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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.


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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 spirit of Palm Springs. Seating includes the circular bar area, two floors of indoor seating and a patio boasting the best views for people watching in Palm Springs. Specializing in California cuisine, LULU offers a 3-course, prix fixe brunch on Sundays. The menu includes dishes like seafood benedict, Russian paninis and French crepe maison. If you're looking for a brunch experience with atmosphere and character, head to LULU California Bistro in Palm Springs.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: LULU California Bistro offers a kids' menu for $5.99 with choices like pancakes, omelets and quesadillas.

Marissa's expert tip: Dine upstairs for brunch with a view. You'll be able to enjoy the modern design and decor that's as much a part of LULU as the fresh cuisine.

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If you're thinking about doing a pizza night in Palm Springs, forget the greasy delivery joints and head downtown to Brickworks. This pizza joint specializes in quality wood-fired pizza that keeps the locals coming all year long. The restaurant's combination of freshly made dough and artisan toppings have earned it the title of "Best Pizza in the Desert" for several years. Popular pies include the chicken pesto and the Q special, and all pizzas are served with thin crusts. The menu also includes American fare like grilled steak, fish and chips, and pan-seared salmon. Located upstairs, this pizza bistro also offers some of the best views of Palm Canyon Drive and Mercado Plaza below.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Brickworks offers some of the best pizza in the desert, with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of family-friendly options.

Marissa's expert tip: Grab a seat on the patio to let the kids enjoy the sights on Palm Canyon as you enjoy your meal.

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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 Springs' most popular brunch spots, Cheeky's focuses on transforming ordinary breakfast items into extraordinary dishes with creative additions, such as French toast with red currants and mascarpone. The menu at this farm-to-table changes every Wednesday to keep regular diners on their toes and incorporate seasonal produce. Don't mind the line--wait for a table at Cheeky's to discover the best breakfast in town.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Cheeky's is a breakfast and lunch restaurant with kid-friendly options and a casual setting perfect for families.

Marissa's expert tip: Do not leave Cheeky's without sampling the bacon flight. This bacon sampler comes with five different flavors of bacon, including applewood, jalapeno, coffee sugar and sweet and sour. Plus, new bacon flavors are added to the rotation every week.

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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 into a booth and wait for your food to be delivered to your table, and prepare to dig into a generous helping of your favorite breakfast fare. From pancakes and French toast to omelettes and breakfast melts, John's has something for everyone. Be ready for leftovers, as you might not be able to finish the generous portions in a single sitting.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: John's Restaurant is a comfortable diner with family-friendly options and a welcoming atmosphere.

Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the breakfast burrito, an oversized local favorite.

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Elmer's


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 signature German pancakes, Belgian waffles, crepes, and hazelnut French toast, to boot. Omelets, eggs benedict, and a range of platters and scrambles cater to every taste, and pork chops and chicken-fried steak take the edge off of ravenous appetites. Families are more than welcome at this comfortable diner, where the entire family is sure to find something to enjoy for breakfast.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Elmer's is a family-friendly restaurant with a variety of breakfast options to please the entire family.

Marissa's expert tip: You can't go wrong with breakfast here, but everyone will tell you to try the German pancakes.

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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 fronts. You'll find pork, beef and chicken options in a variety of finger-licking good styles, as well as homestyle sides like cornbread, coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Don't miss the homemade rhubarb pie, which is made fresh in the kitchen. The kids' menu includes choices like ribs, cheese pizza, quesadillas and chicken strips, while the array of barbecue choices will keep parents happy, too.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse is a family-friendly restaurant serving Southern-style barbecue in a friendly atmosphere. A kids' menu is available.

Marissa's expert tip: While there are plenty of kid-friendly options for the little ones to enjoy, the ribs and fries combo is a sure kid-pleaser.

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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 institution, beloved for its authentic New York fare and fresh baked pastries. Among the must-tries are the towering pastrami sandwich, the beef and latkes and matzo ball soup. If you have your puppy in tow, feel free to grab a seat on the patio. The friendly servers are ready to make suggestions if you have a hard time choosing between all of the delicious options.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Sherman's Deli and Bakery is sure to wow the kids with the impressive dessert display case, and the rest of the menu is kid-friendly, too.

Marissa's 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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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 uses her lifelong experience to run a burger joint that locals can't ignore. This old-fashioned hamburger stand sticks mostly to the basics--a few hamburger variations, sandwiches, classic sides like French fries, soup and potato salad, and thick, creamy milkshakes--and only fresh ingredients are used to create a Tyler's burger. Tyler's is open just five hours a day--from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.--so plan your trip accordingly.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Tyler's Burgers specializes in kid-friendly fare. The menu centers around hamburgers, potato salad and thick, indulgent milkshakes.

Marissa's 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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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 tamales, all served with Las Casuelas' signature rice and beans. A kids' menu is available for the little ones, and the live mariachi music during evenings and weekends is sure to keep the entire family entertained. Top off your meal with family favorites like deep-fried ice cream, traditional Mexican flan or an empanada, the Mexican version of apple pie. Las Casuelas Terraza is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Las Casuelas Terraza offers a kids' menu filled with authentic Mexican fare, plus the lively atmosphere keeps the family entertained.

Marissa's expert tip: Dine on the weekends or during dinner to enjoy live mariachi music with your meal.

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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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