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

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities? 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 Counter Reformation restaurant
4.9
4.9 (225)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Bar seating and ledge-leaning is the rule of thumb -- think Paris tabac or the zinc -- the heat of local life, crowded with regulars at the counter waiting for their vin rouge. Here you'll find our Cave à Manger, an eclectic curation of wines by the glass offered with a menu of small plated savory delicacies created for this tasting smorgasbord. More than an amuse-bouche, less than a serving. Range, variety, exploration and discovery are the point...........................................
RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED BUT, IF YOU DON'T SEE ANY AVAILABILITY, JUST WALK-IN FOR THE NEXT SEAT AVAILABLE.

Top review
FancyNoPants
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Love Counter Reformation. A great spot to catch up with friends, share some food tapas style and enjoy an eclectic wine list.
A photo of Canopy Wine Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (73)
$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
FoodieAvip
Dined 5 days ago
Beautiful place. Christopher Kennedy did an amazing job with the decor.
A photo of SO.PA at L'Horizon Resort and Spa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (729)
$50 and over
Californian
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
An ADULTS ONLY destination by Reservation. SO•PA has a NO PETS POLICY.

Decadent, refined, and intimate, SO•PA offers a unique alfresco dining experience. Join us for dinner in an intimate outdoor setting under the stars as Michelin Star awarded Chef Michael Hung presents the seasonally enticing menu. Your elegant, yet relaxed evening includes world class cocktails and a sophisticated, yet approachable wine cellar curated by our in-house Wine Spectator awarded Sommelier. You won't want to miss an aperitif or digestif at our exclusive fire pit and poolside bar. VALET is COMPLIMENTARY.

**2023 Winner of Diners Choice Award**


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Everything was so good… the food, service, ambience! Kelly, the manager was great! Our server, Colton was amazing. The only negative was that it was really hot and there weren’t any fans or anything to help provide a little relief from the heat. Still have 5 stars on everything because it was great!
A photo of Daniel's Table restaurant
4.6
4.6 (415)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Cathedral City
About the restaurant
Chef Daniel has carved out a unique identity in the Desert, allowing his creative spirit to explore freely yet remain true to the seasons of our offerings.


At Daniel’s Table, our mission is to provide the finest food and service. We honor our roots and embrace the philosophy of providing a consistent, unparalleled dining experience reminiscent of our European and Native American ancestors. We invite and welcome you to enjoy the evolution of our culinary journey as we continue to serve and innovate, respecting both the culture and the ingredients that the earth offers.

For parties of two, please allow one and a half hours to enjoy your dining experience and up to two and a half hours for parties of four or more.
We thank you and we look forward to serving you.

Top review
JackieVvip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Great lunch!! I can’t wait to try out dinner! I’ve been to Daniel’s Table twice for lunch now and cannot say how amazing it is!! Farm to table, great service - everyone is a VIP from when you step in to when you leave! Food ingredients are the best, you can taste the freshness and see the art in its presentation! I haven’t had a meal this impressive in some time, I HIGHLY recommend Daniel’s Table! Vegetables, fish, sides, all are to die for!! Chef is present and will take a moment to chat, genius and a master at his skill!
A photo of Mole Palm Desert restaurant
4.6
4.6 (180)
$30 and under
Mexican
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
RenR
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
We had dinner there for the first time on Saturday and loved it so much we went the following Wednesday. The food and service terrific. The menu and preparation awesome. Great got to place!
A photo of Italica restaurant
4.6
4.6 (49)
$31 to $50
Italian
Indio
About the restaurant
Distinctively Italian.

Italica's menu has been thoughtfully choreographed to deliver an immersive experience that you won't find anywhere else. Our dishes are served tapas style and are meant to be combined and shared with others in your party. We also serve nightly specials in addition to the items listed on our menu, but you'll have to come sit with us to find out what's not listed. Mangia bene!

Quality Ingredients
We refuse to compromise on quality at Italica, which is why we source many DOP and DOC products from Italy, like our San Marzano tomatoes, Pecorino Romano and several wines. We source our fresh ingredients from local farmers whenever possible and offer seasonal dishes throughout the year.

Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
We have a several dishes on our menu that don't include any meat or dairy. Vegans and vegetarians are also encouraged to talk with their server about menu modifications and off menu items.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Italica is a fabulous addition to the Valley! Laura was fantastic! She is a bartender/server for us!! My husband asked for a few extra items and the Chef was amazing and added those to his meal! We loved everything! Also we will be back! Thank you
A photo of Grand Central Palm Springs restaurant
4.4
4.4 (415)
$30 and under
American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
GRAND CENTRAL is in the unique walkable downtown plaza location. Delight in locally sourced produce in our spacious environment. We offer outside dining, private dining and our main dining room, the former 1936 Desmonds department store. We offer coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner and a full bar.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
The menu options were great. Everything sounded so good, it was hard to decide what to get.
A photo of Nobu Indian Wells restaurant
4.4
4.4 (392)
$50 and over
Japanese
Indian Wells
About the restaurant
Experience Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's world renowned cuisine in Indian Wells.
Overlooking Stadium 2 in the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, guests can enjoy intimate ambiance. Indulge in Chef Nobu's famous signature dishes including Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Black Cod Miso as well as traditional Japanese favorites and sushi.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. Sushi bar experience and bar seating is available first come first serve.

Top review
EricW
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, Genevieve, was outstanding the and support staff who carted away plates, refilled water and brought food from the kitchen were first class. The sushi was fresh and delicious as were the dishes we ordered. The overall experience made for a special treat.
A photo of TopGolf Swing Suites - DoubleTree Palm Springs restaurant
4.4
4.4 (14)
$31 to $50
American
Cathedral City
About the restaurant
A unique social and interactive virtual experience that's fun for everyone! Play a virtual round of golf, or check out anyone of our other virtual games. Enjoy during your stay, or plan a night out with friends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Mauricio the bartender was very nice and helpful. My son and I had fun playing golf.
A photo of Wildest Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1284)
$31 to $50
Californian
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
Jerryvip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Went off season and they were offering their Restaurant Week prefix menu. What a great surprise. The food is very good and they accommodate many dietary restrictions. It was a slow night, but they still have live music that was well placed on the other side of the dining area. So you could enjoy without the music being too loud. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They enjoy the menu and enjoying sharing the menu with us.
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