Photography By: Nathan Cox
Photography By: Nathan Cox

12 Restaurants for a Decadent Thanksgiving Meal in Greater Palm Springs

Leave the Cooking to the Pros—It’s What They Do!

For most, Thanksgiving is a time to huddle around the fire and begrudgingly don last year’s unwanted Christmas sweater. In Palm Springs, it’s swimsuits and sunglasses as we head out into the glorious November sunshine. It makes Turkey Day an outdoor experience—one that’s the envy of the rest of the country. Whether you’re looking for brunch or dinner, eating at home or dining in, refined or poolside, you definitely won’t be going “cold” turkey in Greater Palm Springs this year. Here’s where to fill your plate this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

 

Trio 

Trio is among the most stylistic and imaginative restaurants in the Coachella Valley. “Our energizing atmosphere and amazing, friendly staff make it easy to enjoy any night at Trio,” says owner Tony Marchese. And the restaurant’s robust menu and award-winning wine list support that claim. 

The expansive patio and wide-open interior make Trio the perfect spot for seasonal dining. This year’s Thanksgiving menu boasts traditional turkey as well as house favorites like pesto-crusted salmon and red wine-braised short rib. It’s part of a customizable three-course meal that’s also available à la carte. Don’t miss the cream of pumpkin curry soup or local dates with gorgonzola and bacon. Snag a seat on the patio this Turkey Day or inside Trio’s buzzy dining room for a meal that’ll leave you satisfied and full as can be! 

Local Insight: Trio will also offer takeout options for those looking to chow down at home! 

Price: $49 (all available à la carte)
Location: Palm Springs

Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

4 Saints at Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs

Located on the rooftop of the chic Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs4 Saints offers diners an intimate and cozy setting for a festive Thanksgiving meal. The menu will feature a choice of charred sweet potato or potato aligot to start. Then, guests can select a second course, which includes a selection of Sea Island red peas or collard greens. As for entrees, Turkey Porchetta with rosemary pesto, sourdough and orange or Prime Rib with rosemary, horseradish cream and bordelaise will be served, followed by dessert! There’s no better place to cozy up and dig in this Thanksgiving!

Price: $65 per person
Location: Palm Springs

 

Grand Central Palm Springs

Hop aboard the Grand Central train, one of the valley’s liveliest spots. For Thanksgiving dinner, they’ll conduct you through a lively five-course feast where three starter courses precede entrees like turkey, steak au poivre, salmon and pumpkin ravioli. You’ll want to ride this train right through to the final destination: a three-chocolate mousse cake. Cooking at home? Join Grand Central Palm Springs for a fantastic mimosa-themed brunch!

Price: $69 ($35 for kids)
Location: Palm Springs

 

Copley’s

Exquisite skill and execution have established chef Andrew Copley as a local desert celebrity. At his landmark restaurant, you’ll enjoy Thanksgiving at its finest. There’s turkey, but who could pass up the honey mustard pork T-bone with roasted pears and merlot reduction? Dessert is easy, as Copley’s will serve you the whole flight. With three patios and unobstructed mountain views, you’re in for the best of everything this Thanksgiving.

Price: $80
Location: Palm Springs

Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

Lulu California Bistro

There’s always a party at Lulu, and Thanksgiving is no exception at this colorful desert icon. Snag a seat on the vibrant patio or in the fully open interior and enjoy a four-course feast that will feature a bounty of options. There’s traditional turkey and pot pie, alongside seafood and vegan options. Pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie will satiate the purists, and it’s accompanied by a myriad of imaginative possibilities. 

Price: $54.99 ($24.99 for kids)
Location: Palm Springs

 

Acqua California Bistro

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Lulu’s Rancho Mirage sister, Acqua California Bistro, is just as colorful with its festive dining room. The covered terrace hovers above a pond, offering breathtaking mountain views. With three delicious soups, three beautiful salads, 10 delectable entrees and six sumptuous desserts on the menu this Thanksgiving, the permutations of possibility are endless.

Price: $54.99 (24.99 for kids)
Location: Rancho Mirage

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Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

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“Enjoy one of Palm Springs’ largest and most beautiful patio settings overlooking the majestic mountains,” invites Eight4Nine owner Willie Rhine. The views are just a prequel to the imaginative four-course extravaganza. Turkey is one of seven entree options this year, alongside a Moroccan stew and several vegan choices. Risotto arancini and roasted kabocha bisque make tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, and pumpkin tart headlines the dessert menu. 

Price: $58 ($28 for kids)
Location: Palm Springs

 

La Quinta Cliffhouse

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Panoramic mountain views may be ubiquitous across the valley, but you won’t get a better close up than at the La Quinta Cliffhouse—the restaurant is literally tucked inside a cliff! Their mountainous three-course dinner begins with options like the unmissable roasted butternut squash soup. Entrees range from turkey to filet mignon and seafood options, but be sure to save room for the delicious apple strudel.

Price: $59
Location: La Quinta

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Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

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For those who used to enjoy the mother lode of Thanksgiving choices at the casino buffet, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is allowing you to take the best of the buffet home. It’s a bountiful feast for six to eight people (or fewer, if you prefer) that will have you feeling like you hit the jackpot. Take home a whole turkey with a buffet sampling of sides as well as desserts like pumpkin pie and cheesecake. 

Price: $210 (feeds 6 to 8)
Location: Rancho Mirage

 

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

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Seas the day this Thanksgiving with an ocean of possibilities at the valley’s freshest seafood restaurant. Three-course highlights at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant include the signature clam chowder, sugar-spiced salmon and honey-soy glazed sea bass. There’s also squash soup, prime rib and turkey for non-seafarers. Bring your appetite because there’s the bait of pumpkin pie dangling at the end of the line. 

Price: $59
Location: Palm Desert

Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Workshop Kitchen + Bar’s reputation and philosophy guarantees a creative and innovative Thanksgiving flavor exploration. The turkey is duck-fat fried and served with winter-spiced preserves and marjoram gravy. Sole, roasted cauliflower and prime rib get their own creative makeovers. Enjoy honey nut squash and brown ale bread pudding and cocktails crafted just for the day. You’ll be dazzled by the flavors as well as the award-winning architecture and serene courtyard.

Price: $32 for the turkey dinner, appetizers from $16
Location: Palm Springs

Jillian’s 

For superlative cuisine and uncompromising quality, try nationally acclaimed Jillian’s. During the pandemic, they expanded their secluded driveway and courtyard into a magical and magnificent wonderland. It’s an eloquent dining experience with decadent twists on traditional fare. “Families have made Jillian’s a holiday tradition for years,” says owner June Trubee. Don’t miss the puff-pastry baked apple dumplings—they’re to die for! 

Price: $95
Location: Palm Desert

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Lavender Bistro

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It’s sinful indulgence at Lavender Bistro. Each of the three Thanksgiving courses offers a plethora of delectable options. Start out with the grilled prawn salad or lobster ravioli, then tuck into their cabernet braised lamb shank or turkey with chardonnay gravy. Finally, end your evening on a sweet note with a slice of warm chocolate cake for dessert!

Price: $79
Location: La Quinta

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I'm a craft beer enthusiast, but also a restaurant aficionado having spent over 20 years in the industry and management.

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