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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Palm Springs Restaurant with Great View for Breakfast

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

Often overlooked for breakfast by both, visitors and locals alike, is this restaurant that will quickly jolt you out of your routines when visiting, or even living in Palm Springs. In fact, it is one of my go to places when I want a celebratory breakfast with friends or enjoy the beauty of the mountains in Coachella Valley.

Escena Lounge and Grill

Admittedly, I had heard about this place long before I actually made a decision to go there for breakfast. People raved about the view and were often quoted as saying; it has the most beautiful view of the mountains in the valley.

Honestly, can’t remember the occasion why the time had come. Just remember the experience.

The entrance is off Vista China Drive in Palm Springs. There is plenty of parking, even though it is the official clubhouse for the Escena Golf Club. This area can be very windy. IF you want to experience eating out on the patio, I would advising waiting until the winds calm down. Our weather forecasters clearly have handle on wind situations in our valley so check with them.

As you walk in, check the patio to the left. The water screen is fascinating and draws you in for you can see this is not your ordinary water screen. Then you will marvel at how simple the design is to create the great look.

It is not often you walk toward the entrance of a restaurant and see before you a reflection pond with great sculpture. You immediately feel you are in for a special experience.

A gracious hostess will greet you. Ask to be seated on the patio. In spring, any table will do, but if you are in the warmth of the summer ask to be seated where you will be protected from the sun. There are umbrellas, but the sun angle makes all the difference.

If you like breakfast beverages, this is the place to order them. Once you are seated, you will want to bask in the beauty that surrounds you. As far as you can see, is the manicured golf course landscaped with rivers, palm trees, flowering plants and the mountains in the distance.

What’s on the Menu?

Frankly, I’m the wrong person to ask. I’m a connoisseur of eggs benedict--totally fussy about the béarnaise sauce. This restaurant is one of two in the Valley, I have discovered, that never let me down with the perfect sauce. Thus, my go to order is always eggs benedict at this restaurant.

You will find the normal American menu. My friends have shared with me that the omelets are superb.

This is the place you want to linger. Great place to catch up with friends, and enjoy the mountains in the distance. Depending on the sun, and even sometimes the presence of clouds; you will discover no visit is ever the same for the view is constantly changing.

I’m sure you noticed I emphasized Escena Lounge and Grill for breakfast. I want to make it clear you can also go there for lunch or dinner. I have a bias for breakfast since it is such a magnificent way to start one’s day. If you want to go on Sunday morning, be sure to make reservations—they are on Open Table.

It is located near the airport, so it is a bit away from downtown. However, if you have a car it is a very easy drive. Otherwise, taxi, Uber or Lyft can easily find their way for you.

Escena Lounge & Grill

1100 Clubhouse View Drive

Palm Springs, CA 92262


Kathy Condon is a travel writer and blogger. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guider Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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