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Visit Palm Springs Persimmon Bistro at the Art Museum

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Persimmon Bistro at the Palm Springs Art Museum Photo by Neil Husver

As of November 1, 2020, Persimmon Bistro is open with dining in the sculpture garden only.

Nothing like working to revive and energize a restaurant in the Palm Springs Art Museum, at the close of the tourism season in May. A challenge? You bet. However, Arthur Vasquez needed a change from his position as Operations Manager at Babes in Rancho Mirage after spending 20 years there.

The opportunity presented itself. Now Chef Art’s impact is already being felt within the walls of museum and out-and-about in the Palm Springs community.

Persimmon Bistro is located on the lower level of the Palm Springs Art Museum. You do not have to pay admission to the museum to come here. Just use the North Entrance Buddy Rogers is an easy way to access this charming space.

This bistro is quiet, hidden away, great ambiance, and outdoor space in which to dine. Let’s just say, other restaurant owners have to be envious of the many beautiful sculptures and museum’s water features in the outdoor seating area. Music is streamed in at just the right level; not intrusive, but there for your enjoyment if you want just to sit and appreciate your surroundings.

Guiding Philosophy

Chef Art is quick to answer when I asked, What is your guiding principle for this restaurant? He said, That’s easy. When you come to my home, this I the kind of cuisine I would serve you. It’s fresh, simple and creatively served.

He went on to elaborate. We have to really two standout items on our menu; ” Share” and the “Charcuterie and Cheese Boards. “ When you come back, neither will look the same for my creativity comes out each day. For example, a large blackberry or a kiwi cut in a usual way produces a whole new pattern. I can’t tell you how often people ask what this common fruit is on the platter.

Charcuterie Plate at Persimmon Bistro - Photo by Neil Husver

Both of these menu items a great for drawing friends together over a glass of wine and sharing conversation. Meanwhile, the platters allow my creativity to flow. Since we are located in an art museum, my creativity is appreciated, and beginning to be expected.


Want to try wines from the Central California area? This is the place to work your way through the wine list. Each year, Chef Art heads out in search of wines he wants to share in his restaurant. His belief there are so many fine, reasonably priced wines, there is no need to import wine from other places. Though the public’s taste for Rose` wine is growing more rapidly than the US’s production, so Roses are mostly imported from France.

Craft Beer

Central California is also the resource for many of the craft beers. Though thrown in the mix is the usual suspects, a couple from Belgium and one from Austria.

Special Cocktails and Regular drinks

Want an Espresso to pick you for more viewing of the museum? Persimmon Bistro has a full array of barista-type drinks.

Then there is Rose Lemonade. I highly recommend this beverage. A new twist on tangy taste and thirst-quenching afternoon treat.

The Future Outlook

Chef Art’s energy soars as he talks about special events he is starting to plan. In September, to welcome back locals and tourists alike, he’s planning an afternoon with a DJ, with special food and drinks in the sculpture garden dining area. He’s calling it Sun, Sculptures and Bottomless Rose`

With Chef Art’s enthusiasm, vision, and creativity abilities, I am betting the Persimmon Bistro will become a place where locals meet. The perfect place for art aficionados to gather and to plan ways to enhance our growing artistic endeavors in Palm Springs.

Kathy Condon is a freelance travel writer and blogger. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide 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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