Sullivans Steak House Palm Desert entrance

Happy Hour Follows El Paseo Shopping

After a bit of El Paseo shopping, my husband Bill and I decided on Sullivan’s Steak House located on the second floor of The Gardens On El Paseo in Palm Desert. While a little early for us at five o’clock, we were there, hungry and thirsty and heck, happy hour was being offered.

Large Lounge Area With Adjacent Patio

Sullivan's Bar / Lounge AreaWe choose one of the high-top tables in the open lounge area, which provided a good view of the unfolding happy hour scene. The service was prompt and professional from the hostesses to our server to the manager. 

The menu is the usual steakhouse fare from French Onion Soup and Shrimp Cocktail to a wide variety of Steaks and sides such as Three Cheese Mac and Cream Style Spinach. They have a couple of fish offerings including Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops and Ahi Tuna Steak.

Moscow Mule In Traditional Copper Mug

I enjoyed a Moscow Mule while Bill quenched his thirst with a Stella on tap. I’ve always liked the tangy ginger beer in the Mule, and I’m glad that it has made a comeback over the past few years. Here at Sullivan’s it’s served in the traditional copper mug. 

Bill ordered the Bar Burger, which is pretty much a standard burger with American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, B&B Pickles on a Brioche Bun with French Fries. Perfectly cooked to medium, the burger was juicy and delicious. Using a Brioche Bun keeps it from being too much bread, and it’s the perfect size. Bill was hoping the included fries would be house made, but the fries were your average frozen variety.

I ordered the Sesame Chive Salmon, which is a piece of Salmon covered in sesame seeds, served on a small bed of Steamed Spinach with a Sherry-Soy Glaze. The fish was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was flavorful. 

Say Yes Please To Sullivan's Key Lime Pie

Sullivan's Dining RoomTo round it all off, and to ensure an all-around dining review we shared a piece of the Key Lime Pie. Sullivan's offers a generous serving size, and we'll leave it to you to decide whether to share or to enjoy yourself.

After we’d been there about 15 minutes Sullivan’s lounge area started to fill up, and by the time we left the bar was busy. They have a pretty active happy hour as well as live entertainment starting at six.

Sullivan’s Steak House: 73505 El Paseo, Suite 2600, Palm Desert, on the second floor of El Paseo Gardens, adjacent to Pacifica Seafood Restaurant. Sullivan’s features a lounge area, dining room and outside patio. 

Photos: Wiliam Dettman