Palm Springs Restaurants
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Canyon Sands
Whether you’re staying at The Parker or just checking out the meticulously manicured grounds, retreat to the dimly lit and aptly named, Mister Parker’s for a good meal and even better people watching. Beyond the velvet curtained entrance, the vibe is unapologetically sexy (mirrored ceiling, an all-white baby grand piano, and eyebrow-raising artwork) and the menu is decadent to say the least. Pistachio-crusted scallops, Steak au Poivre, and the shoestring parmesan fries take top billing. It’s also important to note that every meal is kicked off by a mini loaf of piping-hot sourdough bread. Needless to say reservations are a must.
Mr. Lyons Steakhouse
233 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Twin Palms
Mr. Lyons checks all the boxes of a proper steakhouse supper. The retro shrimp cocktail is impeccable, the filet mignon is fork-tender, and the beef Wellington Rossini is a true showstopper. In a steakhouse, it’s the sides we get most excited about, and Mr. Lyons is no exception. A dish of lobster mac ’n’ cheese, crispy smashed potatoes, or onion rings is a meal all on its own. Start dinner sipping on a martini as you eye up the space’s elegant marble flooring, plush velvet seating, and of course, your fellow diners.
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Canyon Sands
It may be located inside the swanky Parker hotel but there’s nothing precious about Norma’s take on classic diner food. For breakfast—served all day on the covered patio or inside if it gets too steamy—we swear by the famous Waz-Za waffle (stuffed with fruit and brûlée-d to perfection) and the upstream eggs Benedict (tiny pancakes topped with smoked salmon and smothered in some of the best Hollandaise we’ve ever had).
Rooster and the Pig
356 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Baristo
Pork belly fried rice with spicy okra is a standout at this dinner-only Vietnamese-American spot. Arrive early to avoid a line out the door, though if you have to wait, know that it’s worth it. We’d come just for the cocktails, especially the Floating Orchid, made with vodka, pear nectar, elderflower, lemon, and cava.
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge
1330 E. Palm Canyon Dr., South Palm Springs
If you can snag a reservation, you’re in for a real treat at this small, cozy hotel’s restaurant (seating is limited, and hotel guests get first priority; walk-ins aren’t accepted). The family-style suppers are served at long, wooden communal tables and include starters like date and orange salad before the entrée (along the lines of marinated rib eye with garlic smashed potatoes or roasted chicken with wild rice). The garden setting feels totally private, like a dinner party at a friend’s gorgeous desert compound.
The Pantry at the Holiday House
200 W. Arenas Rd., Historic Tennis Club
The Pantry kitchen is the work of chef Gabriel Woo, who also runs another excellent Palm Springs hotel restaurant, the Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge. And the menu is similarly made up of homey, comforting options. Popular themed nights include Fried Chicken Fridays (the flaky biscuit sides are heavenly), while lunch centers around lobster rolls, chicken salads, and burgers.
The Purple Palm
572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Movie Colony
This is an excellent, history-rich, Moroccan-themed restaurant that merits a visit every single time we’re in town. It’s named for The Purple Gang, a primarily Jewish group of mobsters from the ’30s (Al Meriweather, one of the original members, built the Colony Palms resort it’s situated in as their clubhouse, which included a secret, underground lair). The recently revamped interior (designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard swapped the photo-realistic palm tree wallpaper for a more on-theme pattern) and lovely outdoor space overlooking the pool are just as much of a draw as the food—a medley of hearty seafood dishes, crisp salads, and colorful vegetable sides.
Wilma & Frieda
155 S Palm Canyon Dr., Baristo
Weekend brunch here means outstanding eggs cooked every way imaginable—poached, sunny-side up, Benedict, scrambled—coupled with seriously indulgent dishes like blackberry custard French toast, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and melts (ham and Gruyère; asparagus, tomato, and Havarti). Come hungry—portions are on the generous side—then go ahead and cancel plans for the rest of the day.
800 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Movie Colony
Uptown Palm Springs is quickly becoming the culinary epicenter of the desert, thanks in no small part to chef Michael Beckman's Workshop Kitchen + Bar. The oft-changing menu is devoted to fresh, seasonal dishes like roasted heirloom carrots, house-cured gravlax tartine, and Iron House ranch rib eye, the ingredients for which are all sourced locally—even the craft cocktails are mixed with them (the scotch-heavy Carrot Penicillin is insane). Other than a singular communal table and a dozen or so private booths, the minimalistic cement dining room doesn't overwhelm with decor.
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