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Palm Springs Restaurants

Chop House
262 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 320 4500

A longtime favorite of Clint Eastwood, this sexy candlelit steakhouse of cherrywood paneling and curved booths dishes out huge portions of beef, seafood, and lobster mashed potatoes. Try the grilled 14-ounce bone-in filet mignon and one of the signature London Fog cocktails (a mixture of gin and Pernod with a lemon twist). Advance reservations are recommended.

Dinner only.

Copley's on Palm Canyon
621 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 327 9555

Cary Grant's former estate is now the home of this popular New American bistro. Award-winning chef Andrew Copley, who has tended the stoves at prestigious dining rooms around the world, gets high marks for his SoCal and Pacific Rim–inspired comfort food. Signature dishes include lobster pot pie, macadamia nut Australian barramundi, roasted butternut squash soup, prime New York steak in a shallot Cabernet reduction, and roasted tandoori breast of chicken filled with shrimp and mango. Grab a table on the delightful patio and watch the kitchen staff pick fresh herbs from the gardens.

Dinner only. Closed August and Mondays off-season (May to December).

196 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 778 0017

Austrian-born chef-owner Johannes Bacher delivers delicious new twists on home-country classics at this blond-wood bistro that's at the top of every concierge's list. Bacher's most popular dish is the Wiener schnitzel, but escargots in garlic-herb butter, a lobster, shrimp, and scallop ménage à trois, and veal scaloppine with Gruyère cheese Spaetzle are also faves. A hip waitstaff, outstanding wine list, and high-flying prices bring some big-city taste to this reemerging destination.

Dinner only. Closed Mondays.

Las Casuelas Terrazza
222 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 325 2794

It's crowded, noisy, and always a party at this south-of-the-border chain on the Palm Springs main strip. Patty Delgado Service and her husband, Ric Service, do a brisk business at their converted 1920s hacienda, decorated with wall murals, chandeliers, and ethnic furnishings. Get a table on the terrace and kick back with a gargantuan margarita, better-than-average Mexican fare, and live music. Excellent people-watching, too.

Lunch and dinner daily.

Le Vallauris
385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 325 5059

For more than 30 years, chef-owner Paul Bruggemans has fed Hollywood royalty—Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and so on—with his trademark French cuisine. Be prepared to spend a small fortune for such delicacies as foie gras, cured duck breast salad, rack of lamb, veal chop, or the popular seared whitefish with mustard sauce. For high rollers, there's the $85 Russian caviar appetizer or the $70 grilled rib eye. Daily specials are scribbled on a chalkboard at the landmark Roberson House, built in 1924 and now filled with Flemish tapestries and Louis XV furnishings. There's also a lovely patio shaded by ficus trees.

Lunch and dinner. Closed July and August.

701 W. Baristo Road
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 327 3446

Swiss-born Urs Balmer's hearty Euro-Pac-rim cooking has everyone loosening their belts. The James Beard award–winning chef dazzles patrons at this elegant Dodd Mitchell–designed space with a calories-be-damned menu: a 20-ounce prime rib eye, rack of lamb, fried coconut shrimp, and molten chocolate cake. Wash down dinner with a fine Californian, French, or Italian vintage from the 4,000-bottle wine cellar.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tyler's Burgers
149 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 325 2990

A welcome alternative to the country club fare served at many desert dining destinations, this popular burger joint dishes up the best patties in town, if not the country. But it's only open for lunch so be prepared to wait, especially for a seat on the packed patio. It's hard to tell which is thicker, the juicy patties made with fresh, top-grade beef or the malted chocolate shakes. If the decision involves too much guilt, Suzanne Somers is a regular and has created her own signature bunless version. There's also a veggie option, and tasty homemade sides such as the crunchy coleslaw doused in a peppery cream sauce. Cash only.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm.

Zin American Wine Bistro
198 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs , California
Tel: 760 322 6300

This storefront bistro, named after the popular grape, is a real find on fast-food-heavy Palm Canyon Drive. Belgian chef Nicolas Klontz turns out exceedingly good dishes from his homeland, including steamed mussels, pommes frites, and signature escargots with garlic-Zinfandel butter. He also excels at international comfort food, including buttermilk fried chicken, ribs, the Zin burger, and apple pie. Desserts are also top-flight, especially the banana cream pie napoleon and the chèvre cheesecake with crème fraîche and balsamic-infused raspberries. Wines are handpicked by the chefs exclusively from small producers, and the list highlights, of course, Zinfandel and other American wines.

Dinner only.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.