Set at the historic Palm Springs Tennis Club, an exclusive gathering place for such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope since its inception in the 1930s, Spencer’s Restaurant is synonymous with the desert’s classic style. Elegance and comfortable informality intertwine to accommodate any dining occasion, from a power lunch or private party to a romantic evening for two or Sunday brunch.
Named after owner Harold Matzner’s award-winning 110-pound Siberian husky, the swanky restaurant welcomes well-behaved pups on the patio. Outdoor seating is temperaturecontrolled, and the terrace is shaded by trees — a scenic atmosphere rivaled only by the sumptuous cuisine. The signature colossal shrimp cocktail, pan-fried Chilean sea bass, Australian rock-lobster tail, and Black Angus filet mignon are house favorites, but don’t overlook the tempura specials or seasonal Maryland soft-shell crabs. Select a glass or bottle from the extensive wine list (it garnered the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator) to sip over dinner, or enjoy a craft cocktail at the indoor-outdoor bar. Save room for dessert: The banana split is sinfully good, and the “24 Carrot” cake is a must. On Sundays, choose from the popular spinach-and-wild-mushroom frittata, the signature waffle, or among seven variations of eggs Benedict (available with gluten-free bread).
Spencer’s exquisite atmosphere has garnered national acclaim: It was named one of the 100 Best Brunch and Al Fresco Restaurants in America in 2019 by OpenTable diners.
The storied mountainside Bougainvillea Room is a picture-perfect setting for weddings and events of up to 250 guests. The kitchen also offers catering, with options including carving stations, hors d’oeuvres, and buffets.
Photography by Kaminsky Productions.