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Local Places to Eat

Palm Springs' food scene is world renowned and runs the gamut of cuisines and price points. Below are some local favorites. Most locations are less than a mile away in downtown Palm Springs and include Happy Hour specials, patio dining, and early bird dinner specials. Reservations are highly suggested, many establishments will be busy due to the Mother's Day weekend!

Restaurants identified for Gourmet Night are noted with an asterisk. Gourmet Night is on Friday, May 9 and dinner reservations are for 7:30 pm.  Gourmet Night is a great chance to network with fellow archivists while enjoying the culinary offerings of one of Palm Springs' highly-recommended restaurants.  It's a rare opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and maybe even meet your future employer or employee!

Gourmet Night sign-up sheets will be available at the Registration Table in the Renaissance Palm Springs Chino Foyer; please sign up by 2:00 pm on Friday, May 9.

Places to Eat(PDF)

*Alicante Spanish Mediterranean Cuisine
140 South Palma Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA  92262
(760) 325-9464
Dinner menu: http://www.alicanteps.com/dinner-menu.htm
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Alicante is owned by award winning restaurateur Mindy Reed and offers a casual and friendly indoor, outdoor café setting. The menu consists of a variety of tapas dishes, perfect for sharing and inspired by Spanish Mediterranean cuisine. Tapas include grilled calamari stuffed with Spanish chorizo; fried parsley & capers salad; citrus marinated olives with fresh mango; Lentejas con Naranjas; and veal and ricotta meatballs.

*Chop House Palm Springs
262 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-4500
Dinner menu: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vdsytocbd8aix6i/Q2TZ7Y1lQ4/CHPS/CHPS%20Dinner.pdf
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Known as the "best steakhouse in town," the Chop House opened in 2001 by the Kaiser Restaurant Group, a privately held family restaurant company. Their cuisine offers all natural premium Angus beef, sustainable seafood, and local in-season vegetables. Menu items include prosciutto wrapped medjool dates, lobster mac & cheese, and a variety of steaks and chops butchered in-house daily.

262 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-5200
Dinner menu: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vdsytocbd8aix6i/T44E3Lggli/GRIND/GRIND%20Menu.pdf
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

A Palm Springs sports bar with flat screen tv monitors, outdoor fire pit, and a bird's eye view of Palm Canyon Drive. GRIND BRGR BaR received Trip Advisor's 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Menu items include burgers made with grass fed beef, mini corn dogs, "Coachella Valley Salad," and "spiked shakes."

196 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-0017
Dinner menu: http://www.johannesrestaurants.com/menus-2/
Distance from hotel: .4 miles

Named the 2013 "Best Continental Restaurant" by Palm Springs Life magazine, Johannes Restaurant features contemporary continental cuisine from Austrian born Chef and Owner Johannes Bacher. Menu items include schnitzel, scallops with black truffle reduction, venison, and wild mushroom soup.

Kaiser Grille
205 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-1003
Dinner menu: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vdsytocbd8aix6i/Az7qK_6W2o/KGPS/KGPS%20Dinner%20Menu.pdf
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Kaiser Grille was one of the first restaurants opened by the Kaiser Restaurant Group in 1998. This establishment offers "casual upscale dining" of seafood, steaks, chops, pizza, salads, and "an unbeatable Happy Hour." Menu items include ahi tuna nicoise, "Penne Ala Vodka," and the Kaiser Reuben.

*Kalura Trattoria Italiana
124 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-4748
Dinner menu: http://www.kalura-trattoria.com/Kalura-menu.pdf
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Owned by Italians, Ignazio, Vincenzo and Pino, this restaurant features Italian dishes to be enjoyed on their alfresco terrace and offers "environments where you can have a romantic meal or bring all your friends for a Fiesta Italiana." Menu items include Mediterranean salads; gourmet pizzas; and homemade bruschetta, flatbread, and pastas.

King's Highway
701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-9900
Dinner menu: http://assets.acehotel.com/images/dining/PSP_KH_Menu_07-2013.pdf
Distance from hotel: 2.2 miles

A restored Denny's restaurant on the property of the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, King's Highway is a farm-to-table restaurant that serves fresh food using local, organic, and artisanal products where breakfast is served all day. Menu items include cojita corn, griddled fish tacos, steak + frites with chimichurri sauce, and organic vegetable pot pie.

*Las Casuelas Terraza
222 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-2794
Dinner menu: http://www.lascasuelas.com/menus/Dinner.pdf
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Opened in 1958, Las Casuelas Restaurant has been in the Delgado family for generations. This local favorite uses recipes originally from Mazatlan, Mexico. Menu items include Guacamole Especial, raw veggie black bean tostada, Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo, Enchiladas Suizas, and salads with a choice of mango-bacon dressing, date dressing, or honey mustard poblano vinaigrette.

*Lulu California Bistro
200 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-5858
Dinner menu: http://lulupalmsprings.com/menu-breakfast.htm
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Self-described as stylish, mod, and relaxing, this colorful restaurant presents "a lively atmosphere, scenic alfresco dining, and an extensive menu designed by powerhouse Chef Arturo Casillas." The building, that was once a major art gallery, comes with sweeping staircases and crystal chandeliers. The food options are extensive for all appetites and preferences. Menu items include skewer of shrimp & scallops with grilled pineapple and wasabi sauce; wild mushroom soup; pear salad; duck with apricot and plum brandy; and "Meatloaf a la Lulu."

Matchbox Palm Springs
155 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-6000
Dinner menu: http://matchboxpalmsprings.com/palmsprings/menu
Distance from hotel: .5 miles

Matchbox Palm Springs was opened in 2005 in a second floor location with views of Mt St. Jacinto and Palm Canyon Drive. Pizza is made in an authentic wood-fired masonry oven where the fire has burned constantly since the day it opened. Menu items include "Fire & Smoke" pizza with fire roasted red peppers and smoked Gouda; spicy meatball pizza with crispy bacon and fresh garlic puree; prosciutto & black mission fig; wood oven roasted chicken; and burrata & roasted tomato salad.

Purple Palm Restaurant and Bar
572 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 969-1818
Dinner menu: http://www.colonypalmshotel.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/PurplePalm-dinner.pdf
Distance from hotel: .6 miles

Located in the Colony Palms Hotel, The Purple Palm Restaurant and Bar, was originally dubbed the Colonial House. This Spanish Colonial style hotel was built and opened in 1936 by owner Al Wertheimer, a reputed mobster and member of the Purple Gang of the 1920s. Menu items include crispy manchego, hamachi crudo, grilled romaine "Caesar," and lamb sirloin.

Sherman's Deli & Bakery
401 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-1199
Dinner menu: http://www.shermansdeli.com/early-bird-dinner.htm
Distance from hotel: .4 miles

A Kosher-style family restaurant, still owned and operated by Sherman Harris, his son, Sam and daughter Janet, we offer an extensive menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner reminiscent of a New York style deli. Sherman's Deli was voted the "2012 Best Sandwich in the Valley" by Desert Magazine. Special menu items include roast beef or pastrami sandwiched between two homemade potato latkes (instead of bread!), Chicago knockwurst, hot brisket, gefilte fish, stuffed cabbage, and traditional deli sandwiches.

*Trio Restaurant
707 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 864-TRIO (8746)
Dinner menu: http://www.triopalmsprings.com/index.php/menus/
Distance from hotel: 1.2 miles

Trio, a restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and upbeat orange décor, is located in the heart of the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs. They offer "MidWest comfort food served with a California flair." They also have a $19 3-course prix fixe menu offered 11am–6pm daily. Menu items include: Wisconsin artisan cheese plate, baby Lola Rosa greens salad, soy Ceviche, and "Yankee Pot Roast."

*The Tropicale Dining and Lounge
330 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 866-1952
Dinner menu: http://www.thetropicale.com/Menus/index.html
Distance from hotel: .4 miles

The Tropicale Restaurant opened in 2008 and has earned Open Table's Diner's Choice Award for 2009 and 2010. They provide "world cuisine" that is a "provocative mix of zesty influences." Menu items include "Big Ass Shrimp & Creamy Bacon Grits Étouffée;" fried goat cheese salad; Cuban-style flat iron steak with garlic, cumin & citrus zest; and wild mushroom and gorgonzola pizza. When done with your dining experience, head next door for a nightcap and dancing at club Copa.

*Wang's in the Desert
424 South Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-9264
Dinner menu: http://www.wangsinthedesert.com/menu/Wangs_Palm_Springs_Menu.pdf
Distance from hotel: .8 miles

An award winning and "community giving" restaurant, Wang's offers traditional Pan Asian Cuisine and live entertainment by the "Dragon Ladies." Menu items include coconut chicken soup, steamed dim sum platter, jalapeno calamari, Kung Pao tofu, honey beef, and spicy curries.

Workshop Kitchen & Bar
800 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite G, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 459-3451
Dinner menu: http://workshoppalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Spring-Dinner-3.13.14.pdf<<br> Distance from hotel: 1.4 miles

The Workshop Kitchen + Bar is located in the Uptown Design District in the "Class 1 Historic El Paseo Building" from 1926. It is dedicated to "food, drink, community" and offers farm-to-table dishes that include ingredients from local farms within one hour from Palm Springs. The seasonal menu items include Wong Farm's tomato and burrata salad, black burgundy truffle risotto, venison, rib-eye, pan roasted redfish, and a cocktail drink called the "Painkiller." They also offer a "large format" duck or chicken dinner to share with friends.

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