A Guide to the Best Restaurants in Palm Springs

14 Sep 2023   Guides

Welcome back to the Lux Life Vacation Rentals blog, your go-to resource for the best travel tips and local insights to elevate your vacation experience. 

Today, we're leaving no stone unturned in the sunny oasis of Palm Springs, California, known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, and mid century-modern architecture. 

But what really makes a vacation memorable is the food that tantalizes our taste buds, and Palm Springs offers a vibrant food scene that's as varied as it is delicious. Whether you're a discerning foodie, a cocktail enthusiast, or someone looking for that perfect brunch spot, we've curated a list of 10 must-visit restaurants in Palm Springs that promise to offer unforgettable dining experiences. 

Each of these establishments not only serve fantastic food but also provide a unique ambiance that reflects the eclectic and chic spirit of Palm Springs. Let's dive in and explore these culinary gems that will surely add flavor to your Palm Springs getaway.

1. 1501 Uptown

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Run by restaurateurs Chad Gardner and Willie Rhine, 1501 Uptown is a neighborhood gastropub known for its bar fare like sweet-and-spicy wings, onion rings, and burgers. It also offers salads and entrees and features a gin cocktail menu and a selection of craft beers.

2. Workshop Kitchen + Bar

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Workshop Kitchen + Bar is renowned for its innovative, vegetable-forward, farmers market-driven dishes. The menu includes chilled melon soup and scarlet runner beans with collard greens and black garlic. You can also find heartier offerings like steak au poivre.

3. Colony Club Restaurant

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The Colony Club luxurious restaurant offers a retro Art Deco dining style. For breakfast, you can enjoy pool-side brioche french toast and a bloody mary, while dinner options range from Mediterranean inspired dishes, caviar service, and a prime New York strip steak served with bone marrow gremolata.

4. The Tropicale

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The Tropicale offers an Old Havana supper club ambiance. Its menu skews global with meatballs, rice bowls, skirt steak asada, and buttermilk fried chicken with succotash. The restaurant also offers specialty martinis, tropical-inspired cocktails, and a fun brunch scene.

5. Sherman's Deli & Bakery

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A community favorite since the 1950s, Sherman's Deli & Bakery offers traditional deli and greasy spoon meals including chopped liver and egg salad, Sherman’s Philly, beef n’ latkes, and a classic grilled cheese. They also have a sprawling bakery case with a variety of cakes and cheesecakes.

6. Farm

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This patio bistro is known for its brunch offerings. The menu is full of jams, local produce, and French press coffee, plus staples of crepes, cheesy omelets, and brioche french toast. The restaurant also offers a prix-fixe dinner menu (Friday through Tuesday) that rotates monthly.

7. Monsoon Indian Cuisine

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Monsoon offers a variety of Indian food at reasonable prices, including a full lunch buffet. Some of the standards here include samosas, chicken tikka masala, and palak paneer.

8. Townie Bagels

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Townie Bagels, which opened in 2015, offers some of the best water-boiled bagels in Southern California. They also bake other goods every day.

9. Chef Tanya's Kitchen


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This takeout-only spot offers a selection of sides such as eggless egg salad, smoked chicken pasta, and Moroccan-roasted cauliflower. Heavier offerings include entree-sized salads, sandwiches, and tempeh burgers. Over the past few years, it has become a mini-market with produce, bottled dressings, house-made seitan-based deli meats, take-and-bake lasagna, and plant-based desserts.

10. Bar Cecil

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This posh restaurant offers contemporary bistro fare, incorporating seasonal ingredients from local farms. The menu includes steak frites, roasted chicken with charred green beans, and grilled California artichokes with house-made aioli.