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Empty Your Tummies and Wear an Elastic Waistband—You’re Going to Want to Fill up on Lunch and Dinner This Restaurant Week

Written By: Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti
Photographed By: Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week is here, and the weather is spectacular, the stars dazzle in the desert sky and the menu items proffered by our local restaurants promise to be a treat to the senses. Whether you are looking for a cosmopolitan lunch at a French café in La Quinta or a trendy Thai dinner in Rancho Mirage, Restaurant Week has what you are craving. More than 100 of our desert’s favorite restaurants are offering two-item lunches affordably priced at $15, $20 or $25, and three-item dinners at $29, $39 or $49. Now is the time to take advantage or our magnificent weather and enticing pricing to treat yourself, friends and family to a luscious week of eating. Below is your Linner (Lunch + Dinner) Guide to Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week! You can thank us later.


1 | Enjoy Culturally Diverse Flavors Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Lunch: 3MB at Antigua Kitchen + Bar

Family-friendly, high-end, casual desert dining describes Antigua Kitchen + Bar. The food is locally-sourced as well as the liquor. The appealingly crafted food embraces flavors from many different cultures. This Restaurant Week’s must-order lunch item is the 3MB, which is three classic meatballs in spicy marinara for starters, and for your main course, try their signature Antigua Burger.

Antigua Kitchen
105 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

2 | Paris in Our Own Backyard Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Lunch: Quiche Du Jour at French Rotisserie Café

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The ambiance at French Rotisserie Café can best be described as casual elegance. The vibe is friendly, quiet, open and cozy. “We get lots of elegantly dressed ladies in for lunch most days,” says Owner and Manager Luis Fuentes. “People talk to each other like they are in a café in Paris.” The lunch menu during Restaurant Week includes homemade, organic, heirloom tomato soup or old fashioned chicken soup. For the main course, choose from Salade Niçoise, Le Jambon Beurre or Quiche Du Jour. The quiche, served with fresh greens, is a must-try item. The flavors have a classically French character.

Native Knowledge: This little storefront restaurant, which is now the casually elegant French Rotisserie Café, has had many incarnations. Among other things, it has been a self-serve yogurt shop and a breakfast-only restaurant.

French Rotisserie Café
50-855 Washington St, Ste 2H
La Quinta, CA 92253

3 | Comfort Food With an Edge Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Lunch: Morning BLT at Grand Central Palm Springs

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“Urban, edgy, fun, a place to just hang” is how Owner Rita Capponi describes Grand Central Palm Springs. Order the Morning BLT for lunch. It is served open-faced on grilled sourdough topped with Nueske bacon, heirloom tomatoes, lemon arugula, poached eggs and avocado dressing. During Restaurant Week, guests can expect fresh, fun, exciting flavors—delicious twists on traditional dishes.

Native Knowledge: Grand Central Palm Springs is truly in the heart and history of Palm Springs. La Plaza, where Grand Central is located, was constructed in the summer of 1936 and is believed to be the first shopping center in California.

Grand Central Palm Springs
160 La Plaza
Palm Springs, CA 92262

4 | It’s a Date! Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Lunch: Stuffed Date at The Cafe at Shields

Alfresco dining surrounded by date palms and citrus trees is the highlight of this beautiful desert oasis. Lunch at The Cafe at Shields is like taking a mini-vacation. “We have a lot of tourists but a very relaxing vibe and good food vibe,” The Cafe at Shields’ Chef Jose explains. The exciting flavors that guests will experience during Restaurant Week are the jaw-droppingly delectable foods. Everything is house-made with the freshest ingredients. Don’t miss the dates stuffed with jalapeño, blue cheese and prosciutto, wrapped in bacon and finished with a balsamic reduction.

Native Knowledge: Shields Date Garden has a long and rich history in Greater Palm Springs. Beginning in 1924, Floyd and Bess Lugton developed the blonde and brunette date varieties, date sugar and date crystals. Don’t miss The Romance and Sex Life of the Date to learn about date cultivation in the on-site theater.

The Cafe at Shields
80225 Hwy 111
Indio, CA 92201

5 | The Essense of Flavor Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Brunch/Lunch: Eloté at Essense at Two Bunch Palms

If total relaxation and exceptionally clean eating are what you are looking for, it can be found at Essense, which is located in the historic Two Bunch Palms Spa in Desert Hot Springs. “The ambiance is similar to that of the Two Bunch Palms property in general—tranquil and refreshing. Essense overlooks the property with impressive views of lush bougainvillea and sunny desert mountaintops. Makes for a great place to watch the sunset due to the large windows that line the walls,” explains Senior Account Manager Hannah Fuhrman. “The goal at Essense is a balanced range of choices from vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and whole nutritional foods.” Don’t miss the Eloté with queso fresco, chipotle-lime aioli, cilantro and Tajin!

Native Knowledge: Urban legend claims that Two Bunch Palms was the desert hideaway for Al Capone and that the tunnels under the property, most of them filled in now, were used for gangsters to escape. Whether or not the legend is true, Capone is known to have stayed at Two Bunch Palms before he went to prison.

Essense at Two Bunch Palms
67-452 Two Bunch Palms Trl
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

6 | Welcome to Our Home

Must-Order for Dinner: Watermelon Gazpacho and Petite Filet Mignon at Jake’s

“We really want to showcase our food during Restaurant Week. It is our reason for being during that week,” says Chris Malm, Co-Owner of Jake’s. “Our signature dishes are mixed with new items.” The Watermelon Gazpacho on Jake’s dinner menu is not to be missed, and many guests say the Petite Filet Mignon is the best in town. The ambiance is quintessential Palm Springs: intimate and cozy. “Every night, the energy is different, but it is always like having guests in our home.”

664 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

7 | Peru Comes to the Palm Springs

Must-Order for Dinner: Ceviche at María José Peruvian Gourmet

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María José Peruvian Gourmet is always there to greet customers and explain the food: “All our ingredients are on display. Everything is imported from Peru. It is more than just food. It represents my history and culture. As the first Peruvian restaurant in Greater Palm Springs, it is my job to inform my guests.” Located in the Atrium in Rancho Mirage, the atmosphere is casually elegant fine dining. There is a vibe of expectancy, of trying something new. Featuring eight different types of ceviche, it is an absolute must during dinner for Restaurant Week. A featured flavor unique to Peru is the aji amarillo pepper. It is used in recipes for color, heat and even sweetness in some dishes.

María José Peruvian Gourmet
69930 Hwy 111, Ste 121
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

8 | History Rep-Eats Itself

Must-Order for Dinner: Stuffed Cabbage Roll and Pacific Sole Piccata at The Nest

Forty-five years of providing great food and entertainment in Indian Wells is no small accomplishment. “We have a big menu, prime filet mignon, cabbage rolls, goulash and Dodi’s pasta to name a few,” notes Owner Dodi Henry. “We are a very fun, high-energy place. The vibe changes as the night progresses. We start with an older crowd who come for our unique menu and upscale dining. The younger crowd comes in later for the nightclub atmosphere.” Henry also recommends the Stuffed Cabbage Roll (starter) and Pacific Sole Piccata (entree) from their Restaurant Week dinner menu.

The Nest
75-188 Hwy 111
Indian Wells, CA 92210

9 | A Sliver of Bavaria

Must-Order for Dinner: Bavarian-style Pork Roast at Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert

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German music plays in this intimate, rustic, authentic setting. “Eating means pleasure. Pure lust for life,” says Owner Michael Kothe. During Restaurant Week, diners at Schnitzelhaus will enjoy the German spices and exciting flavors of real home-cooked German food. Not to be missed on the three-course dinner menu are the warm Bavarian potato bacon salad, Bavarian-style pork roast and the Black Forest Dream with cherries and ice cream.

Schnitzelhaus Palm Desert
77932 Country Club Dr, Ste 150
Palm Desert, CA 92260

10 | Palpably Posh Palm Springs Lunch Dinner

Must-Order for Dinner: The Porchetta at Mélange at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta

“We are excited to share our intimate setting, beautiful patio, idyllic resort grounds, by a beautiful lake and cascading mountains,” says General Manager Julie Pope. Mélange can best be described as soft elegance and refined luxury with a vibe of casual sophistication. On the Restaurant Week dinner menu, don’t miss The Porchetta, a brined, rubbed and roasted pork served with fava beans, braised endive and Grand Marnier. Flavors at Mélange are inspired by a Mediterranean profile offering combinations that are both exciting and comforting.

Mélange at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta
78120 Caelo Bay Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253

11 | Dinner at the Ranch

Must-Order for Dinner: Seasoned Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas at Jackalope Ranch

Lush grounds, mature landscaping, streams and waterfalls enhance the finely-crafted ranch atmosphere at Jackalope Ranch. “The feeling of calm and gracious hospitality without pretense is our attitude of service,” Kaiser Restaurant Group CEO Lee Morcus says. “Restaurant Week guests will taste the best seasonal ingredients created by our chef. My personal favorite from our dinner menu is our pork carnitas. We have taken this humble dish to a higher level.”

Jackalope Ranch
80400 Hwy 111
Indio, CA 92201

12 | Bangkok Comes to the Desert

Must-Order for Dinner: Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango at Talay Thai

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Stepping into Talay Thai is like stepping into Thailand. The servers and chefs bring their gentle, friendly attitude into every element of their work, only adding to the wonderful experience that this intimate boutique restaurant provides. The Restaurant Week dinner menu features Thai dumplings, satay, tom yum, pad Thai and red or yellow curry with chicken. “I am a dessert freak,” says General Manager Walter Huber. “The sweet sticky rice with mango is not to be missed.” The fantastic, savory, exciting flavors of Thailand are what a guest can expect at Talay Thai.

Talay Thai
70065 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

13 | Culinary Art


Must-Order for Dinner: 30 Hour Venison Short Rib at Justin

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Justin, an American dining restaurant based in the heart of Cathedral City, fuses fresh ingredients, premium quality and innovation into every culinary dish created. This comes as no surprise as visionary and Head Chef, Justin Jenkins, perceives the creation of food as an art. Along with their 30 Hour Venison Short Rib, their dinner menu for this year’s Restaurant Week presents Grilled Baby Artichokes, Loch Etive Salmon, Ratatouille, Wild Boar Ribs and much more. The American eatery is also known for their great wine and craft beers.

68784 E Palm Canyon Dr
Cathedral City, CA 92234