Palm Desert nice restaurants
- Cindy Mar 12, 2002 05:01 PM
Need to have a business dinner for 12 people. Any great restaurants that you can recommend?
My favorite is Arnie Morton's in the shopping center across the street from the Mariott Desert Springs Resort. There is also a Ruth's Chris up on Hwy 111. Mariott has about six restaurants. You can check them out at their web site. I have been to a couple of them but don't remember their names, one was in essence the "hotel dining room" which wasn't bad. The other I believe specialized in seafood, but it was not remarkable. I believe they also have an Italian, and a Japanese. They also have a bar/nightclub if your guests want to dance after dinner.
There's really nothing 'GREAT,' but there are some nice places that you will enjoy.
Don't know if you need a private room or not, but...
For somewhere interesting, I'd suggest the La Quinta Grill in the town of La Quinta (not the hotel). Very good food & unique surroundings in a big old ranch style house wrapped around a large patio. Probably my favorite food in this area as they don't attempt things they can't achieve.
People like Club 74, Wally's, Jillian's, Palomino & Cuisintot, but they'll have to talk you in to one of these - in my mind, all fall in to way too expensive for what they are.
Best French - Le St. Germain in PD - they have a lovely covered patio. Not the fabulousness or setting of Le Valluris,, their sister restaurant in PS, but still very good food, service & wine - and a lot shorter drive.
As obviously on an expense account, the restaurant at the former Ritz Carlton in RM is spectacular - blanking on the new name of the hotel now, though.
For Italian, I like Massimo in RM - can't tell you why, but have always enjoyed evenings there.
Avoid all other hotel restaurants like the plague - we have stayed at Marriott Desert Springs, Hyatt Grand Champions, & the Stouffer & eaten at all of those plus the Westin & the Miramonte - don't bother. Uniformly bad, boring & very confused service.
Both Fleming's Steak HOuse and Wine Bar and Roy's in Rancho Mirage should be able to accomodate you.