10 Best Palm Springs Area Restaurants for a Satisfying Midday Lunch Break

Marissa Willman

By , Local Expert, Palm Springs
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After a morning of exploring Palm Springs’ architecture, shopping on El Paseo or meeting the desert critters at The Living Desert, you’re going to need some serious midday fuel. Luckily, Palm Springs has no shortage of quality lunch restaurants to please even the pickiest of eaters. Serving everything from towering pastrami sandwiches and fresh seafood fillets to classic California fare and fresh hamburgers, the desert’s restaurant scene truly shines at lunchtime.

Locals love Sherman’s Deli, and with locations in both Palm Springs and Palm Desert, there’s no reason you can’t pop into this New York-style diner to try their...  Read more »

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    Spencer's Restaurant

    Spencer's Restaurant is one of the top-rated in Palm Springs, and the tree-enclosed patio is perfect for mid-day dining in the desert.

    Local Expert Tip: "Looking for the perfect setting to get some business done over lunch or have a romantic rendezvous in Palm Springs? There's no better lunch restaurant than Spencer's."

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    Jake's Palm Springs

    Jake's Palm Springs is one of the city's best bets for an al fresco lunch with upscale continental fare.

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for dessert. You won't want to miss the peanut butter cupcake, a Jake's special drizzled with Bailey's, or the coconut cake, which is soaked in amaretto."

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    Wilma and Frieda's

    Wilma & Frieda's serves up comfort food lunches with a sophisticated twist, such as the five-cheese mac...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the butcher paper roll for the daily specials, and don't miss a chance to try Wilma and Frieda's own special coffee roast from the Rancho Mirage Koffi location."

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    Tyler's Burgers

    Tyler's Burgers are a homestyle delight, and these juicy burgers can only be enjoyed during lunch hours.

    Local Expert Tip: "A seat under the misters on the shaded patio is worth the wait. This popular burger joint is only open for five hours a day, so try to arrive just before or after lunch hour to avoid long lines."

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    Acqua Pazza

    Acqua Pazza offers a view of The River and an all-day happy hour, so you can take advantage of special prices during your lunch hour.

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a patio table and indulge in a glass of wine with lunch--the pours at Acqua Pazza are quite generous."

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    Clementine Gourmet Market

    Clementine Gourmet Market presents an impressive lunch spread of Mediterranean-inspired salads and sandwiches.

    Local Expert Tip: "While there are three separate counters (pasta, deli and coffee), you can order any fare at any of the counters. Order first before staking out a seat--the servers will bring your order to you."

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    Sherman's Deli and Bakery

    Sherman's Deli and Bakery serves an extensive selection of authentic, New York-style lunches, including sandwiches, soups and salads.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hold off on the pastries--instead, opt for the authentic New York-style pastrami, and grab a few pastry selections from the case to go."

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    Eureka! offers gourmet burgers made with vegetarian-fed, hormone-free beef, for when a plain fast food burger simply won't cut it.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kick off your meal with an order of Lollipop Corn Dogs served with a cheddar IPA sauce, then dig into the Fresno Fig Burger (topped with fig marmalade) or the Western-style Cowboy Burger."

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    Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar

    Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar offers a lunch menu of fresh pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and salads, and all ingredients are house-made.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the individual pizzas, which come with a variety of artisan toppings and are made with fresh house-made dough."

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    Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse

    Babe's Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse serves up authentic barbecue and house brews for a hearty lunch that hits the spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Head in on a Monday for Craft Beer Appreciation Day. You'll get half off all craft beers and a special beer-themed meal."



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