Featuring a vast selection of Tequila and Mezcal, El Jefe has the most refreshing fresh fruit margaritas in Palm Springs.

Our menu goes beyond the typical Mexican restaurant fare by offering an enticing assortment of tacos, tortas and street-style food. Each dish is crafted with traditional flavors and made with the freshest ingredients bringing each guest an authentic culinary experience.

We love our neighbors. Show your local address to receive our Local VIP Card which will give you 15% off your bill anytime you dine with us.

Top review
Fantasticvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had trouble finding the location and ended up calling them to get better directions than our gos provided. It is located within the Segura Hotel. Once we found the location, we had a good experience.
A photo of Jimmy B’s restaurant
4.2
4.2 (43)
$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
RobertP
Dined 4 days ago
Reception and wait staff were very quick and considerate. Ordering and adjustments to menu were easy and food was excellent. Very nice ambiance
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Rancho Mirage restaurant
4.1
4.1 (84)
$30 and under
American
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
RogerH
Dined 1 day ago
Friendly servers, food was good. The kids loved the games. It was a little too loud with the music and the TVs over the sound of the games. Very clean restrooms. We will definitely go back again
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