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Backstreet Bistro

72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
+1 760-346-6393
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“salad” (27 reviews)
“sand dabs” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us went here for dinner on a recent Sunday evening. The place was not busy. The service was quite good. The lady who seemed to be handling the front of the house seemed pre-occupied with other duties, and never checked on us to...More

Thank GPaCalgary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Are outside on their lovely patio and split a delicious and huge roast beet salad that had lots of extras like feta, toasted almonds, 2 different colored beets, asparagus and pears. We also split a bison burger which was very tasty, all at a reasonable...More

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a November evening, dark and cool for the desert. The website shows a lively joint but the place was almost empty, I think there were only three other tables occupied. It looks nice and the staff were friendly. We started with the Bean...More

Thank Wardieeee
Reviewed 6 December 2017

They were VERY short handed. It took forever to get service after we were seated. I understand staff not showing up, but recognition of seated guests should be a no brainer. People will wait patiently if they are acknowledged! Food was OK, but forgettable, I...More

Thank PNWDiveGirl
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Great spot for lunch on the patio. Mid range kind of place. We love the sand dabs here prepared in a piccata sauce! Really tasty. Don't understand why more restaurants don't serve them. Very mild, delicate whitefish. The fish comes with spinach. Good service. Makes...More

Thank n2r49rs
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Went there for breakfast, food was fabulous and the serve delightful. Very quaint, with beautiful decor. And of course the sweet dogs that were there was another bonus. As we miss our little girl back home in Calgary. Was a pleasure.

Thank blackhondacrv
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful, mostly open-air restaurant. Excellent food and very friendly and attentive service. Best chicken Caesar salad in the valley! Lunch is a particular delight and prices are very reasonable. Very popular, with a friendly, repeat clientele. Dog-friendly. Entertainment. Easy adjacent parking.

Thank Leon P
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Good service, good pasta sauces but nothing exceptional. Unfortunately the 18 wheelers coming and going were not a bonus to this place that is mostly patio seating. We also did not care for the rude elderly diners at tables near us.

Thank PSguys
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I booked on Open Table after reviewing their website which clearly stated Jazz music on Saturday nights. We wanted our out of town guests to enjoy some music while dining outdoors. Well there was no music and no real explanation. However this not really the...More

Thank Dennis J
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We've only been in Palm Desert for two weeks, but we have already dined at the Back Street Bistro twice. And we'll go again before we leave town. An excellent meal and great service are exceeded by the delicious food. On a beautiful evening, there's...More

Thank Joel K
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16 March 2016|
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Response from Richard V | Reviewed this property |
I would call first. They do have a very large outdoor seating area so I'm hoping they will.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-3302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-346-6393
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"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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