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Travel the Culinary World Without Ever Leaving the Desert

Written By: Tatiana Servin De Maio International Dining Cathedral City

Stamp your palate passports with these top international restaurants in Cathedral City. Each with their own distinct flavor and decor, these Cathedral City restaurants let you travel the world without going anywhere. The tastes will first leave you speechless, then turn you into quite the storyteller.

International Dining Cathedral City

For the Adventurous (and Hungry) at Heart

Bontá Restaurant

Argentinian cuisine meets Austrian cuisine at this quaint spot run by Chef Hector Salvatierra and his wife Petra. Explore the only dining in Cathedral City where you can sample Patagonian stew and a plate of Jaegar Schnitzel at the same table.

Native Knowledge: Chef Hector Salvatierra was chef at Camelot Theater for almost 10 years.

Bontá Restaurant
68510 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 140
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.832.6100

 

Cannoli Aficionados, Feast Your Eyes

Nicolino’s Italian Restaurant

When you’re deciding where to eat in Cathedral City, head over to this Italian spot where the menu is full of homemade dishes crafted from recipes passed down through the Nicolino family. Complete with checkered tablecloths and Italian murals, you’ll get swept away by more than the amazing food and live music.

Native Knowledge: The Nicolino family has been bringing their Italian cuisine to the desert since 1969.

Nicolino’s Italian Restaurant
35325 Date Palm Dr, Ste 111
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.324.0411

You Had Me at Homemade Mole

Los Arcos

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You’ll be hard pressed to find a Mexican food spot in the desert where the tortillas are handmade and the recipes come straight from the owner’s loving mother. You’ll need to try the chicken mole enchiladas— a true Instagram favorite among visitors.

Native Knowledge: The entire Almaraz Family hails from Cadereyta, Queretaro, Mexico.

Los Arcos
68510 E Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 120
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.537.1743

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India Oven

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Indian food in the desert comes alive at India Oven. Try the chicken tikka masala and garlic naan bread or the vegetarian platter, all served on traditional dishware suitable for your mini dinner vacay to India.

Native Knowledge: They serve Kulfi, Indian ice cream made of cream and flavored with nuts or rose.

India Oven
35875 Date Palm Dr
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.770.3918

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Hot Desert Heat, Cool Frozen Frescas

Salsas Restaurant

Now here’s a place where the shrimp receives a whole lot of love—try it in a cocktail or smothered in chipotle sauce. Order anything off the menu so long as you don’t forget to add an agua fresca, a frozen drink made popular in Mexico.

Native Knowledge: Located in the Cathedral Plaza Shopping Center.

Salsas Restaurant
69020 E Palm Canyon Dr
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.321.6612

 

Roll With It, It’s Worth It

Craving sushi but wondering whether or not you can find fresh fish in the desert? Yes, you can. Experience the beautiful color in the cucumber wrapped roll or perfectly baked mussels and then let the menu take you from there.

Native Knowledge: They serve complimentary edamame and miso soup.

Otori Japanese Cuisine
68100 Ramon Rd, Ste A1
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760.699.5486