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

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Cielo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2997)
$50 and over
Steak
Cabazon
About the restaurant
Cielo, is a Steak and Seafood Restaurant that celebrates a distinctly comfortable, Californian approach to fine dining. Each dish, inspired by traditional steak and seafood fare, showcases the fresh flavors of California’s farm produce and presents it with a playful sense of humor. Known for its warm, accommodating service, Cielo is a special dining experience with a casual touch. Cielo is nestled in California’s Cabazon Valley, 20 miles west of Palm Springs, and in between the spectacular San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountain ranges. Located on the 27th floor of the Morongo Resort and Casino, Cielo is set aglow with stunning chandeliers. Cielo is quite literally a jewel at the top of the Morongo Resort and Casino.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
My family and I have a wonderful dinner! Everything was delicious:
A photo of Jillian's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (984)
$50 and over
International
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Romantic. Inviting. Original. Uncompromising quality.
Superb cuisine graciously served in an extraordinary atmosphere, is the unique inspiration of proprietors Jay and June Trubee.
Guests will experience a masterful Eclectic cuisine. Our menus are designed to include seasonal local ingredients, classic Jillian’s dishes and, of course, your preferences. To accompany your meal, we offer an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world.
Whether you choose one of our distinctive dining rooms or the inviting outdoor courtyard, enchanting garden or private terrace, every detail will be attended to, every need met. With everything from the menu selection to the wine pairings and flower arrangements that can be custom-designed for a most memorable occasion.

RESERVATIONS FOR 5 GUESTS OR MORE.......CALL (760) 776-8242
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AmySvip
Dined on May 23, 2024
This is a locals favorite so it's often tough to get a reservation in peak season but we lucked out. I had the special halibut and it was one of the best halibut dishes I've ever tasted. Highly recommend.
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**

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PSlocal2023
Dined on May 27, 2024
Wow wow wow Kelly and his team go beyond Amazing service they deliver a compete culinary experience.’the food the setting is unparalleled to anything else in Palm Springs. Magical place thanks to the Amazing staff.
A photo of Wally's Desert Turtle restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3718)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Rancho Mirage
About the restaurant
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. And the local response has been "Amazing"!

An Official California Dining Destination, Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage proudly supports local Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices.

The finest local ingredients, impeccable service and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.
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DesertFoodievip
Dined 4 days ago
David was an outstanding server! Great recommendations!! Special calamari steak appetizer was just about the best I’ve had. I don’t like sautéed spinach, but this was so darn yummy. The tuna tartare appetizer is our overall favorite. All deserts are great. We usually get soufflés, but I had the lava cake and it was in my top 5 lava cakes anywhere. What a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Wally’s is truly a desert classic.
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4.7
4.7 (6580)
$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!
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ReneeC
Dined on May 24, 2024
We were visiting from Atlanta and found Lavender Bistro on Open Table. We booked a dinner and loved it so much we cancelled a dinner on another night to come back here for our farewell dinner. Lavender Bistro is a gem!
A photo of Copley's on Palm Canyon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6279)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Please Note - Copley's is now open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) through June 2024.
Copley’s is an award-winning restaurant serving American cuisine infused with hints of tropical and European flavors. Located in part of the former Cary Grant estate in the heart of Palm Springs, guests experience an upscale and inviting dining experience either outside on the patio with stunning mountain views or by enjoying the friendly atmosphere indoors. Executive Chef Andrew Copley has an extensive 20-year culinary background at five-star restaurants and hotels across the world, and is well known for innovative dishes such as Loch Duart Scottish Salmon and Niman Ranch Pork Chop and creative nightly specials.

Top review
AliMentary2014vip
Dined 2 days ago
Once again Copley's stands out as the best restaurant in Palm Springs. Shannon, the Maitre D, greets everyone with warmth and good cheer and is helpful when suggesting a table. The atmosphere is romantic and peaceful, the patio misting system comfortably takes the edge off the heat, and the food superb. The specials on this particular evening were outstanding: seafood fettuccine was not a pasta dish with added fish... but an extraordinary melange of four seafood elements — lobster, swordfish, mussels, shrimp — served on a bed of pasta. Exquisite. Chocolate soufflé topped the meal, served by Gracie, arguably the best Waitperson in Palm Springs, bar none.
A photo of FARM restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3644)
$50 and over
French
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
FARM is a traditional Provencial-style restaurant in downtown Palm Springs in the historic Plaza, tucked away from traffic. Chef has taken care to create a menu comprised of traditional European dishes, brimming with locally sourced produce and artisanal meats. In true Provencial-style, the prix fixe dinner menu is served at a pace so you may enjoy your evening with us.
Enjoy a meal in our outdoor setting and take in the ambiance of being out of the city and transported magically to the South of France.
*I apologize, but we do not have Vegan menu items. *
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Romantic and cozy with live singer. Outstanding service, prefix menu. The soul fish was delicious,mine steak was on the thought side. Overall all we had enjoyed .
A photo of Del Rey at Villa Royale restaurant
4.6
4.6 (781)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Housed inside stucco walls, Villa Royale’s intimate bar and eatery, Del Rey, offers up a twelve-seat oak and marble bar, tufted vinyl booths and an outdoor covered terrace equipped with a fire-pit for long nights under the desert moonlight. Serving tapas-style fare inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean flavors and a Mediterranean-leaning wine program from Spanish varietals and local wines.
Minors are not allowed.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Wonderful dining experience. From the ambiance to the food and the wait staff. Superb
A photo of Italica restaurant
4.6
4.6 (32)
$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 7 days ago
Italica has a very cool vibe that will surprise anyone è who enters We all enjoyed the decor, cocktails and food. The staff were outstanding and my entire group all said they’d go back again I’ve told a few friends and clients and they all want to experience Italica Thank you for bringing us this new fantastic place to enjoy!
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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