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Desert Restaurants

Desert Restaurants Overview

Desert

Desert Restaurants include Chinese food, Mexican food, Italian food, seafood restaurants, breakfast restaurants, sushi, BBQ, Sunday brunch and more. Whether it be the enormous portions, outstanding views or unique flavors, these are the best restaurants in the desert. We've tried to concentrate on locally owned establishments and avoid the larger chains other than a few special restaurants. Grab a gyro plate on the way to Vegas at the Mad Greek in Baker. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood around at Fisherman's in Palm Springs. Savor fine-dining at Melvyn's in downtown Palm Springs. Sample the best margarita in town at Armando's Bar & Grill in Palm Desert. Take in the golf course views at the Fireside Lounge in Borrego Springs.

Per Person
$5-$10 = $5-$10
$10-$30 = $10-$30
$30-$50 = $30-$50
$50+ = $50+

Dress
Casual = shorts, t-shirt, sandals
Business-Casual = pants or nice shorts, summer dress, collared shirt
Semi-Formal = slacks, collard shirt, evening gown, blouse
Formal = dress pants, suit jacket, formal dress, tuxedo

Death Valley Restaurants

The 49er Café - photo courtesy of the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

Furnace Creek Ranch is located in the heart of Death Valley National Park. Several restaurants are available including a restaurant, steakhouse, café, buffet, saloon and veranda that caters to golfers. The menu at the four-diamond-rated restaurant includes unique local food like cactus and rattlesnake. Menu items at the other restaurants vary from hot dogs, buffalo wings and burgers to steaks, vegetarian dishes, seafood and omelets. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual at all locations except the restaurant where business-casual attire is appropriate.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30  |  $30-$50

Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch
P.O. Box 1
Death Valley, California 92328
(760) 786-2345

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Baker Restaurants

The Mad Greek restaurant is situated off Interstate 15 only an hour from Las Vegas. The Mad Greek restaurant specializes in Mediterranean food. The interior is a stimulating overload of Greek decor and music. Mediterranean restaurant menu items include fallafels, gyros, bhaklava and kabobs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

TIP: Baker has the world's tallest thermometer which can be easily seen from Interstate 15.

The Mad Greek
72112 Baker Boulevard
Baker, California 92309
(760) 733-4354

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Palm Springs Restaurants

Peaks Restaurant, Pines Café and the Lookout Lounge are located at the top of a 8,000 foot peak accessible by the Palm Springs Tram. The tram base is located on Tramway Road off Highway 111, near Interstate 10. Dine at the top of Southern California's second highest peak with panoramic views of the entire Coachella Valley. Restaurant menu items include Southwest Seafood Chowder, Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, Herb Roasted Turkey, Sugar Cane Encrusted Salmon and Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual to dress-casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50

Palm Springs Tram
One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, California 92262
(888) 515-8726

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Trio restaurant is located in downtown at the Uptown Design District. Situated in an iconic mid-century building, Trio specializes in seafood, Italian food and Midwest comfort food like Yankee Pot Roast, House-Made Meatloaf, St. Louis-Style Spare Ribs, Trio Angus Pasta, Australian Sole and Salmon Steak. Open daily for lunch and dinner and Saturday & Sunday brunch. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30

Trio Restaurant
707 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 864-8746

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Chop House is located in the heart of downtown. Chop House specializes in fine wines, prime steaks and fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Menu choices include Escargots Bourguignonne, Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Legs, Grass-Fed Ribeye, Porterhouse, Prime Rib, Chateaubriand, New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Blackened Ahi Tuna. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual dress.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Chop House Palm Springs
262 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-4500

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Wang's in the Desert restaurant is located in downtown near the intersection of Ramon and Indian Canyon. They specialize in Pan Asian food and feature an indoor pond and outdoor patio. Chinese restaurant menu items include Steamed Pork Dumplings, FireCracker Shrimp, Cashew Scallops, Tangerine Beef, Sichuan Eggplant and Sweet and Sour Tofu. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Wang's in the Desert
424 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 325-9264

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LG's Steakhouse is located in the heart of downtown. This award-winning steak restaurant specializes in fine wines, prime steaks and fresh seafood with menu choices like Jumbo Gulf Prawns, Bone-In Ribeye, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Australian Lobster Tail, Braised Chicken Breast and Shrimp Scampi. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

LG's Prime Steakhouse
255 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-1779

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Native Foods restaurant is located near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Sunrise in Palm Springs and in Palm Desert at El Paseo and Lupine. Native Foods is a popular vegan restaurant. Restaurant menu items include Iron Yam Salad, Portobello & Sausage Burger, Baja Surf Tacos, Greek Gyro and Greek Pizza. Both locations open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Native Foods Palm Springs
1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 416-0070

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Europa restaurant is situated in the luxurious Villa Royale Inn at Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Trail. They offer fine-dining in a Spanish-style villa, complete with fountains and wood burning fireplace. Award-winning European restaurant menu items include Grilled Portobello Mushroom with Wild Boar Bacon, Escargots Royale, Andalusia Loin of Pork, Duck Confit, Classico Caesar Salad and Dungeness Crab Cakes. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to semi-formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

Europa @ Villa Royale Inn
1620 S. Indian Trail
Palm Springs, California 92264
(760) 327-2314

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Melvyn's Restaurant is situated in the historic Ingleside Inn in downtown. The Ingleside Inn is an elite Inn visited by the rich and famous including Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Salvador Dali and Spencer Tracy. The award-winning Melvyn's Restaurant is lavishly adorned with crown mouldings, crystal chandeliers, classic paintings and white linens. Menu items at this fine-dining restaurant include Steak Diane, Chicken Pot Pie, Prime Steak au Poivre, Wilted Spinach Salad, Maryland Crab Cakes Cherries Jubilee and and Bananas Flambeé. They also feature a cozy bar and well stocked wine cellar. Open nightly for dinner, Monday through Friday for lunch and brunch on Saturday & Sunday.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Melvyn's Restaurant
200 W Ramon Road
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 325-2323

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Johanne's restaurant is located in downtown at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon. They specialize in Continental Cuisine with hints of Austria. Restaurant menu items include Grilled Stuffed Quail, Ahi Tuna & Avocado Tartare, Roasted Beets, Giant Tiger Prawns, Wiener Schnitzel and Cinnamon Smoked Spiced Duck Breast. Open nightly for dinner. Semi-formal to formal attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Johanne's
196 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 778-0017

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Fisherman's Market & Grill has three restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. This laid-back seafood restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in the desert and you have the choice of taking it with you to prepare yourself, or have them cook it for you. They've been voted #1 seafood restaurant at all locations. No frills atmosphere where you order at the counter and the food is brought to your table. Restaurant menu items include Basket of Fried Oysters, Calamari Steak Sandwich, Baja Shrimp Tacos, Fish Kabobs, Crab Salad, Fish and Chips and much more. We highly recommend the Fish Kabobs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Fisherman's Palm Springs
235 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
(760) 327-1766

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Rancho Mirage Restaurants

Kobe Japanese Restaurant

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse restaurant is situated in Rancho Mirage off Highway 111. You can't miss it from the road. This is an authentic looking Japanese restaurant with blue-tiled roofs, beautifully manicured Japanese gardens and a koi pond. Japanese food is served teppan-style, which means it is cooked on large hot griddles in front of the guests. The chef's are highly skilled with knives and put on a show while preparing the meals. Japanese restaurant menu items include Miso Soup, Fillet Mignon, Jumbo Shrimp, Tofu, Teriyaki Chicken and much more. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
69838 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 324-1717

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Babes at The River

The River is a large shopping, dining and entertainment center nestled among beautiful streams, waterfalls, fountains and lake. Many popular chain restaurants surround the lake including P.F.Chang's China Bistro, Flemming's Prime Steakhouse, Cheesecake Factory, Babes Bar-B-Que & Brewery and Yardhouse. Piero's Acqua Pazza offers a picturesque gazebo setting over the water and Babe's features a giant brass pig at their entrance. Casual to business-casual attire. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30  |   $30-$50

The River
71800 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, California 92270
(760) 341-2711

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Palm Desert Restaurants

Fisherman's Market & Grill has three restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. This laid-back seafood restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in the desert and you have the choice of taking it with you to prepare yourself, or have them cook it for you. They've been voted #1 seafood restaurant at all locations. No frills atmosphere where you order at the counter and the food is brought to your table. Seafood restaurant menu items include Basket of Fried Oysters, Calamari Steak Sandwich, Baja Shrimp Tacos, Fish Kabobs, Crab Salad, Fish and Chips and much more. We highly recommend the Fish Kabobs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Fisherman's Palm Desert
44250 Town Center Way, Suite C-2
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 776-6533

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Native Foods restaurant is located near the intersection of Palm Canyon and Sunrise in Palm Springs and in Palm Desert at El Paseo and Lupine. Native Foods is a popular vegan restaurant. Restaurant menu items include Iron Yam Salad, Portobello & Sausage Burger, Baja Surf Tacos, Greek Gyro and Greek Pizza. Both locations open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |   $10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

Native Foods Palm Desert
73-890 El Paseo
Palm Desert, California 92260
(760) 836-9396

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La Quinta Restaurants

LG's Steakhouse La Quinta is located at the intersection of Highway 111 and Washington Street. This award-winning steak restaurant specializes in fine wines, prime steaks and fresh seafood with menu choices like Jumbo Gulf Prawns, Bone-In Ribeye, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Australian Lobster Tail, Braised Chicken Breast and Shrimp Scampi. Open nightly for dinner. Business-casual to formal attire.
$30-$50  |   $50+

LG's Prime Steakhouse
78525 Highway 111
Suite 100
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 771-9911

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Adobe Grill - La Quinta Resort

La Quinta Resort is located southwest of Palm Springs in La Quinta. La Quinta Resort offers several restaurants and eateries with everything from prime steaks to healthy parfaits. Enjoy pastries and healthy snacks at the Centre Court Café. Savor an abalone steak at Morgan's. Catch the game at Ernie's. Dine on casual comfort foods at TWENTY6. Top off a day of golf at the MD Grill. Try the fresh-baked tortillas and handmade Mexican food at Adobe Grill. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Casual to formal depending on the restaurant.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50  |   $50+

La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, California 92253
(760) 777-4835

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Fisherman's Market & Grill has three restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. This laid-back seafood restaurant offers some of the freshest seafood in the desert and you have the choice of taking it with you to prepare yourself, or have them cook it for you. They've been voted #1 seafood restaurant at all locations. No frills atmosphere where you order at the counter and the food is brought to your table. Seafood restaurant menu items include Basket of Fried Oysters, Calamari Steak Sandwich, Baja Shrimp Tacos, Fish Kabobs, Crab Salad, Fish and Chips and much more. We highly recommend the Fish Kabobs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Casual attire.
$5-$10  |  $10-$30

Fisherman's La Quinta
78575 Highway 111, Suite 100
La Quinta, California 92253
(760) 777-1601

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Borrego Springs Restaurants

Anza-Borrego is located northeast of Julian off Highway 78 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Arches restaurant serves American-Southwest food in a fine-dining restaurant overlooking a golf course. Outdoor dining is available under an arched patio. Or try Fireside Lounge for cocktails and appetizers near a roaring fire. Business-casual attire.
$10-$30  |   $30-$50

Arches @ Borrego Springs Resort
1112 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs, California 92004
(888) 826-7734

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