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Restaurants Guide

Desert Delectable Dining!

A Stroll down any main street, a pampering at any spa resort, or gay hotel get-away wouldn't be complete without the tantalizing aromas, exquisite tastes, or perfect atmosphere of our incredible local restaurants. Dining conniseurs of all types satisfy their food fancy at a multitude of award-wining eateries.
Whether they're in the mood for Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean, or American Cuisine, tourists and locals alike have come to discover that Palm Springs and the desert cities area is synonymous with an unique restaurant experience. We have listed several of the most notable here.


Inside Cielo in Cabazon

Cielo Restaurant

49500 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
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"California-Style Finest!"

Cielo is a traditionally inspired Pacific Coast Steak and Seafood Restaurant catering to the whims of California-style fine dining while remaining relaxed and casual. Juicy steaks, Alaskan & Hawaiian seafood, and other memorable culinary selections populate the menu.

Situated majestically, twenty-seven floors above the mysterious desert floor guests feast while bathed in a kaleidoscope of ever changing evening sky hues.

Be sure to compliment this incredible experience with a bottle from the vines of Coastal Australia, South & North America which are featured in Cielo's own special wine program.

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Famous Dinosaurs at the Wheel Inn Cafe in Cabazon

The Wheel Inn Cafe

50900 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230


Not many travelers can drive along Interstate-10 through the San Gorgonia Pass without searching the southern skyline and shouting, "Hey! What's that?!" You have just discovered the Wheel Inn Cafe and the Cabazon Dinos.

Here's your chance to pull over and enjoy one heck of a meal! Open 24/7 this famous truck stop dishes up tantalizing breakfasts, lunches and dinners for hungry journeymen. Complete with mouth watering steaks, dozens of daily home-baked pies, dino burgers, huevas rancheros, bread pudding and a smorgasbord more - all home cooked!

After you're completely stuffed, take a prehistoric swing on over to the dino gift shop where you can dig up a perfect souvenir to prove, ";You were there!"

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Cathedral City

Front of El Gallito

El Gallito

68-820 Grove Street
Cathedral City, CA 92234

The "Little Rooster"

Favored by locals, The ";Little Rooster" has been serving homemade, authentic Mexican food, complete with lard, hot homemade tortillas chips & salsa, and incredible Friday's only mole since 1978. Named Cathedral City restaurant of the year in 2006 this tiny diner will keep you begging for more. Likened to a greasy-spoon the service is never the same, sometimes fast & friendly and other times, well you get the idea. During the weekend when mild desert temperatures prevail the wait can be over an hour. Once inside, hot and hungry visitors can show their enthusiasm loudly without fear of being noticed.

If you've ever been south of the border and are searching to relive the experience or to reminisce in an atmosphere of authentic decor don't look any further. Beer & wine are served for dine in guests & only cash is accepted. Five star dining it's not and that is what makes it so incredibly perfect. So if you're looking for El Bulli in Spain, better call a travel agent.

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JEM Steakhouse

JEM Steakhouse

46-200 Harrison Place
Coachella, CA 92236

"Put the Spotlight on Steak!"

Angus Beef, jazz, fresh seafood, perfect atmosphere and incredible desserts are just a handful of specials found at the new Jem Steakhouse at Spotlight 29 Casino!

Discover one of the most comprehensive wine collections from the finest vineyards in California along with a superb special bar selection.

Live jazz performances by Mikole & Carrie can be enjoyed all weekend long, bringing all your favorites from past and present to compliment this savory dining experience. Fill your stomach, then fill your wallet, because Spotlight 29 is the most exciting place to play!

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Desert Hot Springs

Dining Area

Casino Restaurant, Two Bunch Palms

67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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-Menu Dinner-

";Uniquely Nourishing!"

The total relaxation and rejuvenating atmosphere flows comfortably through every aspect of this premiere resort spa, even your dining experience. Pristine mountain views, fresh ingredients, and "just-like-home" feelings are abound at the gourmet dining spot.

Gently pampering your mind, body and spirit in the hot mineral spas becomes even more incredible by satisying your appetite with a one-of-a-kind smorgasbord of delightful breakfast, lunch or dinner selections prepared by Ritz-Carlton trained Chef Michael Hutcheon.

Due to immense goodness and overwhelming popularity, reservations are always suggested!

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Indian Wells

Don Diego's Margaritas

Don Diego's

74-969 US Highway 111
Indian Wells, CA 92210

"Come for the Food...Stay for the Margaritas"

Don Diego's has been serving fine Mexican Cuisine to the entire Coachella Valley since 1981. This multiple award winning Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back for more!

If you're happy, spend an hour from 2:30pm to 5:30pm Sunday through Thursday for their incredible margarita, imported & domestic beer, and house wine specials! The atmosphere & service is perfect for meeting a group of friends or that special someone.

Also, authentic south-of-the-border power lunch specials are just around the corner from work 11am to 2pm Monday thru Friday.

Large parties can enjoy a private dining experience in one of two unique areas: Zorro's Club Room or Don's Garden Patio. Reservations are suggested, so don't wait - call now!

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Inside Vicky's

Vicky's of Santa Fe

45-100 Club Drive
Indian Wells, CA 92210

"In the Heart of Indian Wells"

Vicky's has been serving upscale guest in an informal setting since 1989. Quality and quantity are abound in this old-world adobe style restaurant. Choose from any number of savory delights such as, whole rotisserie chicken, 16-ounce New York strip steak, rack of New Zealand lamb, or 16-ounce center cut veal chops while basking in the warmth of any of the three available cozy, fine-dining settings.

Also on the menu are battered or sauteed seasonal varities of delectable seafood favorites, comprehensive wine list, seasonal live piano entertainment, full cocktail service and a whole lot more!

Perfect for private cocktail, buffet-style, or formal parties, this venue features available space for up to 100 guests, tailored menus, grand piano, and movable dance floor.

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The 3 Marios

Mario's Italian Cafe

81-939 US Highway 111
Indio, CA 92001

"Father and Sons to Serve You!"

Any guest can tell you why Mario's was voted 2004 Best Italian Restaurant in the Valley! If it's Italian, you can find it at any of these wonderful cafes and restaurants throughout the east valley.

Only the best ingredients are used in their specialty pasta, poultry, noodles, veal, seafood, appetizers, soups & salads, subs, calzones, sandwiches, and traditional dishes. Cold or hot, light eaters, sides and old favorites are available for all types of guests.

Don't miss their incredible brick oven, New-York-style, hand tossed pizzas; you can even create your own. Do your appetite a flavor and discover Mario's.

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La Quinta

Outside the Cliffhouse

La Quinta Cliffhouse

Historic Point Happy
78250 US Highway 111

"American Classic in an Architectural Gem"

Unique mountain views, savory fresh seafood, mouth-watering steak, and historic ranch-style atmosphere are just a few of the items that create an unforgetable culinary experience. You will find them all high atop historic Point Happy in La Quinta at the classically American Cliffhouse.

Guests from far and wide flock to this one-of-a-kind restaurant to enjoy their world-famous Hula Pie. Macadamia nut ice cream, chocolate cookie crust, piled high with chocolate fudge and whipped cream are a dessert lovers heaven. Created at Kimo's in Lahaina Hawaii many years ago, this favorite sailor's classic is the perfect finish to one of the greatest dining experiences in the valley.

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Palm Desert

African Elephant

Elephant Bar

73-833 US Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260

"An Elephant Sized Adventure!"

Tired of the ordinary? Well get ready for a food adventure of worldly proportions at the Elephant Bar in Palm Desert. Not just another gimmick with lots of hype and no substance, this uniquely well managed oasis delivers with a bull-size elephant wallop.

Fresh, tasty and delightful are just a few ways to describe all of the made-from-scratch dishes available within this visually stimulating environment. Regional favorites from Asia and the Tropics pepper the menu with top-notch USDA beef, fresh seafood, chicken, and salad selections. An orchestrated team lead by Executive Chef Reinhard delivers an ensemble of culinary skills collected from his experience as a master throughout the world. Did we mention everything is really FRESH?

>Many of us have unique dining choices and are not always able to find a restaurant that can satisfy our special needs. This Palm Desert restaurant changes that with low-carb, low-fat, and vegetarian selections that can be tailor-made by request to ensure guests utmost happiness and fulfillment. A customer oriented establishment that believes you're the captain of this expedition!

Best of all, a kid-friendly menu is available that's sure to be a hit creating a fun-filled safari for the entire family. Please note, chances of spotting a real live elephant are slim. Enjoy!

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Palm Springs

Outside Blue Coyote Bar & Grill Cantina

Blue Coyote Bar & Grill Cantina

445 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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"Discover Your Inner Wild Coyote"

The Blue Coyote Bar & Grill is a southwestern restaurant located right in downtown Palm Springs with easy access from all major hotels.

Established in 1992 the Blue Coyote has gained a local, national and international reputation for quality Southwestern and authentic Mexican cuisine. In addition, we have become famous worldwide for our Signature "Wild Coyote Margarita." This is a margarita you will NOT forget.

To enhance your dining experience, the Blue Coyote has created expansive patios that invite leisurely dining under our beautiful desert sky. We also have numerous casitas for those who prefer inside dining. Let's not forget the lively music that inspires our guests to just linger a while. It's no wonder that the Palm Springs Hotel and Hospitality Association named the Blue Coyote the "Most Highly Recommended Restaurant."

We welcome the opportunity for you to try our restaurant during your visit to Palm Springs. When planning dining away from your hotel, we can meet your needs regardless of how small or large. We can easily accommodate groups of 20 to 75 people. We can also provide a private dining room with patio for your larger parties.

We encourage you to add the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill to your "MUST DO LIST" when you are in Palm Springs, California!

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Inside Pepper's Thai

Pepper's Thai

396 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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"Traditional Flavors of Thailand"

Thai cuisine is internationally heralded for combining several fundamental flavors such as sweet & sour which rely on a handful of familiar key ingredients like garlic, chilies, lime variations, curries and lemon grass to produce a wide range of hot, spicy and intense tastes. Where can one find these incredible delights?

A flight from San Francisco to Bangkok can take about 17 hours to cover the 10,000 or so miles that separate the two cities. Fortunately for residents and travelers in Palm Springs an authentic Thailand dining experience is only minutes away. Located on infamous Palm Canyon Drive, Peppers Thai has been serving a savory medley of exotic dishes from the heart of Southeast Asia for over 20 years.

The freshest ingredients are used to produce notable dishes like Pad Thai Noodles, Hot & Sour Soup, Shrimp Cashews and Roasted Honey Duck which are just a handful of the many made-to-order items you'll find on the menu. This premiere Palm Springs dining location promises to immerse patrons in friendly hospitality, offer home-made traditional flavors, and value every eager customer.

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PHO 533 Dining Area

PHO 533

Smoketree Village Shopping Center
1775 East Palm Canyon Drive, Suite #625
Palm Springs, CA 92264

"First in Class!"

Okay, so everyone in town has heard about the new "Restaurant Row" in fact, we’ve seen many of you right there on the end, just down from the Post Office is PHO 533. If you’re not sure why a Vietnamese restaurant is named PHO 533, then you may want to stop by and check out the menu. It’s a pretty awesome story as recounted by Anh, co-owner of one of the first Vietnamese cuisine restaurants in the desert. is close by and we do most of our shopping at Smoketree Village and try to have lunch or dinner at PHO at least once a week. The atmosphere is classy and friendly and the menu is extensive and inexpensive.

A few of us eat mainly vegetarian dishes so one of our favorites are the Spring Rolls and Medley Tofu. There’s plenty for the meat lovers too. The French Tiramisu is incredible and alcohol free which leaves more room for a fine glass of California wine selected from their extensive wine list.

Almost every time we’re at PHO a customer will ask one of the staff members, "So, is this like Chinese food?" The answer is a resounding, "No." You’ll find the dishes to be less oily, lighter, and there are not any dishes that are fried. The restaurant has a Daily Specials menu for lunch and an incredibly reasonably priced dinner menu. If you’ve not visited PHO before, then give it a try and be sure to tell Gary and Anh "Hello!" for us!

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A Beautiful Evening at  Tropicale

Tropicale Dining * Coral Seas Lounge

330 East Amado Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262

"Chic & Sophisticated"

Opening in late summer of 2007, the Tropicale dining experience has quickly become a smash hit. Located on Amado Road, adjacent to the Spa Resort Casino, the restaurant offers ample parking, easy access, extremely friendly & helpful wait-staff, in impressive first-class menu, and full bar. Sound like every other restaurant in Palm Springs? No way! With worldly menu items like, Free Range Chicken Drumettes with Watermelon BBQ Sauce, Charred Filet Mignon Fajita Rolls with Sweet Onions, Nišoise Salad with Rare-Grilled Ahi Tuna & Haricot Vert, Chilean Sea Bass Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream, Achiote-Grilled Shrimp & Guacamole Pizza, and Kahl˙a-BBQ Pork Porterhouse Chop with Mashed Plantains chosen from the "small plates, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and entree specials" this fabulous dining destination is anything but ordinary.

Be certain to arrive early for your reservation and mingle with friends and family in the Coral Seas Lounge. Specialty cocktails, martinis, margaritas, wines, cosmos and much more await to compliment an unforgettable evening.

The Tropicale's most outstanding feature is the 2000 square foot outdoor, ideally landscaped, open-air patio which is perfect for large gatherings or an intimate first date. Dine or drink comfortably on a warm summer evening near misters & umbrellas or snuggle close under a patio heater for those chilly desert winter nights. No matter your fancy, The Tropicale has it all.

Inquire about availability for virtually any size special event and allow their events department to assist with every detail from flowers, cakes, balloons, and more.

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Dining Area

Zin American Bistro

198 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

"Ordinary to Extraordinary"

If you believe all American Bistros are created equal, think again. Located at the corner of Arenas & Palm Canyon Drive in downtown and true to it's Bistro heritage, this little neighborhood restaurant has become a fanatical favorite with casual locals and elite visitors alike. The name, Zin, short for Zinfandel takes aim at the wine lover in all of us adopting a motto to live by, "little fools will drink too much, and great fools not at all." Sporting an extensive wine list of predominantly American and Zinfandel selections, the Bistro is a sure bet for fine wine casuals and connoisseurs.

Don't be fooled by the cover, once inside the street melts away to reveal a trendy and delightful dining atmosphere. Perfect for a rowdy group of friends or an intimate and romantic moment for two the interior of Zin lends itself well to either. Windows open to the outdoors, the subtle drone of talking patrons, and the exotic aromas combine to create an inviting and magical experience for everyone.

Modernizing traditional European culinary techniques Chef Nicolas Klontz artfully serves up some incredible fresh, homemade, and over-the-top combinations which are destined to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Follow an incredible main course with a tasty desert selection fit for a king, or queen, freshly created on location by General Manager and co-owner Mindy Reed.

The friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff at Zin is a formidable force of "guests first," a refreshing change from other locations in town. This quaint and sophisticated restaurant is also amazingly low priced leaving diners with a satisfying evening that won't break the bank.

So, the next time you dine out in Palm Springs experience the small town feel with an uptown flavor and visit Zin American Bistro, a memorable experience for any occasion. Don't forget to call ahead for reservations as weekends can be extremely busy.

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Rancho Mirage

Tequila Bottle

Las Casuelas Nuevas

70-050 US Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

"The Spirit of Mexico"

Rich family tradition, classic Mexican recipes, renowned quality, and Spanish colonial atmosphere combine to create an exceptional dining experience. Choose from a myriad of awarded-winning entrees, salads, deserts and of course awesome margaritas as you savor the delights of an authentic indoor edining ambiance or an exquisite outdoor patio area.

For 35 years Las Casuelas Nuevas has satisfied guests yearning for an unsurpassed return to the distinctive food, service and charm of Mexico. The 4 generations of the Delgado family continue to lead the way with an unwavering commitment to community growth, modern innovation, and culinary heritage.

The Restaurant Row icon features seven private dining areas able to accommodate almost any sized special event from 10-400 guests and an experienced staff to assist in planning all the details. Whether it's an extravagant fashion show or an intimate board meeting, an array of fiesta details can be arranged to create a perfect blend suited to your individual party needs and budget such as flowers, colors, menus, linens, transportation and more! Also, bring the all the wondrous sights, sounds and aromas of the authentic Mexican experience home with their professional catering service. Please call or visit their official website for additional details.

With an extremely popular Sunday Brunch, strolling mariachi, live entertainment and dancing, Monday Night Buffet, Las Casuelas Nuevas is destined to become your favorite too! Due to the immense popularity reservations are suggested.

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