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, May 31 through Sunday, June 9, Restaurant Week takes place at more than 100 locations throughout the Coachella Valley. Participating restaurants offer special two-course lunch menus from $15 to $25 and three-course dinner menus from $29 to $49 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 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. Bon appéTREAT!
45350 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert
You will love all the updated, global twists on the traditional entrees found at this mod spot inside the Hotel Paseo. Heaven help us, we love schnitzel, so we’d give a slight nod to the Pork Loin Schnitzel over the delicious Braised Short Ribs. Start with their always tasty Roasted Beet Salad, and flip a coin between the two yummy dessert choices.
Cafe Des Beaux-Arts
73640 El Paseo, Palm Desert
We love this Parisian-style restaurant known for its street-side views of El Paseo, and their low-priced menu gives you a great opportunity to try some new dishes. The Vichyssoise should be a good starter, or perhaps the Butter Lettuce and Bay Shrimp Salad. If you love fish, don’t miss the Red Trout stuffed with Spinach and Mushrooms, and topped with Lobster Sauce. Dessert? Bread Pudding!
73098 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Try the Eggplant Parmigiana or Cannelloni as a starter at this classic Italian restaurant and long-time Palm Desert favorite, and follow it with the fresh Scottish Salmon or Vitello alla Piccatina. Whatever you do, leave room for the Spumoni Ice Cream Pie.
Chez Pierre Bistro
74040 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Bistros in France serve up slow cooked, home-style meals, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get at Chez Pierre. The Calamari with Fingerling Potato and Spicy Sausage appetizer sounds too unique not to try. But we’re stumped on whether to try the Steak Tartare and Coq au Vin. Doesn’t get any easier at dessert. Chocolate mousse or beignet? Tough call.
72595 El Paseo, Palm Desert
Set in a beautiful country French farmhouse setting, Cuistot offers up an abundance of classic French entrees. Their $39 dinner menu includes Poulet au Vinaigre and Truite Veronique, but we’re picking the Lamb Chop served over cassoulet beans. Don’t miss the Tomato Basil Soup to start and the Profiteroles (cream puffs) with chocolate sauce for dessert! The $49 menu ups the ante with Mussels in the first course, and duck or branzino in the second course. Heavenly!
$25 Lunch | $39 Dinner | $49 Dinner
73061 El Paseo, Palm Desert
Known for their traditional take on great American grill food, we’re guessing you can’t go wrong with the Lamb Chops or Miso Salmon, followed by the Key Lime Pie. The Steak Quesadilla at lunch sounds tempting, too.
$20 Lunch | $29 Dinner
Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill
73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert
Fresh Agave offers an array of traditional and contemporary home-style Mexican dishes. We’re tempted by the ceviche as a starter, but how do you pass on their quesadilla? The Fish Tacos featuring grilled cod and chipotle sauce look like a slam dunk.
The Grill at Shadow Ridge
9002 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert
The Grill at Shadow Ridge, with its relaxed, country club setting, is a great place for a change of pace. We’re starting the Ahi Tuna Tower followed by the Chicken Piccata, which should be a nice light summer choice. Miguel’s Pasta Bowl is a yummy vegetarian option. We almost never turn down a Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert, but the Vanilla Bundt Cake with Pecan Whiskey Sauce might be just the ticket to get us to do so.
JC’s Café on El Paseo
73200 El Paseo, Ste. 1A, Palm Desert
We must admit, we’ve been a fan of the Lemon Chardonnay dressing for years now, so we’re picking the Fresh Fruit Plate as a starter just to have the dressing. The Ahi Tuna Sandwich with Thai peanut slaw is fabulous second course, or the Seafood Stuffed Avocado is a solid option as well.
Kaiser Grille – Palm Desert
74040 Highway 111, Palm Desert
A $29 dinner at a restaurant famous for prime beef, free-range organic chicken, sustainable wild seafood, and fresh, local produce? That’s an opportunity not to be missed!
Kitchen 86 + Bar
73-130 El Paseo, Suite I, Palm Desert
As one of the newer restaurants on El Paseo, here’s a great chance to check out their menu. Their three courses are salad, appetizer and entrée, and what a welcome change after a week of desserts. Start with the Kale Caesar, followed by their already famous Boom Boom Shrimp. The 86 House Curry is delicious with either chicken or vegetables, and the Salmon Bon Gusto is always perfectly cooked.
Koutouki Greek Estiatorio
73675 Highway 111, Palm Desert
A family-run Greek restaurant offering authentic food and a lively atmosphere. Nothing but the freshest ingredients are used in the recipes and everything is homemade in-house daily.
$15 Lunch | $29 Dinner
Le Donne Cucina Italiana
72624 El Paseo, Suite C7, Palm Desert
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.
Le Paon Restaurant
73399 El Paseo, Suite 200, Palm Desert
You’ll find classic French Cuisine in an atmosphere of old-world elegance at Le Paon, and an opportunity to dine there during Restaurant Week should not be missed. As decadent as the Stuffed Artichoke Bottom (it’s stuffed with shrimp and topped with Hollandaise) sounds, we may start with a salad followed by the Filet of Sole to make sure we can truly appreciate (and leave room for) the Soufflé Grand Marnier.
Mikado Japanese Steakhouse
74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
The atmosphere here is a big part of the draw—this fun and unique teppanyaki restaurant is set on an island at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort. We’re starting with the Ahi Poke, and following it with the Halibut and Scallops, but the New York Steak and Shrimp sounds tasty, too. And yes, we’d love a serving of the Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert.
Mitch’s On El Paseo Prime Seafood
73951 El Paseo, Palm Desert
We can already picture ourselves seated on Mitch’s expansive patio, so we’re leaning a bit toward the light options, including the House Mixed Green Salad, followed by the sautéed Icelandic Cod. Maybe we’ll go crazy, though, and order the Ginger Soy Marinade Flat Iron Steak instead. Either the Peach Blueberry Cobbler with ice cream or the Sorbet Sampler sound like delightful ways to end the evening.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
74880 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
Take your pick from the long list of starters including the Wedge Salad and the Sliced Beefsteak and Blue Cheese Salad. But in a restaurant known for their prime aged steaks, we’re picking the 8 ounce Center Cut Filet Mignon over the heftier Prime Pork Chop. The Double Chocolate Mousse for dessert should be perfect.
Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
73505 El Paseo, Suite F 2608, Palm Desert
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 Blackened Monkfish unless at the last minute, as our order is being taken, we say “Lake Superior White Fish” instead.. Don’t miss the Baked Scallops appetizer.
Ristorante Mamma Gina
73705 El Paseo, Palm Desert
We almost always stick with the pasta entrees at Mamma Gina, because they do them so well. The Linguine alla Puttanesca con Calamari is calling our name, but so is the Filet Mignon with black peppercorn sauce. We haven’t had enough greens during Restaurant Week, so we’re definitely starting with their classic Caesar Salad.
74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
Half of a Rotisserie Chicken? No small portions on this menu at this upscale-casual restaurant. We’re starting with the Artichoke, to be sure, but decide between the Mocha or Creamsicle dessert? Can’t we just have both?
$25 Lunch | $49 Dinner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
74740 Highway 111, Palm Desert
So many steakhouses, so little time! For a change of pace, should we try the “surf” instead of the turf and try the Barbecued Shrimp over the Bleu Cheese Crusted Filet? Neither will disappoint. Another sure winner is the Chocolate Sin Cake for dessert.
Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert
77932 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert
We love the homemade German food (and beer) served up in this quaint, traditional restaurant, and we could eat their goulash pretty much every day. We might be tempted to order the Bavarian Pork Roast, but we know when they come to take the order we’ll say Schnitzel. Dessert? Belgian Waffle with chocolate sauce and ice cream!
72840 Highway 111, Suite V465, Palm Desert | Westfield Mall
There’s a lot more than pizza on hand at this dining hotspot, and Restaurant Week is a great chance to discover the depth of their menu.
73505 El Paseo, Suite 2600, Palm Desert
With its convenient El Paseo location, mod vibe and jazzy scene, there’s nothing we don’t already love about Sullivan’s Steakhouse. You may have noticed we’re partial to Filet Mignon, but the 12 ounce New York Strip at Sullivan’s is a treat. With the Shrimp and Lobster Bisque for a starter and Banana Foster Bread Pudding for dessert, this evening is just about perfect.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant
73595 El Paseo, Suite 2200, Palm Desert
Another favorite, and yes, we’ve probably tried everything on their menu! So would we go back for the Macadamia Crusted Goat Cheese appetizer and Sanibel Chicken? You bet. Finish with the Pina Colada Cake? Absolutely!
72990 El Paseo, Suite 3, Palm Desert
Here’s your chance to sample gourmet menu items designed to fit every diet – such as vegan, gluten-free and paleo – at this restaurant offering highly-skilled fusion techniques using organic, nutritious ingredients.
$20 Lunch | $39 Dinner