Spencer's Restaurant

4.9
5319 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Spencer's Ambience is the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortable informality. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Brunch in our newly expanded indoor dining room or our award winning temperature controlled patio. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer's offers a popular Palm Springs tradition of culinary excellence featuring a fresh approach to classic American cuisine. Locally voted Best Breakfast, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Gluten Free, Best Power Lunch, Best Wine List, Best Chef, Best Caterer and Most Romantic, Spencer's is Palm Springs' "it" place for any occasion.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipronmon
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We are frequent diners here but last week was the 3rd time that the appetizers were fine but the mains were almost inedible. My Osobuco was mushy and tasteless and my wife and guest ordered an expensive breaded veal dish ( Vitello a modicum) that was tasteless and couldn’t be finished. If it weren’t for the fact that we were entertaining a guest from out of town we would have sent both entrees back . Bottom line , good service , nice atmosphere, very marginal food . We really want to patronize Primo but Three strikes and your out .... we won’t be comings back anytime soon.

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specialkbk1
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience there. Wonderful service and food!!

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Katz
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Although most customers were in shorts we felt all the staff was a bit stuffy...we do not recall that feel from our other visit. The food was good and when first seated it was light out and we were fine, but then our table was so dark we could hardly see our food...not acceptable ! Our waiter was okay but like the rest of the staff seemed stressed and so overall experience was just okay. Hoping it was because they had only been reopened 3 weeks and they might improve. Dinner out should be fun and comfortable.

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vipCCDINER
Los Angeles
206 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

4 gals for late lunch on a Monday . We were seated promptly at a lovely patio table. The tuna Niçoise salad was very tasty- as were the lobster dumplings and chopped salad. We very much enjoyed our luncheon

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vipjudyyank
Palm Springs
131 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

his is the 1st time we've been to Spencer's for lunch since seating increased to 50% and while the food was good as always, the service was really poor. The kitchen was slow but tolerable, but once we were served our waiter was running around helping others and completely ignored us. We wanted to have dessert but a half an hour after we finished our meal we just wanted to get our check and leave. I think they were not prepared for the volume of customers and are seriously understaffed. I have another lunch reservation next week for a friend's birthday and am hopeful that they will have solved the problems by then.

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vipShari
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! I waited a year for them to reopen because of COVID & I went 2x in one week & drove 2hrs to get there!

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HowardY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Comfortable, relaxed environment maintaining high standards of service and food quality. Reasonable prices for this level product. END

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only criticism is that I made the reservation well in advance and requested outdoor dining and wasn’t given it. We are from NY and finally had the ability to eat outdoors. We’re going back this week and wanted to make sure we went to Spencer’s before we left. Food was as we knew it would be but we were disappointed because of the seating.

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vipDavidlovesfood2
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service was top notch as always. Very excited to see them open again. My husband had a filet mignon special and I had the calamari appetizer for my entree.

The only disappointment we both ordered the banana cream pie. We had it many times before and it was always delicious. This time it was all whip cream. Someone goofed when they made it that day. We’ll give it another try in the future.

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vipjdub
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly service. Not pretentious. Great food.

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JayA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, 5 star service, professional, food is always well prepared, and excellent presentations. The lobster bisque was a favorite for our group.

PB
vipPtownBoyz
New England
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took 15 minutes to get the table! But the food and service was great! Eggs Benedict with crab was amazing! And the fried oysters don’t miss out!! Enjoy!!

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KenT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take Palm Springs visitors and family!

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vipSher
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nowhere like Spencer’s for a fabulous meal with great service! It’s like stepping back in history, but with a modern vibe and an amazing varied menu! Heavenly patio, too!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location. Great menu. Excellent food

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Patricia
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the year-long Covid shutdown of Spencer's Restaurant, we missed them so very much. It was wonderful to enjoy Sunday Brunch on their tree-filled patio with multiple entree options, gracious service, and the usual excellent food. Thank you!

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Patrickm
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sunday morning 9am.resv. Two of us. Shown to a table that while shaded Sun was draping
in. I informed our hostess my friend easily picked up skin cancer and we need full shade. Her reply if it increased she could supply an umbrella There was a same size small table directly across the aisle in full shade and it would stay shaded. After a noticeable pause she offered. We took,she was gone before we could sit down. While the table was clean there were newly fallen leaves ,only a few on the table but more on the chair seats. As I brushed these off my hand came in contact with a wet bird dropping.
Waiter came for drink order. Nothing now but water please. He left . Water arrive in reasonable time. But during the course of of our meal no water refills were offered.We decided to order Bloody Mary's. Where is the waiter,after a bit we got the drink order in .
I ordered Eggs Benedict,my partner cold salmon on bagel. $15.50 eggs as expect,good nice presentation. $18.plus salmon very nice presentation. Looked for salt and pepper,not there,guess kitchen didn't want us messing with their creations.later saw a lady ,walking and getting her own salt shaker.
Sword it end of our meal my elbow found my almost empty Bloody Mary glass not empty I called over r staff, ok I guess they will get it later. I
On the way out I asked for change for a 20 from the front desk,reception.She said get it from the bar,she turned to look ..no one there. Too bad that was I be the valet's tip.
By the way the valet was was the only person to live-up -to Spencer's reputation.

Come on this is Spencer's. I have had great dinners here with friends A water glass wouldn't get below half full ,tables and chairs would be spotless, and no bird do on the seats. Salt and pepper shakers would be brought to the table and freshly wiped down
I know my experience here at 9am Sunday was not typical, but I do believe it was typical for early Sunday. For this experience I could have gone to Elmers.

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CameraWoman
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Ask for more ice water three times. Finally received at the end of the meal.

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Jrdps
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to go to anytime! We were able to sit outside and it was quite charming. Had a friend with me from Amsterdam and she thought it was beautiful and couldn't believe having breakfast in such a nice environment.
She had the Spencer's waffle with lots of fresh fruit. I had the traditional Eggs Bennie , Both were excellent!

The only problem I experienced was not with the restaurant or the food, but the extremely needy lady at the table behind us. Every time a waiter came into view, she needed something. Then, when it was brought to her, she needed something else. I don't know if it was payback (they didn't have what she wanted as it was Sunday and they only have their brunch menu).

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LarryB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to have you back Spencer's!
I'm sure with many others, dining with you has become a special time of making memories.
Service starting from the greeting at your car all the way through the visit, from every one of your staff is warm, friendly, and genuine.
We do not get the opportunity to visit as much as we would like, but when we do, you always make each visit very special.
The food is always excellent, with a new twist on long time favorites.
The surroundings, and atmosphere, always set the stage for a special time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All excellent with the exception that the “inside” host at the desk was not very friendly. I had requested outdoor seating and she attempted to put us inside. I resisted and she seemed very “put off”. She then took us to a table near the entry which was clearly open and ended up being just fine. Why she sneered at me initially was unnecessary. Again, otherwise great!

JH
JimH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the evening.....great place to go for dinner.

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vipJoseph
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a magical place! Food was great, very attentive service.

SM
ScottM
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, service was fantastic

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vipAshley
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden treasure off the beaten path. One of our favorite patios and delicious food.

HL
vipHarveyL
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so awesome that Spencer’s is back after a long Covid time closed. They picked up right where they left off, at being totally great. This is a wonderful company that took care of its employees during Covid and also did some renovations. My wife and I booked a reservation immediately for my birthday. We went for lunch Saturday and loved everything about it. The servers were happy and so helpful. The food is incredible. We had lobster potstickers for an appetizer. My wife had a lobster club sandwich that comes with chips they make there. I had a lobster Benedict. We couldn’t stop smiling. An incredible restaurant with great people. You can’t go wrong. We will be going back soon and often.

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vipBBinPS
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spencer’s made my mother’s 90th birthday truly special. Everything was perfect.

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SuziB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never knew tomato soup could taste so good! Um...um...good!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it and will be back on a weekly base , and especially Michelle just wonderful to have her helping us and perfect service, happy the restaurant is open

RB
vipRickyB
Palm Springs
189 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor area. Breakfast is excellent and the servers are attentive.

CO
ChrisO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spencers has a great patio and excellent food. I recommend it.

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vipaugustb
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was fantastic!

Service? Not as fantastic. Both the server and the hostess seemed to forget about us. The server never checked in to see how the food was immediately after the food was delivered or anytime during the meal. The order for the second round of drinks was taken before dinner arrived and never came until our last bites of dinner. We sent it back. Server offered a second basket of bread and then had to be reminded of the offer. Dessert was also very slow to arrive. Not sure if the server was having an "off" night or having to deal with bartenders and support staff, but it made for a less than perfect experience that he never even addressed with out. Not an apology for anything. Tipping 15% was painful, but we did it anyway because the food was really really good.

DD
DavidD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated the outdoor setup with the nicely spaced tables in the back. It was our first fancy dinner out since the pandemic began and it was a perfect way to do it.

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vipDanPS
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad it has reopened after Covid. One of the best in PS.

TK
vipTeriK
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, food and service was perfect. Can’t wait to go back. The renovation was so nicely done and very comfortable and doing their part to be COVID compliant

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vipSDBarbie
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spencer's was and continues to be our favorite nice restaurant in Palm Springs. It was my birthday and they made it special. Our table was very private in the back of the patio area surrounded by trees and twinkling lights. Simon was our waiter (we had him previously) and he is the consummate professional. The food was delicious, service was great, we were not rushed - highly recommend.

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vipStillwaterMinn
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Still excellent food and service was fine but nothing special . Reservation was 20 minutes late and only was accommodated when I had to ask.

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Nancy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food and scenery was awesome. It was so relaxing and was just what we needed. Don't miss out on this lovely restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service!

LD
LynnDkiki
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and very large menu with something for everyone. Always a pleasure to die in there been waiting for a year to go back and it never disappoints.

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Spencer's Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 5319 OpenTable diners.

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