By Pamela Bieri
The name Spencer's is synonymous with Palm Springs’ classic style. Its awe-inspiring location at the foot of Mount San Jacinto has retained a historically significant midcentury charm inside and out. The ambiance offers stylish elegance and comfortable informality. The air-cooled, tree-shaded patio is legendary, and stunning surroundings are matched by culinary excellence.
Spencer’s is this year’s winner of 12 major awards, including Best Outdoor Dining, Best Sunday Brunch, Best Continental (American) Restaurant, Best Gluten-Free, Best Breakfast, and the only Palm Springs restaurant to win the prestigious Wine Spectator Best of 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 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 of 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 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. Valet parking is available.
701 West Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
• Kung Pao Calamari
• Sautéed Crab Cakes
• Crisp Fried Oysters
• Naked Tuna Roll or Tuna Tartare
• Signature Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
• Truffle French Fries
SOUPS AND SALADS
• Baby Spinach and Frisée Salad
• Beefsteak Tomato Tartare
• Three-Onion Soup
• Pan-Fried Chilean Sea Bass
• Crisp Skin Lake Superior Whitefish
• Pan-Fried Liver and Bacon
• Boneless Braised Beef Short Ribs
• Australian Rock Lobster Tail and Black Angus Filet Mignon
• Double Breast of Free-Range Chicken
• Wild Mushroom Risotto
• Spencer’s Carrot Cake
• Choice of House-Made Ice Cream or Sorbet
• Banana Cream Pie
• Potato Pancakes
• Corned Beef Hash
• Scotch Eggs Benedict
• Stuffed French Toast
• Specialty Omelets
• Colgin Estate IX, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
• Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2010
• Shafer “Relentless” Napa Valley Syrah, 2009
• Numanthia Termanthia Tinta de Toro, Toro, Italy, 2004
• Merry Edwards Russian River Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011
• Kongsgaard Napa Valley, Albarino, 2011