Mr Lyons Steakhouse Review Modern Take on an Old Classic

June 22, 2019 in California, Food Reviews, Travel - 10 Comments
pink purple radishes in dressing on a white plate with a glass of white wine

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There are so many great restaurants in downtown Palm Springs like Eight4Nine that fabulous places at the other end of the city like Mr. Lyons Steakhouse can get overlooked.

Whether you come for a meal, partake in happy hour, or enjoy cocktails in their secret speakeasy, Seymour’s, a visit to Mr. Lyons is a must.

Formerly Lyons English Grille, a Palm Springs fixture since the 1940s, restauranteur Tara Lazar creative magic has turned Mr. Lyons Steakhouse into Palm Springs’ best-kept secret. Keep reading for my review of Mr. Lyon’s Steakhouse and Seymour’s speakeasy.

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, my trip was provided for review purposes as part of an #IFWTWA press trip sponsored by the Palm Springs Association of Small Preferred Hotels #PSPSH #StayAuthentic. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse Review Modern Take on an Old Classic

pink purple radishes in dressing on a white plate with a glass of white wine

Lazar describes Mr. Lyons Steakhouse as “old school and modern at the same time with a sophisticated edge.” Think Rat Pack meets the 21st century. Old Hollywood glamour with a modern Great Gatsby twist.

green velvet booths in restaurant
Cozy up and enjoy your meal in the plush velvet booths

Each room is uniquely decorated. The main dining room, the Salon boasts luxurious green velvet booths.

marble floor with black stripes
All stripes lead to the prism
prism mirrors on celling above green velvet booth tables
Mirrored prism ceiling

The black stripes on the marble floor draw your eye to the mirrored prisms on the ceiling in the center of the room.

English pub bar
Lounge bar at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse

The Lounge maintains an old English pub feel, dark and dimly lit with the original wood chairs.

The Conservatory overlooking the patio features a green marble wall and Edison bulb light fixtures that resemble door knobs.

Vintage modern decor aside, food and service are where Mr. Lyons shines. It’s considered one of the best steak restaurants in Palm Springs.

Chef Eddie Moran from Mr. Lyons Steakhouse

Chef Eddie Moran sources from small local farms food while skillfully recreating great dishes from other locations.

Pro-tip: You can modify some dishes at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse.

Vegetarians can have a vegetable version of the Beef Wellington.

Servers are quick and efficient, instinctively filling water glasses. Whisking away plates while topping off wine glasses.

We enjoyed a food and wine pairing in the Conservatory. Chef Eddie Moran created the appetizers and wine expert Jessie Casanova chose the wine. Casanova is a Level 3 Sommelier.

Pro-tip: You can have a similar experience when you book a Mr. Lyons wine dinner.

Radishes & Blue Cheese

radishes in dressing on a white plate
Radishes & Blue Cheese

Our first course was Radishes & Blue Cheese with herbs paired with a 2017 Marco Felluga Mongris Pinot Grigio.

The dish was almost too pretty to eat. The pink and purple radishes contrasted beautifully against the blue cheese dressing. The Pinot Grigo’s acacia flowers and apples notes delicately offset the radishes’ spicy peppery kick.

Black Cod Escabeche

cod purple potatoes
Black Cod Escabeche

Second course was the Black Cod Escabeche with dill, creme fraiche, celery, and potato confit paired with a 2016 La Follette Los Pimeros Pinot Noir.

The lightly pickled cod was offset by the soft, buttery potato confit. Both enhanced the black tea, cherry, and rhubarb flavors of the Pinot Noir.

Berkshire Pork Belly

pork belly
Berkshire Pork Belly

Our last course was a Berkshire Pork Belly with rhubarb, fennel, aperol puree paired with a 2016 Margerum M5 Red Blend.

The full-bodied Red Blend (44% Grenanche, 36% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 5% Counoise, and 3% Cinsaut) notes of red fruits, cranberry was a nice compliment to the pork belly.

Seymour’s Speakeasy

speakeasy bar
Seymour’s Speakeasy 
Photo courtesy: Seymour’s

Be sure to stop for drinks at Seymour’s Speakeasy before or after your meal at Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. Named after Lazar’s dad, an entertainment attorney, the secret room can hold about 25 people.

Pro-tip: Looking for the entrance? Turn right at the golden lion statute and pass through the black curtain.

After a night of drinking, consider staying at the Monkey Tree Hotel or Parker Palm Springs.

Happy Hour

I’m all about the Happy Hour. Traveling or not, I always search for the best Happy Hour deals.

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse offers a daily Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm in the Lounge. Drinks only specials the first hour with food specials during the final two hours.

The best value is the Mr. Lyons Burger. Normally $22 but only $12 during Happy Hour. You save $8 on the Big Dipper (shaved prime rib sandwich).

Pro-tip: Locals love the Happy Hour Prime Rib Medallion.

Mr. Lyons Steakhouse
233 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA


When visiting Palm Springs leave a spot on your dining card for Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. This little known local secret is one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs.

Despite a steak-focused menu, the restaurant can modify dishes for vegetarians and dairy-free patrons.

What’s your favorite steak restaurant?

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  • Anda June 23, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    We recently went to Palm Springs, but didn’t go to Mr. Lyons Steakhouse. There are so many good restaurants there, it’s hard to know which is better. I love it when they take an old place and turn it into a state-of-the-art restaurant like this. I’m sure the food must have tasted as good as it looks. Will try it next time I’m in town.

  • Thomas Bourlet June 24, 2019 at 2:26 am

    You had me at happy hour! The place looks very swanky, I wouldn’t say no to eating here, might be a bit of a mission from Brighton though. They don’t have enough steakhouses over here.

  • Shruti Prabhu June 24, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Yum! All of the dishes look amazing! How does Rhubarb taste with Pork Belly though? Also, it looks like a gorgeous space. The secret room has got me intrigued!

  • Jim June 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Hahaha wow this really does look like something straight out of an old mafia movie.
    Would love to check this out when I’m down that way next month for sure!

  • Vasu Devan June 27, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Mr. Lyons Steakhouse looks quite classy. I am sure they serve the food to match too Nice tip to find the entrance to the Speakeasy 🙂 Never been to that part of States yet.

  • Suruchi June 27, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Mr Lyons Steakhouse cafe actually is amazing and we would surely love to visit this someday. I am intrigued by the way this place is done and how they have maintained it well – keeping a combination of old and new!! Food looks good and I am happy you have happy hours and can modify the dishes to vegetarian too!

  • Arnav Mathur June 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Being a foodie myself, I really enjoyed reading this post. I love exploring such amazing places, who get creative, and reinvent the traditional stuff, and give it. new look. All those photos of the food item, literally made my mouth water.

  • Ami Bhat June 27, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Nice to see that they customize the stakes for the vegetarians. There are a few places that are so rigid that we have no choice but to eat only the salads and desserts. The pics look awesome – totally droolworthy

  • Shreya Saha June 28, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    The happy hour is something I found the most interesting thing. That will surely make me visit Mr Lyon’s Steakhouse. Plus the ambiance of the place is so elegant. I wish they have something for vegans as well.

  • Archana June 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    First of all many thanks for sharing this best kept secret. I loved the concept and decor of the restaurant. I am huge fan of sourcing local produce and I was so happy to read that Chef Eddie Moran sources food from small local farms. And, there are vegetarian options too. I’ll definitely check this restaurant out when I am in the area.

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