Michelin Star Revelation 2 minutes 06 December 2022

MICHELIN Guide Restaurants in Palm Springs, CA

MICHELIN Guide California touches down in Palm Springs for the first time.

Ed's Pick California Los Angeles Palm Springs USA

Angelenos flocking to Palm Springs now have eight MICHELIN-recommended places to eat. Tuck into poolside carrot cake, bacon flights, and peak-season local produce before retiring to one of Palm Springs' myriad Modernist hotels.

4 Saints
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Set on the seventh-floor rooftop of the Rowan Hotel, this is the highest perch in all of downtown. The sweeping views of the San Jacinto Mountains that will really make you swoon. Chef Ysaac Ramirez lends a Southern twang to a shareable menu replete with seasonal produce, as in grilled purple sweet potatoes with creamy Alabama white barbecue sauce and pickled red chiles. 

4 Saints © Laure Joliet/4 Saints
4 Saints © Laure Joliet/4 Saints

Bar Cecil
Cuisine: American
Reservations here book weeks in advance, so if you're seeking a spur-of-the-moment meal, your best bet is to arrive before doors open and put your name down for a coveted bar seat. It would be easy to spend a small fortune here on items like roasted king crab legs or Ossetra with blini, but hearty American fare, like a signature burger dressed up with melted Comté, is still very much in fashion.

Bar Cecil © Daniel Woo/Bar Cecil
Bar Cecil © Daniel Woo/Bar Cecil

Boozehounds
Cuisine: International
What's in a name? In this case, at least, there’s a tongue-in-cheek précis: a dog-friendly cocktail bar. Diners and their canine confrères can enter a spacious enclosed patio area through a separate "doggy door." The stylish indoor space remains a humans-only domain, where the focus shifts to a top shelf drinks menu (replete with dog-themed nomenclature, naturally), as well as an appealingly eclectic bar menu that spans both snacks and more substantial fare. 

Boozehounds © Raven and The Willow/Boozehounds
Boozehounds © Raven and The Willow/Boozehounds

Cheeky's
Cuisine: American
Bacon is in the air at this perpetually packed daytime-only hotspot. This kitchen taps into the area’s bounty, with most of the produce hailing from within 100 miles. The quirky menu, divided between breakfast and lunch options, changes weekly, offering dishes like birria hash with poached eggs. Don’t miss the “bacon flight,” a selection of five strips of various flavors, ranging from apple cinnamon to jalapeño.

Cheeky's © Mollie Kimberling/Cheeky's
Cheeky's © Mollie Kimberling/Cheeky's

Colony Club
Cuisine: American
This Moroccan-style oasis at the plush Colony Palms Hotel has history and charm to spare, having once been the stomping ground of stars like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. In keeping with the pool-party vibe, the menu is laid-back, from snacks like edamame hummus, to heftier fare like a grilled pork chop with cheesy polenta. To finish, a frosted carrot layer cake with pineapple and toasted pecans is just right.

Colony Club © Gina Graves/Colony Club
Colony Club © Gina Graves/Colony Club

Tac/Quila
Cuisine: Mexican
Amidst the hacienda-inspired elegance of this popular venue, you may find yourself flanked by suit-clad business types quaffing top-shelf tequila on one side, and on the other, poolside-tanned tourists with clothes thrown over their bathing suits as they sip from margarita flights— and everyone seems perfectly at ease. Likewise, the sizable menu offers room for both street tacos with typical fillings like carne asada or al pastor, as well as more upscale options like lobster and seared ahi tuna. 


Tac/Quila © David A Lee/Tac/Quila
Tac/Quila © David A Lee/Tac/Quila

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge
Cuisine: Californian
Once an exclusive getaway for Hollywood elites, the privileged serenity of this quaint refuge no longer requires a SAG card to gain entrance (though you'll need a reservation if you’re not staying at the property). Matching with the general wellness retreat aesthetic, the ingredient-driven cooking tends towards wholesome Cali-style simplicity—think fresh salads, grilled cauliflower steak with sauce vierge and the requisite avocado toast at lunch. 

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge © Jaime Kowal/The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge © Jaime Kowal/The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

Workshop Kitchen & Bar
Cuisine: Californian
Farm-to-table food may seem like an impossibility in the middle of the desert, but nearby Coachella Valley is actually one of the nation’s most productive regions. A dedicated garden in Rancho Mirage, along with a sizeable herb planter behind the kitchen, furnishes peak-season produce for wood-fired dishes like a flat iron au poivre, and even a simple yuzu tart is prettied up with farm-fresh raspberries and wood sorrel. 

Workshop Kitchen + Bar © Audrey Ma/Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Workshop Kitchen + Bar © Audrey Ma/Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Hero image: The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge
© Jaime Kowal/The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

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