Safe and Social Distancing on Patios  

With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted as of January 25, patios are again open for alfresco dining in Rancho Mirage. Officials remind that the pandemic is far from over, and urge Californians to wear masks, wash hands frequently, limit mixing, and get vaccinated when it is possible to do so.

Find a table

Whether you’re seeking a snack, full meal, or a well-deserved dessert, you can find a patio that pleases.  

Aspen Mills Bakery & Cafe

Grab a sandwich that’s handcrafted and made to order with freshly baked bread, quality meats and fresh vegetables. Or find a table outside to enjoy a muffin, cookie or brownie during a socially-distanced coffee break. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In Clark’s Nutrition, 34175 Monterey Ave, 760-328-1500.

Babe’s Bar-b-que & Brewhouse  

Whether you’re ready to sink your teeth into a rack of classic baby-back or St. Louis ribs or just want to sit with an award-winning craft brew, Babe’s has what you’re seeking. They note, “The health and well-being of our staff and guests is top priority and we are following all county guidelines to remain COVID-19 compliant. Per local ordinances, masks must be worn while entering the restaurant.” Open 12-8 p.m. 71800 CA-111 Ste A 176, 760-346-8738.

Dringk Eatery + Bar

Order up your favorite beverage whether it be a glass of wine, draft brew, mule, or crafted cocktail. Happy Hour is 5-7 p.m. Get $2 off all beer and White Claw or $5 margaritas. Enjoy appetizers like garlic fries, crispy cauliflower or mini corn dogs. Plus, dine on salads, burgers, pizza and sandwiches. Wednesday – Sunday, 5 p.m. until “late.” 71800 Rancho Mirage Ln #101, 760-888-0111.

Las Casuelas Nuevas

The Delgado family invites patrons back for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch (starting the Sunday after the Super Bowl). Call to make a reservation for seating outdoors. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy traditional Mexican dishes and gluten-free offerings. 70050 CA-111, 760-328-8844.

Maracas Cantina

While take out is still available for those who want to eat in the comfort of their own home, the patio is open with a full menu. Try the Camarones ala Diablo (spicy shrimp), a variety of vegetarian dishes or the traditional Albondigas soup. Plus, select from more than 100 different Tequila selections. Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

72775 Dinah Shore Dr, 760-321-1001. 

Norma’s Italian Kitchen

Whether you’re hankering for a hero sub or want soup, salad and pasta like you wish your mama made, you can dig in while al fresco. Be sure to take advantage of 40% off all bottles of wine: chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, riesling, chianti, merlot, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, or super Tuscan red blend. Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 3-8 p.m.

42418 Bob Hope Dr, 760-834-8738.

Shabu Shabu Zen  

Open every day from 4:30-10 p.m., diners can experience “omotenashi” Japanese hospitality in the heart of Rancho Mirage. Reservations are required for limited seatings. The full menu is still available for takeout or curbside pickup. Additionally, they’re serving Wagyu Beef Bowl, Chashu Bowl (Braised Pork belly), Oyako Bowl (chicken and egg), Niku Udon (Udon noodle soup with stewed Wagyu beef)and Yosenabe Hot Pot to go. 71680 CA-111 #F, 760-779-5000.

The Slice N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante

Find New York style pizza, calzones and a full Italian menu for lunch or dinner. Seeking something special for your sit-down evening out? Order the chicken or salmon piccata, sauteed in garlic with capers and lemon sauce, or the chicken marsala with wine sauce and mushrooms. 72775 Dinah Shore Dr, 760-202-3122.


Take a moment to sip and savor again with a mix of Mexican and Asian cuisines. Dining at this eclectic restaurant is “more than just enjoying a delicious meal, it’s a culinary experience.” Be sure to leave room for dessert, including coconut panna cotta and the killer ice cream sandwich. Make a reservation for seating Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Atrium, 69930 CA-111, 760-832-7246. 

The Palms Cafe

Now serving breakfast and lunch on the patio, diners can find all their favorites daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wake up with warm buttermilk pancakes, Huevos Rancheros or a made-to-order omelet. Atrium, 69930 CA-111 #120,760-770-1614. 

Wally’s Desert Turtle

Enjoy dinner on the patio Thursday – Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m. All the favorites you’ve been missing for weeks are on the menu, including sautéed imported Dover sole, pan-roasted Greater Omaha filet of beef, slow braised beef short ribs, free range veal chops and more. Reserve your table online. 71775 CA-111, 760-568-9321.