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Mexican “Rice” - Maleza, Palm Springs, CA

Maleza

4.1
4.1
40 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
A soulful new take on modern Mexican cuisine. Taking its cue from the Spanish word meaning “undergrowth” or “from the earth,” Maleza is an all-day restaurant and bar rooted in an earthy rusticity offset with airy Palm Springs ease.

Headed up by Executive Chef Ysaac Ramirez, Maleza serves up a Mexican-inspired share plate experience unlike anything else offered in the desert. The indoor/outdoor bar, led by Beverage Manager Nick Turner, features an extensive list of rare mezcals, craft cocktails, and a curated list of non-alcoholic cocktails, beers, and wines. Both food and drink pair expertly and coalesce to form an unforgettable experience.

Maleza features intimate restaurant seating, community tables for larger groups, and fire pit loungers for a more laid-back experience.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 549-9528
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ysaac Ramirez
  • Private party facilities
    Maleza is open all day and features communal dining tables, lounge seating, and a private dining room that overlooks the pool making it the perfect place to pre-party or post up all day.
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Cross Street
    S Indian Canyon Dr and E Arenas Rd.
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Jueves de Drift

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Weekends start early at Drift. Join us Thursdays 7pm - 10pm for Jueves de Drift, a party born in our Baja backyard now blooming at Drifts stateside. Tap into the Cabo spirit weekly with live DJs, $5 tacos a la plancha, $5 beer, $8 cocktails, and night swims.

    Jueves de Drift photo

What 40 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Good for business meals

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Innovative

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Mexican

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Good for business meals

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Innovative

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Mexican

40 Reviews
  1. TerranceR

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service were outstanding. The chairs are very uncomfortable (painted metal) and the table is metal slats as well. Food can fall through. This is an expensive restaurant. Why do they have uncomfortable seating?

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very creative menu. Excellent service. It was awesome.

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  3. PaulaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic dinner at Maleza! Everything from the service to the beautiful outdoor area to the absolutely delish food was wonderful. Next time we’re in the area again I definitely see coming back!

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  4. JSLB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Food was so-so. The dumplings were outstanding. Drinks were so-so.

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  5. Kristina

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very expensive for what you receive. The ambiance is nice, but the seating is not very comfortable.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent creative offerings. Great sweet potato, halibut and calamari plates. Marred by a very loud six women birthday party and inattentive service

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  7. Egrant

    Palm Springs

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal. We ordered the calamari, and it was some of the best I’ve ever had. Very crispy, with cornmeal, rather than flour. The tostadas were too spicy for us, but the flavors were fabulous. We ordered the halibut, and I can’t quit thinking about it. I’ve got to go back soon for that again. Topped it off with the churros. I can now see why every table was ordering some. They were so good! I’ll be back!

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  8. BMHJZZ

    Raleigh

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved this restaurant. Our waitress was great with all the questions my husband asked:) Food was excellent!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place was great - except the flavorless, bland, and uninspired food.
    MalezaResponded on April 5, 2024
    We are sorry the food wasn't what you hoped for. If you'd like to share any details that could help us better understand your negative experience, feel free to do so at malezaps@tmch.co We appreciate your feedback

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  10. DanC

    Philadelphia

    99 reviews

    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a leisurely brunch here on a rainy Saturday morning in Palm Springs. Had the breakfast burrito - fluffy eggs were perfect in the burrito. Helpful and attentive staff.
    MalezaResponded on April 5, 2024
    Thank you Dan, Our Breakfast Burrito is one of our favorites... 🤤 Thank you for your visit and your review! See you soon...

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

Maleza offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 549-9528.

Maleza is rated 4.1 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maleza

284 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    S Indian Canyon Dr and E Arenas Rd.
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ysaac Ramirez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 549-9528
  • Private party facilities
    Maleza is open all day and features communal dining tables, lounge seating, and a private dining room that overlooks the pool making it the perfect place to pre-party or post up all day.
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