With such a wide variety of ethnicities living within the county, the cuisine that you will find in Palm Desert is eclectic and innovative, drawing crowds of foodies to its restaurants each year. From contemporary French cuisine to authentic Mexican food, Palm Desert will leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to dine.
Miro’s Restaurant, which was voted the number one restaurant in Palm Springs on TripAdvisor, serves up a delectable variety of Eastern European fare. Their menu features items such as beef stroganoff, goulash and rack of lamb with a blackberry-port sauce. The prices may seem slightly high but the portions are large, the service is impeccable, and the staff are welcoming and friendly. For a quieter, outdoor environment, ask to be seated in their patio, which has been recently completed and is well-covered just in case it starts to rain.
For something slightly spicier, head over to Guillermo’s Restaurant, where you will find authentic Mexican dishes that are made fresh on the premises each day. They have a delicious array of items on their menu, with some popular ones being the bacon wrapped tequila marinated butterfly shrimp and their sautéed octopus. The restaurant has an extensive drinks menu, and has a selection of about 300 different tequilas, meaning that you would quite easily be able to spend your whole evening there, sampling the different dishes and drinks.
Spencer’s Restaurant is another one of the best restaurants that you will find in Palm Desert, serving American cuisine with some French and Pacific influences. They have won plenty of awards for their food, as well as for their famed wine cellar. Porcini-dusted beef filet with a gorgonzola-sage sauce, as well as their lobster potstickers and fried coconut encrusted shrimp, are just a few reasons why this restaurant has such a loyal following of customers. They host many events at the restaurant as well, such as talks by wine experts and tequila and tapas parties, so check their website in advance so that you can plan your visit accordingly.
For contemporary French cuisine with a Californian twist, head over to Le Vallauris, which is located just at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountain, providing you with a gorgeous backdrop for your dining experience. The outdoor seating, shaded by magnificent lupe ficas trees and fresh, sweetly-scented flowers, is a great romantic setting at night, where you can dine under the stars. Some of their more innovative dishes are the red beet carpaccio, the duck foie gras crème brulee and their sautéed Maine lobster with a vanilla butter and corn blinis. There are also cooking demonstrations that are held a few times each month in the restaurant’s kitchen, by the restaurant’s executive chef and the pastry chef, and can be a fun and different way to spend an afternoon.
With so many great restaurants on offer, Palm Desert truly is a great destination for anyone that enjoys and appreciates trying a variety of cuisines and cooking styles. Most restaurants offer a weekday lunch menu at a reduced price, as well as special Sunday brunch menus, so no matter the time of day, you will always be able to find a delicious way to satisfy your appetite in Palm Desert.