Palm Springs. Where to Eat.

Acme Guest Poll: Top Picks for Restaurant Week!

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week (Friday, May 31 thru Sunday, June 9) is the perfect chance to try all those fine dining spots that are usually outside your budget. More than 100 of the Coachella Valley’s Top Rated restaurants are offering deep discounts on gourmet prix-fixe meals. Lunches will be priced at $15, $20 and $25 while multi-course dinners will be offered at $29, $39 and $49.

Acme House Company polled more than a thousand of our past Vacation Home Rental Guests to ask which participating restaurants are on their Must Try List. Here are their Top Picks:

Photo: Johannes

Johannes
Consistently fabulous dining experience. Upscale yet casual European cuisine – and a fantastic wine list. Top Chef Johannes Bacher has received hundreds of awards from local, national and international media including Bon Appètit, Restaurant Writer’s Association, Wine Spectator, Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Zagat, Open Table and Palm Springs Life.
Must Try: Wiener Schnitzel or Organic Chicken Wiener
Say Hello To: Host: George, Waitstaff: Barrie, Ariel

Make Reservation

Johnny Costa’s Ristorante
Classic Italian Cuisine from the family that has been cooking delicious pastas, steaks and fish in the desert since 1976. Founding Chef / Owner Johnny Costa became good friends with Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and the years that followed, while cooking at various local haunts where the crooner liked to dine. He even worked as Sinatra’s personal chef at his desert home.
Must Try: Risotto di Mari, Housemade Cannoli and Tiramisu
Say Hello To: Chef Vince, Manager Sal, Waitstaff John and Wesley, Barkeep Sarah

Make Reservation

Justin – Eat & Drink
Fresh food in the heart of Cathedral City. Chef Justin Jenkins relies on locally curated ingredients and sustainably sourced meat and fish to produce a menu of upscale comfort food that appeals to both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Must Try: Cowboy Candy Jalapenos, Purple Carrot Risotto, Pan Roasted Monkfish
Why We Love It: It feels like a cozy cabin hidden deep in the woods

Make Reservation

Babe’s BBQ & Brewery
Famous mouthwatering selection of hickory smoked meats, including baby-back ribs and pulled pork. Acme House Company Vacation Rental guests have long been raving about Babe’s take out menu for “at home” poolside dinners. So we are glad to see it is also topping the list for dining-in during Restaurant Week.
Must Try: Goat Cheese Tamales, Lobster Mac & Cheese
Say Hello To: Our friend and leader of the pack Donald “Lucky” Callender

Make Reservation

Photo: Eight4Nine

Eight4Nine
You haven’t fully experienced today’s Palm Springs without snapping a picture of you and your peeps at the now famous Eight4Nine – known for its bright and happy pink on white interior design, super cool photography installation, and wide variety of dining space options that include the huge outdoor garden, the see-and-be-scene open gallery, and the more intimate side dining rooms. Fun vibe. Delicious food. Fabulous cocktails.
Must Try: Willa Jean’s Fried Chicken, Peach Cardamom Creme Brulee
Say Hello To: Owners Willie & John, General Manager Tom Collins.

Make Reservation

Photo: Evzin

Evzin – Palm Springs
High points for ambience, flavor and service. Almost immediately upon opening the doors of their Palm Springs location – John Tsoutis and his wife Maria Mertika had a smash hit on their hands. Evzin Palm Springs is usually packed with locals and well-informed visitors of who know enough to make a reservation long in advance. We call it Modern Greek with a fresh and current spin on Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Moroccan fare.
Must Try: Spanish Fideo, Burnt Eggplant, Maria’s Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Look Up: Don’t miss the Morocan Wedding Blankets from Soukie Modern

Make Reservation

Le Vallauris
First-class service, fabulous food of epicurean proportions and the intoxicating hospitality of owner Paul Bruggermans. This special occasion restaurant is usually reserved for life’s milestones – so our Acme House Company Vacation Rental Guests are saying don’t miss this opportunity to eat and drink at the world famous Le Vallauris during Restaurant Week!
Must Try: Duck and pistachio Terrine
Look For: Flemish tapestries and Louis-XV furniture

Make Reservation

Photo: SO•PA

SO•PA
Dramatic, refined, and intimate al fresco dining experience. Attentive service at an undeniably beautiful space where guests feast on Seasonal New American fare and carefully curated signature cocktails. Famous for the beautiful lighting and romantic vibe.
Must Try: Short Ribs, Alaskan Halibut
Where To Sit: Try to score one of the four oversized booths

Make Reservation

Photo: Si Bon

Si Bon
Certainly a local favorite where Rancho Mirage residents go to eat several times a month. This Belgian Bistro features traditional dishes and a full bar with imported wine and beer. Signature dishes include the nine hole escargot waffle, and the Mussels with hand-cut Belgian fries.
Must Try: Baked Garlic Mussels, Seafood Waterzooi
The Vibe: Family owned and loved by locals

Make Reservation

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse
Our Acme House Company Vacation Rental Guests always list Mr. Lyons as a top favorite. It evokes the old Hollywood glamour that Palm Springs is famous for with its gorgeous dining salon in black and white marble, wood and brass. You will feel both rich and famous nestled into the luxurious velvet booths. The steak-centered menu is steeped in classic elegance.
Must Try: Steak… any of them.
Don’t Miss: Cocktails in the Speakeasy behind the Velvet Drape.

Make Reservation

ABOUT THE WRITER:  Modern Mary is a traveling gadabout who adores everything Palm Springs – from the architecture and design to the art, fashion and lifestyle.  A social butterfly in the most modern sense – Mary enjoys swanky cocktail parties, gallery openings, music festivals, shopping and anything pink or yellow. She is a frequent contributor to the Acme Blog –  keeping our readers up to speed on who is staying at our fab fab vacation rental homes and what’s going on in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities of the Coachella Valley.  Modern Mary loves big floppy hats, Jackie O sunglasses and prefers sensible shoes over back-breaking high heels.

ABOUT ACME HOUSE COMPANY:  Acme manages Luxury Vacation Rental Homes & Condos in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Fabulous pool homes for when you and your peeps want some together time. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more Palm Springs Vacation Rental Homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company on their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust Worldwide.  Palm Springs Life Magazine’s Reader Survey named Acme House Company the Best of the Best in Vacation Home Rentals. We manage our Palm Springs Vacation Home Rentals like 5-Star Resorts. Just like home but way better.

Leave a comment