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

Written By: Andrew Smith Palm Springs Thanksgiving

It goes without saying that 2020 has been quite a year. While health experts have told us that we might have to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner outdoors this year, Palm Springs locals collectively replied, “We were going to do that anyway!” With seasonal temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, the rest of the country looks on in awe as we bask in November sunshine. 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.

 

1 | Feast Al Fresco Palm Springs Thanksgiving™

LULU California Bistro

Outdoor dining never felt more festive or colorful than on LULU’s newly expanded patio. You won’t be lacking for choices with their four-course feast. Entrees range from traditional ham or turkey to Atlantic salmon as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. They’re also offering six desserts, headlined by LULU’s own bread pudding. Take-home options are also available in various sizes.

Price: $49.99 (adults) and $24.99 (kids). Take-home prices vary. 

LULU California Bistro 
200 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.327.5858

 

2 | Turkey Reimagined  Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge

“Celebrate Thanksgiving overlooking the majestic San Jacinto Mountains,” encourages Eight4Nine owner Willie Rhine. It’s the perfect setting for four courses of inspired creativity. Roasted turkey gets a modern makeover with fig and sage stuffing, lemon sage gravy and cranberry sangria relish. Defy tradition with grape seed duck breast or Moroccan stew. Inventive starters and a dessert menu that includes bourbon pumpkin pecan bread pudding will make Grandma’s house feel so last year. 

Price: $70 (adults) and $35 (kids)

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge 
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.325.8490 

 

3 | Hit the Mother Lode Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

If you’re missing the traditional casino holiday buffet this year, 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 pumpkin pie and cheesecake.

Price: $210 (serves 6-8)

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
32250 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 
888.999.1995

 

4 | Seas the Day Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Seafood may be the specialty at Pacifica—to that end, they don’t disappoint. Their three-course Thanksgiving dinner includes sugar-spiced salmon and honey-soy glazed sea bass as well as their house favorite filet mignon in cabernet sauce…and turkey! Bourbon butter-basted Diestel turkey (elaborately garnished with Medjool date sausage stuffing) is sure to please your palate. Top it off with apple strudel or pumpkin pie for dessert!

Price: $59 (holiday prix fixe menu) and $160 (Thanksgiving to go)

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
73505 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260 
760.674.8666

 

5 | All Aboard  Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Grand Central Palm Springs

There’s always a vibrant buzz of energy at Grand Central, and this Thanksgiving will be no different. Catch their brunch—replete with mimosas—or join them for a five-course Thanksgiving dinner. Three starter courses precede the main course of traditional turkey, honey-glazed wild salmon, flat iron steak or pumpkin ravioli. Finish things off with pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie or apple strudel for a holiday meal you won’t soon forget.

Price: $59 (adults) and $25 (kids under 10)

Grand Central Palm Springs
160 La Plaza
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.699.7185

 

6 | The Ultimate Trio

Trio Restaurant

With its expansive patio, breathtaking views and idyllic climate, you’ll find Trio to be the triple crown. Add a three-course feast in addition to their regular favorites, and it’s a grand slam. Thanksgiving dinner options include turkey, prime rib and butternut squash ravioli alongside elevated appetizers and side dishes that fully explore the abundance of local organic agriculture. 

Price: $49 (prix fixe menu)

Trio Restaurant
707 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.864.8746

 

7 | [Comfort] Foodies Unite!

Wilma & Frieda’s

Wilma & Freida’s owner, Kell McFall, invites you to “enjoy a warm chai latte and short rib eggs Benedict with friends on Thanksgiving morning.” Then, take home an affordably priced family dinner. The house roasted turkey breast comes with all the trimmings and is conveniently packaged in a Wilma’s insulated tote bag. Don’t miss the irresistible corn pudding cakes!

Price: $120 (serves 5-6) 

Wilma & Frieda’s
73575 El Paseo, Ste 2310
Palm Desert, CA 92260 
760.773.2807

 

8 | Leave it to the Pros

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Let local celebrity chef Andrew Copley prep dinner this year and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. His three-course masterpiece includes a creatively garnished turkey, decadent butternut squash soup, a plethora of creative sides and pecan and pumpkin pies. It’s accompanied by the all-important, easy-to-follow reheating instructions that might have you faking mastercheffery in your own home.

Price: $80 (feeds 2)

Copley’s on Palm Canyon
621 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.327.9555

 

9 | Get Your Turkey Fix, Poolside 

The Saguaro

“We’ve got turkey tacos!” boasts Saguaro General Manager Paul Patino. It’s part of the casual, poolside fun at one of Palm Springs’ trendsetting spots. Those turkey leg confit tacos (three for $15) are garnished with pecan-tomatillo sauce, watercress and pomegranates. But wait, there’s even a better reason to eat your heart out! Happy hour starts at 2 p.m., headlined by $5 El Jefe margaritas and backed up by $3 signature tacos on Taco Thursday.

Price: Varies

The Saguaro
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264 
760.323.1711

 

10 | An Herbivore’s Dream

King’s Highway

Whether you’re team vegan or team turkey, there’s common ground at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club. They’re calling all “outsiders, rebels, vegans” and just about everybody else to join them for poolside patio dining. Chef Ysaac Ramirez’s menu includes both traditional and vegan options. Start with vegan sweet potato soup and arugula salad and end with vegan pumpkin pie. The only dilemma is the main course: turkey porchetta or seasonal stuffed acorn squash? The menu is also available for room service and takeout. 

Price: $40 (per person)

King’s Highway
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264 
760.969.5777

 

11 | Only the Finest Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Build your own turkey dinner at Sullivan’s this holiday. Start with steakhouse favorites like the iceberg wedge or shrimp and lobster bisque. Then choose two delectable sides to go with the hand-carved turkey, apple sausage stuffing and cranberry relish. Hint: the sweet potato casserole with pecan crust is a no-brainer. Second hint: so is the bananas Foster bread pudding. With an award-winning wine menu and full dinner menu to back it up, you won’t be short of options.

Price: $42 (adults) and $20 (kids)

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
73505 El Paseo, Ste 2600
Palm Desert, CA 92260 
760.341.3560

 

12 | Meep! Meep! Over to Old Town 

RD RNNR Libations Pints & Plates

With a three-course turkey dinner priced at $39, RD RNNR is making Thanksgiving easy as pie this year. That is unless temptation leans you towards the Chilean sea bass, prime rib, chicken piccata or pasta primavera. Throw in three choices of soup or salad and three choices of pie, and you might need to bring a few friends to help share the decisions. Their extensive list of creative libations might have you sipping long after (or before) the first bite. 

Price: starting at $39 

RD RNNR Libations Pints & Plates  
78075 Main St, Ste 105
La Quinta, CA 92253 
442.400.3255

 

13 | Indulge Yourself

Lavender Bistro

The award-winning Lavender Bistro patio is the perfect excuse to escape the kitchen because their succulent cuisine is as good as anything you could ever cook. Thanksgiving options include traditional turkey, vegetarian options and pure decadence in the shape of pinot noir short ribs and miso glazed salmon. Pair that with delectable starters like lobster ravioli and five desserts, including an eye-catching pecan praline pie, and you have a feast to remember. Dinner is also available to take home!

Price: $72 and $42 (take-home meal)

Lavender Bistro
78073 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253 
760.564.5353

 

14 | A Fashionable Feast

The Pink Cabana

Renowned local chef Jason Niederkorn is “celebrating fall and its bounty” with his exquisitely curated Thanksgiving menu at the Sands Hotel & Spa. Traditional turkey gets the full treatment with cranberry and orange sauce while Ora King salmon and beef short rib with horseradish crème push your taste buds to the limit. Creative chicories with D’Anjou pears and red kuri squash soup kick things off, and wrap your meal with an indulgent spiced apple and cranberry crostata or pumpkin pie. Enjoy it all in the architectural splendor of the newly revamped Sands Hotel & Spa

Price: $79 (per person) or $105 (with sommelier wine pairings) 

The Pink Cabana
44985 Province Way
Indian Wells, CA 92210 
760.321.3771

 

15 | Pumpkin’ to Talk About Palm Springs Thanksgiving

Jillian’s

For superlative cuisine and uncompromising quality, try nationally recognized Jillian’s in Palm Desert. A Thanksgiving meal will be served in their charming, intimate courtyard. There’s butternut squash soup or lobster bisque, followed by a mélange of field greens. Choose from turkey, crown roast of pork, prime beef or presidential whitefish for your entree, and cap it with original dessert options like authentic Indian pudding. You seriously have to try the puff-pastry baked apple dumplings—they’re to die for!

Price: $85 

Jillian’s 
74155 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260 
760.776.8242

 

16 | Gobble ’til You Wobble Palm Springs Thanksgiving

La Quinta Cliffhouse

You don’t have to move mountains at La Quinta Cliffhouse; it’s literally nestled into the side of a cliff! Their mountainside three-course dinner begins with options like the unmissable Savannah crab chowder. Dig into entrees like their bourbon butter-basted Diestel turkey, filet mignon, sugar spiced salmon or prime rib. Finish up with warm apple strudel or pumpkin pie. They also are offering family meals to go!

Price: $59 or $160 (take-home family meal for 4)

La Quinta Cliffhouse
78250 Hwy 111
La Quinta, CA 92253 
760.360.5991