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From Delis to Gastropubs, These Are Our 6 Favorite Lunch Spots in Palm Springs

Satisfy Your Midday Cravings With These Delicious Bites

When you think of Palm Springs, you probably picture swaying palm trees, sunny skies, midcentury modern architecture and crystal-clear swimming pools. Palm Springs, however, is also home to a wonderful and fresh culinary scene that is continuing to grow and expand. From farm-to-table restaurants that focus on seasonal fare to modern Mexican food that brings vibrant flavors to the desert, Palm Springs has become a SoCal staple for foodies. Despite the fact that fancy dinners tend to get all of the attention, lunch can be just as lavish. We’ve rounded up the seven best lunch spots in Palm Springs, so you can get a true taste of this desert oasis. 


1501 Uptown Gastropub

1501 Uptown Gastropub brings the outdoors in with massive floor-to-ceiling windows and an airy space. If you’re looking to let loose at lunch, the refreshing cocktails are worth checking out. Keep things light with the citrus-forward Lemon Drop or spice things up with a Hot N’ Skinny margarita. The small plates act as great starters–the panko-breaded onion rings pair perfectly with the creamy herb dressing that is made in-house. For a hearty main course, the pressed Kobe short rib and cheddar sandwich with horseradish slaw is a winner. 



Between the endless sunshine and towering palm trees, it’s almost impossible to not crave chips, guac and a zesty margarita while in Palm Springs. Tac/Quila is an elegant and somewhat upscale spot, making it a great option for those looking to put on their finest sundress and hit the town for lunch. The cocktails are presented with beautiful garnishes and details; the refreshing Surfer Rosa is a must-order. The street tacos are divine, but if you’re looking for something more elevated, the grilled steak fajitas will hit the spot.


Sherman’s Deli & Bakery

Nothing screams lunch like a classic deli sandwich. Sherman’s Deli and Bakery specializes in Kosher food for the whole family. Having been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” patrons can expect the best of the best when it comes to sandwiches. The hot pastrami is a local favorite that is served on a delicious rye bread, but the turkey pastrami puts a lighter twist on the classic. In addition to sandwiches, Sherman’s also serves up fresh and filling salads, soups and shareable platters. 


Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

If you’re looking for a classic cafe for lunch, look no further than Chef Tanya’s Kitchen. This bright and airy cafe makes delicious and healthy food right in the heart of Palm Springs. The menu features tons of plant-based delights, such as the tempeh burgers and the BLTA made with tofu bacon. Though you can definitely come in and sit down for a casual bite to eat, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen also has plenty of grab-and-go salads and sandwiches for those in a hurry on their lunch break.


Gabino’s Creperie

Caught a craving for crepes? Gabino’s Creperie specializes in savory crepes instead of the more typical sweet ones. From BBQ chicken to Buffalo ranch, the crepes at Gabino’s are filled to the brim with bold and tasty flavors. That said, you can never go wrong with the plain original, which is made with a cheesy chimichurri blend that is sure to make your mouth water. If you need something light to pair with your crepe, order the refreshing chicken Caesar salad. 



Lunch Spots Palm Springs - Farm
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Looking to enjoy the flavors of France in Palm Springs? Head to Farm for a classy lunch on the garden-like patio. The menu at Farm features inspired favorites from the South of France. The ingredients used are locally sourced and as fresh as possible, ensuring that quality is a top priority. Start with a French press coffee before digging into a savory chicken and mushroom crepe. The croque madame sandwich with a delicate fried egg is another traditional option, which also pairs nicely with the roasted pear salad.

Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.




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