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“Excellent service, horrible food!”

Melvyn's Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #25 of 329 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Melvyn's Restaurant was named "One of Ten Best" by the T.V. show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". Recipient of many top national awards. Melvyn's ambiance is the perfect compliment to gourmet dining. Every detail was selected to reflect gracious elegance and old world charm. Chef's Special 3-course dinner (choice of 4 Entrees) available all evening every evening. Extensive wine list.
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Branded as an old Palm Springs institution, this restaurant should retain its staff and fire the chefs immediately. The Steak Diane, while flambeed at the table, was composed of overcooked slices of beef filet and was served with insipid steamed squash and carrots and two red potatoes with half of the peels removed....tasteless. The bread was baked frozen mini baguettes (like a Dennys), their house salad drenched in overly tangy "creamy italian", the scallops (which were actually fresh, I think!) were served with a strange vinegary liquid tomato sauce and a french onion soup that was absolutely ordinary. The linguini with shrimp also contained what seemed to be defrosted bay shrimp. Cherries jubilee were served with canned cherries and a raspberry cake had the taste of something that has been too long in the freezer and adorned with canned mandarin oranges! I am not sure who is eating here and giving it five stars. My bottom line is: overcooked, canned, frozen and the least expensive ingredients are served by an absolutely fine wait staff. They, at least should have better.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

With it being a long weekend and most restaurants teeming with noisy partiers, we were looking for something quieter, a little romantic and with a more mature clientele. We found it in Melvyn's. The ambience is charming, staff professional, the food although nothing to rave about was good, and the wine list varied. Our only criticism would be that our table was next to where the trolley was parked so at times I was beside a messy tray which was unappealing.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

First time, and won't be the last. The atmosphere was grand with picture's of Hollywood Stars on the walls, that have eaten there over the years. Had a nice piano bar, where people who wanted to sing could and were very good. The food was prepared nicely and was enjoyed by our group of eight. Nice choice for dinner, hard to decide what to have. You name it they had it. All very good. Nothing bad to say about this place.

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Thank BevB205
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We come here every year from Canada to celebrate our anniversary at Melvyn's. We are always treated special. The food is always wonderful and the atmosphere is great. I really appreciate the all the staff! They are excellent! I love this place.

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Thank June864
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Visited again on a Sunday afternoon on a warm afternoon.
Fun to over hear conversations on memories of the way things were, and all the late gossip. About thirty five years late.
Midcentury elegant just had drinks at the bar and nothing from the dining room.
Cool and relaxing.

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1  Thank Journeyman644
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