Bottomless mimosas? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our go-to spots for the most important meal of a Palm Springs vacation: Brunch!
The desert resort city of Palm Springs is one of the most stunning destinations in California. That’s why we’re excited to share our favorite places to brunch during the Desert Classic Golf Tournament – known as the American Express.
Played mid-winter in La Quinta, the Desert Classic is part of the PGA Tour’s early season “West Coast Swing.” Golf enthusiasts descend upon the sunny Coachella Valley to watch the world’s best players compete from January 16th – 23rd.
In addition to being one of America’s premier golf destinations, Palm Springs boasts incredible brunch offerings. Mild weather, mountain views, and world-class chefs all combine to nail the town’s casual and luxurious brunch culture.
From Michelin-recognized fine dining to hipster haunts and lively options with bottomless mimosas, Palm Springs has no shortage of incredible brunch options.
Here are our recommendations for Palm Springs’ best breakfasts, brunches, and lunches during the American Express.
Where to Brunch in Palm Springs
1. Boozehounds Palm Springs
Forget people-watching – Boozehounds is the premier spot for dog-watching in Palm Springs. Boasting a massive patio, atrium, and indoor dining room, the expansive and pet-friendly Boozehounds provides plenty of room for diners and their furry friends. Outfitted in stylish midcentury decor, the stylish 7,000-square-foot restaurant knocks it out of the park with excellent food and drink, service, and retro ambiance.
Menu favorite: For humans: Korean spare ribs and eggs. For dogs: Brunch bowl
2. Le Vallauris
Tucked inside the Palm Springs outpost of members-only club Soho House, Le Villauris crafts incredible upscale brunch fare at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Located in the restored historic Colony 29, this midcentury landmark transports visitors to classic Palm Springs glamour and is worth the visit alone. The fact that Chef Jean Paul Lair’s French cuisine is widely considered perfect and the best in town is a wonderful bonus.
Menu favorite: Everything!
3. The Colony Club
The Michelin-recognized Colony Club is quintessential Palm Springs – located in the lavish Colony Hotel (former hangout of Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable), The Colony Club is a top choice for brunching and celeb-spotting. Dine poolside on the swanky patio, or take in the indoor dining room’s decor, which perfectly blends art deco and west coast prep.
Menu favorite: East Coast Breakfast Sandwich
4. Peaks Restaurant
Recently named #8 on Architectural Digest’s list of the World’s Best Cliffside Restaurants, Peaks Restaurant is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Showcasing panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, this restaurant sits at the top of the palm springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Enjoy new American cuisine alongside some of the Golden State’s most stunning vistas.
Menu favorite: Lemon Roughy
This Coachella Valley staple describes itself as an “adult-oriented restaurant,” meaning visitors may want to grab a sitter before heading to Spencer’s. Its carefully-curated atmosphere boasts live piano music, a stunning patio with hanging lanterns, and a gorgeous dining room with wood beams and stone accents. The Sunday brunch prix fixe includes your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
Menu favorite: Smoked Scottish Salmon Benedict
Showcasing traditional Provençal cuisine, Farm flawlessly evokes the South of France in the middle of the desert. The transportive garden patio is tucked away from the traffic of downtown Palm Springs and lends a cottage-like ambiance to Lisa Ostoich’s restaurant. This isn’t a brunch to attend if you’re in a hurry– French press coffee, loose-leaf tea, and freshly made-to-order entrees arrive in their own time. Savoring the easygoing European dining experience is key.
Menu favorite: Complete Savory Crêpe (Jambon de Paris Gruyére. Sunny Egg)
7. King’s Highway
The on-site restaurant of the hip Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s desert outpost, King’s Highway blends free-spirited Western vibes with a warm, textured design. Accented with stone, wood beams, and taxidermied animals, this hipster watering hole serves up elevated roadside diner dishes in an endlessly-Instagrammable setting.
Menu favorite: Breakfast burrito
8. Pinocchio in the Desert
Quite possibly the liveliest option listed, Pinocchio is a rowdy brunch spot in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. Mimosas are bottomless, portions are huge, and the vibrant patio is a go-to for great views and classic breakfast options.
Menu favorites: Smoked Salmon Platter & Lobster Benedict
Where to Brunch in La Quinta
1. Louise’s Pantry
Operating since 1946, the family-friendly Louise’s Pantry is a go-to for breakfast and brunch in the Palm Springs area. Their current location in La Quinta boasts a sunny patio with mountain views. While this desert casual classic gets pretty packed before losing at 2:00 p.m., the complimentary mimosa while you wait for a table helps take the edge off.
Menu favorite: Eggs benedict
2. Mélange Restaurant & Bar at the Chateau Lake La Quinta
We recommend making reservations for Mélange, boutique hotel Chateau Lake La Quinta’s signature restaurant. Holding the bragging rights of the only lakeside dining in La Quinta, Mélange’s patio tends to fill up fairly quickly. However, once you’re in, the majestic views are worth it. Enjoy exquisite new American-style meals from locally-sourced ingredients while taking in mountain and lakeside vistas.
Menu favorite: Shrimp and asparagus omelet
Situated on the grounds of the La Quinta Resort, TWENTY6 serves up well-executed breakfast and lunch items in a relaxed and upscale setting. The outdoor patio is spacious and sunny, while the interior boasts rich oak accents and a bar with TVs to congregate with fellow golf enthusiasts.
Menu favorite: Famous French dip
4. Chúla Artisan Eatery
The celebrated Chúla Artisan Eatery boasts a vibrant Mexican-inspired rotating menu and has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. From its organic espresso to unique vegan options and from-scratch salsas and pastries, Chúla Artisan Eatery offers healthy choices that are far from boring.
Menu favorite: Huevos rancheros
Top 3 Palm Springs Vacation Rentals for the Desert Classic
1. Monterey Manor by Open Air Homes
Immaculately designed by architect Albert Belden Crist, this stunning home is a sleek getaway for visitors with an eye for design. Located in the famed midcentury neighborhood of Sunrise Park, Monterey Manor offers the best of casual luxury and California living. Hosts also provide bicycles and helmets, so visitors can enjoy outdoor adventures in the area!
2. Desert Falls by Open Air Homes
Located in a peaceful condo community on the prestigious Desert Falls Golf Course, Golf lovers will be in their element, as Desert Falls is a top 10-rated course by the SCPGA, and is widely considered to be one of the best in the area.
Wake up to unmatched desert vistas from this south-facing condominium – the sparkling pool, towering California palms, and incredible peaks of the Santa Rosa Mountains are all within view.
3. Sunrise Sanctuary by Open Air Homes
Located in the coveted Sunrise Country Club gated community, Sunrise Sanctuary is just that – a private sanctuary away from the stresses of day-to-day life. Tastefully decorated and beautifully furnished, this spacious ranch-style condo offers low-key luxury in the nearby Rancho Mirage. Active types can enjoy workouts in the state-of-the-art gym or tennis matches on one of nine regulation hard courts. Pickleball and bocce ball courts, and of course, golf greens are also on-site.
The Best in Palm Springs Area Vacation Rentals
Are you looking for a luxurious short-term or Month+ rental that meets all your needs and is near the Coachella Valley’s most important events?
Look no further than Open Air Homes.