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Backstreet Bistro

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72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302 (Monterey)
+1 760-346-6393
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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Palm Springs, California
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good service, good pasta sauces but nothing exceptional. Unfortunately the 18 wheelers coming and going were not a bonus to this place that is mostly patio seating. We also did not care for the rude elderly diners at tables near us.

Thank PSguys
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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222 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked on Open Table after reviewing their website which clearly stated Jazz music on Saturday nights. We wanted our out of town guests to enjoy some music while dining outdoors. Well there was no music and no real explanation. However this not really the issue. Our waiter (Marcus) was somewhat verbose commenting on everything. Wished he just stayed focused... More 

Thank Dennis J
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194 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We've only been in Palm Desert for two weeks, but we have already dined at the Back Street Bistro twice. And we'll go again before we leave town. An excellent meal and great service are exceeded by the delicious food. On a beautiful evening, there's nothing better than eating dinner in their very relaxing outdoor patio.

Thank Joel K
Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We tried this restaurant on a busy Saturday night. We had a reservation but was service was understandingly a little slow with a packed house. The staff were friendly and attentive. The waiter even provided us with complimentary Caesar salad due to the long wait for our meals. Once we received our food it was excellent. We each had a... More 

Thank Grizzmp
Bluffton, South Carolina
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We have eaten hee before and enjoyed the experience. This night we arrived on time for a mid week reservation party of 6. Hostess first seated people who pushed past at least, 3 parties to be seated first. Nice table outside - well heated with overhead propane burners and stunning view of the parking lot and tractor trailer delivering too... More 

Thank Jeremy H
Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

The lava cake is to die for and the creme brule isn't bad either. This has a small indoor dining room and a very nice outdoor space with lights in the trees. The food is well prepared, generous and the wait staff is very attentive. This is my mother in law's favorite restaurant and I understand why. Knd

Thank Heronknd
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290 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

One of the few places in the area that has lemon ricotta pancakes on the menu. Not busy on a Saturday morning; we sat outside on the heated patio. The regular eggs/bacon/potatoes were delicious; the pancakes big and tasty - they come with a little container of home-made raspberry butter spread. Lots of free parking nearby.

Thank ccvvbb
Castle Rock, Colorado
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158 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went there for Happy Hour while in Palm Desert and it was a great choice. The place also offers jazz music during the week. The apps were all delicious and the glasses of house wine were as well. The charming patio was covered and a great place to have a relaxing time. We'll be back.

Palm Springs, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The food was good. The service was extremely slow. The server and management could care less when we mentioned it. Prices are fair and the food was good. But I would not go back.

Thank 282marshallg
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived on a busy Saturday night but our table for six was waiting. Our waiter Mario was very attentive. The food was excellent (the bruschetta reminded me of Venice.) Great value. Will definitely go back.

Thank PennyandKatie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-346-6393
"Where Friends Meet Friends" is what the locals say about Backstreet Bistro…and that is exactly what you"ll find at this Tuscan inspired hidden gem just blocks from the busy El Paseo scene. Dishes are a blend of rustic Italian cuisine and family recipes that feature a wide array of fresh fish, pastas, soups and salads. Lunch and Dinner specials are available daily, along with a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Enjoy dining in the relaxing ambiance indoors or on the pet-friendly outdoor patio as you gaze upon the beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains. This local favorite is also one of the area's best live jazz venues with popular valley musicians performing every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3pm. Prices are under $30 at $12-$15 per person.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?