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Ranked #32 of 350 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 18 - US$ 45
Cuisines: Austrian, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Arenas
Transit: Located on Indian Canyon Drive close to the restaurant.
Reviewed 6 November 2017

It is difficult to find really, really fine Bavarian food! Johannes approaches, but does not achieve that status. They try too hard. This is a smallish restaurant down town on Indian Canyon. Seating is cramped and noisy. Breads are fresh but coupled with a Parsley pesto (really?). Pumpkin ginger curry soup was to die for and likely the best item on the menu. Lamb chops were an ample portion, served medium rare, but with a barely edible sauce. The signature item, wiener schnitzel, was large, tender and buttery. Staff were more interested in up-selling than service. They just try too hard!

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Two of us had an excellent dinner at Johannes. We both ordered one of their signature schnitzel dishes. Besides being delicious, there was enough for dinner at home the following evening as well. We chose a very nice unfamiliar wine from their extensive list, went on-line afterwards and ordered a case of it. Server was cheery and attentive. I fault her only because she failed to give prices of the specials. Atmosphere was pleasant. I'll look forward to my next visit to Johannes.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Top Service and delicious food! The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and good vines. I loved the tuna avocado tartare...

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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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