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Backstreet Bistro

72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
+1 760-346-6393
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we spend our winters in the desert, we never went to this restaurant until friends said let’s have a great Italian meal. Had to check the menu—thought they made a mistake. Both inside and outdoor seating and every table was taken. Reservations are essential...More

Thank beeperVancouver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place tucked at the back side of the shopping center. The fresh salmon was perfect as was the salad. The bread was warm and tasty. The service was very prompt and friendly. We will be back.

Thank RobertW1000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy visiting the Backstreet Bistro with another couple and we’re never disappointed. Very consistent and tasty dishes from an extensive menu. Great desserts too.

Thank Joel K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a disappointing meal at Backstreet Bistro, a place we have eaten at many times. We arrived with a reservation and out of town guests.The service was slow, so we put in our order as soon as we sat down, due to time constraints,...More

Thank Elaine L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a nice place with a moderately priced menu for a group of 8. Backstreet Bistro was a bit hard to find, but worth the trip. First, we had to negotiate getting 4 separate checks. Restaurants do not like this for some...More

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Some of these legacy restaurants somehow still survive in Palm Desert catering to the locals, but skip it if you're visiting the area. The food is bland, the vegetarian options are very limited and when they know they're not doing a good job around service,...More

Thank Marc R
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Calamari great but everything else just so-so. Once again little above average but nothing to write home about.

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 10 February 2018

We have a group of locals that meet for dinner mid-week once a month. There are usually 14-18 of us. We made this reservation a few weeks in advance, so it's not like they didn't know we'd be there. We had 1 waitress for our...More

Thank ComedyWriter
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Learned that you need to know what to order. Soup was...meh. Pollo entrees were fabulous. Jazz band made outside dining conversation a bit difficult but the jazz band was terrific.

Thank Marty H
Reviewed 5 February 2018

nice place to meet friends before a performance at the MCCALLUM. What surprised me was the fact that Bistro makes you think it would be French, when it's really Italian. nice pre fixe meals for $20. notthe best Italian food., but ok. nice bar and...More

Thank nancyinChicago_13
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Barb E
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Response from Wardieeee | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, i have no idea, there was none when we were there
16 March 2016|
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Response from Richard V | Reviewed this property |
I would call first. They do have a very large outdoor seating area so I'm hoping they will.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-346-6393
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"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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