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“An elegant outpost for Austian Cuisine in the Desert.”
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Ranked #34 of 355 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 18 - US$ 45
Cuisines: Austrian, Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Arenas
Transit: Located on Indian Canyon Drive close to the restaurant.
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Owned and operated by Chef Johannes Bacher, an Austrian man who took to cooking at a young age and eventually found Palm Springs after stints on cruise ships and in several major hotels, Johannes Restaurant occupies a quiet corner on South Indian Canyon Drive and although featuring Organic local Produce and an outdoor patio like much of his competition little else about the experience resembles what one might consider ‘typical’ of the area.

Self described as serving “Modern European Cuisine” from “The Eclectic Chef,” a pair of descriptors that each seem regressive in an era where various Ethnic styles are widely embraced everywhere from Salem to San Diego, it was just prior to a 7:30pm reservation that seating was offered in the warmly lit confines of Johannes’ primary dining room, the crowd a bit older than that found elsewhere in town and also more sophisticated in terms of dress.

Upscale but without pretense, a small bar looking in on the kitchen available for walk-ins and Happy Hour Specials daily, it was after sitting for a few moments that a middle-aged female server presented the Autumn Menu in addition to a few daily specials and although several items including Crispy Duck and Pretzel Crusted Pork all were tempting it nonetheless seemed foolish to ignore the Chef’s heritage when eventually faced with a decision, the three course meal preceded by thin slices of Baguette paired to a housemade spread of Garbanzo Beans, plenty of Herbs and Avocado.

Fitting the “Modern European” claim by presenting even his most classic recipes with a creative twist, the Cheese Spaetzeln pairing tender housemade Dumplings with a duo of melted Cheeses plus a tangle of crispy Onions and fresh Arugula, it was with the small starter quickly consumed that the meal moved onward to one of nine styles of Weinerschnitzel, the classic pounded Veal cooked golden with several traditional accoutrements plus a $4 boat of Jager Sauce featuring Wild Mushrooms cooked tender with Bacon in a Red Wine Reduction.

Avoiding the sour Cucumbers and lifeless Potatoes, the side of Sauce well-worth the supplemental charge as it helped breath a bit of life into a plate that was otherwise slight in Salt or Seasoning, it was in using the fresh Cranberry Jelly that a transition to Dessert was made, the $10 slice of Streudel everything one could ask for with crisp pastry rolled around plenty of tender Fruit, Butter and Cinnamon.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

There were four of us for dinner and we had a wonderful time. Two of us had the Jager Schnitzel (wild mushroom, bacon, red wine sauce)-YUM! The other two had pork daily special and the ahi dinner. They both loved their dinners. Great martini list. Cucumber is especially good and refreshing. Chocolate "Bon, Bon" dessert, neapolitan ice cream inside dark Valrhona

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Johannes gave me my first experience in restaurant bait and switch. Three of us ordered the schnitzel. With that, the waiter asks, "Would you like your sauce over the schnitzel or on the side?" We think nothing of it and reply, "over is fine." Menu price is $29. We eat out meal and the check comes. Three schnitzels, $34 each. Whaaa?? We ask for a menu and scan it. Is there something we missed? Oh, you betcha. At the bottom of the menu, it is written that sauce is an extra $4. Mr. Waiter neglected to mention that when he asked whether we'd prefer the schnitzel sauce over the food or on the side. Then for kicks, and I'm no mathematician, he just adds a dollar to the price of our entrees. (29+4=33). When we pointed it out that he charged us $34, he sort of mumbled that the prices have changed...but he was oh, so gracious enough to recalculate the cost to back down to $33 each. Buyer beware.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Went to Johannes while in Palm Springs to visit family. Being solo, I was able to be seated quickly even without a reservation. I had the Jager Schnitzel and have to say it was absolutely the best Schnitzel I’ve had since leaving Germany 25 years ago. After being stationed in Bavaria and Rhineland-Pfalz for 6 years, I was spoiled by the great food. The Jager Schnitzel at Johannes was a pleasant surprise; they nailed it and took me back to Bavaria with a great meal.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Finally made it here and was so glad. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly! The presentation was beautiful and the service was great. The flavor of the food was so good we will definitely be back soon!

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