Patios Open During the Pandemic

Dining alfresco used to be a great addition to any restaurant venue. Today, with fears of COVID-19 ever present, patios play an important role in social distancing. 

A number of outdoor dining options are available in Rancho Mirage for patrons seeking the experience of eating somewhere other than your own home.

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Whether you’re seeking a full meal, just a snack or a well-deserved dessert, you can find a patio that pleases. Plus, some venues provide ways to keep extra cool in the desert heat.

Joyce’s Sushi

Joyce’s Sushi: Seeking sushi, sashimi, sake, Sapporo, or signature drinks? You’ll find it here, along with a wide variety of hand and cut rolls. Try the Garlic Albacore roll, Protein roll, Fresh King roll, Spicy Tuna roll or the Moon River roll: spicy tuna, crab meat, albacore, and salmon wrapped in cucumber with a special sauce. On the website, Joyce’s declares, “Once you give us a try, you will never go elsewhere for freshly cooked, authentic Japanese lunch and dinner specials.” Many patrons agree. Yelp reviewers rave about the Firecracker, Tiger, Cowboy and Avocado Bomb rolls. 36-101 Bob Hope Drive E1, 760-202-8186.


Babe’s BBQ

Babe’s Bar-b-que & Brewhouse: Is there anything that tastes more like summer than bar-b-que and an icy cold beer? The pandemic has made us all lose track of time, so don’t let this season slip away without enjoying some great eats on the patio and under the fans. Try the baby back ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, brisket or chicken. Complement your meal with an award-winning micro brew. 71800 CA-111 Ste A 176, 760-346-8738.


The Slice NY Pizza

The Slice N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante: In the heart of SoCal, you sometimes get a craving for something straight out of the Big Apple. Start out with appetizers like bruschetta, garlic cheese bread, or calamari. Yelp reviewers prefer entrees like the chicken piccata and Italian sausage. While you’ll find plenty of pastas, this is, after all, a pizzeria. Locals make this their “go to” spot for a great pie (that’s what they call it in New York). So grab a slice or two and take it outside. Doesn’t pizza on the patio sound delicious? 72775 Dinah Shore 107, 760-202-3122


Shabu Shabu

Shabu Shabu Zen: Like many local restaurants, you still have the option of take out and curbside pickup,  but you can now get it hot off the griddle with new outside dining. They are serving from the full menu including a new “Yaki-Shabu, Sizzling Shabu.” Plus, there are fans and misters to keep diners cool. 71680 Highway 111 #F, 760-779-5000


Las Casuelas

Las Casuelas Nuevas: Admit it, you’re craving a taco Tuesday with a frosty margarita. Why not partake at a staple of Restaurant Row, even if it’s a Wednesday or Thursday night? Want something a little lighter? Try the ceviche or the quinoa and avocado salad. The Las Casuelas Nuevas patio has misters to keep diners cool, even those that order sizzling fajitas. 70050 CA-111, 760-328-8844.


Maracas Cantina

Maracas Cantina: Enjoy lunch or dinner on the new patio where they’re tamping down the summer heat with a number of fans. Mix up your lunch or dinner out with something out of the ordinary. Sarten de Maracas, a molten stewed mix of tomatoes and chilis, grilled green onions, cactus petals, wedges of Oaxaca cheese with grilled shrimp is a great summer lunch selection. Or take on the Camarones ala Diablo, sautéed jumbo shrimp served over white rice topped with a spicy New Mexico chili cream sauce. Of course, the Cruzan rum punch or Cadillac margarita are perfect patio beverages. 72775 Dinah Shore Dr., 760-321-1001.


Ben & Jerry’s @ The River

Ben & Jerrys: Is there anything more refreshing than a scoop or two of your favorite flavor during the summertime? Now, in addition to grab and go options, you can get your licks out on the patio. 71800 Highway 111, Unit A-124, 760-779-1823.