10 Best Restaurants for a Family-Friendly Meal in Palm Springs

It’s not always easy to find a restaurant that the entire family will enjoy, but in Palm Springs, you’ll find you have plenty of options. Whether you’re spending the day exploring family-friendly Palm Springs attractions like to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway or heading to the east end of the Coachella Valley for a morning at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, there are plenty of nearby restaurants ready to welcome you and the family with open arms.

If your itinerary has you staying close to downtown Palm Springs, you can always enjoy authentic Mexican fare at Las Casuelas Terraza, a Palm Springs favorite for more than 25 years. This energetic restaurant offers kid-friendly fare like enchiladas, nachos and burritos, plus the live mariachi music during the evenings and weekends keeps the entire family entertained.

Another solid Palm Springs choice is Tyler’s Burgers, a lunch joint known specializing in the simple, kid-pleasing art of hamburgers, potato salad and thick milkshakes.

Over in Rancho Mirage, the kids are sure to want to pose for pictures with the giant bronze pig before sitting down at Babe’s Bar-B-Que for a satisfying plate of ribs and fries, followed by a slice of fresh apple pie served a la mode.

If you’re starting your day off in Palm Desert, why not take the family for breakfast at Louise’s Pantry? Hearty breakfasts are the name of the game here, with everything from waffles to scrambled eggs ready to fuel your family’s day of adventure.

Check out the full list of Palm Springs’ best family-friendly restaurants below.

Modernism meets the restaurant scene at LULU California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs, the funkier, modern version of Acqua Pazza in Rancho Mirage. With sleek mid-century modern design and chic artwork, LULU has a modern vibe that embodies the...  Read More

If you're thinking about doing a pizza night in Palm Springs, forget the greasy delivery joints and head downtown to Matchbox Palm Springs. This pizza joint specializes in quality wood-fired pizza that keeps the locals coming all year long. The...  Read More

On any given morning, there's usually a crowd waiting to get into Cheeky's in Palm Springs. Before you let that deter you from eating here, know that anyone who's eaten at Cheeky's will tell you there's good reason for the wait. As one of Palm...  Read More

Don't let the neon sign on Palm Canyon fool you--this no-frills restaurant does breakfast right, making it one of Palm Springs' best breakfast gems. When you walk into John's, order off the wall menu at the front counter and grab a seat. Settle...  Read More


Comfort foods like Grandma used to make are this western chain's specialty, and there's nothing better at breakfast than satisfying, homestyle dishes. By all accounts, Elmer's is tops on pancakes, and the menu is broad enough that you can find...  Read More

With a focus on good barbecue and a relaxed atmosphere, this Western-themed restaurant is a popular choice for families visiting Rancho Mirage. From St. Louis-style ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, Babe's has you covered on all the barbecue...  Read More

If you're spending the day in downtown Palm Springs and looking for a place where the family can recharge in a relaxed atmosphere, try this authentic New York-style diner just off of the main strip. Sherman's Deli and Bakery is a Palm Springs...  Read More

When Tyler's closes seasonally in the summer, local burger lovers can't help but count down the days until this family-owned burger institution reopens. Owner Diana DiAmico grew up around her mom's beachfront hamburger stand, and today, Diana...  Read More

Las Casuelas Terraza

For more than 25 years, this establishment has been one of Palm Springs' favorite places for Mexican cuisine. Grab a seat on the patio to dine under blooming bougainvilleas and enjoy signature Mexican dishes like enchiladas, chile rellenos and...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa

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