Restaurants in Palm Springs
Set against a rocky hillside backdrop, Elmer’s is best known for its pancakes—served all day—topped with everything from strawberries to Oregon-sourced hazelnuts. Skillets are popular as well, particularly one with a mix of Dungeness crab cakes, hash browns, and Tillamook cheddar.
Drinking alfresco will have you seeing stars in the cabanas. The ambitious cocktail menu includes nine fruit-infused mojitos and a martini with muddled jalapeños (ouch!).
The Riviera Palm Springs hotel received a $70 million makeover in 2008, and its marquee dining option is Circa 59, designed to evoke a retro Hollywood feel.
Christopher Malm and Bruce Bloch named their American bistro Jake’s after their West Highland Terrier. Located in the Uptown Design District, this eatery’s dining room is bright with glossy white walls and beige banquette seating.
Locals arrive early to avoid waiting in line for the famous brunch at popular Cheeky's in Palms Springs. The 20-seat restaurant, with an outdoor patio that doubles dining space, serves from a menu that changes weekly.
Mister Parker’s is an eclectic bistro located just off the lobby of the Parker Palm Springs hotel. Beyond the velvet curtain entrance is a dining area that is more gentleman’s club than restaurant, with dark-wood paneling, a mirrored ceiling, and seductive artwork.
Once the guesthouse of actor Cary Grant, Copley’s has an adobe-tiled roof, olive trees, and a dining patio with a fire pit. The Spanish theme is reflected inside as well, with wood-plank flooring, mauve walls, and arched doorways.
Rancher-turned-restaurateur Daniel Placencia dishes up trophy winning chili with chunks of pork and a fiery, thick sauce. Cowboy Way in Palm Springs serves fall-off-the-bone pulled pork, baby back ribs, tri-tip, and chicken with crunchy Kansas City coleslaw, too.
Breakfast at Norma’s in the Parker Palm Springs is now as much or more an institution as it is in Le Parker Meridien in New York. Go healthy (egg-white shrimp frittata) or over-the-top (foie gras brioche French toast).