Palm Springs Area

Restaurants in Palm Springs Area

The décor may be outdated, but one of the area’s best restaurants serves satisfying Italian classics such as eggplant parmigiana and Sicilian chicken.

Dine alfresco among the rose gardens at this hotel restaurant, which sources most of its ingredients locally. Try dishes plucked straight out of local gardens, like the roasted pumpkin soup with Cyprus Grove goat cheese.

Located off the beaten path in Yucca Valley, this historic “canteen” was first built in the 1940’s as part of Pioneertown, an elaborate movie set for some of Hollywood’s most famous Westerns.

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).

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.

Head to the 24-hour Wheel Inn truck stop, overshadowed by massive dinosaur road sculptures, for prime rib and Dijon dill salmon.

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.

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.

Kids (and parents) with a sweet tooth will appreciate the charming Old Town Root Beer Company, which serves 185 varieties of the nostalgic drink.

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.

Splurge at this eclectic small-plates restaurant where the menu might include ahi sashimi with napa cabbage and sriracha.

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.

This Old Town restaurant is known for its hickory-smoked ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, all served with two homemade sauces—one sweet, one spicy—and traditional sides, like mashed yams and baked beans.