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The décor may be outdated, but one of the area’s best restaurants serves satisfying Italian classics such as eggplant parmigiana and Sicilian chicken.

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.

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.

The fresh-made multigrain pancakes and cheddar-jack omelettes are popular with breakfasting climbers.

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.

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!).

Enjoy fajitas and crab enchiladas at The Bank Mexican Restaurant, housed in a historic bank building.

Located on the 27th floor of the Morongo Casino and Resort, this steakhouse is the most upscale choice among the dining options of the hotel.

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.