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Best Palm Springs Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Palm Springs.


View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Palm Springs


 

Acqua Pazza California
13/20
The River
71800 Hwy. 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Menu
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this Cali bistro has a full bar and an all-day happy hour. More...

Adobe Grill Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Adobe Grill, La Quinta, CA La Quinta Resort & Club
49499 Eisenhower Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
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Friendly service, authentic Mexican specialties and a variety of margaritas await at Adobe Grill. More...

Blue Coyote Bar & Grill Southwestern
13/20
445 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
Serenading guitarists, Southwestern favorites, refreshing cocktails and a patio setting makes this restaurant a local favorite. More...

Circa 59 California
13/20
Dining Room at Circa 59, Palm Springs, CA Riviera Palm Springs
1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
Circa 59 is a sexy spot for dining and sipping martinis at the Riviera Palm Springs. More...

Citron California
No Rating
Dining Room at Citron, Palm Springs, CA Viceroy Palm Springs
415 S. Belardo Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
As if ripped from the pages of some fashion magazine, this Palm Springs restaurant is a place to get both your food and drink on. More...

Copley's on Palm Canyon Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Copley 621 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
A legendary setting and contemporary menu at this popular Palm Springs restaurant. More...

Cuistot California
14/20
Dining Room at Cuistot, Palm Desert, CA 72595 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Menu
A menu of classic and contemporary French cuisine appeals to an array of palates. More...

Ernie’s Bar & Grill Gastropub
13/20
Tournament Clubhouse at PGA West
55-955 PGA Blvd.
La Quinta, CA 92253

Stylish gastropub doubles as a 19th hole, with great views of the verdant fairways. More...

The Grove Artisan Kitchen Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at The Grove Artisan Kitchen, Indian Wells, CA Miramonte Resort & Spa
45000 Indian Wells Ln.
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Menu
A farm-to-fork philosophy, resort setting and all-day dining lure gourmands to its doorstep day and night. More...

Jackalope Ranch Southwestern
13/20
80400 U.S. Hwy. 111
Indio, CA 92201

Enjoy low and slow-cooked barbecue, grilled seafood and a long list of other options inside the ever-popular Jackalope Ranch. More...

Jake's American
13/20
Dining Room at Jake 664 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
American bistro offering dine-in and take-out fare in the heart of the Uptown Design District. More...

Jillian's Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Jillian 74-155 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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This chef-owned restaurant has earned a reputation for its menu of European and American fare. More...

La Spiga Ristorante Italiano Italian
14/20
Dining Room at La Spiga Ristorante Italiano, Palm Desert, CA 72557 Hwy. 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Take a trip to Tuscany via your palate at this upscale and inviting Italian retreat. More...

Las Casuelas Terraza Mexican
11/20
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
This downtown Palm Springs restaurant offers traditional Cal-Mex favorites and live entertainment. More...

Le Vallauris French
14/20
Dining Room at Le Vallauris, Palm Springs, CA 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
A meal at this classic French restaurant results in a true dining experience, with the occasional famous face noshing nearby. More...

Norma's American
12/20
Dining Room at Norma Parker Palm Springs
4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Norma’s menu has all the typical diner comfort foods, only they are executed with more panache. More...

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Palm Desert, CA The Garden
73505 El Paseo, Ste. F2608
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Pacifica offers carefully honed classics and imaginative surprises. More...

Piero's PizzaVino Pizza
13/20
73722 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

The art of pizza-making figures prominently at Piero's PizzaVino along El Paseo. More...

The Purple Palm Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at The Purple Palm, Palm Springs, CA Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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A charming little poolside restaurant offers food that is good enough to match the setting. More...

Spencer's American
14/20
Dining Room at Spencer Palm Springs Tennis Club
701 W. Baristo Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Menu
Spencer's offers the quintessential desert setting for an al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner. More...

The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge Eclectic
13/20
330 E. Amado Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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The bustling ambience, eclectic menu, and small plates served in the lounge make this a popular rendezvous for locals and visitors. More...

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