Palm Springs Fine Dining

Ultra-chic dining in Palm Springs Uptown Design District

This is one of Norma and Ron’s favorite restaurants.  Great food, great bar, and great service by attentive staff and owners.

Operating partner Tony Marchese and Executive Chef/co-owner Mark Van Laanen have invested in their dream restaurant, banking on simple comfort food with a very contemporary flare.  The extensive menu features a variety of fish, steak, organic salads plus seasonal items from local growers and farmers.  From starters like his signature Wisconsin cheese plate, to Lamb Shank, braised in Burgundy, rosemary and garlic, served with lentils, Mark changes up the menu often.  Try their artichoke hearts or calamari appetizers – they are to die for!

TRIO Restaurant is Where Palm Springs Eats and Drinks. With a mid-century multi-room space, complimented by progressive furnishings (including a 5 ft. rubber chandelier in one of the formal rooms) TRIO’s American modern flare and Midwestern fare have critics and diners buzzing. (Palm Springs Life’s Top 12 New Restaurants 2010)

“When you walk in the door its all about comfort, the surroundings and the food,” says Marchese. “Our goal has always been to create a restaurant with a unique energy, where anyone can come dine two to three times a week.  We are a proud part of the community in which we live, work, eat and play.”

Tony and Mark engage the community with charitable events like sold out dinners to support music in education and The Art Institute of Palm Springs High School, Dine Out for Life, the Palm Springs International and Short Film Festivals and Hollywood’s Biggest Night Oscar Party supporting AIDS Assistance Program.

TRIO Restaurant is open daily, from 11am to 2pm for lunch, generous cocktail hour specials from 11am to 7 pm, and dinner starting at 4 pm. Special $19, 3-course prix fixe menu available from 11am to 2pm and from 4 to 6pm. Trio food-to-go available at


Joshua Tree National Park

Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!

Tahquitz Canyon Hikes

Tahquitz was the first shaman created by Mukat, the creator of all things. Tahquitz used his great power in the beginning for the good of all people.  He became the guardian spirit of all shamans and gave them power to do good. But over time, Tahquitz began to use his power for selfish reasons, and also to harm the Cahuilla People. The people became angry and they banished Tahquitz to this canyon that now bears his name. He made his home high in the San Jacinto Mountains in a secret cave below the towering rock known today as Tahquitz Peak. They say his spirit still lives in this canyon, and can sometimes be seen as a large green fireball streaking across the night sky. The strange rumblings heard deep within the San Jacinto Mountains, the shaking of the ground, and the crashing of boulders are attributed to Tahquitz as he stomps about the canyon.