By Daniel Paris

The newly opened Porta Via in Palm Desert has the look and feel of a carefully designed mid-century ambiance. The look is not a flashback retro effort, but more of an updated interpretation of the current modern movement popular in architecture now being built throughout the Coachella Valley. Open and airy spaces flooded with outdoor light welcome you to your place at the table. Outdoor dining is thoughtfully integrated in the design of the seamless extension of the indoor dining space rather than an afterthought.

The menu has many familiar dishes you could find at several restaurants that feature modern fresh cuisine. Porta Via stands out for their treatment and presentation of the dishes. Somehow, the tuna sandwich seems new and exciting, the salads more crisp and colorful, oysters burst with flavor draped with the glistening mignonette. The team from business staff to servers all work in choreographed unison. Clearly, the management knows how to deliver a refined dining experience for their customers. For a splurge, there is a caviar service featuring several choices of Osetra and Beluga served with blini, horseradish, and sour cream.

The craft cocktail creations and wine list mesh seamlessly with the modern mid-century vibe. The prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food and service I would not hesitate to order anything off the menu. This is a great addition to the desert dining scene.


73100 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 610-6670
Monday – Thursday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday – 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm