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Do you love to eat out? Are you an unabashed gourmand? Foodie friends, do we have a treat for you! One of the more exciting times to visit Palm Desert is during the ten-day epicurean event known as Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week®.

Held this year from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 12, Restaurant Week takes place at dozens of locations throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special two-course lunch menus from $15 to $35 and three-course dinner menus from $39 to $59 for diners to enjoy.

Indulging in Restaurant Week is easy, but it does benefit from a little planning. The Restaurant Week website features all the participating restaurants and includes links to their own unique menus. You may want to revisit an old favorite, or try someplace new depending upon the menu choices they’re offering.

Once you’ve made your choices, a reservation is strongly recommended. This is a popular event, and restaurants tend to get booked up.

To tempt your palate, here’s a peek at the Palm Desert eateries participating in Restaurant Week. We’ve perused the menus that are available and compiled lists of dishes that have us tantalized. It’s based on our preferences as well as what we believe to be the strengths of each individual restaurant. If our selection isn’t to your liking, don’t forget there are plenty more choices available, so log on to the Restaurant Week website for all the details and complete menus.

Backstreet Bistro
72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert
760-346-6393
This Italian bistro never disappoints! You can’t go wrong with a classic Caesar salad, but we’re picking the Rustico Fried Zucchini as the starter. Entrée options include Lasagna and Chicken Parmigiana, but we’re having the Santa Fe Ravioli because we’ve never turned down a homemade Alfredo sauce.
$39 Dinner

Cafe Des Beaux-Arts
73640 El Paseo, Palm Desert
760-346-0669
We’re still waiting to see what this Parisian-style restaurant, known for its street-side views of El Paseo, serves up for their Restaurant Week menu. Traditionally they’ve offered amazing values giving you a great opportunity to try new dishes ranging from Vichyssoise to Red Trout. And we’re keeping our fingers crossed for Bread Pudding to show up on the dessert menu.

Chez Pierre Bistro
74040 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-346-1818
Bistros in France serve up slow cooked, home-style meals, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get at Chez Pierre. The Onion Tart appetizer sounds tempting, but how often do you get a chance to have Escargot? Dinner choices include Frog Legs Saute Provencale, Steak Tartare and Beef Bourguignon. We may just have to ask for a recommendation. Doesn’t get any easier at dessert. Tarte tatin or beignet? Tough call.
$49 Dinner

Cork Tree California Cuisine
74950 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
760-779-0123
With its romantic booths and pretty patio, Cork Tree is a great destination anytime, not just at Restaurant Week. We’re waiting to see what they’re cooking up for us but given their broad, eclectic menu, it could be almost anything. (Can we put in our vote for the Beet Salad?)

Cuistot
72595 El Paseo, Palm Desert
760-340-1000
Set in a beautiful country French farmhouse setting, Cuistot offers up an abundance of classic French entrees. Their “Regions of France” dinner menu will transport you from Normandy to Provence. We’ve never said no to duck, so we’re picking the Roasted Duck with Olive Sauce but the New York Paver Sliced with Black Pepper and Roquefort Cheese is tempting. Don’t miss the Mussels to start and the Profiteroles (cream puffs) for dessert!
$59 Dinner

Daily Grill
73061 El Paseo, Palm Desert
760-779-9911
Known for their traditional take on great American grill food, we’re guessing you can’t go wrong with the Mushroom Truffle Burger, followed by the Chocolate Lava Bundt Cake. The Cold Poached Salmon at lunch sounds tempting, too.
$25 Lunch | $49 Dinner

French Rotisserie Cafe
44489 Town Center Way, Ste. G,
Palm Desert
760-848-7684
You’ll find the delectable flavors of French home cooking at this artisanal Bistro. The $39 menu offers their Provence Rotisserie Chicken or mussels, followed by an unbeatable Crème Brulee. We’re likely to upgrade to the $59 menu and head straight to the Slow Roasted New Zealand Lamb Shank over the salmon and chicken, and finish with the Meyer Lemon Curd Crème Pâtissière with Fresh Berries.
$39 Dinner | $59 Dinner

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill
73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-836-9028
Fresh Agave offers an array of traditional and contemporary home-style Mexican dishes, and this lunch menu showcases their specialties. All three of their starters are solid—taquitos, ceviche or quesadilla, but without a doubt for the second course we’re sticking with our favorite grilled Fish Tacos.
$25 Lunch

J’s Deli
74225 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-797-8004
We’ve only visited this relatively new restaurant once, and we’re ready to head back and try more! At lunch, we’re starting with the Matzo Ball Soup and picking The Reubinski sandwich as the main. But wait! At dinner we could have Potato Latkes, Meatloaf and Mini Blintzes and it includes a glass of wine. We may have to go twice…
$25 Lunch | $39 Dinner

JC’s Café on El Paseo
73200 El Paseo, Ste. 1A, Palm Desert
760-568-0733
We’re waiting on this menu, too, but since we’re such big fans of their delicious salad dressings (I’m talking about you, Lemon Chardonnay!) we’ll likely go with whatever salad they’re offering.

Kitchen 86 + Bar
73-130 El Paseo, Suite I, Palm Desert
760-890-1586
Known for their eclectic selection of continental small plates, we’re excited to see the Boom Boom Shrimp show up as a starter on the lunch menu paired with a wood-fired pizza. Dinner offers a choice of East Indian Curry or Penne alla Vodka.
$25 Lunch | $49 Dinner

Le Donne Cucina Italiana
72624 El Paseo, Suite C7, Palm Desert
760-773-9441
Le Donne Cucina Italiana serves up the authentic flavors of Italy, so you really can’t go wrong here. The Veal Pinot Grigio entree looks tempting, but we haven’t had much pasta yet this week, so maybe we’ll order the Spaghetti con Shrimp e Truffle Oil instead. Tiramisu for dessert is always a winner.
$39 Dinner

Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant and Bar
73540 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-346-9712
Oh, Mimmo’s, how we love you and your $39 menu served with a glass of wine or well drink. We’ll start with Bruschetta Classica or the Wedge, and at the very last second decide between the Homemade Ravioli or the Petrale Sole with Lemon Caper Sauce.
$39 Dinner

Morton’s The Steakhouse
74880 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
760-340-6865
In a restaurant known for their prime aged steaks, we’ll gladly order the Center-Cut Filet Mignon or the Prime New York Strip, but there are chicken, fish and pork options, too. We might pay the upgrade charge for Morton’s Hot Chocolate Cake, but with Key Lime Pie on the menu, we can be perfectly content with that.
$49 Dinner

 

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
73505 El Paseo, Suite F 2608, Palm Desert
760-674-8666
There’s really nothing on this restaurant’s menu that we don’t love, so we’re going to follow our hearts here and go with the Sugar Spiced Salmon unless at the last minute, as our order is being taken, we say “Seafood Pasta” instead. Don’t miss Pacifica’s Ice Cream Pie for dessert.
$59 Dinner

Ristorante Mamma Gina
73705 El Paseo, Palm Desert
760-568-9898
We almost always stick with the pasta entrees at Mamma Gina, because they do them so well. We haven’t had enough greens during Restaurant Week, so we’re hoping to see their classic Caesar Salad as a starter.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
74740 Highway 111, Palm Desert
760-779-1998
So many steakhouses, so little time! For a change of pace, should we try the “surf” instead of the turf and try the Salmon over the Truffle Crusted Filet? Neither will disappoint. Another sure winner is the Chocolate Sin Cake for dessert.
$59 Dinner

Tommy Bahama Restaurant
73595 El Paseo, Suite 2200, Palm Desert
760-836-0188
Another favorite, and we’ve probably tried everything on their menu! So whatever ends up on their Restaurant Week menu, we’re there! Please, please, please can we finish with the Pina Colada Cake? Fingers crossed!

Wildest Restaurant + Bar
72990 El Paseo, Suite 3, Palm Desert
760-636-0441
Here’s your chance to sample gourmet menu items designed to fit every diet – such as vegan or gluten-free. We’re starting with the Candy Stripe and Gold Beets, and while the jackfruit-stuffed Chile Relleno looks amazing, we’ll likely dive straight into the Braised Beef Short Ribs. We don’t pass up chocolate desserts very often, but we will for the Warm Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
$59 Dinner

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