rancho mirage best of the best

Best of the Best in Rancho Mirage

City by city, you voted for the top experiences in the valley, 
from food to furniture to festivals. The tallies are in and the winners are…

Emily Chavous Best Of

rancho mirage best of the best
The Edge Steakhouse at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON, RANCHO MIRAGE
Attraction
Desert Adventures

With a fleet of red Jeeps, this tour company offers in-depth excursions to local natural treasures like the San Andreas Fault, Indian Canyons, and Joshua Tree National Park. 74794 Lennon Place. 760-324-5337; red-jeep.com

American
Waters Cafe at Agua Caliente 
Casino Resort Spa

The bright café boasts aquatic-themed décor and a menu of classic American fare. 32250 Bob Hope Drive. 888-999-1995; hotwatercasino.com

Barbecue
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

Tuck in your bib and grab a seat for house-smoked barbecue and handcrafted beers in this spot at The River at Rancho Mirage. 71800 Highway 111. 760-346-8738; babesbbqandbrewhouse.com

Burgers
Burgers & Beer

Diners will find a burger for any taste, thanks to a robust menu featuring 30 burger options. Bonus: There are personal TVs at every booth. 72773 Dinah Shore Drive. 760-202-4522; burgersandbeer.com

Casino
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

The 45,000-square-foot gaming floor offers table games and high-limit opportunities like blackjack, baccarat, and slots. 32250 Bob Hope Drive. 888-999-1995; hotwatercasino.com

Caterer
Cello’s Pantry

Gourmet catering includes breakfast platters, boxed sandwich lunches, salads, dips, and appetizers. 70225 Highway 111. 760-328-4200; cellospantry.com

Coffeehouse
Koffi

Coffee beans are roasted to perfection here. 71380 Highway 111. 760-340-2444; kofficoffee.com

Consignment Store
Misty’s Consignment

High-quality home furnishings inhabit this consignment shop. 70007 Highway 111. 760-770-4663; mistysconsignments.com

Continental (TIE)
Wally’s Desert Turtle 
(also winner of Romantic Dining)

This landmark features classic Continental fare. 71775 Highway 111. 760-568-9321; wallysdesertturtle.com

Si Bon

The chic eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a focus on Belgian cuisine. 40101 Monterey Ave., Ste. E5. 760-837-0011; 
sibon-sogood.com

Craft Cocktail
Roy’s

The craft cocktail menu includes signature mai tais, mojitos, and martinis, plus sangria, margaritas, and an array of classic drinks. 71959 Highway 111. 760-340-9044; roysrestaurant.com

Festival
Rancho Mirage 
Writers Festival

The fifth annual installation 
brings 50 renowned authors to the Rancho Mirage Public Library for two days of talks about books and the art of writing. Jan. 24–26. 71100 Highway 111. 
760-341-7323; rmwritersfest.org

Florist
Rancho Mirage Florist

With custom arrangements and bouquets fit for every occasion, Rancho Mirage Florist makes it easy to say it with flowers. 70053 Highway 111. 760-324-9984; ranchomirageflorist.com

Golf Course
Omni Rancho Las Palmas 
Resort & Spa

Players can take on the challenge of 27 holes stretched across 6,400 yards of palm tree–lined fairways. 41000 Bob Hope Drive. 760-568-2727; omnihotels.com

Hair Salon
Agape Salon & Spa

Signature Aveda treatments combine with services like haircuts, styling, and color for a true relaxing experience. 69930 Highway 111. 760-321-1023; agapesalonspa.com

sunnylands

PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNNYLANDS CENTER & GARDENS

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage.

Health Club
Pedal Spin Studio

The boutique studio focuses on heart-pounding spin classes as well as pump and ab classes. 71743 Highway 111, 
Ste. B. 760-773-1925; pedalspinstudio.com

Hiking Trail
Chuckwalla Trail

Nestled near The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, this moderate loop provides terrific views of the valley.

Hotel/Resort
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

A luxury resort known for sweeping views of the valley from atop its mountainside perch, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, has well-appointed rooms and superior service. 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive. 760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com

Italian
Gioia Italian Bistro

The Naples-inspired Italian restaurant features wood-fired pizzas with your choice of red or white sauce. 71800 Highway 111, Ste. A122. 760-422-4330; gioiaitalianbistro.com

Japanese
Shabu Shabu Zen & Sake Bar

A hot pot restaurant featuring cook-it-yourself shabu shabu dishes. 71680 Highway 111. 760-779-5000; shabu-shabu-zen.com

Live Theater
Coachella Valley Repertory

CVRep kicked off its 2017–2018 season of entertainment on Oct. 25 with a theme of “Romance: Real or Imagined.” 69930 Highway 111, Ste. 116. 760-296-2966; cvrep.org

Mediterranean
Catalan Mediterranean 
Restaurant

This restaurant is well known for its tapas, paella, and sangria. 70026 Highway 111. 760-770-9508; catalanrestaurant.com

Mexican
Las Casuelas Nuevas

Part of a local family-owned 
chain, Las Casuelas Nuevas prepares classic Mexican dishes with a California flair. Try the tamales, made from the family’s 100-year-old recipe. 70050 Highway 111. 760-328-8844; lascasuelasnuevas.com

Museum
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

The 200-acre former Annenberg estate opened up its art exhibitions and gardens to the public for the season in mid September. 37977 Bob Hope Drive. 
760-202-2222; sunnylands.org

Pizza (TIE)
Pieology

This fast-casual pizzeria lets diners build their own pies with plentiful topping, crust, and sauce options. 42500 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. C. 760-674-7117; pieology.com

The Slice

To complement the generous house pizzas and calzones, the New York–style pizzeria also serves traditional Italian fare such as grilled polenta and mozzarella caprese. 72775 Dinah Shore Drive. 760-202-3122; theslicepizza.com

wallysdesertturtle

PHOTO COURTESY OF WALLY’S DESERT TURTLE

Wally’s Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage.

Seafood
Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Fresh fish is always on the menu here and fish entrées are cooked over mesquite charcoal to seal in the flavor and the juices. 
70030 Highway 111. 
760-321-7635;
thefishermansrestaurant
ranchomirage.com

Spa (TIE)
Westin Mission Hills 
Resort & Spa

A serene ambiance welcomes guests to indulge in wellness-focused treatments and packages, along with classes such as yoga and Pilates. 71333 Dinah Shore Drive. 760-328-5955; westinmissionhills.com

Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Skin care, body treatments, and salon services are offered inside this 10,500-square-foot facility that also features a fitness center. 32250 Bob Hope Drive. 760-202-2121; hotwatercasino.com

Sports Bar
The Yard House

A dizzying array of beers on tap along with plentiful flat-screens showing the latest in sports. 
71800 Highway 111, 
Ste. B-101. 760-779-1415; 
yardhouse.com

Steakhouse (TIE)
The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

The steaks are rivaled by the incredible views of the Coachella Valley. 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive. 760-321-8282; ritzcarlton.com

Fleming’s Prime 
Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Steaks include filets mignons, 
rib eyes, and New York strips expertly aged for a minimum of 21 days. Add an indulgent side, such as truffle-poached lobster or porcini mushrooms with gorgonzola cream. 71800 Highway 111. 760-776-6685; flemingssteakhouse.com

The Steakhouse at Agua 
Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Serving only USDA Prime steaks, including MS7 Australian Wagyu New York Strip (some of the choicest beef in the world), the restaurant prepares each dish to your liking with a menu of custom crusts, sauces, and toppings.
32250 Bob Hope Drive. 888-999-1995; hotwatercasino.com

Sushi
Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse

Order off the sushi menu as your friends enjoy a hibachi meal prepared tableside and you will 
not be disappointed. 71680 Highway 111, Ste. A-C. 
760-674-0078

Vegetarian/Vegan
Clark’s Nutrition and 
Natural Foods Market

Featuring an Aspen Mills Bakery & Bread Company, the market offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, 
and health-conscious options. 34175 Monterey Ave. 
760-324-4626; clarksnutrition.com