Best lunch spots in Palm Springs

A long day of shopping and sightseeing can really work up an appetite. Where should you stop for lunch where you can get great food, prompt service and take in the real Palm Springs experience? Check out these top spots for delicious food and true Palm Springs ambiance, the Best Lunch Palm Springs has to offer.

Where the locals eat – Best Lunch Palm Springs

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Eight4Nine (below) takes upscale West Coast cuisine and serves it with a minimalist yet stylish twist. Housed in a newly renovated historic post office building, the restaurants is open during the week for lunch and hosts brunch on the weekends. Start with the Cucumber Lemon Verbena Gazpacho or the Roasted Beets, which come prepared with baby kale, toasted cumin and honey vinaigrette, and goat cheese. Then try the Salvadoran Turkey Torta, and finish the experience with the Lemon Lavender Baked Alaska, or a Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar. The gorgeous bright, colourful room alone makes it a must see as you stop for some of the best lunch Palm Springs has to offer.

Mod Café

Mod Café serves up light fare, perfect for a hot desert mid-day repast. Their motto is, “healthy, clean, organic cuisine.” Mod Café specializes in breakfast and lunch (open 8am – 2pm daily). Start with one of their healthy juices with names like Turmeric Gold, or Grateful Greens, or choose from their organic beer and wine menu. The menu may be healthy, but it isn’t boring – options range from a Grass Fed Beef Burger with Peppercorn Aioli to a Tempeh Rueben and Crab and Avocado Quesadilla.

Sherman’s Deli

Another candidate for best lunch Palm Springs: Sherman’s Deli boasts top awards and rave reviews for their New-York style offerings. Founded by a World War II veteran who settled in Palm Springs in the early 1950’s, Sherman’s restaurant heritage is now being carried on by his children. Their signature lunch is the Beef n’ Latkes, which features corned beef or pastrami between two potato latkes.  Other classic deli offerings here: a few variations on the Rueben, pastrami sandwiches, patty melts, tuna salad, and even tongue. Soup options include classics like Cold Beet Borscht, Mushroom Barley, and Homemade Sweet & Sour Cabbage with Beef. For salad lovers, the classic Cobb or Caesar is here too. It’s hard to leave without being tempted by one of their sky-high cakes or other pastries on display right by the front door. Try the Rugelach… you won’t be sorry!

More Best Lunch Palm Springs candidates…


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King’s Highway is part of the Ace Hotel & Swim Club at the far east edge of the city. Step inside and you’re transported back in time to a classic mid-century diner. Open daily for lunch, the breakfast menu is also available until 2pm. Order one of their classic menu items, and enjoy the hipster Palm Springs vibes.

Las Casuelas Terraza

Las Casuelas Terraza is a Palm Springs classic – family-owned for four generations. Bordering the main drag on Palm Canyon Drive, outdoor seating allows you to feel like part of the downtown action while dining. Start with a margarita and house guacamole, and the peruse the traditional menu. To keep things light, try the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad, or for something more filling, try the Mar y Tierra – Steak and Shrimp. They’re open for lunch daily, and if you’re there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you may even catch some live music.


Jake’s Palm Springs is named for the owner’s dog, and is a dog-friendly eatery open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday. The lunch menu at this classic restaurant centers on classic sandwiches, but also includes more unusual options, like a lamb sandwich, or the softshell crab BLT. While you’re there, stick around for a slice of one of their decadent cakes.

Palm Springs has something for everyone’s palate, and these top lunch spots are sure to please, whether you’re craving a wholesome salad, real Mexican flavours, or some hearty comfort food. Got another lunch spot you’d recommend? Post it in comments below, or share on Twitter @PalmSpringsYes.

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Palm Springs Traveller Staff