In 2013, I was surprised to find that this affluent area generally had such uninspiring menus. But now, with the opening of SO.PA at L’Horizon and the success of the farm-to-table Workshop Kitchen + Bar, which had just opened on my last visit, the dining scene is much more adventurous. All of my previous favorites listed here are still recommended by respected locals. There are, however, two new places worthy of consideration.
The striking white building that houses this restaurant was originally the town’s post office. Part of the Uptown Design District, EIGHT4NINE is minimally decorated with a mix of antique and modern furnishings. A warehouse-like bar area serves cocktails and appetizers, and the restaurant offers a weekend brunch on an outdoor patio, beneath the San Jacinto Mountains. We ate lunch in the indoor dining room. The menu features a variety of West Coast dishes and is accompanied by an extensive wine list. I greatly enjoyed my lobster roll eggs Benedict with green goddess hollandaise served with a fresh mango-and-melon chutney. The service was courteous and professional.
849 North Palm Canyon Drive. Tel. (760) 325-8490