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Restaurant Week Returns in Greater Palm Springs With Even More Food, Drinks and Festivities

Written By: Patricia Kemp
Photography By: Laura Perkins and Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Grab your fork and your appetite! Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is a celebration of culinary delight in the desert offering special-priced menus with two-item lunches ($15, $20 and $25) and three-item dinners ($29, $39 and $49), making it a delicious time to try a new venue or revisit old favorites. The event will take place on May 31 through June 9. Treat your heart out!

1 | A Stunning Social Scene Palm Springs Restaurant Week

4 Saints at Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Must-Order Item: Miso Sake Scallion Chicken for the Main Course

Live the high life in the low desert at this rooftop restaurant and bar with breathtaking mountain views at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Spring Hotel. The healthy and heavenly menu at 4 Saints offers guests shareable small plates with Mediterranean-coastal flare from Cedar Roasted Carrots to oysters in a half shell.

4 Saints at Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.392.2020

2 | Homemade Paella + Sangria Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine

Must-Order Item: Paella Mixta for the Main Course

Combining the best of Spain and Italy with California flavor, Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine creates a savory palate of Spanish-infused dishes using farm-fresh ingredients. Locals return for the signature paella and homemade sangria. LA-native Chef Drew Davis honed his cooking chops in prominent East Coast restaurants from East Hampton, New York to Miami Beach and back to California as a personal chef to notable celebrities.

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine
70026 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760.770.9508

3 | Girls’ Night Out Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Cork & Fork

Must-Order Item: Filet Mignon Tacos for the Main Course

With small plates for group sharing and an eclectic wine list for pairing, Cork & Fork is the ideal spot for a girls’ night out. Experiment with classic comfort foods like Cornmeal Crusted Fried Green Tomatoes or exotic Risotto Primavera with wild mushrooms from the culinary mind of Executive Chef and Owner Andie Hubka. When her popular weekly cooking classes became crowded, opening a restaurant in the empty space next door was the logical solution. “The teacher in me wants people to try new things and I think they’re willing to do that if it’s a small dish,” she said. “Giving somebody a dish they might not ordinarily eat and they love it—that to me is the most rewarding part.”

Cork & Fork
47875 Caleo Bay Dr, Ste A106
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.777.7555


4 |
Delizioso Flavors of Italy

Piazza Trilussa Ristorante Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Must-Order Item: Veal Cacciatore for an Entree

With a diverse range of traditional Italian cuisine options, Piazza Trilussa Ristorante is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cathedral City. Known for its welcoming family atmosphere and authentic flavors, this Italian eatery is a great place to dine at during Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (and every day after). Order the Veal Cacciatore, a culinary masterpiece created with veal scaloppini dressed in marinara sauce and decorated with bell peppers, olives, mushrooms and onions. If veal isn’t your taste bud’s preferred choice, their Chicken Marsala and NY Steak are other delizioso options—Buon Appetito!

Piazza Trilussa Ristorante
68718 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 401
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.328.2300

5 | Nostalgic Upscale Elegance

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

Must-Order Item: Watermelon Gazpacho for an Appetizer  

History meets minimalist-modern in this chic and swanky space that once served as Palm Springs’ first post office. The 1954 building in the fashionable Uptown Design District was converted in 2015 into an upscale dining venue by owners and long-time desert residents Willie Rhine and John Paschal. Linger in the back-lit onyx bar lounge with friends or enjoy an intimate dinner for two in the crisp white dining room. “We have something for everyone,” said Manager Tom Collins. “I’m personally excited for people to try the Cauliflower Steak.”  

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.325.8490

6 | Live Well, Eat Well

Evzin Mediterranean – Palm Springs

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Must-Order Item: Greek Yogurt Cheesecake for Dessert

“Evzin” in Greek means to live well and that’s just what you’ll do—and eat well too, of course—at this Mediterranean-themed restaurant that’s serving up family style dishes. Owners and husband-and-wife team John and Maria Tsoutis have more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage business, perfecting flavorful cuisine from the old country from the Fattoush Salad to the Moroccan Grilled Salmon with Couscous and Citrus Beet Salsa.

Evzin Mediterranean – Palm Springs
411 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.656.8764

7 | A New Desert Hot Spot

Kitchen 86 + Bar

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Must-Order Item: 86 House Curry with a choice of chicken or vegetable mango chutney, banana and tomato for the Main Course

Just a few weeks on the scene and already this eatery is a favorite destination for locals and tourists. The kitchen sources organic ingredients to fill small plates for sharing, including a pasta cheese wheel you have to see to believe, housemade curry, ramen and wood-fired pizzas. “We opened two months ago [and] we’re excited to participate in our first Restaurant Week,” said Kerry Uher, who co-owns Kitchen 86 + Bar with Robert Laster. “We’re both foodies so we wanted to open a place with a fun, friendly, local vibe.” The owners also care what fellow foodies think and invite guests to share rave reviews on their website with the chance to receive a $500 prize in a drawing at the end of May. In the lead so far is the Boom Boom Shrimp.

Kitchen 86 + Bar
73-130 El Paseo, Ste I
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.890.1586

8 | Peruvian Spice Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Maria José Peruvian Gourmet

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Must-Order Item: Pesto Spaghetti Peruvian Style for the Main Course

Authentic South American cuisine is alive in the desert at this casual fine dining venue. Located inside the Atrium in Rancho Mirage, Maria José Peruvian Gourmet’s chefs infuse Peruvian spices to accentuate each dish from specialty salads to cilantro rice.

Maria José Peruvian Gourmet
69930 Hwy 111, Ste 121
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760.424.9316

9 | Speakeasy Sophistication Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Truss & Twine

Must-Order Item: Wagyu Oxtail Grilled Cheese

Travel back in time to the Prohibition era at this sophisticated speakeasy where every hour is happy. Executive Chef and Owner Michael Beckman caters to visitors and locals with an impressive bar menu of bourbons, gins and scotches to sip alongside the Rabbit Bratwurst with the house sauerkraut.   

Truss & Twine
800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste F
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.699.7294

10 | Italian Dessert Amore

Venezia Restaurant & Pizzeria

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Must-Order Item: Burrata Caprese for an Appetizer (enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne with your Cicchetti!)   

The taste of Italy is paired with locally-grown ingredients to create an authentic dining experience of classics like calamari, gnocchi with duck sauce and handmade pizzas. The Penne Arrabiata and Ravioli Picchio Pacchio will transport your taste buds back to Venice.  

Venezia Restaurant & Pizzeria
2500 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.898.9255

11 | Cocktails & Mocktails  

Twenty6

Must-Order Item: California Grilled Chicken Baguette for Lunch

An American bistro with an adjacent bar is a relaxing place to enjoy desert dining on soups, salads or burgers in a casual atmosphere. Located at the La Quinta Resort & Club, Twenty6 welcomes guests for lunch and dinner after a round of golf or tennis. The bar menu includes classic cocktails including Whiskey Sour to signature “mocktails” like the Spiced Prickly Pear Soda. There’s also an extensive selection of California red and white wines as well as draft beers on tap.  

Twenty6
49499 Eisenhower Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.5720

12 | Your Choice of 100 Tequilas

Adobe Grill

Must-Order Item: Enmoladas de Pollo for Dinner

If you’re in the mood for a tamale and margarita, head over to the Adobe Grill for some of the finest Mexican cuisine in the Coachella Valley. Located in the La Quinta Resort & Club, bartenders blend custom margaritas to your palate from their impressive selection of 100 tequilas. Grab some amigos and share a pitcher! Live entertainment in the open-air plaza with an Oaxacan motif and double-sided fireplace will entice you to stay and sample pork carnitas empanadas with fresh queso or the skirt steak fajitas.

Adobe Grill at La Quinta Resort and Club
49499 Eisenhower Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.5725

13 | Guys’ Day Out Palm Springs Restaurant Week

Ernie’s Bar & Grill

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Must-Order Item: Double Stack Cheeseburger for Lunch

Take your foursome after a golf outing to refuel with a refreshing Ernie’s Cobb and cold Arnold Palmer or handcrafted beer. Relax on the expansive patio overlooking the 9th and 18th holes of the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course of the famed PGA WEST golf course at the La Quinta Resort & Club. With televisions to watch more athletic action off the course, this gastro sports pub is a great midday guys’ getaway.  

Ernie’s Bar & Grill at PGA West Tournament Clubhouse
56150 PGA Blvd
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.7125

14 | Taste of Tuscany in the Desert

Ristorante Mamma Gina

Must-Order Item: Linguine alla Puttanesca for the Main Course

Experience old world charm and exquisite cuisine. A Palm Desert staple since 1986, Ristorante Mamma Gina brings the magical flavors of Florence to the desert old-world style. Whether you’re in search of the perfect date night spot or gathering the entire family around the white linen table for plates of pasta and wine toasts, enjoy the taste of Tuscany here at home.   

Native Knowledge: Ristorante Mamma Gina’s sister restaurant is located in Florence, and throughout the years so many of their staff have spent time and lived in Italy at some point. If you’re planning a trip overseas, ask your server to suggest some off-the-grid destinations. They’re a great tour guide!

Ristorante Mamma Gina
73-705 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.568.9898

15 | Dine Like a Crooner

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante

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Must-Order Item: Johnny’s Homemade Tiramisu for Dessert

Frank Sinatra was a regular at this local spot that’s been serving celebrities, desert dwellers and visitors since 1976. One of the crooner’s favorite dishes, the Steak Sinatra, a New York Strip with sautéed garlic, mushrooms and bell peppers in a red wine sauce, is still on the menu. Enjoy a nostalgic Rat Pack dining experience with candlelit tables and classic Italian music floating in through the dining room.

Native Knowledge: Owner Johnny Costa was a pal of Sinatra’s and served as the crooner’s personal chef at his Palm Springs home. Another of Sinatra’s staples was Linguini Clams, a recipe Johnny passed down to his son and head chef Vince Costa, who also put this dish on the dinner menu.  

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante
440 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.325.4556

16 | A Good Bet

360 Sports at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

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Must-Order Item: Tri Color Tempura Cauliflower Bites for an Appetizer

Hit the slots or try your luck at blackjack at the casino before heading over to 360 Sports that ups the ante for any sports enthusiast with state-of-the-art digital television screens to take in all the live action. The casual and contemporary setting offers a lunch and dinner menu with burgers, salads and chicken sandwiches, plus a full bar with 16 bar top games if want to play a round of video poker while enjoying a local craft brew.       

Native Knowledge: Join race fans for the Triple Crown Celebration, June 8 from 1-4 p.m. Take part in the Best Hat and Best Dressed contest and other games, raffles and prizes.

360 Sports at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
888.999.1995

17 | Pho & Fusion

533 Viet Fusion

Must-Order Item: Chicken Lemongrass “Martini” for an Appetizer

Fusing the bold flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, Chef Chad Gardner made this ethnic eatery a favorite in the Coachella Valley since taking over in 2015. Featuring an array of pho and vermicelli dishes and healthy vegetarian options, along with an extensive beverage and cocktail menu, Viet 533 offers guests a classic and colorful plate to dine on reclaimed farmwood tables against the beautiful backdrop of Vietnamese landscape photography.
Native Knowledge: For a social experience, sit at the 10-seat spring roll bar and get a front row view of chefs showing off their culinary skills. Or mingle with other guests at the large communal table and swap stories of your desert adventures.      

533 Viet Fusion
1775 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 625
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.778.6595

18 | A Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis

Big Rock Pub

Must-Order Item: Buffalo’d Cauliflower

An upbeat vibe brings in lovers of classical music to this rock ‘n’ roll food paradise. Adorned with guitars and music memorabilia from owner Ken Hanna’s personal collection, guests can rock out to live bands every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. The “songature” cocktail menu is an inspiring song catalogue of greatest hits like Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Guns ‘n Roses’ “Paradise City” to get you in the groove for a fun outing with friends.

Big Rock Pub
79940 Westward Ho Dr
Indio, CA 92201
760.200.9844

19 | French Culinary Art

Café Des Beaux-Arts

Must-Order Item: Red Trout Stuffed With Spinach & Mushroom and Lobster Sauce for the Main Course

Up and down art gallery row, stop in for a Parisian treat at Café Des Beaux-Arts for a crepe and a glass of fine French wine. The open air bistro is an ideal spot for people-watching along the famed El Paseo. The menu features entrees from Duckling a L’orange to Roasted Rack of Lamb Provencal, as well as small bite samplings.  

Café Des Beaux-Arts
73640 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.346.0669

20 | Roadside Attraction

King’s Highway

Must-Order Item: Steak Frites for the Main Course

Mid-century modern meets bohemian ease at this classic roadside desert diner. Using locally-sourced ingredients, the Southwest-inspired menu features delicious seasonal fare to refuel weary travelers. Located at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club, you can dine and relax poolside or take a quick dip after your meal.

King’s Highway
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.866.6189