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



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 massive pastrami sandwich, fresh baked cakes and homemade coleslaw. For a classic American dining experience, try Tyler's in Palm Springs. This popular burger stand is only open for five hours a day but is well worth the stop for one of the best burgers in town. In the east valley, you'll want to make a stop at Eureka! for artisan burgers and an impressive selection of craft beer. If you prefer your beef messy and slathered in sauce, Babe's Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse at The River in Rancho Mirage has you covered for mid-day dining. Another solid lunch choice? Acqua Pazza, known for its all-day happy hour that includes food and drink specials that make for a relaxing lunch under the patio misters.




With a focus on good barbecue and good beer, Babe's is a popular Western-themed restaurant in Rancho Mirage. From St. Louis-style ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, Babe's has you covered on all the barbecue fronts. You'll find pork, beef and...  Read More




Wolfgang Puck has burst onto the desert dining scene with his casual pizza bar concept in the heart of Palm Desert's El Paseo neighborhood. Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar serves a range of Mediterranean- and Italian-inspired pizzas, pastas and entrees...  Read More




With a focus on all-natural ingredients, tasty craft beers and small-batch American whiskeys, Eureka! offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Indian Wells. While the name of the game at Eureka! is hamburgers, these aren't your typical...  Read More




If you're spending the day in downtown Palm Springs and looking to recharge over lunch, try this authentic New York-style diner just off of the main strip. Sherman's Deli and Bakery is a Palm Springs institution, beloved for its authentic New...  Read More




A longtime local favorite, Clementine Gourmet Market and Cafe is the perfect spot to kick off an inspired day in Palm Desert. This Mediterranean-inspired cafe blends co-owners Christophe and Jennifer Douheret's respective French and Italian...  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




Nothing will ever compare to the dishes your grandmother used to make for you as a child, whether you were brought up on her top-secret meatloaf recipe or an oh-so-creamy mac and cheese. But you can come dangerously close at Wilma and Frieda's,...  Read More




If you're in downtown Palm Springs and looking for fresh lunch options, be sure to stop by Jake's Palm Springs. Named for the owners' beloved West Highland Terrier, this popular restaurant is known for its fresh fare and superior service. The...  Read More


Spencer's Restaurant


If you're searching for a lunch restaurant soaked in quintessential Palm Springs style, make a reservation at Spencer's Restaurant. This award-winning restaurant in Palm Springs serves American fare influenced by French and Pacific Rim cuisine,...  Read More


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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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