Where to eat

Included below are some of our favorite restaurants in town, as well as exclusive discounts to those with a ticket stub or festival pass. We hope you enjoy them as well as we do!

Spencer's Restaurant

Spencer's Ambience is the perfect blend of stylish elegance and comfortableinformality. Join us for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner in our new expanded diningroom or our award winning patio. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Spencer's offers a popular Palm Springs tradition of culinary excellence featuring a fresh approach to classic American cuisine. Locally voted Best Sunday Brunch, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Power Lunch, Best Wine List, Best Chef, Best Caterer and Most Romantic, Spencer's is Palm Springs' "it" place for any occasion...'

The Steakhouse at Spa Resort Casino

The Steakhouse, honored by Wine Spectator consecutively since 2004 for its extensive California wine list, offers the epitome in casual fine dining and is one of Palm Springs' favorite food destinations. Take in mountain and downtown views on the beautifully appointed outdoor patio.

Babe's Bar-b-que & Brewhouse

DISCOUNT: One skillet cornbread per table to the badge or ticket holder, valid January 3 through January 14, 2018.

Babe's Bar-b-que & Brewhouse, centrally located at The River, opened its famous doors in 2002, the dream come true of founder Don Callender (yes, that Callender), Today, Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse is a successful testament to his vision. There are bar-b-que styles from every part of the U.S. and world, from Texas to Korea. The secret our is in the smoking process, unlike many that rely on heavy sauces or rubs. It's one reason we've won Palm Springs Life's "Best of the Best" bar-b-que restaurant six times in a row (and still counting)!

Al Fresco and Terrace Restaurant

DISCOUNT:  Enjoy a 15% discount by providing your festival ticket stub or festival pass. This will be good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Al Fresco
Have poolside food and refreshments delivered to your private lounge chair or enjoy the covered mist-cooled bar. Ask our friendly Al Fresco staff about the specialty drink menu, including our Mai Tai, voted as one of the desert areas best cocktails.

Terrance Restaurant
Casual Dining. Enjoy American cuisine in the casual atmosphere of the dining room or on the outdoor patio. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.


DISCOUNT: 10% off regular lunch, brunch or dinner menus when ticket stubs or festival passes are presented.

Our menu features a celebration of Modern American Cuisine focusing on both presentation and flavor, incorporating diverse culinary influences while utilizing the freshest specialty produce, seafood and meats available. Headed by Executive Chef Israel Jimenez, all dishes are prepared from scratch with creative flair. Our exquisite dessert selection has been created by Pastry Chef Albert Gonzalez and his team.

lulu california bistro

At Lulu California Bistro, talent, expertise and a passion for great food combine to produce a captivating dining experience.  Menu options are both varied and value-priced.  The  quality is always high.  Generous portions are prepared with fresh ingredients and a dash of innovation from award-winning chefs.  Freshly baked bread and decadent desserts are made in-house daily, and are perfectly complemented by a cappuccino, latte or an endless pot of fresh brewed coffee.At an exciting bar area, one encounters the desert's best Happy Hour, 12-hours each day, every day.  An award winning 3-course menu is offered beginning at 11 a.m.  Friendly service abounds.

King's Highway | Amigo Room | the patio

DISCOUNT: 10% off all food and beverage, present festival ticket or pass in King's Highway, Amigo Room and the Patio (alcohol not included)

King's Highway is the roadside diner at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Formerly a Denny's restaurant, King's Highway celebrates the ineffable, bohemian spirit of the wide open West. We're also the home of Fabulous Bingo with Shirley Claire on Monday nights, and the King's Highway coffee bar serves beans from our friends at Stumptown all day.

Share Small Plate Bistro

More than just another Palm Springs restaurant, SHARE Small Plate Bistro is a destination. Enjoy diverse culinary offerings while sipping on a selection of over forty sensational wines by the glass.Our expert culinary has created a menu that connects with the individual seasons and complements our vast wine selection, encouraging our guests to share, sample and explore a variety of cuisines. The food is prepared using sensible and all fresh ingredients that are sure to fulfill your culinary cravings

Norma's | Mister parker's

Norma's -- the brightly colored open-air Terrace restaurant that serves breakfast all day and night. Go spare and minimalist with the simplicity of poached eggs and half a grapefruit or go maximalist with any one of the french toast, waffle, or pancake concoctions. Go gluten free, vegan or vegetarian -- they serve to change it up and please. The white slump block and wood interior of Norma's is a room open, friendly and bright throughout the day -- cozy, votive-lit, and discreet at night when the menu changes to a short selection of California fresh, clean entrees prepared to classic perfection or with the subtlest twist to standard. Comfortable, low-key, effortless.

Mister Parker's -- Dark, discreet, and decadent. Over-the-top decor and under-the-tank mischief. A watering hole befitting dreamy aesthetes, wandering flaneurs, and swaggering dandies. The high-born agreeably mix with lowbrow, the bon vivants nurse the lugubrious and everyone is 'wilkommen'. A guy's guy sort of place with a menu to match -- epicurean, savory favorites with Chef's personal inspirations. A wine list not meant for the faint of heart, a bar that happily provides your martini in lieu of an entree and desserts that extend the pleasure principle.

Date | Rocks

Whether you dine indoors or outdoors, delight in the modern ambiance at the newly remodeled Date. Our restaurant in downtown Palm Springs pays homage to the revered locally grown fruit while featuring fresh ingredients in its dishes.

Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or locally brewed beer at the reimagined Rocks. Our chic lounge is the perfect spot to land after a day of exploring Palm Springs. Pull up a chair at the bar or relax outdoors with seating arranged around fire pits.

Cafe Palmetto | Cantala

DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 20% discount on food, valid for breakfast, lunch or dinner from 1/2/19-1/13/19 on regular menu or special PSIFF menu.  

Cafe Palmetto
Young, bright and light-hearted, Cafe Palmetto plays with mixed geometries, scale and fun pop-art inspired colors.  From the graphic Matthew Williamson palm wall covering to touches of navy and grass green throughout the space invites you in for a happy and healthy meal. Café Palmetto is open for breakfast and lunch offering simple, clean and bold flavors of California. 

Cantala is the perfect hideaway for a delicious meal.  Meet us at Cantala to enjoy the simple goodness of spectacular food. Each dish reflects our intense focus on flavor and dedication to seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients. Layered with dark hues of forest green, rattan, cork and earth brown the space is earthy and features collections-from the cabinets filled with reclaimed terra-cotta pots full of moss and cacti. The outdoor dining is a mix of varied furniture tied together with festive woven baskets in the natural canopies of the trees

El jefe

DISCOUNT: Enjoy offer 20% off food when you show a physical festival pass or festival ticket stub.  Does not include beverages.

Fresh fruit margaritas, poolside breakfast, daily happy hour, Taco Tuesday & Thursday, and the best nachos-we've got all the sustenance you need at The Saguaro Palm Springs.

Melvyn's Restaurant

Located on the premises of the legendary Ingleside Inn, Melvyn's is elegantly upbeat and the home of authentic Hollywood glamour. The Casablanca Lounge at Melvyn's is known for its nightly entertainment and the popular Sunday Night Jam featuring guest musicians and singers with front-man Mikael Healey.

Purple Palm Restaurant

DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 15% discount off the entire check for breakfast, lunch or dinner, must present festival ticket stub or festival pass.

Offering Chef Nick Tall's imaginative menu of New American Cuisine that delights and nourishes. Purple Palm's approachable menu of California fare and our cleverly crafted cocktail list serve as reminders of the Colony Palms' colorful and rambunctious past.

El Mirasol

Since opening El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana in the Spring of 1985, Felipe and Lisbet Castañeda have seen their tiny original restaurant grow into two busy Palm Springs locations. El Mirasol South is still in the original location they opened in 1985. The restaurant is a landmark in Palm Springs and enjoys a bustling atmosphere, small bar and outside tables on East Palm Canyon Drive

4 Saints | Juniper Table

4 Saints
The bar is the hub of the action at Palm Springs' highest entertainment venue. Share appetizers in the lounge, and classic cocktails tableside. No matter where you post up, those panoramic views of the San Jacintos just don't quit.'

Juniper Table
At Juniper Table, Mediterranean inspired flavors are done with breezy Palm Springs Style. From quality coffee in the mornings to cocktails by night, our Downtown Palm Springs Cafe invites you to lounge as long as you like. Enjoy selections from Chef Stephen Wambach's all-day menu, from grab-and-go lunches to shareable snacks that pair well with an afternoon aperitivo.

Del Rey

Housed inside stucco walls accented with original, large format oil paintings produced by Juan Casas, Villa Royale's intimate bar and eatery, Del Rey, offers up a twelve-seat oak and marble bar, tufted green vinyl booths and an outdoor patio equipped with a firepit for long nights under the desert moonlight. Inspired by Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, Del Rey's playful menu is served in a small plate format akin to taperías that flourish near the Mediterranean Sea. Helmed by Chef Louis Martinez, Del Rey's tapas-style fare, Mediterranean-leaning wine program serving Spanish varietals and local wines and classic poolside cocktails mirrors Villa Royale's communal spirit, inviting guests to connect over the age-old custom of gathering around a table, celebrating good flavors in the company of good people.

Aspen Mills

Baking is more than just a business for us - it's our passion. We use only the freshest ingredients available and make our more than 30 different breads with stone ground wheat flour. We are best known here at Aspen Mills for our artisan breads, but we are much more than that. Gourmet sandwiches and fresh healthy salads make a visit to Aspen Mills a treat, and an adventure.

Brandini Toffee

Brandini Toffee began with a simple act of encouragement; a family friend who inspired a young confectioner to pursue his creative passion for making sweets with a lesson in how to make toffee. Perfecting his recipe over time, the toffee became the aspiring candy-maker's gift of love and chocolate decadence for holidays, birthdays, and just-because occasions for family and friends. This confection made with affection would soon become the catalyst between two life-long friends and their families to share their scrumptious gift with people around the world.

Real Italian Deli

At The Real Italian Deli, we're committed to bringing a little taste of Italy to the desert. We take pride in offering exceptional service, high quality and great tasting salads and sandwiches, artisan cheeses, specialty groceries, fine wines, authentic Italian products and traditions.


Using old school methods, the bagels are made with no-additives flours, mixed and shaped the night before. The next day they are boiled in malted water, seeded or left plain and baked upside down for the first few minutes then flipped over and baked till golden brown. These methods, make for a flavorful and round bagel. Don't be fooled by bakers that just over steam their ovens and call their steamed bread - bagels. Those steamed breads will never get the shiny, malted, chewy crust that only a boiled bagel will have.


Located in a historic mid-century Bank building in Palm Springs sophisticated Uptown Design District, TRIO is lively and up beat all year round. Locals (Trio's regulars) love its varied menu combining traditional Midwest comfort food with a California edge like Yankee Pot Roast, Calamari with Thai Dipping Sauce, Braised Lamb Shank, and Roasted Baby Beet Salad.  TRIO's decor matches the mood of the crowd with vibrant splashes of color, creative lighting, and an amazing art collection.


Tucked away from the street, Jake's opens onto a charming courtyard with a fountain, where you can dine alfresco under the desert sky, with heaters in the winter and misters in the summer to ensure your comfort. Or enjoy a quiet, intimate meal in our cozy indoor dining area.

Visit the Jake's pop-up in the Regal Theater courtyard during the festival.

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