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Willie's, Rancho Mirage, CA

Willie's

4.4
4.4
356 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European

Willie’s Modern Fare combines the elegance of fine dining with the warmth and conviviality for which its founders are best known. Recognized for 1501 Uptown Gastropub and numerous solo projects, co-owners Willie Rhine and Chad Gardner from the Gardner Hospitality Group invite guests to savor classic cuisine with a modern twist, along with creative cocktails and a carefully curated wine list.

Hospitality icon Brian Ellis helms the front of the house as General Manager, infusing Willie’s with the charm and panache that he brought to Melvyn’s at Ingleside Inn for several decades.

In the kitchen, Executive Chef Richard Perez leads the culinary team with an eye for detail and taste for excellence honed throughout a career overseeing the food at esteemed establishments like Colony Palms Hotel, The Cork Tree Restaurant, and Il Fornaio.

Enjoy dinner and drinks in the fine dining room or expansive outdoor patio, or stop into the casual lounge for a sip and a snack.

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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Contemporary American, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 202-4499

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Richard Perez

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Cross street

    Frank Sinatra

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Frank Sinatra

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Willie's Summer 2022 Pre-Fixe Dinner Menu

    $49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at Willie's in Rancho Mirage for a delicious Three Course Dinner by Executive Chef Richard Perez. Includes your choice of: Appetizer - Gazpacho, Bibb Caesar, Classic Wedge, or Peruvian White Fish Ceviche Entree - Chicken Cordon Bleu, Vegetable Farotto, Salmon, Beef Stroganoff, Short Rib Dessert - Apple Dumpling, Creme Brulee Three Way, Chocolate Brownie Sundae

What 356 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Special Occasion

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Special Occasion

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  1. JB

    JimB

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the redesign of this restaurant and been looking forward to checking it out. The space is brighter and I love the changes. I had the three course special and the soup was simply the BEST! I also enjoyed the stroganoff and the apple dessert. My Cosmo was tasty too! I appreciated that not only did Willie the owner touch the table and clear some dishes but the Maitre d stopped by too. Staff is very friendly and there is sure a lot of them. Maybe too many visits but hey, better than no attention. I will be going back for sure!

  2. RS

    RonS

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit was a success and we are eager to return. Stylish, welcoming with attentive service and our meals were delicious. The main menu is inspired as is the prix fixe menu we enjoyed. Convenient location with valet or ample self-parking available. We are delighted this gem is in our neck of the woods.

  3. S

    Steven

    Palm Springs

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Overall we liked the restaurant. However, my food came out room temperature and my dinner companion’s food was hot in spots and cold in spots. That was a little disappointing for the price point. The chairs are also uncomfortable. Our server was wonderful.

  4. BA

    BillA

    Palm Springs

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A truly exceptional evening. The service was impeccable. The food was innovative and delicious.

  5. CJ

    CJinPalmDesert

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful renovation. Casual elegance. Exceptional service. Incredible value. Delicious food. Our first visit since they opened and it was the second weekend offering brunch. Only 4 tables filled in restaurant and the bar was maybe 1/3 full. I’m certain this place is going to be teeming with guests as word continues to get out about food, service, value. The 3 course brunch menu @ $39.00 was 3 entree portions. There was enough food to eat half of everything and have the other half for dinner. Highly recommend and we will be back for sure! Congratulations Willie on you new endeavor. It’s clearly a success.

  6. CL

    CLTguy

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Average food and weird ambiance. Too many different design aesthetics going on and none of them really working.

  7. m

    mwsolo

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As someone who has dined at some of the best restaurants around the World, no exaggeration, I am quite discerning. The dinner we had recently at this restaurant was undoubtedly the best I’ve ever had in the desert region. From the excellent cocktails to various delicious menu items presented so beautifully, this was a 5 star meal across the board, service included. Can’t wait to make this my new regular spot when I’m in town!

  8. PG

    PatriciaG

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing loved everything about Willies. From the greeting at the front … then had a drink in the bar, great bartenders. Food was outstanding. Our waiter was top notch. Can’t wait to come back.

  9. LR

    LRReviews

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The only thing we felt a bit rushed with our meal. We had just finished our first course the plates were not picked up yet and our main course was put down. We ordered wine with our dinner the waiter asked when we wanted it. We said with our second course the food showed up before the waiter had a chance to get the wine.

  10. M

    Moreover

    Palm Springs

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All we can say is Excellent! We ordered from the Summer menu and felt the value was great, quality top notch, and flavors of everything terrific! The only thing missing was background dinner music. Maybe it was playing but we didn't take notice until we heard really nice dinner music playing over the bathroom speakers hahah.

  11. MD

    MikeDLA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and very good food. The decor is a bit generic but that won't stop us returning. 5 stars.

  12. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very open and the lights bass food was excellent and the service was so friendly highly recommend it five stars

  13. RK

    RosanneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I am familiar with 849 in Palm Springs and the catering they do for the Palm Springs Art Museum. The restaurant scene since my arrival in 2014 has improved enormously thanks in part like restaurant 849. The Rancho Mirage location is fabulous, attentive waitstaff and fabulous food. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to sample your cuisine closer to my home. Please do not leave ever!

  14. a

    anjac

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the refix Summer menu. It was wonderful besides of the desert. It was stale and too heavy. Excellent service.

  15. p

    patti

    Sacramento

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    only criticism: Noisy from tile floor Rolls were stale

  16. N

    Nanc

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The 4 of us Really enjoyed our dinner Food was so good, service was excellent. Willie & Brian are the best! They Made Judy’s birthday great!

  17. IA

    IsaacA

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious. The service was totally wonderful. Gracie waited on us this evening. She was super attentive to our group, considered our food allergies, and ensured that our food was perfect. She recommended some dishes based on food preferences. Overall a very pleasant evening. Thank you, Gracie.

  18. MH

    MarkH

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    The dining room was too loud and too bright, not sure if dimmer switches are on the lighting fixtures. Overall a major disappointment. The wedge salads were way too wet with too much dressing. The gazpacho soup was bland. Two in our party had the chicken cordon bleu that looked more like ham with a little chicken and cheese sushi rolls. Not the normal cordon bleu one expects. Will not be returning anytime soon.

  19. BM

    BMKKK

    Palm Springs

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, food and service for our special birthday celebration. The short ribs weee fabulous.

  20. c

    cwcinps

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The experience was great. Attentive staff and tasty food. Wine list had a wide range in prices which I appreciated

  21. DW

    DianeW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went during restaurant week and enjoyed the pre fixe menu. Cocktails were flavorful and balanced. The short rib was tasty and tender, and the chicken cordon bleu was delicious. Service was courteous and attentive. Restaurant week gave us a chance to try new places; we are glad Willie's participated, and we will be back.

  22. LM

    LeslieM

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the beginning and throughout, service was great. Decor was well done. Enjoyed the Summer Prix Fixe Dinners. Will definitely be back to try the Casual Lounge Fare. Great concept and execution.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Loved it!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1

    This place is like cheap knock off LV bag.

  25. JK

    JackK

    Palm Springs

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific food, service, and atmosphere! Thank you Art and Brian for your always fantastic hospitality. Art, you have that place running perfectly! Shout to our warm and friendly server, Francisco. Thank you Willie for another wonderful dining establishment in the Coachella Valley with uniquely delicious food and a first rate staff.

  26. j

    jenn

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great! They even had a rack for my purse. It was quiet enough for us to have a good conversation and hear each other. They were having a season prefix for 49 for appetizer, main course- I choose the short rib which was soft, and easily breaks apart, with dessert. Drinks were strong and on point.

  27. TS

    TroyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening out. Loved the three course dinner. The service was outstanding.

  28. PS

    PSPBimmerboy

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit to Willie's and it won't be our last. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary and chose to spend it at Willie's. We are very happy that we did. The entire experience from when we arrived and were greeted to when we departed was superb. We were lucky to be greeted personally by Willie which was a nice surprise and he made sure our table and comfort were excellent. John our server, was prompt and attentive the entire night yet gave us time to enjoy the experience. Our appetizer and main course were delicious and prepared exactly to our liking. We were presented with a beautiful dessert along with a Happy Anniversary card towards the end of our visit which was a very nice touch. Willie has brought another incredible establishment to the Desert. We loved our experience and highly recommend it to others. You won't be disappointed!

  29. LM

    LuciaM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, drinks, ambiance, and service were all excellent!! We decided that Willie’s is now our new favorite restaurant!! Our waiter, John was the best!! Highly recommend every dish!!

  30. JC

    JohnC

    Palm Springs

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    one of the best places to eat in the valley. Ieat here at least once a week

  31. P

    Paddy

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate at Willie's last night with two dear friends, a table of four. We had an absolutely outstanding experience. We were greeted by a fabulous Hostess who led us to our table and introduced us to the menus and restaurant. Our server was fantastic, great personality and chit chat, but didn't linger at the table. The food was delicious, I ordered the roasted beet salad to start and seared scallops for my entree, all prepared perfectly. Friends had the short rib and sea bass and started with the Tomato tartare, also delicious! Another highlight was the desert, we shared a baked Alaska, what a treat! Most importantly we were not rudhed and made comfortable ... we could take our time making our selections. We are all looking forward to going back.

  32. T

    Thomas

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter John made it an excellent evening. Glad I ordered his recommendation!

  33. DD

    DesertDweller

    Palm Springs

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An outstanding meal. Willie's delivers in every way imaginable. Our server Grace was at the top of her game. Knowledgeable about the menu including detailed descriptions of the sauces and preparations. She was attentive without being intrusive. Our party of 4 enjoyed 3 different starters - Caesar, Wedge and Beet salads. All delicious, but the Wedge was the favorite. For entrees was enjoyed Prime Rib, Salmon and a new addition to the menu - Sea Bass. The diners who partook of the Prime Rib and Salmon reported both to be delicious. I was one who had the Sea Bass and it was one of the best meals I've had in years. Perfectly prepared and the sauce was amazing but did not overpower the delicate fish. We completed the meal with a specialty coffee and tea although dessert sounded wonderful we were able to control ourselves. I loved being greeted by the incomparable Brian Ellis - maitre d' and Willie himself. The staff was all gracious, accommodating and well trained. Not one thing I would change. I look forward to going back soon and frequently. Hope the Sea Bass is here to stay!

  34. RT

    RoTyRo

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So excited and pleased with this re-invention of the old space. Clean, feels spacious, great traffic flow. Service was superb, attentive but not intrusive, and the food was excellent. Special nod to the hostess, who started our evening with friendliness, humor and a feeling that we've known her for years! We will be BACK AGAIN!

  35. L

    Louie

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Definitely go back. The duck was really good and the prime rib as well

  36. M

    Mark4848

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Thought the honey chicken was bland. A couple of green beans and very few potatoes. Prime rib friend had was excellent

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Thank you for a great Birthday experience. Food and service were top notch!

  38. G

    Ginny

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went here for a birthday dinner, as it was highly recommended by a friend. It did not disappoint. The staff was especially good; attentive and present when needed, but not overbearing. Oscar (our waiter) was exceptional. We will ask for him in the future. We were very happy.

  39. LI

    LIZT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    one of the loveliest dinning experiences in this area. great food, seemless and efficient service...beautiful venue !!

  40. KM

    KarenM

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect from walking in the door to leaving. We will be back! We had the prime rib and it was cooked perfectly!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Willie's is rated 4.4 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Willie's

69830 CA-111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-2837

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Frank Sinatra

  • Neighborhood

    Rancho Mirage

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Contemporary American, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Frank Sinatra

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Richard Perez

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

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