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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Palm Desert

Updated: May 2, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Palm Desert restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues Palm Desert has to offer.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Little Bar

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Gastro Grind Burgers

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Billy Q's

Pizza, $$, Palm DesertPizza, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Mastro's Steakhouse

American, $$$$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$$$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Best Fine Dining in Palm Springs

    USA Today

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

American, $$$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$$Palm Desert
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Palm Springs Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Kaiser Grille Palm Desert

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Wildest Restaurant & Bar

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Solanos Bar and Grill

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Bellatrix Restaurant

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Tommy Bahama Restaurant | Bar | Store - Palm Desert

American, $$$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Cactus Jack's Bar and Grill

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Jillians

American, $$$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Grill-A-Burger

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Cork Tree California Cuisine

New American, $$$, Palm DesertNew American, $$$Palm Desert
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Daily Grill

American, $$, Palm DesertAmerican, $$Palm Desert
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 10624 Palm Desert restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Palm Desert restaurant reviews, and 264 lists and articles – looking closely at what Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and USA Today had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Palm Springs Area and USA Today - Best Fine Dining in Palm Springs. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. These ten options are sure to delight.

Common questions

El Paseo Grill, Little Bar, and Gastro Grind Burgers are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Palm Desert.

Mastro's Steakhouse, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, and Kaiser Grille Palm Desert are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Palm Desert.

El Paseo Grill, Little Bar, and Gastro Grind Burgers are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Palm Desert.

Kaiser Grille Palm Desert, Wildest Restaurant & Bar, and Sherman's Deli & Bakery are the highest-rated American restaurants for dessert in Palm Desert.

Mastro's Steakhouse, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, and Kaiser Grille Palm Desert are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in Palm Desert.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • The ideal pairing for heavy meat dish

    Experts recommend pairing a heavy meat dish with a glass of Vieux Carre, a popular cocktail.

  • Chardonnay with your shellfish

    Experts suggest pairing shellfish with a glass of strong and acidic Chardonnay, a white wine that balances richness with acidity.


Factoids

  • Once upon a time

    In The United States, during 1929, the lobster roll was born into culinary history!

  • 3 pounds of victory

    Dave Brunelli ate an astounding 3 poundsof hashbrown in only 3. The United States played host to this feat.

  • The longest hot dog

    A little hot dog never hurt anybody! The size of the longest hot dog might surprise you, coming in at 668 feet 8 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

Parking in the area

We’ve all struggled to find good parking near restaurants in Palm Desert. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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