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Backstreet Bistro

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72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302 (Monterey)
+1 760-346-6393
08:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the few places in the area that has lemon ricotta pancakes on the menu. Not busy on a Saturday morning; we sat outside on the heated patio. The regular eggs/bacon/potatoes were delicious; the pancakes big and tasty - they come with a little container of home-made raspberry butter spread. Lots of free parking nearby.

Thank ccvvbb
Castle Rock, Colorado
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156 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for Happy Hour while in Palm Desert and it was a great choice. The place also offers jazz music during the week. The apps were all delicious and the glasses of house wine were as well. The charming patio was covered and a great place to have a relaxing time. We'll be back.

Palm Springs, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good. The service was extremely slow. The server and management could care less when we mentioned it. Prices are fair and the food was good. But I would not go back.

Thank 282marshallg
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived on a busy Saturday night but our table for six was waiting. Our waiter Mario was very attentive. The food was excellent (the bruschetta reminded me of Venice.) Great value. Will definitely go back.

Thank Seth F
SF Bay Area
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third visit in a year and two of three visits resulted in fairly major mistakes in the kitchen. First visit: salt was sprinkled on the creme brulee instead of sugar at lunch. Second visit for dinner went fine. Last night was a disaster. We were seated at the time of our reservations. It was a busy Saturday... More 

Thank janiewall
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by for dinner on a Saturday night. What a disappointment! Service was slow. Eggplant parmigiana was tough and the cheese was non existent. Bread in first basket was stale. Caesar salad was poor at best. Don't waste your money here.

Thank EMGMRS1221
Riverside, California
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. Nice outdoor dining area. Live jazz Tuesday night and Saturday early afternoon. Fantastic sorbet for dessert.

Thank Donald M
Lombard, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed good, reasonably priced Italian food outside with Jazz music. Being offseason and not terribly crowded the service was good and overall a very nice dining experience. The restaurant is located in relatively close proximity to the street so you do hear some traffic noise if sitting on the patio.

Thank Bill R
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We booked this restaurant for NYE dinner after reading positive reviews and noting that they did NOT have a prix fixe menu, as we did not want one. We booked via Open Table, and Open Table emailed the day before and asked us to call the restaurant just to confirm reservation. I called, and the woman who answered was not... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ventured here as we noticed it off the side of the road while intending to go to El Paseo drive. We were in an adventuresome mood and it worked out perfectly. I ordered the President's salad which has romaine, Swiss cheese, turkey, dates, mandarin oranges, grapefruit and Pecans with a poppy seed dressing. I asked for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-346-6393
"Where Friends Meet Friends" is what the locals say about Backstreet Bistro…and that is exactly what you"ll find at this Tuscan inspired hidden gem just blocks from the busy El Paseo scene. Dishes are a blend of rustic Italian cuisine and family recipes that feature a wide array of fresh fish, pastas, soups and salads. Lunch and Dinner specials are available daily, along with a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Enjoy dining in the relaxing ambiance indoors or on the pet-friendly outdoor patio as you gaze upon the beautiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains. This local favorite is also one of the area's best live jazz venues with popular valley musicians performing every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 12:30pm to 3pm. Prices are under $30 at $12-$15 per person.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?