Meet The Chef

Meet Chef Johannes Bacher

Johannes Bacher, “The Eclectic Chef” was born and raised in a small mountain village in Tirol, Austria.  He is the Executive Chef/Owner of Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs, CA.

Inspired at age 7 by his mother to start cooking simple things like cookies and cakes; Chef Johannes developed a passion for food that spanned decades of world wide travel and classical training.  Among his accolades is being the Corporate Chef of Seabourn Cruise Line for 5 years, a position that afforded him an unusual look at flavors and pairings.  He has been a guest chef at some of the top hotels in the world!

Over the years with the increase in factory farming practices, Chef Johannes has noticed a decrease in the general flavor and quality of commercial food.  For that reason he embraces local, and sustainable options including organic and beyond organic products whenever possible.  He is concerned about the quality of the food that he serves, and will not choose less expensive ingredients, or pre-processed products to decrease his food costs.

Chef Johannes researches the food choices for his restaurant and matches sustainability and quality with his menu items.  Everything at Johannes Restaurant is prepared fresh daily!  There is a lot of confusion out there about what is good for us and what is not.  Thousands of hours of research and Johannes global experience contribute daily to the healthy menu choices offered at the restaurant.

He has received hundreds of awards from local, national and international media including    Bon Appètit, Restaurant Writer’s Association, Wine Spectator, Alaskan Airlines, Elle Magazine, Out and About, Desert Entertainer, The New York Times, Zagat, Open Table, Travel and Leisure, The Desert Sun, Yelp, Palm Springs Life and more . . .

Johannes Restaurant features an Eclectic Selection of Menu Items, including offerings from Chef Johannes native Austria.

Experience the freshest, most inventive, cuisine in the desert at Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs!

“Eat Well, Live Better”

“As my guest you will delight in my eclectic and delicious menu selections, fantastic wine list and impeccable service.”

Chef Johannes

“Johannes has a menu of excellent European and Austrian food inspired by Chef Johanne’s roots. Experience exceptional fine dining and sophisticated cuisine to satisfy any foodie. ”

-Lydia Kremer, 100 Things To Do In Palm Springs Before You Die 

“Simply the Best of the Best!”

-Desert Entertainer

Awarded Diner Choice for Best Overall Cuisine, Most Notable Wine List, Fit For Foodies, Best Service !”


“Johannes has been winning acclaim for its modern twists on European Classics like Wiener Schnitzel.”

-The New York Times

“Johannes Restaurant’s Decor is hip and high end- and the food is too.”

-Press Enterprise

Though perhaps the desert’s most accomplished restaurant, there’s not a hint of pretension.”

Wine Spectator