Your Next Lesson in Gourmet Dining: Melvyn’s Restaurant Review by Jesse Bluma

Your Next Lesson in Gourmet Dining:  Melvyn’s Restaurant Review
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“In 1925, Palm Springs history was little more than a sleepy desert village.  The prestigious Humphrey Birge family, owners of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company, then the ‘Rolls Royce’ of America, liked the calm beauty of the scenery and built a Spanish-style estate at the foot of the magnificent San Jacinto Mountains.  Here they lived for some ten years until the demise of the matriarch of the clan, and the property was then sold to Ruth Hardy, a lady from Indiana, who changed the face of the town and of the Inn itself. She transformed the estate into a 20-room hotel…

In 1975, New York businessman, Melvyn Haber, visited Palm Springs as a respite from his hectic life in New York.  Mel Haber came upon the Inn while strolling downtown Palm Springs and fell in love with it on the spot.  He bought it in April of 1975, completely renovating the entire property and created Melvyn’s Restaurant and the Casablanca Lounge and continues to cater to leaders of industry, show business and politics.”

Melvyn’s is characterized by its cozy and elegant atmosphere, tucked away in the city, yet in the heart of everything.  Behind the well established landscape is the nostalgic inn and classic supper-club inside.  The environment is old Hollywood, the service attentive—the glasses never left empty.  Tableware cleared and courses served promptly.  The bread worth the calories.  

This is fine dining with the majestic mountains of Palm Springs in the background.  A celebrity institution, conjuring up memories of Sinatra, Monroe, Hope, Reagan, Presley, and more.  Additionally, the bar and lounge at the front of the restaurant is where to order a martini or other cocktail of your choice.  Especially to finish off the night after a great meal.


Melvyn’s Restaurant is not a redo or a reincarnation of a bygone era.  Melvyn’s is a lasting icon.    Dress code for dinner.  No jeans or shorts.  Not hats.  Collared shirt.  Waiters don tuxedos.  In California, casual is king.  Yet, Melvyn’s is the place to liberate oneself from cargo shorts and t-shirts to demonstrate respect for the experience.  Dinners are prepared at the table for each individual diner, thus leave proper time from dining and inform the server of any requests.

There are numerous dining options across the country.  From New York to Chelsea, Dallas to San Francisco, Orange County to Los Angeles, Beverly Hills to Palm Springs.  Each community with a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at Melvyn’s Restaurant and enjoy.


1.  Melvyn’s Restaurant is located at 200 West Ramon Road Palm Springs, California 92264.  This address is within walking distance to shopping, hotels, apartments, bars, clubs, and much more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  

2.  Valet parking is available.  Self-parking is also available in neighboring shopping lots, with a bit of a stroll.  

3.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table.  Make a reservation.   

4.  Hours of operation are seasonal.

5.  Consider the following menu items.

Caesar Salad:  a truly classic Caesar with romaine leaves, garlic, anchovies, homemade croutons, fresh grated Parmesan and ground pepper.  This is a hearty salad, prepared tableside, and one to reorder on return visits.

Steak Diane:  lovingly prepared medallions of filet mignon, prepared tableside with shallots, French mustard, and red wine demi-glace.

Martini:  vodka with three olives

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