Best of the Best in palm Desert
La Spiga Ristorante Italiano
A Tuscan-inspired patio overlooks gardens, herb beds, and trees.
Kaiser Grille Palm Desert
Hearty, no-nonsense dishes include steaks, pastas, and fish.
Smoke Tree BBQ
It’s all about the classics: ribs, brisket, and chicken.
Wilma & Frieda
Morning comfort comes in the form of short-rib eggs Benedict.
Thirty cheekily named burgers are served fully loaded.
TIE: Wilma & Frieda, Kaiser Grille Palm Desert
Signature dishes are prepared party style for easy sharing.
Delicious, from the escargot en croûte to the Colorado lamb chops.
Café Des Beaux-Arts
Enjoy French fare while watching a casual daytime fashion show.
Offering a mix of Neapolitan-style pizzas, rotisserie, and salads.
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Owned by a master sushi chef with a taste for fine rice wine.
An eclectic mash-up of Filipino and Greek dishes under one roof.
Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill
Try the enchiladas de mole and a specialty margarita.
King crab. Escolar with prosciutto. Grilled octopus. Drooling yet?
Classy, yet unpretentious, with live music in the bar and a prix-fixe menu.
Fresh organic fare is the focus, with juices, smoothies, wraps, and more.
With eight locations in Palm Desert, it isn’t hard to find your espresso fix.
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar
Sip creamy key-lime-pie martinis on the breezy second-level patio.
Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill
The bar’s always popping at this Westfield Palm Desert restaurant.
The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Showcasing wildlife and plants from deserts around the world.
The 1,127-seat theater celebrates its 30th anniversary this season.
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Visit the sculpture garden and see Bob Van Breda’s mixed-media work.
Public Golf Course
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Choose between the scenic Mountain View or Firecliff courses.
Find eclectic pieces on a dime at this furniture-focused resale shop.
TIE: Jensen’s, Bristol Farms
Both high-end grocers offer fresh flowers and custom arrangements.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LINDA CHAVOUS
The Bump and Grind is a popular 4-mile trail.
Specializing in group circuit training for serious results.
Alankara Aveda Salon
Aveda-trained specialists provide hair, skin care, and makeup services.
Bump and Grind
Located along Painters Path, the 4-mile trail is popular among locals.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Ride a boat to dinner, lay by the pool, or visit the resort’s resident birds.
Oranj Palm Vacation Homes
Short-term rentals range from modern condos to Spanish villas.