Palm Springs is known for many things, including great places to dine – some elegant, some retro, some just plain kitschy, but all undeniably wonderful. However, like many tourist destinations, things have changed over time. While some older establishments have closed up or moved on, new ones have emerged.
Palm Springs is a hot spot in and of itself, and now it can boast 11 new hot spot eateries.
ANTIGUA KITCHEN & BAR | 105 S Palm Canyon Dr. | 760.656.7875
This eatery replaces the Japanese restaurant Gyoro-Gyoro and is owned locally by the Zavala family, who also own the L’Olivo Palm Springs restaurant. Antigua features entertainment, dancing and weekend brunches. The menu offers a variety of dishes including steak, seafood, pasta and pizza. Open daily 11 am – 11 pm.
AZUCAR at LA SERENA VILLAS | 339 S Belardo Road | 760.832.8044
Azucar’s approachable menu is comprised of local farm to table ingredients. There are small plates for sharing, as well as full course meals with Spanish & Mediterranean influences and a focus on wellness. They also offer a full bar with craft cocktails and a full wine list. Enjoy a poolside restaurant with indoor or outdoor seating. Visit the upstairs lounge called Sugar High which boasts a special menu. Open Thursday – Sunday, 5 pm – 10 pm.
BONGO JOHNNYS | 301 N Palm Canyon Dr. Suite 200 | 760.788.0019
Bongo Johnny’s has moved from Arenas (after a fire) to the corner of Amado and Palm Canyon, second floor. Serving many of the great American favourites and menu items, it now offers a much larger bar and two large outdoor patios.
DEL REY at VILLA ROYALE | 1620 S Indian Trail | 760.327.2314
Del Rey is open to the public for dinner. Chef Louis Martinez focuses on Spanish and Mediterranean flavours. The shared plates and the lounge atmosphere evoke conversation and sipping cocktails. In addition to boozy slushies, the wine program includes California wines and Spanish varietals.
GRAND CENTRAL | 160 La Plaza, Palm Springs 92262 |
Grand Central is open for breakfast and lunch along while offering espresso and a full bar. Located in the historic La Plaza in downtown Palm Springs, the name is a tribute to train stations throughout the years where people have been meeting ‘under the clock’. Grand Central’s iconic clock is a reminder to take a breath; to relax and enjoy innovative food and drink, to be with family and friends and, most importantly, to put down everyone’s devices and talk.
Il CORSO | Located next to The Rowan at 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way| 760.656.3770
Il Corso offers genuine Italian hospitality while serving a wonderful variety of authentic Italian dishes including fresh salads, homemade pasta, wood oven pizza and delicious seafood. In addition to the regular menu, Chef Mario prepares nightly Italian specials, such as ‘the world’s best gnocchi’. The house specialty is roasted leg of veal.
PAUL BAR/FOOD | 3700 E. Vista Chino, Palm Springs 92262 | 760.656.4082
This bar is located on a very unassuming corner of Vista Chino and Gene Autry, kitty-corner to the Palm Springs sign. The bar is named after owner Paul O’Halloran, a longtime NYC-based bartender with a long resume. He’s a cocktail perfectionist. Menu choices are simple plus they offer a popular happy hour, daily from 4:00 pm – 7:15 pm.
REVEL PUBLIC HOUSE | 140 S Palm Canyon Drive | 760.325.9464
This is the new place in town to watch all your favourite sports with great local beer and food, from owner Mindy Reed (also the owner of Zin). This hot spot gathering place features a new menu, a memorable Happy Hour, and beers from Palm Springs Brewing Co.
TOMMY BAHAMA MARLIN BAR & GRILL | 111 N. Palm Canyon | 760.788.0019
Another addition from the downtown redevelopment project, Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar & Grill is open with a casual atmosphere and self-service menu. Enjoy indoor seating or the large outdoor patio filled with sun umbrellas. Guests can enjoy a menu heavy on sandwiches and tacos, along with a large drink selection and plenty of choices on tap.
WEXLER’S DELI | Located at Arrive Hotel – 4409, 1551 N Palm Canyon | 760.507.1640
Wexler’s is a highly popular Los Angeles Jewish deli that has expanded to Palm Springs. Menu items include house smoked and hand sliced pastrami, corned beef, and smoked turkey.
WILMA & FRIEDA | 155 South Palm Canyon Road | 760.773.2807
The restaurant is named after our two grandmothers, Wilma and Frieda. Wilma was known for her cat-eye glasses while Frieda was best known for her amazing ability to make dinner for 20 people in a heartbeat. In their honour, Wilma & Frieda’s serves comfort food with a twist – think of it as your favourite childhood dishes mixed with grown-up flavour. The breakfast menu is popular here. Open 8 am – 3 pm daily.
Article inspired by Visit Palm Springs.