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Backstreet Bistro

72820 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3302
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Ranked #56 of 237 Restaurants in Palm Desert
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Monterey
Description: "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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English first
Palm Desert, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The food is good and they have a nice menu selection. The service is helpful and they try to accommodate special dietary needs.

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Palm Springs, California
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184 reviews 184 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Stopped in for lunch. They have a good menu for lunch. Limited selection of items. Had the pastrami sandwich which was excellent ( even tho it was thicker cut ) and the special potato salad which was unique and very good. We were there before Happy Hour so paid premium prices for drinks which is irritating as they are way... More

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Montreal Quebec Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Many well rated restaurants are found in the middle of El Paseo. This little Bistro at the end of the street at the end of a little mall pleasantly surprised us. The food was very good, the quantities were just right and the wine list very affordable. Our waiter Jonathan was very pleasant and not pushy. We sat on the... More

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San Francisco, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a very casual but busy restaurant near Clementine's. I had an enormous BLT with avocado and had to end up just eating the filling as we weren't going straight home on this 100 degree Sunday.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

On arrival, the owner appeared to be stressed and was less than welcoming.It was jazz on the patio night so it was fairly crowded. The music was the best part of the evening .It took quite a while to get our calamari appetizer and it was crispy and tasty. There was a small plastic cup of marinara sauce and we... More

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Palm Desert, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Small bistro with a lot of regulars. Not "fine dining" but very good food with an emphasis on Italian. Occasionally, because many regulars who appear to be senior citizens don't move very fast, the service gets backed up. If you're don't want to have a leisurely meal then, depending on the crowd, this might not be the place for you.... More

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Belmont, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

As someone with a youthful history of working in restaurants as a server and host, I understand the difficulties in running an effective restaurant, and therefore 1) I always over-tip, and 2) I'm reluctant to write a bad review..but I must. On our first recent evening at Backstreet we had a party of six, and on the second evening, we... More

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We've been here a few times for very average food with a lot of attitude. There are so many good restaurants in the desert, you'd be advised to enjoy better food without the attitude. Our last visit there was so bad, it could have been a scene from a movie. The owner is downright entitled and rude - didn't make... More

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Palm Springs, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had dinner at the Backstreet Bistro last night as part of a "package" through the Coachella Valley Symphony and were blown away by the whole restaurant scene. The owners are so friendly, the staff just great, the food wonderful, and the ambiance beyond belief. We will be attending the restaurant on a regular basis now that we know of... More

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San Diego, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The sand dabs at the Backstreet Bistro are worth revisiting and why I gave an excellent rating . I have been there twice and ordered them both times, My husband and I arrive for a late lunch and sit in the patio. The service is friendly and attentive. We have a happy hour glass of wine and it is pleasant... More

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