We love that the dining options in Greater Palm Springs are continuing to expand and evolve. Read on for our round up of new, new-ish and soon-to-come dining destinations that you won’t want to miss!
Azucar Restaurant & Bar
This past spring, La Serena Villas hotel opened in the historic Tennis Club area of Palm Springs following an extensive renovation of a collection of 1930s bungalows. The beautiful boutique hotel also features a new restaurant opening on September 1 called Azucar, with both indoor and outdoor seating poolside, as well as a rooftop patio with a fireplace and excellent views of the desert. The menu reflects Mediterranean influences, with both small plates and full course items utilizing local farm to table ingredients.
339 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs // more info
Acqua California Bistro
The creators of Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs have just opened Acqua California Bistro at The River in Rancho Mirage. The bright and spacious eatery is serving modern California cuisine, with an extensive menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as happy hour in the bar area (daily from 11 a.m. to close). Sundays include a special three-course prix fixe brunch menu with offerings like a Smoked Salmon Omelette (three-egg fluffy omelette with smoked salmon, caviar and onions).
71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage // more info
Chef Tanya's Kitchen
Tanya Petrovna, original founder of the vegan chain Native Foods, has opened Chef Tanya's Kitchen in Palm Springs offering counter service of delicious plant-based dishes that will appeal to even non-vegans. We love the Chupacabra Chicken sandwich (thinly sliced seitan filets, avocado, cilantro, house-pickled jalapenos, lettuce, roasted tomato, onion, chipotle mayo on a torpedo roll), or try one of the many deli salads, like the Moroccan Chop (local sweet potatoes, cauliflower, chick peas, parsley, red onion, Moroccan vinaigrette, currants, almonds, Flying Disc dates, green olives). You can also pick up packaged items like house-made seitan and vegan cheese, as well as dinner to go on Wednesday evenings, when the kitchen stays open late until 8pm.
706 S. Eugene Road, Palm Springs // more info
The Gray Café
Vegans, rejoice – you have a second new spot in the desert for plant-based cuisine! The Gray Café in Desert Hot Springs serves breakfast and lunch in a casual setting, with menu items like vegan and gluten free spring rolls, wraps, bowls, burgers (both seitan and beet patties) and smoothies. The space also includes a small health food store.
13104 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs // more info
Mod Cafe is the sister restaurant to the popular Palm Springs eatery Palm Greens Cafe. While Palm Greens began as a fully vegetarian spot, both Palm Greens and Mod Cafe now offer vegan, vegetarian and organic meat and seafood options. Located in the Corridor shopping center next to Koffi, Mod Cafe has casual indoor and patio seating and a menu featuring healthy, organic fare for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner service starting in mid-October. We love the breakfast menu (above are the Root Hash and Breakfast Tacos) and lunch items like the Teriyaki Stir Fry Bowl (brown rice, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, water chestnuts, baby bok choy, crimini mushrooms).
515 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs // more info
Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a quick and delicious burger! The international gourmet burger chain Burgerim has opened an outpost in Palm Desert at Westfield Mall, where they are serving up burgers with an “always more than one concept; guests can chose from a duo, trio or 16 pack of gourmet 2.8-ounce patties and customize each one with a variety of two buns, five signature sauces, ten patties and nine toppings. Some suggested combos from the Burgerim team include a turkey burger on their signature bun or gluten free bun with pineapple, lettuce and tomato, or a Merguez (spicy beef) burger with house sauce, jalapeno and a sunny side up egg. Some additional patty options include salmon, chicken, veggie and falafel.
72840 Hwy 111, Palm Desert (inside Westfield Mall) // more info
Venezia Restaurant & Pizzeria
The new Venezia Restaurant & Pizzeria in Palm Springs is helmed by Italian chefs who have been creating authentic cuisine for over 35 years. Choose from a variety of traditional Italian dishes and wood-fired pizzas, plus fresh fish entrees like Salmone Grigliato (grilled salmon with a tarragon and white wine cream sauce). Be sure to save room for the freshly made tiramisu!
2500 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs // more info
We couldn’t complete a guide to new restaurants in the desert without ensuring that you haven’t missed any of these openings!
If you haven’t been to Evzin yet, go! This small Palm Desert eatery specializes in authentic Mediterranean cuisine, with delicious starters, pitas and plates, as well main entrees like Citrus Zataar Roasted Half Chicken, served with red chard, toasted almond basmati rice and tahini sauce. We particularly love the Fresh Herb Falafel Plate with quinoa tabbouleh salad, hummus, tomatoes, radish, pickled beets and tahini. In exciting news, Evzin will soon be opening a second location in Palm Springs, inside the Caliente Tropics Hotel!
72695 Hwy 111, Palm Desert // more info
The Fox & Fiddle
This Rancho Mirage eatery, located in the River shopping center, specializes in elevated pub food and handcrafted cocktails in a comfortable, social setting. They’ve recently updated the Den area at the Fox & Fiddle to include darts, beer pong, and old school board games, along with foosball and shuffleboard, making it a fun and casual spot for hanging out with friends (or making new ones!).
71800 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage //
Truss & Twine
Truss & Twine is the second Palm Springs venture by Workshop Kitchen + Bar chef and owner, Michael Beckman. Housed in the historic El Paseo building in Uptown Palm Springs, next door to Workshop, the traditional Spanish exterior belies the bar’s modern and dramatic interior. Truss & Twine specializes in classic cocktails broken down by era, alongside a sophisticated, desert-inspired menu of small plates, charcuterie and cheese. We love the house made Pretzel Sticks, wrapped in house pastrami and served with whipped mustard butter, as well as the Red Snapper Crudo with golden beet, pink peppercorn and shiso pesto.
800 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs // more info
The Pantry at Holiday House
The team behind the popular Sparrows Lodge recently opened a second Palm Springs boutique hotel called Holiday House, which is located in a renovated midcentury property designed by Herbert Burns. Open daily from 11am to 4pm, The Pantry at Holiday House serves Chef Gabriel Woo’s take on classic and simple “Americana” fare, such as an Avocado Chicken Salad with heirloom tomato and bibb lettuce, and the HH Lobster Roll, on a fresh-baked Townie roll, with tarragon and lemon, as well as delicious brunch creations on the weekend. The bar remains open until 11pm daily, offering a full bar with wine, beer and spirits. Like its sister spot, the Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge, the Pantry at Holiday House will soon begin offering family style dinners, which are sure to be a hot ticket.
200 W. Arenas Road, Palm Springs // more info
Justin Eat + Drink
Justin Eat + Drink in Cathedral City opened this past spring and has been garnering devotees ever since. They are open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, serving a diverse menu of snacks, tacos, salads, sandwiches and entrees, all with a modern twist. Some fan favorites include the Cowboy Candy starter (candied jalapenos, cream cheese, sourdough crostini), the burger (Wagyu beef, muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato confit, pickle, special sauce) and the Shrimp & Grits (Gulf shrimp, applewood bacon, Antebellum grits).
68784 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City // more info
The folks at the Parker Palm Springs may have put it best: “A shrine to great wine. After one visit, you will be a convert.” They’re talking about Counter Reformation, the new-ish wine bar and small plates hotspot at the Parker, where it’s bar service only in the small but stylish space that features an antique confessional booth at one end. You really can’t go wrong with anything on their curated menu of wines and bites. We particularly love the avocado, haloumi and rye tartine with shaved iberico – so, so good!
4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs // more info
Some exciting new spots are on the horizon.
The Kimpton Rowan is on track to open this fall in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, with two new restaurants located inside the hotel, helmed by executive chef Stephen Wambach. On the first floor next to the lobby there will be Juniper Table, serving casual, Mediterranean-inspired fare and house-baked goods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The second restaurant, 4 Saints, is located on the seventh floor by the hotel’s rooftop pool, where diners can enjoy expansive views of the valley. 4 Saints will serve dinner daily, with a casual yet refined menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine with French influences inspired by Chef Wambach’s time working abroad.
Another in-hotel eatery on the way this fall is AC3 Restaurant + Bar at Hotel Paseo in Palm Desert. AC3 is a collaboration between two local restaurateurs – Tony Marchese, owner of TRIO in Palm Springs, and Chef Andrew Copley, owner of Copley’s in Palm Springs. The restaurant will feature classic comfort food made contemporary by infusing elements from Chef Copley’s 20-plus-years of culinary experience around the world.
If you’re a fellow sushi lover, you’ll be anxiously awaiting the opening of Sandfish in Palm Springs! Part of the ARRIVE hotel family, which currently includes the Reservoir and Draughtsman restaurants, Sandfish will be located across from the hotel on North Palm Canyon.
Grand Central Palm Springs is slated to open soon in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, serving contemporary American cuisine from a space that was the site of Palm Springs’ original 1930s department store, Desmond’s. They’re planning to serve breakfast (available all day), lunch and dinner, with varied menus that feature comfort-inspired favorites with a modern twist.