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Outdoor Dining is a mainstay of Palm Springs life, especially now that cooler weather is on the horizon for the high season (November-May). As of October 2020, due to a surge in Coronavirus cases, Riverside County was moved back to the most restrictive, purple (widespread) tier. This means restaurants can be open with limitations. In Palm Springs, most restaurants are open for outdoor dining, takeout and/or delivery. Be sure to check the restaurant’s website for updates to their Covid-19 operating protocols and opening hours.  

A diner plate at a Palm Springs, CA restaurant

Below, we highlight a few of our favorites. The first two on our list are offering special meals for Thanksgiving, this Thursday, November 26, 2020. 


Mr. Lyons
233 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Mr. Lyons website

This modern take on a classic steakhouse has quickly become a favorite amongst Palm Springs foodies. Mr. Lyons is serving its classic and craft cocktails, meat-centric dishes and Happy Hour snacks and martinis on a hidden patio (the indoor dining room and lounge are closed for now). 

For Thanksgiving, Mr. Lyons is offering a limited-seating three course meal on their patio or an order-ahead, deluxe Thanksgiving takeout meal for two. Check Mr. Lyons website for availability. 


Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
849 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Eight4Nine website

A favorite amongst locals, Eight4Nine offers one of the largest, tree-covered, outdoor patio areas in town, with whimsical decor and furniture. The pared-down food menu offers a selection of the most popular, globally-inspired dishes for every taste, from the meat and seafood lover to the vegan and vegetarian palate. In addition to a well-known weekend brunch menu, they also offer Happy Hour cocktails and menu items all day every day.

For Thanksgiving, Eight4Nine is offering a limited-seating, four course meal on their patio. Check eight4nine website for availability.  


Birba Palm Springs
622 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Birba website

Since 2011, Birba has been a bustling hotspot in the heart of downtown, with its inviting outdoor patio and delicious, sustainably-sourced, farm-to-table dishes, including small plates, homemade pastas and wood-fired pizza. Their thoughtful craft cocktail menu and Italian-themed wine and beer menus are sure to please. From the same team behind the breakfast mainstay Cheeky’s and swanky steakhouse Mr. Lyons. 


Rooster and the Pig
356 S. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Rooster and the Pig website

Since the pandemic, this popular Vietnamese-American gem has been offering takeout for the first time in its five-year history. After a brief hiatus, chef-owner Tai Spendley is now reopened for limited outdoor dining (no reservations) and takeout, offering fan favorites along-side rotating weekly specials.  


El Mirasol Regional Cuisines of Mexico
140 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
El Mirasol website

El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel
266 E Via Altamira
Palm Springs, CA 92262
El Mirasol at Los Arboles website

El Mirasol, a Palm Springs institution since 1985, offers fresh, delicious, traditional Mexican cuisine and flavorful margaritas in two locations: South Palm Springs with El Mirasol and to the north, El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel. Both are available for patio dining, takeout and delivery. 


Brickworks American Bistro
155 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Brickworks website

Some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town, along with modern takes on classic American bistro fare, including wings, burgers, chicken, fish and an extensive list of craft beers. Currently offering limited outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.