10 Unique Spots to Enjoy Dinner in the Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley is quickly becoming a foodie’s paradise with unique dining experiences popping up from Palm Springs to La Quinta.

Palm Springs

Alicante – A great spot for tapas in Downtown Palm Springs. This spot has hit the small plates nail on the head with their diverse offering and killer happy hour. Try the Fried Egg Mushroom Bruschetta with Truffles and a glass of wine on the patio.


King’s Highway – A south Palm Springs neighborhood favorite. This former diner features a creative menu, tasty libations, and Game Night every Monday. Try the Ricotta Flatbread with Honey and Cherries and local Date Shakes.

Dining room at the Ace Hotel's King's Highway in Palm Springs, CA
Photo from @kingshighwaydiner


Rooster & The Pig – This spot is hands down my favorite. The Vietnamese restaurant is located in a strip mall on Indian Canyon and is only open 4 hours a day. They do not take reservations so pack your patience, but I promise you it is worth the wait. My go to order: Panko Crusted Coconut Curry Chicken Rice Ball, an assortment of Spring Rolls, and any of the seafood options.

Lovely flat lay of Vietnamese food, spring rolls and egg rolls on a plywood table top
Photo from @thedarlingniki
Blonde women sitting at a table in a Vietnamese restaurant smiling and holding glass of white wine
Photo from @thedarlingniki


Birba – This hidden gem has been a Palm Springs favorite for years and with great reason! Birba (which means ‘rascal’ in Italian) offers farm to table pizza, pasta, and Italian inspired dishes under the stars and tucked behind a large ficus wall. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended, but there is limited seating at the bar and firepits.

Photo from @birbaps
Photo from @birbaps


Mr. Lyon’s – Think about your favorite old-school steakhouse and then imagine it has been redesigned with chic decor and a classic menu, that is Mr. Lyon’s. Sit at the bar or in the dining room and enjoy beautiful steaks, baked potatoes, innovative sides, and classic cocktails. Pro Tip: Sunday Night is Prime Rib Dinner complete with tableside carving for $30!


Workshop Kitchen & Bar – The space alone makes this spot one to see but don’t worry, the food is equally as impressive as the design. Start your meal with a Palm Springer cocktail and don’t forget the Duck Fat Fries.

Photo from @workshopkitchenbar


La Quinta

The Cliffhouse – The setting alone is worth the drive to La Quinta! The Cliffhouse is just that, a restaurant built into the cliffside between Indian Wells and La Quinta. Happy Hour at the bar is always a happening spot, and for a romantic dinner, there is no better spot!

Photo from @laquintacliffhouse
Photo from @laquintacliffhouse


Palm Desert

Il Corso – Traditional Italian fare meets modern design at this El Paseo favorite. The wine list is beautiful, and the gnocchi is pure bliss!


Armando’s – If lively Mexican food is what you’re craving then Armando’s is a must! The Calamari Tacos are a personal favorite, and the guacamole has to be my favorite in the desert. If you are looking for a libation to sip, try a Cadillac Margarita or Fresh Banana Daiquiri…but have an Uber on standby!

Photo from @thedarlingniki


Mt. San Jacinto

Peak’s – We can’t talk about unique dining and not include Peak’s located at the top of the Palm Springs Tram. Take the tram up to 8500 feet and enjoy Filet Mignon, fresh seafood, and a drink with panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.


Written by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki

Header image by Nicole Bowen of The Darling Niki


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