20 Best Restaurants And Bars In Palm Springs

Only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a desert oasis that is perfect for locals and visitors looking to hang poolside. Though the summers get swelteringly hot, you can expect sunny skies nearly all year round. From hiking to golfing, there is plenty to do and see when visiting Palm Springs. However, the food scene has also been on the up for many years. Though there are a few classic spots that have been in the desert for decades, there are also plenty of new hotel restaurants and bars that have brought a more elevated dining experience to the area.

Whether you're looking to beat the heat with a zesty margarita and some Mexican cuisine, or you're craving a no-frills pastrami sandwich for lunch, the options in Palm Springs are surprisingly abundant. That said, we've rounded up the 20 best bars and restaurants in Palm Springs worth the drive from LA!


Located at Drift Palm Springs, Maleza is the latest and greatest Baja-inspired restaurant to land in Palm Springs. Though Maleza is open all day long, it is most popular for dinner, especially if you're seeking something a bit more elevated and upscale. The retro decor creates a laid-back yet stylish ambiance that creates the ideal backdrop for dinner and drinks in the dessert. Most of the dishes are intended for sharing, so it's best to order family-style and share amongst your group.

Some can't-miss dishes include the Mahi Mahi ceviche, heirloom tomato salad with smoked burrata, and the California white seabass. When it comes to drinks, the milk punch is beyond smooth and refreshing, but you also can't go wrong with a glass of the hotel's signature Pinot Noir.

Sherman's Deli & Bakery

Sherman's Deli & Baker has been one of the most popular sandwich shops in the desert since 1963. It remains family owned and brings a true taste of New York City to Palm Springs with its abundant array of classic sandwiches and bagels. Upon walking in, check out the sandwich board for a list of more than 40 creations. The tall corned beef sandwich is a local favorite that is made on fresh rye bread and served alongside your choice of potato salad or coleslaw.

The Southern-style fried chicken is crisped to perfection and can be served with everything from cottage fries to mixed veggies. In addition to the Palm Springs location, there is also a second Sherman's Deli & Bakery in nearby Palm Desert.

1501 Uptown Gastropub

1501 Uptown Gastropub serves comforting cuisine in a bright and cozy space that is complete with a tall, wood-slat ceiling and massive windows that let in an ample amount of natural light. There is also a beautiful patio that has views of the surrounding mountains if you'd prefer to sit outside. One of the best things about 1501 Uptown Gastropub is the daily happy hour from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to taking $2 off drinks, the happy hour menu features discounted food ranging from charcuterie boards to the signature 1501 Burger. Other can't miss menu items include the sourdough pretzel and beer cheese, panko-breaded onion rings, and the sour cherry balsamic-braised pork shoulder.

Copley's On Palm Canyon

Ever dreamed of dining at Old Hollywood legend Cary Grant's Palm Springs estate? Copley's On Palm Canyon is an elegant and iconic eatery that offers majestic mountain views on a romantic patio. The menu changes with the seasons, ensuring that all of the produce and meat offered is incredibly fresh all year long. The Hawaiian ahi tacos are a light and tasty starter, but no visit to Copley's would be complete without the bread-and-butter service for two.

Switch up your salad choice with the chilled lobster and shrimp ceviche that is served with a papaya salad, or keep things classic with Copley's Caesar. For your entree, order the roasted Australian barramundi or the honey-seared duck breast before concluding with the delicate chocolate souffle.

Guillermo's Palm Springs

Guillermo's is the ultimate place to cure your craving for classic Mexican cuisine in the desert. Guillermo's has been around since 2003, and though it closes for the summer, it is always packed with locals and visitors alike from fall to spring. It is a family-owned and operated restaurant, and the recipes have a sense of nostalgia and comfort that never gets old. If you're in the mood for a margarita, Guillermo's has more than 300 bottles of tequila to explore.

Enjoy live music in the evenings on the weekends while you snack on some tangy salsa and chips. The seafood ceviche is another premium appetizer, as is the cucumber and jicama salad. When it comes to the main course, the combo fajitas are perfect for sharing and are served with beans, sour cream, and guacamole with your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey

As the name suggests, Sandfish specializes in all things sushi and whiskey. Though sushi in the desert might seem strange, Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey only source the best of the best, ensuring that each cut is fresh and delivered straight from the source. Before indulging in an array of nigiri and sushi rolls, order a whiskey cocktail or sip on something straight.

The spicy edamame is a simple yet savory appetizer that always hits the spot, but the stuffed zucchini blossoms are a more unique starter that you won't want to miss. Once you're ready for some rolls, try to order as many signature creations as possible. The Sandfish roll is a must, as are the lollipop and steak Wagyu rolls. The scallop and sea beans dish topped with a yuzu vinaigrette should also be at the top of your list.

Bar Cecil

Bar Cecil is one of the best places for pre-dinner drinks or a post-dinner nightcap in Palm Springs. Art lovers will appreciate the colorful, design-forward interior, which provides the most Instagram-worthy backdrop to a gorgeous martini with a twist. If you're just looking to enjoy bites and beverages, snag a blue barstool and order the grilled California artichokes along with some of Cecil's famous bread rolls that are served with herby sage butter.

Those hoping to embark on a full sit-down dinner should start off with the colossal shrimp cocktail, bibb lettuce salad, and red Thai curry mussels. The $50 martini is certainly a splurge, but considering it is served with a deviled egg topped with caviar, it is one you won't soon forget.

Cheeky's Palm Spring

Cheeky's has been a breakfast and lunch staple for locals since it first opened in 2008. The use of local and farm-fresh ingredients makes a huge difference in the quality of the cuisine, and even if you dine here regularly, you'll always be able to find something new since the menu changes every week. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, and the vibe is very laid-back and casual.

Since Cheeky's actually has its own chicken coop, the eggs are as fresh as they get, so starting your day with an omelet or breakfast quesadilla is never a bad idea. Bacon lovers will also need to try the $8 bacon flight. Cure your sweet tooth with a Cheeky's cinnamon roll, or get a buzz with a spicy Bloody Mary.

The Tropicale

When it comes to upscale dining in Palm Springs, The Tropicale is one of the best. The cozy patio has Chinese lanterns and lush palm trees, and it's a great place for a romantic date night or a special celebration. If you're in need of a solid happy hour, The Tropicale is also the perfect pick. Happy hour is served every day from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. However, Wednesday hosts happy hour all night long. Enjoy a huge selection of discounted small plates and pizzas.

The Mango Colada is a fruity drink that will help you beat the desert heat, but you can't go wrong with one of the many mojitos. For your entree, don't skip the organic brisket burger that is topped with creamy, melted brie cheese.


Between its rustic patio and French-inspired menu, Farm is one of the best eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Palm Springs. From sweet crepes to savory crepes, the menu at Farm showcases French favorites in a modern way. At lunch, you can also enjoy American classics like the pepper tuna sandwich, chicken BLT, and cobb salad. The dinner menu is more elevated, featuring a prix fixe menu of five courses, including an amuse-bouche and palate cleanser.

Choose between appetizers like stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates and spicy tuna tartar before moving on to the main event. Entree options include a New Zealand rack of lamb, seared scallops, caprese-stuffed portobello mushrooms, and more. This coursed dinner transports guests to the South of France with each bite, and you'll definitely want to end with the rich chocolate mousse.


Located at the historic Ingleside Estate, Melvyn's gives guests a true taste of what Palm Springs was like in the 1970s. The artsy interior in the dining room is enhanced by dark walls and bright yellow chairs, creating a cool contrast that makes you want to sip on an extra dirty martini. If you're not interested in having a full sit-down meal, grab a spot at the fully resorted oak and mahogany bar that was hand carved in 1895.

The hotel itself has been around since 1922, making it a staple in the Palm Springs community. Pair your cocktail with some freshly shucked oysters or buttery escargot. The Melvyn's Wagyu burger is a hearty and delicious dish, but if you prefer something lighter, go for the shrimp scampi and linguini.

Azúcar Restaurant & Bar

Azúcar Restaurant & Bar is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful restaurants in Palm Springs. The interior of the restaurant is bright and colorful, featuring patterned wallpaper and a collection of framed pictures of Frida Khalo. The restaurant also leads out onto a poolside patio, allowing you to enjoy the evening breeze once the desert cools down at night.

Sip on a watermelon margarita as you enjoy classic appetizers like guacamole and chips and shrimp cocktail. Vegetarians will love cauliflower risotto, but the yellowfin tuna tartar is a refreshing starter for seafood fans. Opt for the grilled swordfish or crab-stuffed poblano pepper for your entree. The vegetable-stuffed poblano is a veggie-friendly dish that has a nice kick, and you'll definitely want to save room for the mini Key Lime cheesecake for dessert.

4 Saints

Looking for a stylish date night spot in Palm Springs? 4 Saints is one of the few rooftop restaurants in Palm Springs and offers panoramic views that are rare to find in the desert. The menu focuses on contemporary American cuisine, and you'll definitely want to start with a craft cocktail at sunset. The blood-orange Catania spritz is refreshing and zesty, but the dirt Rowan Martini matches the sleek vibe and decor of 4 Saints.

The small plates are great for sharing, and some highlights include the scallop crudo, beef tartare, and chicory salad. If you're in the mood for pasta, order the sweet potato agnolotti or truffle pappardelle. When it comes to protein, you can't go wrong with the strip steak, but the smoked cabbage is a beautiful surprise that carnivores and vegetarians will love.

Spencer's Restaurant

Spencer's Restaurant is an all-day eatery that is known for having one of the most popular patios in the desert. Local desert-dwellers love stopping in for the spinach and wild mushroom frittata or Spencer's signature waffle. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the Benedicts; just be sure to pair it with the Old Fashioned Bloody Mary.

Need to plan a special work lunch? Spencer's prix fixe lunch menu is a great deal and only costs $29 for three courses. The prix fixe dinner menu is priced at $59 and has a much wider selection of options to choose from. If they're available during your visit, don't miss the opportunity to try the whole Maryland soft-shell crabs, which can be enjoyed either as an appetizer or an entree.

Ruben and Ozzy's Oyster Bar & Grill

Oysters in the desert might seem a bit taboo, but not when you're dining at Ruben and Ozzy's Oyster Bar & Grill. The seafood-forward menu features plenty of classic recipes along with a few innovative favorites. The restaurant has been around since 2012, and there's no denying that it's a hotspot for locals craving some fresh seafood. Located in Downtown Palm Springs, Ruben and Ozzy's Oyster Bar & Grill is a great place to dine before an evening of enjoying the local nightlife.

The oyster shooters are a fun and flavorful appetizer that can even have liquor added to them. The clam chowder is a major hit, but if you're craving something lighter, the jumbo shrimp cocktail is a great starter. When it comes to entrees, the crab enchiladas are a signature dish you won't want to miss.

Truss & Twine

Truss & Twine takes guests on an imbibing journey through time that spans all the way from the Golden Age to our current cocktail era. Keep things light and classic with the gimlet, or enjoy a powerful combo of flavors with the signature Turf cocktail that is made with absinthe. The Planters Punch from the Tiki section of the menu is a refreshing concoction, while the White Russian from Dark Ages section has its own special (and sweet) charm.

Though the drinks are the star of the show, the farm-fresh bites served at Truss & Twine are also impressive. The tender Wagyu oxtail grilled cheese and house truffle potato chips are a decadent combo, but if you want something sweet, order the chocolate mousse to pair with your White Russian.

Paul Bar/Food

Whether you're looking for a grade-A martini or a hearty dinner, Paul Bar/Food should be one of your top stops. It is located in a strip mall, but the interior is very rustic and immersive. Snag a bar stool and order an extra dirty martini and some garlic and rosemary-tossed French fries. The fried calamari is another solid starter, but if you want a full meal, be sure to save room for the main course.

The short rib dip is served on sourdough and is topped with creamy fontina cheese. If you prefer seafood over red meat, pan-roasted salmon is cooked to perfection. The chicken schnitzel is also worth trying, but if you're vegan, your best option is the vegan yellow curry.

Bootlegger Tiki

As the name suggests, Bootlegger Tiki is a tropical tiki bar in Palm Springs. Since Bootlegger Tiki is one of the most popular bars in the area, it's best to plan your visit ahead of time and make a reservation. Though a few tables are saved for walk-ins each night, it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when drinks this good are on the line. The island-inspired decor and giant tiki torches set the mood while the vibrant cocktails taste like sunshine in every sip.

The menu goes through regular updates and changes, but some current winners include the Hot Girl Summer and Clothing Optional. Both drinks are rum-based and possess fruity notes and flavors. If you're visiting with a group, order the dealer's choice punch bowl and get ready for a delicious (and strong) surprise.


When it comes to craft cocktails in the desert, Blackbook is one of the best. If you're a fan of whiskey, you'll love the fact that this cozy bar has more than 450 bottles to explore. From a Tito's martini to a zesty margarita, all of the classics are covered, but the signature cocktails are what truly shine.

The hibiscus-infused Disco Lemonade is a refreshing and bright libation, while the smoky and spicy Friendo provides the perfect amount of heat. However, if you're looking to splurge on a one-of-a-kind Old Fashioned, get your wallet ready. The $47 Old Fashioned is made with Garrison Bros. Twice-Barreled Balmorhea Whiskey, and though $47 is undeniably steep for a drink, it's worth it for whiskey lovers.


Having drinks at Seymour's feels like being transported back in time to the 1930s. This locally-loved bar blends vintage decor with modern accents, making Seymour's one of the most stylish bars in Palm Springs. Though the ambiance and atmosphere are sure to draw you in, the creative cocktail list will make you stay. In addition to being tasty, the drinks are also beautiful, and each has innovative names that you won't soon forget.

The Man in the Yellow Hat is a rum-based cocktail that has a rich banana flavor that's perfect for sunny days in the desert. Another popular cocktail is the Northern Elixir which is made with Botanist Gin. There are also a handful of California wines available by the glass or the bottle.