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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Wally's Desert Turtle restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3661)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Rancho Mirage
About the restaurant
"The Finest Dining in the Coachella Valley" Offering a refreshed and re-imagined take on Modern California Cuisine. And the local response has been "Amazing"!

An Official California Dining Destination, Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage proudly supports local Ranches, Farms and Fisheries committed to the smart-stewardship of the planet through sustainable, earth-friendly and ocean-friendly practices.

The finest local ingredients, impeccable service and exceptional surroundings always make for "A Great Night Out" at Wally's Desert Turtle.

Top review
DesertDwellervip
Dined 7 days ago
Another excellent meal at Wally’s. We started with Gloria Buratta and an endive salad. Entrees were liver with onions and Dover sole. We ended with soufflé. Everything was absolutely excellent
A photo of Jake's - Palm Springs restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3373)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Jake's is a casual, upscale European-style bistro nestled in a secluded courtyard at the epicenter of the Mid-Century Uptown design district of Palm Springs. Much like the architectural and style artisans that surround it, Jake’s takes cues from the past with a nod to the future in the kitchen and behind the bar. Classics are given a surprising twist while new flavor combinations excite the palate. Likewise wines come to us from both New and Old worlds. Of course, save room for something from our signature dessert case! Since 2007, Jake’s has offered al fresco dining as well as seating in our cozy dining room. So join our friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch!
Top review
LisaJ
Dined 1 day ago
Our dinner was great! The Chilean Sea Bass was extraordinary! My friend had the Baby Back Ribs and liked them. The service was very good.
A photo of Copley's on Palm Canyon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6212)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Please Note - Copley's is now open 7 days a week through May 2024.

Copley’s is an award-winning restaurant serving American cuisine infused with hints of tropical and European flavors. Located in part of the former Cary Grant estate in the heart of Palm Springs, guests experience an upscale and inviting dining experience either outside on the patio with stunning mountain views or by enjoying the friendly atmosphere indoors. Executive Chef Andrew Copley has an extensive 20-year culinary background at five-star restaurants and hotels across the world, and is well known for innovative dishes such as Loch Duart Scottish Salmon and Niman Ranch Pork Chop and creative nightly specials.


Top review
Tiffany
Dined 1 day ago
Food was absolutely amazing. We had the special which was ahi tuna, the sea bass, the salmon and the fettuccine, the pot stickers and the ceviche. Each one of us was blown away. Amazing flavor and quality! Our server, "new" Eric was wonderful. Helped us with ordering and he was spot on with everything. Any time we come back to Palm Springs Copleys will definitely be on our list of must do's!
A photo of June Hill's Table restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1142)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Quinta
About the restaurant
We are currently open and available for Indoor and Outdoor Seating as well as Takeout. Open to both Community Members and the public, June Hill’s Table recognizes June Hill McCarroll, one of Coachella Valley’s most renowned and important founding residents. June Hill’s Table serves a variety of seasonal dishes made from scratch using fresh and local ingredients. Live music on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Simply put, the feature dining experience at The Polo Club is set to showcase good food, done well.
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Unclehorst
Dined 7 days ago
Great neighborhood clubhouse restaurant. Very informal and comfortable. Outdoor and indoor seating with Mountain View.
A photo of Eight4Nine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4804)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
Join us for Lunch, Brunch or Dinner. Reservations recommended but not necessary. Lounge and bar open all day long for walk-ins. No reservations for lounge or bar. Open 7 days a week.
Top review
JeffreyMvip
Dined 1 day ago
Love coming here when we visit. The food is always good and the service is always outstanding.
A photo of Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3956)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
A timeless Palm Springs classic specializing in traditional American Fare with a modern twist. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, in the famous Ingleside Inn, Melvyns Restaurant also features a full bar, dancefloor and piano lounge on a first come first serve basis.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always great! This place is a classic. The service and food are fantastic.
A photo of POM - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (916)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Indio
About the restaurant
POM is Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's answer to casino cafes. POM features breakfast, lunch and dinner in an atmosphere that's light, airy and modern.

Reviewers on Yelp.com give POM 4&1/2 stars out of 5 and for good reason. The food here is of top quality. Chef Freddy Rieger even gets herbs used for cooking and garnish from the garden just outside the restaurant's French doors. The food is inventive yet hearty and the service is friendly and attentive.

Patrons can also order cocktails here they won't find anywhere else around Palm Springs. How about a Date Martini or a hand-crafted White Sangria?

POM excites your senses and keeps you coming back for more.

Top review
LindaS
Dined 6 days ago
It was Mothers Day very busy but staff and food outstanding.
A photo of Bellatrix restaurant
4.6
4.6 (869)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Desert
About the restaurant
Entertain your guests in style in our elegant Bellatrix Restaurant dining room for dinner under the stars or lunch overlooking our nationally recognized championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and a host site of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Visit with us at our Bellatrix Wine Bar featuring a selection of over 100 wines by the bottle and over 30 wines by the glass along with full service bar.
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KimR
Dined 1 day ago
An especially great place for special occasions like birthdays. Food always exceptional. The service staff are attentive, never intrusive.
A photo of 4 Saints restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1428)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
With unparalleled views of picturesque mountains, 4 Saints provides a unique and modern space. Our menu is driven by bright, clean, soulful flavors that are influenced by the seasons. The beverage program provides a concise wine list, local brews, and masterful cocktails.
Top review
Ty13
Dined 1 day ago
Top notch service and delicious food. We will definitely be coming back.
A photo of Zin American Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2511)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Palm Springs
About the restaurant
For the past 20 years, Zin has been a popular spot for locals in the downtown area. We offer crafted cocktails, brunch, and dinner. We are proud to have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our extensive wine list which boasts over 545 selections. In addition to inside bar and table seating we have a beautiful heated and cooled covered patio for outdoor dining.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
A wonderful me lunch with great old friends food was excellent and we love Nancy as our server. See you soon.
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