Palm Desert's 10 Best Restaurants for an Unforgettable Dining Experience

Are you a self-described foodie? Does your palette do the picking when it comes to creating your travel plans? Then you'd better make sure to head into Palm Desert for a few gastronomic adventures during your trip to Palm Springs.

Palm Desert is home to a wide range of restaurants, from high-end, fine fining experiences to local favorites serving the tried and true. You'll find many noteworthy restaurants on the noted shopping street of El Paseo. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck debuted his first West Coast pizza cafe here in 2013, and locals love Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar for its scratch kitchen, fresh ingredients and focus on sustainability. Down the street, Mastro's Steakhouse offers some of the finest beef cuts in the desert with an Old Hollywood dining room to match. And if you can't make up your mind, Mitch's on El Paseo serves up everything from fine sushi rolls to steaks, making it easy to please large groups with such a varying menu.

For a Mediterranean-inspired lunch with a French flair, don't miss Clementine's or Cafe des Beaux-Art. Clementine's is home to some of the desert's freshest breads, pastries and paninis, while Cafe des Beaux-Art offers impeccable croque monsieurs and a patio on El Paseo that can't be beat.

Check out the full list of Palm Desert's best restaurants below.

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

If you're looking for steak, ambiance and entertainment all under one roof, head to Sullivan's in Palm Desert. This steakhouse delivers prime cuts, stiff drinks and an atmosphere that can't be beat. Upon entering Sullivan's in the El Paseo...  Read More

While Palm Springs might be more than 100 miles away from the ocean, locals can still enjoy fresh seafood at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in Palm Desert. This fine dining restaurant offers fresh catches daily, and popular Pacifica dishes include...  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

Cork Tree Restaurant

Renowned throughout the desert for its upscale California cuisine, Cork Tree Restaurant uses local products to bring Chef Herve's creations to life. Start with an organic rainbow beet salad with local dates, then try the demitasse soup tasting,...  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

Since Mastro's opened its doors in the desert, Palm Springs has a new favorite steakhouse. The upscale steakhouse chain opened in Palm Desert's ritzy El Paseo district in late 2011, offering a dining experience with a glamorous, Old Hollywood...  Read More

Café des Beaux-Arts

If you're planning on spending a day checking out the designer boutiques on El Paseo, be sure to stop in at Cafe des Beaux-Arts for a French-inspired lunch. The Parisian patio is one of the most popular in Palm Desert, and inside, you'll enjoy a...  Read More

When it comes to farm-fresh cuisine, it doesn't get much fresher than ingredients handpicked from the restaurant's onsite garden. With that in mind, Chef Vince Cultaro at La Spiga Restorante serves one of the freshest menus in Palm Desert. He...  Read More

Chef-owner Bernard Dervieux runs this charming restaurant, which offers quaint dining rooms, an outdoor patio, a bar, and a separate room for diners indulging in tasting menus. As one of the finest dining experiences in Palm Desert, Cuistot is...  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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