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Elevate Your Evening: Upscale Dining Destinations in Palm Springs

Explore the pinnacle of Palm Springs’ culinary scene just moments from your Wander stay.

 Natalie Kowalewski
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Elevate Your Evening: Upscale Dining Destinations in Palm Springs

Occasionally, there arises the desire to don elegant attire and indulge in a sophisticated dining experience. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, birthday, promotion, a special event, or planning a romantic date night, we have compiled an exclusive list of upscale locations in Palm Springs for you to explore.

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

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  • Distance from Wander Palm Springs: 1.6 miles 

  • Location: 849 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Hours: 11AM-9Pm MOnday-Thursday; 11AM-10PM Friday; 10AM-10PM Saturday; 10AM-9PM Sunday 

  • Phone: (760) 325-8490

  • Website: https://eight4nine.com/

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, located in Palm Springs' Uptown Design District, presents a modern and chic setting with a diverse New American menu. The spacious lounge, boasting an illuminated onyx bar, offers comfort with stylish furnishings, providing the perfect backdrop for all occasions. With a tempting menu featuring starters like Ahi Tuna poke and main courses like miso marinated Chilean sea bass, Eight4Nine ensures a delightful dining experience in an elegantly transformed historic post office building.

Maleza

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  • Distance from Wander Palm Springs: 2.6 miles 

  • Location: 284 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Hours: 11AM-10PM Monday-Thursday, 11AM-11PM Friday; 8AM-11PM Saturday; 8AM-10PM Sunday

  • Phone: (760) 549-9528

  • Website: https://www.malezapalmsprings.co/

Maleza offers an all-day dining experience with Mexican-inspired cuisine complemented by a curated selection of rare mezcals and craft cocktails in both indoor and outdoor spaces. The dinner menu features enticing dishes such as bone marrow with smoked trout roe, oysters with jalapeño mignonette, and grilled octopus with Oaxacan cheese. For brunch you can expect a delightful array of options, including daily rotating pastries, buttermilk pancake with smoked butter, and a savory breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, chihuahua cheese, and bacon. Indulgent desserts like peanut butter tart and churros with Oaxacan chocolate provide a delightful conclusion to the culinary journey at Maleza.

Tip: Be sure to check out the events page on Maleza’s website for more information about upcoming movie nights, mezcal dinners, and more.

The Tropicale Palm Springs

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  • Distance from Wander Palm Springs: 2.2 miles

  • Location: 330 E Amado Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Hours: 4PM-10PM Monday & Tuesday; 11AM-10PM Wednesday & Thursday; 11AM-11PM Friday & Saturday; 11AM-10PM Sunday

  • Phone: (760) 866-1952

Website: https://thetropicale.com/

The Tropicale Restaurant, a Palm Springs institution since 2007, exudes the vibrant atmosphere of 1960s supper clubs with its neon-lit exterior and retro tropical interior. Boasting a hip mid-century style bar and one of the city's few outdoor bars, it offers an eclectic menu with highlights like egg spaghetti with marinara & Italian meatballs and a grilled organic brisket burger with truffle mayonnaise. Known for its lively ambiance, the restaurant provides various dining settings, from covered areas with olive trees to an open-air "Tiki" patio, making it an ideal spot for both intimate dinners and larger gatherings.

Johannes

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  • Distance from Wander Palm Springs: 2.2 miles

  • Location: 196 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • Hours: 5PM-9PM Wednesday-Sunday; Closed Monday & Tuesday

  • Phone: (760) 778-0017

Website: https://johannespalmsprings.com/

Chef Johannes Bacher, born in Tirol, Austria, and the Executive Chef/Owner of Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs, emphasizes fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in his eclectic Austrian-Asian menu. With a background as the Corporate Chef of Seabourn Cruise Line, he has received numerous awards for his innovative cuisine. The menu features dishes such as wiener schnitzel, pork tenderloin medallions, and sear roasted organic sashimi grade Icelandic salmon.

Tip: The establishment requests that only service animals and children over the age of 5 attend the restaurant.

Le Vallauris Restaurant

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Le Vallauris, a renowned French restaurant in Downtown Palm Springs, led by Chef Jean-Paul Lair, offers an exquisite menu featuring dishes like Kolikof caviar, Maine lobster salad, and pan-seared New Zealand venison tournedos. The extensive dessert selection includes delights such as Tahitian vanilla crème brulee and chocolate passion.

Tip: The restaurant caters to various tastes, be sure to try the prix-fixe menu at $142.00 per person, which provides a comprehensive dining experience with courses like Boston scallops carpaccio and Alaskan halibut.


Enjoy these upscale dining experiences near Wander Palm Springs. For personalized recommendations on other must-see experiences, text your Wander Concierge today!

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