Whether you live in Palm Springs or just visit every once in a while, you know that outdoors is the place to be, especially in the evenings when the sun is setting and the desert heat tapers off a bit. The area offers a variety of outdoor patios where you and your friends can get together, grab a bite to eat and some drinks, and relax. They all offer stunning views of the region and you can guarantee you’ll want to return.
Best patios in Palm Springs
4 Saints Rooftop at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel
Let’s begin with the tallest spot on our list: 4 Saints rooftop. Way up on the 7th floor of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel on Tahquitz Canyon Way, the drink menu has plenty of beers, wines, and chic cocktails, plus other beverages including a wake-you-up espresso Martini. The vibe is formal but also relaxed so this place is perfect for date nights, work meetings, or just getting together for a classy Happy Hour with pals. Despite being in the middle of bustling Palm Springs, 4 Saints is high up enough for you to be able to take in the stunning mountain views, day or night.
If you’re looking for a nice place to cool off and dine, Spencer’s Restaurant on Baristo Road in Palm Springs is a classic. You’ll find a lot of locals in casual clothes at Spencer’s, which is nice because you can get a feel for how living in Greater Palm Springs is.
Tack Room Tavern
The word to describe the Tack Room Tavern in Indio would definitely be “fun.” The tavern used to be a hangout for local polo players but has become quite an entertaining hit for both locals and visitors. Of course, you can’t miss out on Sundays because the tavern offers $5 mimosas plus $1 for refills alongside Sunday brunch.
The partly covered patio offers a roomy, clean environment and you can find various live entertainment most nights with no cover charge. They even have line dancing lessons on Tuesday nights, which also happens to be “Taco Tuesdays” from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM!
Located within the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, the Lantana Restaurant provides guests with an open patio that gives stunning views of tall palm trees, the Indian Wells Golf Resort, and overall desert tranquility. Although the Latana offers plenty of drink options like Bloody Marys and a locally-sourced Isabel Rosé, the crème brûlée is possibly the most raved about item on the menu, followed closely by the pancakes for breakfast. Many people are wary about restaurants within hotels, but if you’re staying at the Indian Wells Resort, you’re in good hands at the Lantana.
If you’re shopping at The Gardens on El Paseo shopping center in Palm Desert and you’re looking for a nice patio to take a break at, the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store is a perfect option. Happy Hour is from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM every day and if you’re drinking, the Pineapple Yuzo Mojito is a must-try. If a non-drinking companion is tagging along, Tommy Bahama also features select “Zero Proof” drink options. Casual yet also classy, you’ll find that the upper balcony patio is comfortable and allows for great views up high as well as people-watching below.
If you’re staying in the La Quinta area, the Lavender Bistro is undoubtedly worth a try. Offering Happy Hour from 4:00 to close every day, you can get discounted bar bites, cocktails, wines, and beers. The Lavender Bistro is great for date nights and small social gatherings, and although the prices are higher than other places in the area, the quality of the food and drinks make it well worth it. The courtyard is well-kept and the restaurant decorates the trees with hundreds of lights to give an elegant and relaxed atmosphere.
It only seems right that an elegant French restaurant would have excellent food as well as an endless set of drink options. From whiskey to wine to vodka and bourbon, Cuistot Restaurant in Palm Desert is a great choice when you are looking for a fancy night out. The patio has a limited number of tables compared to the inside of the restaurant, but you still get a great view of the Coachella Valley while enjoying fine French cuisine by the fire. Cuistot is a nice place for a “business casual” meeting or a laid-back date night.
A word to the wise; Cuistot shuts down for much of the summer, but it’s beautiful patio is open for the rest of the season.
Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant
If you’re looking for some awesome Mediterranean cuisine in the Palm Springs region, the Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant in Rancho Mirage is a great choice. The outside patio is beautiful, featuring fresh flowers on the table and views of the lush, green landscape surrounding it. The menu features something for everyone in your group, including pasta and paella, seafood options, chicken, and steaks. During the summer, they offer all-you-can-eat tapas for just $19.95, which is an unbeatable deal for the area, not to mention they taste excellent. This place is truly an example of getting the excellent fine dining experience without having to dress up much.
Acqua at the River
Also in Rancho Mirage, the recently-remodeled Acqua California Bistro at the River is a must-try. Located right alongside a pond, the outdoor patio offers a unique and relaxed atmosphere. Locals and tourists like to come here after shopping right down the street at the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center. An added bonus is the restaurant has a slew of options including delicious gluten-free ones. There are plenty of drink options as well, including one of the best skinny margaritas you’ll ever taste.
The State Fare Bar & Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton
If you’re at the Ritz Carlton, you justifiably have high expectations for the restaurant. The outdoor seating at the State Fare Bar & Kitchen at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage provides some of the best views you’ll find in the area. The patio is beautiful all day, but even better at night while classy people sit by the fire and enjoy bar food and drinks together, which includes the special SFB Bloody Mary that features bacon-infused vodka. You can walk around the terrace and see the Coachella Valley from all angles, and you can also see the hotel’s exquisite swimming pool from up top. The surrounding lights brighten the night sky and add to the experience, which is sure to be great.
La Quinta Cliffhouse
You can’t go wrong with a patio named as one of the 100 best al fresco restaurants in America in 2019 by Open Table. The outdoor dining area here wraps around the side of a massive rock wall on which the Cliffhouse is built (and for which it’s named). With plenty of shade thanks to huge trees and clever roof overhangs, it feels like you’re dining in the Rocky Mountains.
Babe’s BBQ at The River
This longstanding resto-bar and brewery is one of Greater Palm Springs’ old favourites when it comes to grabbing an adult beverage on a warm afternoon. With a spacious patio featuring cooling mist wafting over the seating it’s a cool spot to beat the heat.
Babe’s has been brewing its own beer and serving up mouthwatering food options since 2002 in its location along Highway 111 in The River.
A huge draw for customers is the barbecue. Serving barbecue styles from every part of the U.S. and all over the globe, Babe’s has won Palm Springs Life’s “Best of the Best” barbecue numerous times.
AC3 at the Hotel Paseo
This new-ish spot in the new Hotel Paseo was an instant hotspot for locals and tourists alike, thanks to its chic architecture and tasty food. AC3’s beautiful restaurant opens onto a bright and sunny patio on the west side of the hotel. It’s a perfect spot to watch the sun set on cooler evenings, or a great place to get some rays with a cold drink in your hand on an al fresco afternoon after shopping at nearby El Paseo shopping district.
Overall, when dining in the Palm Springs region, there are many options for outdoor patio seating and views. From casual to formal, each place offers excellent food and drink options, with many even offering Happy Hours where you can enjoy the menu at a discounted price. Patio dining is great for both small and large parties, so gather your family or your friends and go have a wonderful outdoor dining experience.