Fine dining evokes white tablecloths, candles, sparkling glassware and silver cutlery lined up for each delectable course. Imagine thick juicy steaks, delicate pan-seared scallops, rosemary and garlic crusted rack of lamb, grilled salmon in dill sauce. Here in the Greater Palm Springs area, fine dining can be more casually nuanced where innovative chef-centered dishes are the focus. Or opt for the more formal iteration where a legion of attentive napkin-armed waiters hover nearby amid a muted din of conversation and clinking glasses. Discover what fine dining in the Greater Palm Springs area means to you.

Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn | Palm Springs

Since the mid ‘70s, when the late Mel Haber established Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn, this timeless Palm Springs classic restaurant has been a famed celebrity hangout. Back in the day, Melvyn’s strict dress code meant coats and ties for gentlemen and dressy attire for the ladies. Nowadays, dress is more relaxed and its menu more trend setting with a selection of healthy California-centric dishes. But their timeless classic dishes such as Beef Wellington, Steak Diane, Filets and New York steaks are a nod to earlier times.

Cuistot Restaurant | Palm Desert

Inspired by the lovely farmhouses of chef/owner Bernard Dervieux’s native Condrieu, France, Cuistot offers modern French cuisine with an award-winning wine cellar. The restaurant has been the Best Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator since 2005. Experience such intriguing dishes as classic Lyon style seafood quenelles, California roasted quail, classic Cassoulet with lamb, duck, sausage and beans.

Cuistot Restaurant Fireplace Room

Spencer’s Restaurant | Palm Springs

Terraced at the foot of San Jacinto Mountain and overlooking Palm Springs, Spencer’s Restaurant is an amalgam of classic elegance and comfortable informality. From its venerable Bougainvillea Room with its terraced gardens, the fichus-shaded and fire-lit patio below, to the warmly sophisticated main dining room and enclosed extended patio, Spencer’s offers a variety of dining venues. Signature favorites are the colossal shrimp cocktail, pan-fired Chilean seabass, Australian rock-lobster tail and Black Angus filet mignon, A Wine Spectator award winner, select a glass or bottle of premium wine or craft cocktail from the indoor-outdoor bar.

Spencer's Patio

The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Resort & Spa | Rancho Mirage

Recipient of the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007, The Steakhouse Rancho Mirage features a rich, savory experience for you to enjoy on your night out. 

Agua Caliente Casino salmon filet

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant | Palm Desert

Situated atop the Gardens on El Paseo with sweeping views of the desert cities and surrounding mountains from its patio, Pacifica Seafood has been a favorite gathering place for more than 15 years. Its well-appointed dining room and lively bar offer daily happy hour and nightly specials. While the menu showcases fresh daily seafood such as grilled Pacific swordfish, sugar-spiced salmon, seared rare ahi; it also has an array of steaks, chicken, pasta dishes and salads. Braised boneless beef short ribs, grilled center cut filet mignon and shrimp scampi pasta are among those choices. Pacifica is known for its extensive vodka selection, as well as fine wines, craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Recently, Pacifica Seafood made OpenTable’s 2021 "25 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in AMERICA.”

Pacifica Seafood Octopus

Morgan’s in the Desert, La Quinta Resort & Spa | La Quinta

Tucked among bougainvillea wrapped columns supporting a rough-hewn trellis, Morgan’s in the Desert is La Quinta Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine. Inspired by the Greater Palm Springs area’s agricultural bounty, dishes are created from the region’s top products, crafted by traditional cooking methods. Dine at the piano bar, in the historic dining room or on the fire-lit patio.

Morgan's in the Desert

The Bistro at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino | Indio

The Bistro is Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s fine dining restaurant, specializing in contemporary cuisine, fresh seafood and sushi. Located upstairs from the casino gaming, The Bistro is warm and intimate with a cozy fireplace, central bar seating, and dining room with a view of the open kitchen and sushi bar. Terrace seating overlooks palm trees and the courtyard. Indulge in delicious contemporary cuisine such as steaks, chicken, lamb chops or a fresh selection of seafood. Hand-crafted cocktails, premium wines, beers and after dinner drinks are also dispensed from the bar.    

The Bistro at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

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