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EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge in 1954 was the home of the Palm Springs Post Office. Today the striking crisp white interior of EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge creates a minimalist atmosphere and a blank canvas to reflect the diverse colors of the menu’s culinary creations.
EIGHT4NINE encompasses an expansive space with various distinct areas for convivial dining and imbibing in the Grand Corridor, a selection of various sized private dining rooms; the Swanky Lounge; or our comfortable patio with majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.
The elegant and spacious lounge designed with crisp white décor featuring the back-lit onyx bar makes a dramatic statement evoking a chic and swanky atmosphere. The lounge comprises furnishings that offer maximum comfort to entice guests to linger. The comfortable bar stools and white patent leather Louis XIV ghost chairs complete the EIGHT4NINE’s crisp interior.
The dazzling décor is an eclectic mix of rustic farm house tables juxtaposed with modern tables and contemporary chairs. The stunning effect is equal parts glamorous opulence and welcoming comfort.
The hot jewel-tone fabrics and original works of art provided by Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert are used throughout the private dining rooms creating interesting spaces with their own unique personality. Original photography provided by celebrity photographers such as Michael Childers, John Paschal, John Arsenault-Swiader, and Stacy Olson Jacob featured throughout EIGHT4NINE punctuate the understated refined spaces.

EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge is owned and operated by Willie Rhine and John Paschal.  Rhine is a 23-year resident of Palm Springs who started his career in the restaurant business at the acclaimed Le Vallauris Restaurant in Palm Springs, and later moved to popular Acqua Pazza in Rancho Mirage, working as General Manager for 10 successful years. Rhine transferred that success to Lulu California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs. 

John Paschal, has been in the desert for fifteen years. John  is proud and grateful that his only job/ career has been in photography and he is still going strong after almost 40 years  in the business which includes photo shoots with Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria, KTLA News Team Billboards, Cast Photos of T.V. Shows such as “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless.” Paschal opened Snapshot Palm Springs Studios, which has transformed into a top event space in the desert, hosting parties for major corporations and private clients.

Tom Collins as Assistant General Manager directs a stellar management team – Rafael Negrón, Casey Cross and Nicholas Snow.  Guest service is a priority at EIGHT4NINE, our team are always at your service. 

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EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge is proud to offer a diverse wine list with a portfolio of producers from both domestic and international wineries. You are welcome to bring your own bottle; our corkage fee is 15 per bottle.


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Our HAPPY DAYS menu is served all day, every day in the lounge featuring a $9.00 section allowing our guests to say “We Ate 4 $9.” Enjoy  classic and modern cocktails, alongside expertly selected wines and craft beers.

The HAPPY DAYS menu features Calamari, Russet and Red Garnet Potato, Pepper, Fennel, Onion, Smoked Paprika Aioli, and Sweet Chili Vinegar; or an 849 Burger, All Natural Certified Angus Beef, Beecher’s White Cheddar or Shafts Blue Cheese, Butter Lettuce, Ripe Tomato, and Garlic Dill Thousand Island Dressing. Guests can enjoy this casual menu while sipping on a fine wine or craft cocktail from a spectacular cocktail menu that pushes the boundaries of cocktail making, imagination and design.

Private Dining

We offer several spaces that are Beautiful, Private and perfect for celebrating life’s special moments, for gathering with friends and family, or for marking professional milestones.
The selection of private dining facilities at EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & lounge can accommodate groups from 10 up to 125 people. Each room is comfortable and elegant, offering its own unique art and ambiance.
EIGHT4NINE can host your dream wedding ceremony with the blue skies above and the majestic mountains in the background followed by an unforgettable dining experience in one of the elegant dining rooms
We are happy to arrange for audio/visual equipment to make your occasions even more memorable, and address any other needs you may have. Our team is always at your service.
To discuss your private event at EIGHT4NINE Please contact Willie@EIGHT4NINE.COM



Willie Rhine


John Paschal


Chuck Courtney
Executive Chef



Address: 849 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California 92262


Monday 11AM – 3PM 5PM - 10PM
Tuesday 11AM – 3PM 5PM - 10PM
Wednesday 11AM – 3PM 5PM - 10PM
Thursday 11AM – 3PM 5PM - 10PM
Friday 11AM – 3PM 5PM - 11PM
Saturday Brunch 9AM – 3PM 5PM - 11PM
Sunday Brunch 9AM – 3PM 5PM - 10PM


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    Open Table Hot 100 2016

    Says OpenTable (based on over 5,000,000 actual reviews), “When looking for a place to dine out, why not snag a spot at the hottest place in town? The #OpenTable100 Hottest Restaurant in America list highlights hip, new restaurants, hot spots, celebrity chefs and avant-garde restaurateurs. We determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.”

    100 Hottest Restaurants in America 2016




    MAY 2016

    Hot Deals Clipping

    Summer deals start to heat up

    Eight4Nine will feature a selection of $9 plates (or less,) in the lounge during happy hour, which actually runs all day long…


    Tab Hunter Menu

    So excited to have Tab Hunter at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge…many may remember he was one of the biggest movie stars of the 50’s….and continued to work in later years with John Waters….


    CVB Clipping

    Jimmy Im on “Top Secret Ingredients” …

    “While the menu is just as imaginative as the interior design, chef Chuck Courtney is a local hero.  His huge following of discerning diners know notable creations not on the menu hit all the right spots…

    APRIL 2016

    Greg 4

    In the photo on the left, Eight4Nine owners John Paschal (left) and Willie Rhine (right) with their friend, Olympian Greg Louganis.  At John’s request, Greg was gracious enough to bring his long-awaited and well-deserved Wheaties box to lunch with him for the purposes of this photo op.  Congratulations, Greg!  More about Greg here.


    CultureTrip Clipping

    How to Spend 4 Relaxing Days in Palm Springs


    Gavin Clipping

    Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush.

    Kristen Schall Clipping

    Kristen Schall from Last man on Earth

    Thanks to Gavin Rossdale (lead singer of Bush) and Kristen Schall from Last Man on Earth for dining at Eight4Nine on the same night, and no, not together.


    MARCH 2016

    ThrillList Clipping

    For the very popular LA-based website Thrill List, Lizbeth Scordo writes, “So what is the newest East on the 10? We tracked down all the best new stuff in Palm Springs and the rest of the desert.”  She continues, about Eight4Nine, “This restaurant-lounge that opened last summer is exactly kind of place you’d expect Palm Springs — a dramatic, bright white space with soaring ceilings, a modern-meets-Hollywood regency design, an outdoor dining area, and a striking white onyx bar in the lounge packed with a cocktail-sipping crowd. If you’re looking to eat, try the confit chicken tacos or the grilled artichoke with smoked paprika aioli off the bar menu.”



    Tribune Clipping

    For StarTribune.com, Rick Nelson reports, “On the subject of deals, the bar menu at the starkly white Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge offers seven more-than-decent $9-and-under deals (a half-size salmon Nicoise salad (pictured is the half Cobb), a sweet corn chowder garnished with succulent California crab) and proximity to the bartenders’ craft cocktail wizardry.”

    In Palm Springs, Calif., Rick Nelson celebrates the restaurant scene


    Sally Jessy Raphael

    Sally Jessy Raphael writes (on a place mat), “Willie is great!!  But the Restaurant is wonderful! and the wine list is one the best in the valley, with very fair prices.  Okay, you did it kid.”


    Hot Restaurants Desert Sun

    Three Coachella Valley Restaurants are ‘Hottest in America’


    Tommy TUne, ALbert Gonzeles, Willie Rhine Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Palm Springs 03/07/16 © John Paschal/Snapshotpalmsprings.com 310-871-6613

    In town for the gala 95th birthday celebration for Carol Channing, Broadway Star Tommy Tune (back row, center) dropped in to Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge to dine with friends.  Joining the gang for their photo op, Eight4Nine Pastry Chef Albert Gonzalez (front, center), and Eight4Nine co-owner Willie Rhine (front, right).


    Germany Clipping 1

    (English translation) “Palm Springs, California has doubled in sized and its population is known, traditionally, for eating well.  One of the latest highlights is the ultra-hip restaurant, Eight4Nine.  Located in a former post office, a minimalist culinary temple has been created to serve West Coast Modern Cuisine.  Among our favorites, the Simple Green Salad with Lime Vinaigrette and Rose Petals, and a must, the Butter Nut Squash Bread Pudding with Bacon and Salted caramel.  Reservations a must!”


    FEBRUARY 2016

    NYT Clipping

    Elaine Glusac writes, “When Hollywood stars were contractually restricted to a residential radius that allowed for spontaneous meetings, Palm Springs, just over 100 miles east, offered both escape and access, drawing A-list residents like Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra…  The city’s midcentury legacy has lately attracted a new generation of fans like Leonardo DiCaprio, who bought Dinah Shore’s 1963 Donald Wexler-designed house in 2014… Though many travelers spend weeks reveling in Palm Springs modernism, surrounding communities from soak-centric Desert Hot Springs to Indio, site of the growing Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, expand the appeal of the valley, which, like the best midcentury modernist buildings here, effortlessly blends desert and design…”  And later in her story:

    “…Try the shoyu pork belly ($12) or ahi tuna poke ($16) across the street at the eclectic new Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge.”

    36 Hours in Palm Springs, California


    Mad Men

    “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner (red tie) and the show’s creative team dropped in after their Modernism Week appearance.


    Shirley Jones

    Owners Willie Rhine (left) and John Paschal strike a pose with Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones who dined with us on the eve of her four-night sold out run in Palm Springs.


    Forbes Clipping

    “After your walk, return uptown for a leisurely lunch at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge, where the whimsical décor and oversized white chairs might make you feel like you’re dining with Alice in Wonderland. The eatery offers excellent salads, including a Niçoise piled high with house-smoked salmon, and even simple brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict or a spinach frittata are well executed.”  …Carolyn B. Heller

    Spending Two Perfect Days in Palm Springs


    JANUARY 2016

    Ray Romano Menu

    That time Ray Romano draws a map on the place mat  from Hollywood to Eight4Nine and writes, “Google Maps by Ray Romano” and “We are here eating. Yummy.”


    Real Housewives

    Nice to see Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Vicki Gunvalson enjoying herself at Eight4Night Restaurant & Lounge


    Travel and Leisure Clipping

    “Because of its climate, Palm Springs has typically been a seasonal destination. Its population surges December through April and clears out by May. “But this summer has been on fire,” says John Paschal, a celebrity photographer and 20-year resident. I meet Paschal at the opening of his new restaurant, Eight4Nine, a large space with white patent-leather banquettes and fuchsia Louis XVI chairs. (A month later, Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset will film an episode here.) Among the guests is Bobbie Eakes, a former All My Children star who tells me she gets through the summers with a season pass to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which travels to the top of Mount San Jacinto, where it is typically 30 to 40 degrees cooler.”

    In Palm Springs, a New Set of Pleasure-Seekers Take Hold


    Indulge Clipping

    “Within a minute of arriving, a stunning restaurant, Eight4Nine became my target for a Mimosa which I ordered immediately upon entry. We opted to sit outside and soak up the desert sun while munching on delicious salads and pancakes.”   …Rachel Sechtig

    Destination: Palm Springs


    Ross Matthews Clipping

    Reported by Xochitl Pena, “Whenever his friends visit Palm Springs, he provides two lists: one is of the places to shop; the other is of places to eat, along with what to order.  Some of his favorite eateries are Birba, Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Eight4Nine and Shanghai Reds.  “We’ve always been known for design and leisure and vacation destinations, but in the past four or five years, I think the culinary scene has really exploded in the desert,” Ross said.

    Ross Mathews dishes on favorite Palm Springs meals


    Wine Enthusiast Clipping

    “Eight4Nine is the newest restaurant to open in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District.  Taking the neighborhood’s name to heart, the eatery serves up a locally sourced menu amidst a funky, loft-like vibe of white walls, hot pink Louis XIV chairs and gallery-worthy art.  ‘It’s high energy, busy and bustling with a passionate team, and already famous for their Willa Jean’s Fried Chicken,’ says Kowal.  The former home of the Palm Springs Post Office, the minimalist but swanky atmosphere allows the not-so-minimalist culinary creations to shine.”

    Where to Eat and Drink in Palm Springs Right Now


    Desert Sun Clipping January 2016

    New restaurants broaden desert dining scene


    DECEMBER 2015

    Variety Clipping

    “With 300 seats, an indoor/outdoor patio and 8,000 sq. ft., Eight4Nine offers space to party in the Uptown Design District. There’s all-day happy hour, lounging with a view and upscale dining. Expect…a brilliant white-on-white decor.”

    Palm Springs Offers More Inns and Outings


    Palm Springs Life Xmas Final

    Dining Around the Christmas Tree in Greater Palm Springs


    Desert Sun Best Of

    Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Wins Desert Sun’s Best New Restaurant


    THR Clipping Final

    Palm Springs Film Fest: 4 Hot Restaurants to Sample


    InsideLook Clipping Final

    InsideHook.com, one of the nation’s leading websites, reports in an exclusive JetBlue travel feature, “Eight4Night is the area’s newest restaurant and the cider-brined duck breast is on everyone’s lips. You’ll also want to try the Brussels sprout mushroom toast. The onyx white bar and exposed ceiling add to its spacious feel.”

    JetBlue is Palm Springs-bound.  Here’s your guide.


    LA Eater Review

    The 20 hottest restaurants in Palm Springs, winter 2015


    Linda Gray December 2015

    Dallas star Linda Gray strikes a pose with owners Willie Rhine (left) and John Paschal.


    NOVEMBER 2015

    Ultimate Pride Clipping Final

    Eight4Nine Named BEST RESTAURANT, Best of the Valley’s Ultimate Pride List


    Modernism Weekly Final

    MW Grab

    Eight4Nine is Toque of the Town


    Jennifer Finnigan Johathan Silverman Nov 2015

    Owner John Paschal with his friends, actors Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman.


    Elaine Page November 2015

    First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine Page (2nd right) and her friend (1st left) strike a pose with owners Willie Rhine (2nd left) and John Paschal (right) in the Childers Room in front of Michael Childers’ photo of the broadway star.


    Carol Cooke November 2015

    Musical theatre, film and television star Carole Cook strikes a pose with owners Willie Rhine (left) and John Paschal.


    OCTOBER 2015

    Shahs October 2015

    Shahs of Sunset cast members Reza Farahan and Asa Soltan Ramati strike a pose with owners Willie Rhine (left) and John Paschal (right).


    SEPTEMBER 2015

    Palm Springs Life Clip

    Trio Combines Eclectic Talents to Create Eight4Nine in Palm Springs


    The Desert Sun Clip

    Eight4Nine debuts modernism decor, creative food


    LA Eater Logo

    Seven Palm Springs Restaurants to Try When You’re Soaking Up the Sun This Fall


    Highlight Hollywood Logo

    A Delightful, Delicious Guilty Pleasure in the Desert – Five Stars


    Jo Anne Worley Sept 2015

    Jo Anne Worley of Laugh In fame strikes a pose with owners John Paschal (left) and Willie Rhine. 


    Carol Channing, Bobbie Eakes, Willie Rhine, John PaschalEight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Ribbon CuttingEight4Nine Restaurant & LoungePalm Springs , Ca.09/02/15© Aaron Montgomery/jpistudios.com310-657-9661

    Actress Bobbie Eakes, Eight4Nine owner John Paschal, Broadway Legend Carol Channing and Eight4Nine owner Willie Rhine at the Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge Ribbon Cutting.  Photo by Aaron Montgomery.


    AUGUST 2015

    Desert Outlook Clip

    Eight4Nine sets stylish table for Palm Springs diners


    Palm Springs Life Clip 2

    Highly-Anticipated Opening of Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge


    CV Weekly Clip

    Palm Springs’ Newest restaurant Harkens Back to the City’s Elegant Past


    CBSLocal2 Clip

    Eight4Nine is officially open in Palm Springs


    Ribbon Cutting

    Friends & Family Sneak Peak

    Palm Springs Life Feature