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Four-Star Cuisine For All Occasions
By Pamela Bieri
The name Spencer's is synonymous with Palm Springs’ classic style. Its awe-inspiring location at the foot of Mt. San Jacinto has retained an historically significant midcentury charm inside and out. The ambiance offers stylish elegance and comfortable informality. The air-cooled, treeshaded patio is legendary, and stunning surroundings are matched by culinary excellence.
Spencer’s is this year’s winner of six major awards: Best Outdoor Dining, Best Brunch, Best Chef, Best Continental (American) Restaurant, Best Caterer, and the only Palm Springs restaurant to win the prestigious Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” for its extensive wine cellar. Named after owner Harold Matzner’s award-winning, 110-pound Siberian husky, Spencer’s is very pet-friendly.
Multiple award-winning chef and cookbook author Eric Wadlund brings decades of experience as executive chef and director of operations. His credentials include a tour of America’s finest four-star restaurants: Azur by Le Bernardin, The Occidental, Rattlesnake, and Terra Cotta.
Chef Wadlund, Executive Sous Chef David Sanchez, and a seasoned culinary staff led by Restaurant Manager Julieta Quinn aim to please guests with contemporary and classic cuisine that customers have come to cherish. Spencer’s is also very well known for its expansive menu.
By day, Spencer’s is “the” place to see and be seen for lunch, where power brokers make deals while visitors soak up the atmosphere. Sunday brunch is a legendary experience. After the sun goes down, Spencer’s transforms into a sensual delight, perfect for a romantic dinner or special celebration, with a choice of dramatic outdoor views or interior tables surrounded by understated elegance.
Perched on the mountainside overlooking the valley, the historic Bougainvillea Room, with its unique architecture and club-like atmosphere, is an unmatched setting for events up to 250 people. Catering by Spencer’s takes the restaurant’s acclaim to any location, providing perfectly executed cuisine and service for weddings and events of any size.
Breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy live piano music throughout the day and evening. Reservations are recommended for dinner. Complimentary valet parking.
Price Range: $$$$
Two of the popular entrées on Spencer’s eclectic menu are Australian Rock Lobster Tail and Black Angus Filet Mignon with asparagus spears, red and yellow teardrop tomatoes, crispy potato curls, lemon and parsley garnish, and Pan Fried Chilean Sea Bass with baby artichokes, oven tomatoes, a light saffron sauce, and crispy leeks. Photographed on the romantic outdoor patio with flaming fire pit.
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