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Palm Springs MICHELIN Restaurant Guide

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

In 1889, Andre and Edouard Michelin founded their tire company. In order to help motorist develop their trips, they produced a small guide filled with handy information for travelers. Among other things, it included a listing of places to eat or take shelter for the night. From there, a brand new MICHELIN Guide was launched in 1920.

Following the growing influence of the guide’s restaurant section, the Michelin brothers recruited a team of mystery diners to visit and review restaurants anonymously. The MICHELIN Guides are now best-sellers and rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories.

These are Palm Springs MICHELIN’S restaurant guide recommendations, written in their words.

4 Saints

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Set on the seventh-floor rooftop of the Rowan Hotel, this is the highest perch in all of downtown. The sweeping views of the San Jacinto Mountains that will really make you swoon. Chef Ysaac Ramirez lends a Southern twang to a shareable menu replete with seasonal produce, as in grilled purple sweet potatoes with creamy Alabama white barbecue sauce and pickled red chiles.

4 saints dining room

Bar Cecil

Cuisine: American
Reservations here book weeks in advance, so if you’re seeking a spur-of-the-moment meal, your best bet is to arrive before doors open and put your name down for a coveted bar seat. It would be easy to spend a small fortune here on items like roasted king crab legs or Ossetra with blini, but hearty American fare, like a signature burger dressed up with melted Comté, is still very much in fashion.

Bar Cecil deviled eggs
Credit: Daniel Woo

Boozehounds

Cuisine: International
What’s in a name? In this case, at least, there’s a tongue-in-cheek précis: a dog-friendly cocktail bar. Diners and their canine confrères can enter a spacious enclosed patio area through a separate “doggy door.” The stylish indoor space remains a humans-only domain, where the focus shifts to a top shelf drinks menu (replete with dog-themed nomenclature, naturally), as well as an appealingly eclectic bar menu that spans both snacks and more substantial fare.

Boozehounds

Cheeky’s

Cuisine: American
Bacon is in the air at this perpetually packed daytime-only hotspot. This kitchen taps into the area’s bounty, with most of the produce hailing from within 100 miles. The quirky menu, divided between breakfast and lunch options, changes weekly, offering dishes like birria hash with poached eggs. Don’t miss the “bacon flight,” a selection of five strips of various flavors, ranging from apple cinnamon to jalapeño.

Cheeky's sign

Colony Club

Cuisine: American
This Moroccan-style oasis at the plush Colony Palms Hotel has history and charm to spare, having once been the stomping ground of stars like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. In keeping with the pool-party vibe, the menu is laid-back, from snacks like edamame hummus, to heftier fare like a grilled pork chop with cheesy polenta. To finish, a frosted carrot layer cake with pineapple and toasted pecans is just right.

colony palms hotel-colony club

Tac/Quila

Cuisine: Mexican
Amidst the hacienda-inspired elegance of this popular venue, you may find yourself flanked by suit-clad business types quaffing top-shelf tequila on one side, and on the other, poolside-tanned tourists with clothes thrown over their bathing suits as they sip from margarita flights— and everyone seems perfectly at ease. Likewise, the sizable menu offers room for both street tacos with typical fillings like carne asada or al pastor, as well as more upscale options like lobster and seared ahi tuna.

Tac/Quila exterior
Credit: David Lee

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge

Cuisine: Californian
Once an exclusive getaway for Hollywood elites, the privileged serenity of this quaint refuge no longer requires a SAG card to gain entrance (though you’ll need a reservation if you’re not staying at the property). Matching with the general wellness retreat aesthetic, the ingredient-driven cooking tends towards wholesome Cali-style simplicity—think fresh salads, grilled cauliflower steak with sauce vierge and the requisite avocado toast at lunch.

The_Barn_Kitchen_at_Sparrows_Lodge_credit-Jaime_Kowal
Credit: Jamie Kowal

Workshop Kitchen & Bar

Cuisine: Californian
Farm-to-table food may seem like an impossibility in the middle of the desert, but nearby Coachella Valley is actually one of the nation’s most productive regions. A dedicated garden in Rancho Mirage, along with a sizeable herb planter behind the kitchen, furnishes peak-season produce for wood-fired dishes like a flat iron au poivre, and even a simple yuzu tart is prettied up with farm-fresh raspberries and wood sorrel.

indoor seating workshop bar

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