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Palm Springs - and the whole of the Coachella Valley - is a food lover's paradise. Plus, the food available isn't just in high end, world class dining venues (although there are plenty of those), but also simple, local delights that should please any palate.

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

18 Places

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18 Places

Ristretto

Restaurants

L'Atelier Cafe

Restaurants

Spencer's Restaurant

Restaurants

Le Vallauris

Restaurants

Manhattan in the Desert

Restaurants

Johannes

Restaurants

Copleys On Palm Canyon

Restaurants

Windmill Market and Produce

Restaurants

Norma's - Parker Palm Springs

Restaurants

El Gallito Restaurant

Restaurants

Keedy's Fountain Grill

Restaurants

Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant

Restaurants

VillageFest

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bristol Farms

Restaurants

College of the Desert Street Fair

Flea & Street Markets

El Paseo Shopping District

Shopping Malls

Cheeky's

Restaurants

Woody's Palm House

Restaurants

scottca075's City Tips

  • Dine outside later in the evening when the desert is at its best.
  • Ask what is fresh and local, not all choices make the menu.
  • Be adventurous, be open minded.
  • Ristretto
    Restaurants (Cafe, American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    In a world where corporate coffee seeks to dominate, it is a joy to find hidden gems like Ristretto. They serve organic coffee and teas along with a modest menu of breakfast and lunch items. Situated in the Alan Ladd Building, it is close to Downtown Palm Springs, but at the same time feels far from it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring your vegetarian friends, there are a lot of options for them here.
    • Try the namesake ristretto shots. A nice jolt to get the day started.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    • Nice place 15/10/2018
    • Umm...maybe go to Starbucks? 25/07/2018
    • Ristretto
    Address:
    500 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-7472
    Phone:
    +1 760-656-7352
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • L'Atelier Cafe
    Restaurants (French, Cafe, European, International)
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    scottca075 Says:

    At L'Atelier Cafe, the food is so authentically French it is easy to close your eyes and imagine you are dining at a sidewalk cafe on the Champs-Élysées. They are open for breakfast and lunch, but serve breakfast all day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Save room for dessert, even after a more traditional breakfast. Who says you can't have a raspberry tart at 9am?
    • Get some of the fresh homemade bread to go.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delightful French cafe in the dessert 14/10/2018
    • Look no further for the best breakfast in PS 14/10/2018
    • L'Atelier Cafe
    Address:
    129 La Plz
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6382
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-7895
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Spencer's Restaurant
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Spencer's Restaurant at the Palm Springs Tennis Club is one of the gems of the Coachella Valley. Nestled against the San Jacinto Mountains, this elegant restaurant features California-Pacific Rim cuisine at its finest. The chef sources local and organic food where possible, and brings together the finest ingredients from around the world to create magnificent meals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When the weather is nice, eat on the patio.
    • Try breakfast at Spencer's, it is equally as enjoyable as the dinners.
    • Chilled Gazpacho with Maine Lobster is a joy on a warm evening.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Place for Gluten-Free 11/10/2018
    • Lunch 10/10/2018
    • Spencer's Restaurant
    Address:
    701 W Baristo Rd
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6325
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-3446
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$49
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Le Vallauris
    Restaurants (French, International, European, Contemporary)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Le Vallauris is a highly regarded Californian French restaurant. The cooking, while classically French, uses local ingredients that are naturally grown and raised whenever possible to capture the essence of Californian cuisine. You can dine in its small, intimate main dining room or opt for the expansive patio that embodies the al fresco lifestyle of Palm Springs and the California Desert. There are also rooms for private parties, be it a small anniversary party or a full wedding reception.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The prix fixe menu is a great way to enjoy the menu at a reasonable cost.
    • Try the Degustation Menu for a great overview of the chef's talents.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hard to fault the food ... 14/10/2018
    • always a great experience 09/10/2018
    • Le Vallauris
    Address:
    385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5647
    Phone:
    +1 760-325-5059
    Price range:
    US$55 - US$85
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Manhattan in the Desert
    Restaurants (American, Deli)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Manhattan in the Desert is a nod to the many snowbirds that flee the cooler climes of the east, but still want that comfort food from home. This very New York deli delivers all your favorites (think corned beef, pastrami, chopped liver, brisket, and more) piled high and thick. There are other favorites like kreplach, kishka, knishes, and stuffed cabbage to enjoy, that are so good you'd swear you never left Delancey Street in NYC.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • On the hottest days of summer, try the borscht.
    • The 1/2 sandwich plus cup of soup special is the best deal on the menu.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a stop -don’t mind the decor 10/10/2018
    • Sherman's 05/10/2018
    • Manhattan in the Desert
    Address:
    2665 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-4827
    Phone:
    +1 760-322-3354
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Johannes
    Restaurants (Austrian, European, Contemporary)
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    scottca075 Says:

    When one thinks of haute cuisine, Austria does not immediately leap to mind, yet Johannes should soon change that perception. This gem of a restaurant uses local, sustainable food options, including organic products whenever possible. But just because the ingredients are local, doesn't stop chef/owner Johannes Bacher from recreating the authentic dishes of his native Austria.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Try a wienerschnitzel from the special wienerschnitzel menu.
    • Pair your entree with one of the top flight Rieslings or Gewürztraminers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprise, Surprise 16/09/2018
    • Very good food 06/08/2018
    • Johannes
    Address:
    196 S Indian Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-6604
    Phone:
    +1 760-778-0017
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Tue - Thu
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Copleys On Palm Canyon
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Copley’s On Palm Canyon is the ultimate Palm Springs restaurant experience. Set in the 1940s former Cary Grant guesthouse, while dining on the patio you almost expect Grant himself to show up! The food is outstanding too — this is not a restaurant solely about its setting or ambiance — thanks to Executive Chef Andrew Copley's menu of eclectic, inventive, and whimsical dishes. Items like Lavender Pound Cake, Chilled Asparagus-and-Sweet Pea Soup, and Oh My Lobster Pot Pie keep the locals and visitors coming in droves!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Reservations are a must, especially on weekends or in peak season.
    • Sit on the patio and soak in the evening.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Was excited for their HH cocktails but the bartender 15/10/2018
    • Quiet and cozy,old Hollywood charm 14/10/2018
    • Copleys On Palm Canyon
    Address:
    621 N Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5512
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-9555
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Windmill Market and Produce
    Restaurants (American, International)
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    scottca075 Says:

    To many, there is nothing more iconically Palm Springs than the date shake, and Windmill Market is the acknowledged king. Grab some shredded beef tacos, a Bubble-up, and sit on the back patio to enjoy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Eating out back is the way to go.
    • Take home some bottles of these seldom seen sodas.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 41 restaurants in Desert Hot Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Date Shakes 02/10/2018
    • Try it out if you are close by. 30/07/2018
    • Windmill Market and Produce
    Address:
    17080 North Indian Canyon Drive
    PO Box 580282
    Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92258
    Phone:
    +1 760-251-4489
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Norma's - Parker Palm Springs
    Restaurants (American)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Norma's at Parker Palm Springs has to be one of the most expensive breakfast restaurants in Palm Springs, but is still worth every penny. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it is the breakfast menu that I find the most intriguing and beguiling. There is just something so decadent about a Seared Rock Lobster and Asparagus Omelet for breakfast!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Enjoy the outdoor seating.
    • Try one of the many dishes with lobster as the star ingredient.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #72 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location for breakfast in Palm Springs 07/10/2018
    • nice atmosphere food overpriced 04/09/2018
    • Norma's - Parker Palm Springs
    Address:
    4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92264-5230
    Phone:
    +1 760-770-5000
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • El Gallito Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mexican)
    scottca075 Says:

    El Gallito is as local and down home as Mexican restaurants get in Palm Springs. This is an old school Sonoran style restaurant serving up all the foods that have become synonymous with Mexican cuisine in California.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Bring cash, no credit cards are accepted here.
    • Come hungry, the portions are generous.
    • Check the daily specials online.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • The Best. 17/05/2016
    • Closed After 40 Years in the Coachella Valley 30/04/2016
    • El Gallito Restaurant
    Address:
    68820 Grove St
    Cathedral City, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92234-1222
    Phone:
    +1 760-328-7794
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Keedy's Fountain Grill
    Restaurants (American, Diner)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Keedy's Fountain Grill is a top notch diner and throwback to a simpler era. The fare is hearty, probably unhealthy, and completely delicious. There is no pretense to be contemporary here: the menu is what you would have expected to find 50 years ago in any respectable diner.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go for a Hot Turkey Sandwich. It is one of the few places that still makes it properly.
    • Come here to mix and mingle with the locals.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 243 restaurants in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 02/10/2018
    • Old school breakfast offering in the desert 21/08/2018
    • Keedy's Fountain Grill
    Address:
    73633 Highway 111
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-4033
    Phone:
    +1 760-346-6492
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Catalan is an especially appropriate restaurant for the Coachella Valley. It highlights cuisine from the Mediterranean, which has many similarities to the gastronomy from this region. The menu offers extensive opportunities to sample many offerings too, from tapas plates to special tasting menus, making this farm-to-table venue not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The tapas menu, especially at Happy Hour, makes Catalan a great place for the thrifty traveler.
    • Try a paella, the best in the valley.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 82 restaurants in Rancho Mirage
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You had me at Octopus 14/10/2018
    • Excellent Spanish Cuisine with a twist. 02/10/2018
    • Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant
    Address:
    70026 Highway 111
    Between Frank Sinatra & Country Club
    Rancho Mirage, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-2924
    Phone:
    +1 760-770-9508
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$45
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • VillageFest
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    scottca075 Says:

    VillageFest is the downtown Palm Springs Thursday night open air market. Three blocks of Palm Canyon Drive are closed off to traffic so that an eclectic array of artists, vendors, entertainers, and local farmers can take over to display their wares. For the foodie there are many opportunities to indulge.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Come early as some of the food vendors can sell out.
    • Buy some of the locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to take home.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 93 things to do in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Street fair type booths & delicious treats all around 15/10/2018
    • Fun activity 14/10/2018
    • VillageFest
    Address:
    Palm Canyon Drive between Baristo and Amado
    Downtown
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
    Phone:
    +1 760-320-3781
    Hours:
    Thu
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bristol Farms
    Restaurants (American)
    scottca075 Says:

    Bristol Farms is a premium grocery store and market in the Palm Springs area. You can come buy your own top flight ingredients to cook at your vacation rental, buy prepared foods to go, or eat at the onsite cafe.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Eat at The Cafe inside the store for breakfast.
    • Get a fresh, chilled soup to take home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 243 restaurants in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bristol Farms Grocery 02/10/2018
    • Reminds me of Central Market 08/08/2018
    • Bristol Farms
    Address:
    Country Club Drive
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA
    Phone:
    +1 760-674-0169
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • College of the Desert Street Fair
    Flea & Street Markets
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    scottca075 Says:

    The College of the Desert Street Fair is a farmer's market/flea market mash-up. There are terrific choices for the foodie in all of us, from fresh local fruits to specialty local honeys to local artisan breads, and prepared foods to eat onsite or take away.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get a jar of local honey to take home.
    • Park in any parking lot on campus and ride the free shuttle to the venue.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So So 14/10/2018
    • Check to see when the vendors are all there before going 01/10/2018
    • College of the Desert Street Fair
    Address:
    43500 Monterey Ave
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-9305
    Phone:
    +1 760-636-7957
    Other:
  • El Paseo Shopping District
    Shopping Malls
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    scottca075 Says:

    The El Paseo Shopping District runs through the heart of Palm Desert, just off Highway 111. Here you will find numerous restaurants and specialty food stores.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stop into Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and pause at the Patisserie & Coffee to watch your fellow shoppers go by.
    • Shop at Native Foods for organic and vegan foods.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 43 things to do in Palm Desert
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Palm Desert Shopping 02/10/2018
    • Awesome place to window shop and walk 02/10/2018
    • El Paseo Shopping District
    Address:
    73472 El Paseo
    Palm Desert, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92260-4268
    Phone:
    +1 877-735-7273
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cheeky's
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Cheeky's is one of the 'must do' breakfast spots in Palm Springs. They have five kinds of specially cured bacon. Need I say more? Okay, then they also have Bellinis of fresh white peach and prosecco!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the truffle salt tater tots.
    • Go early on the weekends, the brunch is very popular with the locals.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious breakfast and a really fun space 12/10/2018
    • Solid breakfast spot 12/10/2018
    • Cheeky's
    Address:
    622 N Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-5523
    Phone:
    +1 760-327-7595
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$15
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Woody's Palm House
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    scottca075 Says:

    Even though Woody's Burgers is probably the best place in the valley for burgers, it also has a large selection for vegetarians to enjoy. The burgers are 100% Angus beef, and sweet potato fries are a nice departure from the usual spuds (however these are available too.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Start the meal with spicy fried pickles or jalapeno poppers.... or both!
    • Come down in the evening, they have live entertainment every night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 277 restaurants in Palm Springs
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 05/10/2018
    • A gem just south of downtown 29/09/2018
    • Woody's Palm House
    Address:
    450 S Palm Canyon Dr
    Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-7304
    Phone:
    +1 760-230-0188
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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