As a pescatarian for the last few years and transitioning to a mostly plant-based diet, I’ve been busy sourcing out the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs. I’m pleasantly surprised by the diverse options available, not only in the vegetarian cafes but the storied establishments that have been around for decades.
Here are a few of my favorite vegetarian-only spots, along with restaurants that are inclusive to all diets.
One of the only vegan restaurants in the desert, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen is the go-to spot for sandwiches, salads, wraps, and vegan deliciousness. Located off the beaten path in an industrial area, you might drive right past it, but I promise it’s worth the detour.
Their motto is “Eat Plants, look good in your pants.” Featured sandwiches include the El Cubana made up of slow-roasted citrus and garlic seitan, or the Modern Hippie veggie sandwich with “Crack cheese” and avocado.
An authentic Provencal-style restaurant in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs. They pride themselves on locally sourced produce, french press coffee, and drool-worthy house-made jams. No freezers, no microwave.
For brunch and lunch, they serve up authentic crepes, salads, sandwiches with a plethora of vegetarian options. For dinner, they offer a prix fixe menu. There is always a vegetarian option for the prix fixe menu, but they can’t guarantee a vegan option.
Specializing in raw pressed juices and raw food. Wraps, organic salads, burgers, smoothies. The perfect place to come after morning yoga or workout.
Located near the iconic El Paseo shopping street. Stop here to fuel up and order one of their vegan takes on classics like vegan pancakes, vegan tuna endive boats, and “impossiballs”, meatballs made of plants served on sauteed greens, vegan purple mash, with a smash of fermented garlic. Yum!
With stores all over the United States including Los Angeles, Orange County, Colorado, Oregon, and Chicago, Native Foods is taking the vegan cafe world by storm.
Their motto “100% plant-based, 100% yummy” aims to debunk the old-fashioned idea that eating plant-based needs to sacrifice taste or quality.
Order traditional favorites with a plant-based twist like bbq brisket burgers, “chicken” wings, peri-peri “chicken” sandwiches, and their famous “crazy good grilled chicken sandwich”
Stop by for their vegan date shakes, turmeric alive wellness shots, and CBD infused smoothies for a little pick-me-up while exploring Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
While most of their sandwiches are for meatlovers, vegetarians flock here for “The Dreamkiller” – Veggies, avocado, cucumber, sprouts, roasted red peppers, and cheese. You can also build your own veggie sandwich with all your favorite fixings.
Famous for their smoothies! Located in Palm Desert, Luscious Lorraine’s is a great spot to come after hiking the Bump and Grind or to pick up lunch on the go. I like stopping here before road trips or for a smoothie post work-out.
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Wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. Need I say more? Birba is incredibly flexible and caters to all diets. They even offer a zucchini noodle based pasta and have no problem substituting meats for something else.
My favorite menu items include Roasted cauliflower, Three kale salad, Casoncelli di Zucca, Gnocchi al Forno Margherita or the Verde pizzas.
Cary Grant’s old estate turned restaurant, this local hangout is famous for the breathtaking courtyard with the San Jacinto mountains in full view.
As a vegetarian, enjoy the roasted cauliflower, ricotta cheese ravioli for starters. There are four vegetarian salad options including charred asparagus salad and beet and arugula. For mains, choose from the sesame seed crusted tofu or the saffron fettuccini pasta without prawns.
I love how inclusive Eight4Nine’s menu is! Poblano Chile Relleno, Cauliflower steak and puree, smoked portobello mushroom pappardelle, salads and vegan spiced chickpea patties in a coconut shell are just a few of the amazing dishes vegetarians can feast on.
Very impressed with their menu for both lunch and dinner!
The best Mexican food I’ve found in the desert so far. As a vegetarian, Mexican food is always a great option as they love to utilize vegetables and beans in their main dishes.
From tacos, burritos, to enchiladas, to quesadillas, all can be made vegetarian with added protein from the beans.
Located in the stunning La Serena Villas hotel, Azucar is a beautiful space to spend an afternoon or evening. Six out of the seven starters on their menu are vegetarian, including the shaved brussel sprouts salad, watermelon salad, and cauliflower “risotto”.
For entrees, they have a vegetarian pasta with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, pesto, and pine nuts. Their lunch service has even more veg options, including cauliflower tacos, housemade guacamole, and hummus, olives and pita.
Also, three words. Blood. Orange. Margarita.
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of my favorite places to grab vegetarian food in Palm Springs! If you have a favorite spot that I haven’t been to yet, comment below! Bon Appétit!
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