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Everything You Should Eat and Drink at the 2024 BNP Paribas Open This March in Indian Wells

Dig Into Fresh Nobu Tacos, Decadent Detroit-Style Pizza and More

March marks the thrilling return of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (March 3-17, 2024), and this year’s star-studded player field will be headlined by Novak Djokovic (World No. 1 in men’s singles) and Iga Swiatek (World No. 1 in women’s singles). But the prestigious tennis tournament isn’t the only spectacle drawing crowds from across the globe.

Beyond the baseline rallies and backhands, a gastronomic experience awaits. This year, the 2024 BNP Paribas Open is serving up an ace with an unparalleled lineup of culinary delights as tantalizing as the on-court action. From gourmet bites to refreshing cocktails designed to beat the desert heat, we’ve whipped up the ultimate guide to everything you should eat and drink at this year’s event. Whether you’re a tennis aficionado or a foodie at heart, Indian Wells is the place to be this March, where elite sport and exceptional cuisine combine for an epic 15 days in the desert.


Ristorante Mamma Gina

Must Try: Pizza Capricciosa

For an authentic taste of Italy, head over to Ristorante Mamma Gina’s pop-up in Stadium 2 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden! This family-owned restaurant has been serving authentic Florentine cuisine in Italy since 1956 (they have a sister restaurant called Trattoria Mamma Gina in Florence!) and in the Coachella Valley since 1986. This year, at the 2024 BNP Paribas Open, guests can snag a table in Mamma Gina’s outdoor space and indulge in delectable starters like burrata with house balsamic and fresh basil, homemade meatballs, and “the best” fried calamari. For those craving pasta, their Ravioli Funghi stuffed with wild mushroom parmesan ricotta and Spaghetti alla Bolognese with beef/veal ragù are must-orders. If you have a love for pizza, try the Pizza Capricciosa with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, artichokes, black olives and basil. Ristorante Mamma Gina will have an on-site pizza oven at this year’s event, so your pie will be as fresh as it gets!

Local Insight: Can’t get enough? Visit Ristorante Mamma Gina’s Palm Desert location on El Paseo! They have one of the best happy hours in the desert, serving discounted dishes and drinks from 4 p.m. to close every night of the week.


Nobu Indian Wells

Must Try: Nobu Tacos

Nobu, the critically acclaimed bastion of Japanese fusion, has been delighting tennis fans and foodies alike at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since 2014. Elevating the dining experience within the heart of the desert, Nobu Indian Wells now operates year-round, offering spectators a chance to indulge in their world-renowned cuisine while soaking in the exhilarating tennis matches of Stadium 2. Try their famous Nobu Tacos, a signature small plate that perfectly encapsulates the innovative and globally inspired flavors Nobu is celebrated for.


Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Must Try: Modern Hippie Veggie Sandwich

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Chef Tanya’s Kitchen, a plant-based staple in the Coachella Valley, returns for its second stint at the BNP Paribas Open with a menu that promises to delight with gourmet vegan options. From modern takes on veggie sandwiches to taco bowls brimming with freshness, Chef Tanya’s dedication to veg-forward cuisine has made her restaurant a local favorite since 2017. This year, attendees will find her mouthwatering creations, including the veggie-packed Modern Hippie Veggie sandwich, at two locations: the Food Village and Stadium 1 South Landing. 


Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill

Must Try: Pescado Chipotle

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A local Palm Desert favorite, Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill, offers attendees a full-service dining experience overlooking the Stadium 2 court. With a menu that celebrates authentic Mexican cuisine—complemented by a handpicked selection of cocktails, tequilas and their famous margaritas—this spot is a must-visit for those looking to spice up their tournament experience. Here, you’ll find all the classics, like margaritas, enchiladas and fajitas that promise to transport your taste buds straight to Mexico. But if you want to try one of their signature creations, order the Pescado Chipotle—a fish filet topped with shrimp, chipotle sauce and sautéed veggies.


Sumo Dog

Must Try: Bacon Bahn Mi Dog

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Making its debut at the BNP Paribas Open in 2024, Sumo Dog, created by Jeffrey Lunak of the “Iron Chef” Morimoto’s Restaurant Group, offers a unique take on the classic American hot dog. With Japanese-inspired ingredients and flavors, Sumo Dog is set to be a game-changer for fans looking for a quick and easy bite with a culinary twist. With two locations within the venue, it’s easier than ever to grab a taste of this innovative fusion. Try the Bacon Bahn Mi Dog, which is a bacon-wrapped hot dog loaded with pickled daikon and carrot slaw, cucumber, lime, jalapeño, spicy mayo, furikake and cilantro.


Porta Via

Must Try: Ora King Salmon

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Taking over the iconic restaurant space in Stadium 1, Porta Via (which opened a beautiful location on Palm Desert’s El Paseo in 2022) blends classic California bistro fare with Italian-inspired cuisine for a dining experience that’s truly world-class. On the menu, you’ll find a fresh and flavorful selection of dishes like The Porta Via Salad with organic butter lettuce, shaved sweet onion, fresh dill, chervil, avocado, French feta and a champagne shallot vinaigrette and the Ora King Salmon, which comes grilled or blackened with roasted organic market vegetables and organic brown rice.


Corona Oasis, Corona Taphouse + Corona Premier Pavilion & Bar

Must Try: Philly Cheesesteak and Corona Premier

With the Corona Oasis, Corona Premier Pavilion & Bar, and Corona Tap House spread across the grounds, fans can enjoy ice-cold Corona Premier alongside specialty eats like Philly Cheesesteaks, zesty ceviche and aguachile. These spots are perfect for those looking to relax and recharge with a cold beer and tasty snacks amidst the tennis action.


Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

Must Try: Brownie Dough Ice Cream

BNP Paribas Open Restaurants
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After making a memorable debut last year, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is back to provide sweet relief from the desert sun. With locations in Stadium 1 North Landing and Stadium 3, Handel’s offers a delightful assortment of ice cream, sherbets and sorbets that promise to be a hit among attendees of all ages. 


J’s Deli

Must Try: Ruebinski Sandwich

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New to the scene in 2024, J’s Deli brings the authentic taste of New York-style sandwiches to the Indian Wells Food Village. Try their famous Ruebinski Sandwich with New York black pastrami and corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on grilled double-baked rye bread. Accessible to anyone with a ticket, it’s your go-to for a hearty, flavorful sandwich that’ll keep you fueled throughout the day.

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