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Although times have been hard for the restaurant industry in general since March 2020, the past two years have been surprisingly positive for new restaurants that have opened in Palm Desert. Some new restaurants had plans that were well underway when the pandemic struck and persevered against concerns about staff shortages and supply chain problems. Other restauranteurs took advantage of favorable rental opportunities and launched into new endeavors despite the risk and uncertainty.

Knowing that the opening of some of these eateries may have slipped by unnoticed by potential patrons, we offer up our compilation of the Top 10 new restaurants that are worthy of a visit. We welcome them to the neighborhood and invite you try one for your next meal out in Palm Desert.

Casa Luna
72355 Highway 111, Ste. C, Palm Desert
(760) 340-3468

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Taking its influences from the state of Jalisco, Casa Luna offers a unique and regional touch to traditional Mexican cooking. Fantastic flavors, generous portions, and delicious drinks will make this your favorite new Mexican restaurant this side of Puerto Vallarta.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
73040 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 340-9455

With a handful of other locations in California and more across the country, the opening of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood at the corner of El Paseo and Highway 74 was long-awaited by local enthusiasts who knew to expect artistically prepared seasonal seafood and prime steaks, hand-carved and broiled to perfection. Start your special night out with a hand-crafted cocktail at the V Lounge where you can also enjoy their signature appetizers.

French Rotisserie Café
44489 Town Center Way, Ste. G, Palm Desert
(760) 848-7684

Self-described as “fast fine dining,” the French Rotisserie Café delivers casual French cuisine where small details matter. Everything on the menu from scratch, resulting in meals that are fresh, delicious, and satisfying. Known for their slow roasted free-range chicken, the full menu offers a wide selection of beef, lamb, seafood, and other entrees.

J’s Deli
74225 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 797-5004

The historic Desert Magazine building is home once again to an iconic desert restaurant. J’s Deli offers traditional Jewish/American deli classics in a freshly renovated location complete with a full bar and expansive patio. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll find favorites ranging from bagels to brisket on the menu.

Jolene’s Bar & Lounge
74868 Country Club Drive, Suite 103, Palm Desert
(760) 610-1837

A neighborhood bar known for its fun scene and live music, Jolene’s is the new go-to spot to enjoy good drinks and good times with family and friends. A menu of small plates ranging from a wedge salad to sliders promises to pair beautifully with the cocktail, beer, or wine you select.

Mi Cultura Peruvian Colombian Cuisine
44795 San Pablo Avenue, #5, Palm Desert
(760) 636-1707

Truly unique in the Coachella Valley, Mi Cultura serves up authentic Peruvian and Colombian dishes that will delight. This family-owned restaurant specializes in Pollo a la Brasa, a delectable rotisserie chicken that is unlike any roasted chicken you’ve had before. You can order it whole, halved or quartered with a choice of delicious sides to accompany it.

Monsoon Indian Cuisine
72221 Highway 111, Ste. A109, Palm Desert
(760) 341-2705

With ample portions of fresh, flavorful food, Monsoon ably fills the need for North and South Indian food here in Palm Desert. The lunchtime buffet is renowned for its variety of vegetarian and meat entrees served with naan bread straight from the kitchen. If you’re not sure what to order, ask your server for advice on the menu, then pair your meal with a beer or glass of wine from their extensive list.

Oceana Restaurant
77932 Country Club, Ste. #2-4, Palm Desert
(760) 610-2517

You’re in for a surprise at Oceana. This casual yet chic restaurant specializes in creative seafood dishes as well as traditional steak entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, be sure to try the incredible appetizers, creative cocktails, and unique wines, as well.
Calling themselves a neighborhood restaurant with a world-class feel, Porta Via is a contemporary California Bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. With a menu that is simultaneously classic and creative, you’re bound to feel like you’ve found your new “special” restaurant.
This delightful restaurant serves up continental classics including pasta specialties and “naanwiches” with a distinctly fresh, California flair. You’ll find plenty of healthy and gluten-free options on the menu and unique appetizers and entrees like the Eggplant Cigars and California Shrimp and Grits.

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