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Palm Springs Brunch Guide: Where to Go This Weekend

Where to find your breakfast and lunch favorites like avocado toast, omelets, and iced coffee.

Palm Springs is both an urban oasis and a cultural time capsule in the California desert. Palm Springs panorama of Little San Bernardino, Santa Rosa, and San Jacinto mountains along with the cactus-filled deserts create a stark desert beauty and year-round perfect climate.

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Palm Springs remains a favorite vacation and wedding destination for visitors to either relive or experience the glamour of California in the 1950s.

Whether you’re in Palm Springs to hike through the neighboring Joshua Tree National Park and horseback around the Coachella Valley, or whether you want to lounge by a luxurious pool and shop till you drop along Palm Canyon Drive, nature lovers and urbanites alike can agree on a common attraction: a delicious and leisurely brunch.

Best Brunch in Palm Springs

  1. Spencer’s Restaurant
  2. Wilma & Frieda’s
  3. Cheeky’s Palm Springs
  4. Farm
  5. Pinocchio In the Desert
  6. Norma’s
  7. Elmer’s Restaurant
  8. Billy Reed’s Palm Springs
  9. Sherman’s Deli & Bakery
  10. Grand Central Palm Springs
  11. Jake’s

 You can experience a dining space that mirrors Palm Springs’ extravagance and vintage appeal while enjoying the fresh and delicious meals born of California’s culinary bounty over a long, relaxing brunch. I have compiled a list of restaurants with the best brunch in Palm Springs to add to your itinerary. 


Spencer’s Restaurant

701 W Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-3446
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Overlooking the stunning San Jacinto Mountains in west downtown Palm Springs, Spencer’s Restaurant is a New American fusion restaurant with French and Coastal California influences.

Its creative food, stunning plating, and incredible outdoor patio at the base of the mountains have consistently earned Spencer’s local vote for Best Outdoor Dining, Best Chef, and Best Sunday Brunch.

Sunday Brunch is a pre-fixe multi-course menu where you select one of the various options for starters, entrées, and desserts.

Brunch is a set price and includes coffee and one glass of champagne or a Mimosa. I loved the Smoked Scottish Salmon Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and roasted fingerling potatoes.


Wilma & Frieda’s

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-992-5080
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Named for sibling owners Kreg Alexander, Kelly McFall, and Jan Alexander’s grandmothers, Wilma & Frieda’s is a California-style American comfort food restaurant.

Located in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs, Wilma & Frieda honors the home cooking and quirky personalities of their late matriarchs.

Wilma and Freida’s specializes in brunch, which you can get every day. Their California-style takes on classic breakfast food include churro waffles and Chile Verde with pork and brie omelet, to name a few. Their signature dish is the Meatloaf and Cheddar melt on toasted sourdough with a side of fries.


Cheeky’s Palm Springs

622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-7595
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Located in North Palm Springs, Cheeky’s is a hip, bright, and seriously delicious breakfast and lunch eatery where everything is scratch-made, freshly squeezed, and house-brewed to perfection.

They always sell out of their world-famous cinnamon rolls and breakfast pastries, and their delectable brunches, coffee, and pressed juices have been written up in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and Elle.

 Of course, they also use their coffee and juices as additives to their amazing cocktails if you’d like to make it a boozy brunch.

I highly recommend ordering Cheeky’s bacon flight for the table, featuring applewood, harissa, Beeler apple cinnamon, rosemary sugar, and jalapeno flavored, perfectly crispy bacon strips.

After that, everything from buttermilk pancakes to custard cheesy scrambled eggs are perfect. Don’t forget the cinnamon rolls!


Farm

6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-322-2724
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Farm is a beautiful high-end French eatery specializing in traditional Provencal-style cuisine, inspired by Owner Liz Ostoich’s life-changing tour of Southern France.

It’s not just the food that transports you to France, but also the stunning Mediterranean-style interior and flower-covered outdoor patio.

It’s located a few blocks from the Historic Tennis Club so that you can work up an appetite before a decadent brunch.

Farm has an impressive list of signature cocktails and imported French wines to accompany a wonderful selection of sweet and savory crepes, French toasts, omelets, cheeses, and more. I loved their perfectly light crepes, namely the Nutella and strawberry-filled variety.


Pinocchio In the Desert

134 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-322-3776
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Pinocchio In the Desert is a family-friendly, budget-friendly, and charmingly cheesy American and European fusion restaurant in downtown Palm Springs.

Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Pinocchio provides a festive and bustling atmosphere that will entertain the kids and impress parents with bottomless champagne all day for under 6$ with the purchase of breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 Mimosas, bloody marys, and all manner of cocktails and spirits are also available for all-day Happy Hour prices.

Kids will love their selection of whipped cream, fruit, and chocolate syrup-covered pancakes and Belgian-style waffles. I was impressed with their selection of fancy Benedicts with crab cakes or lobster.


Norma’s

4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-770-5000
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If you’re looking for the height of mid-century modern glam in restaurant form, then Norma’s is the place for your weekend brunch.

Located inside the stylish Parker Hotel, Norma’s offers a vintage mid-century modern, brightly colored terrace to enjoy a spectrum of brunch dishes that can be as simple or extravagant as you desire.

I especially loved their menu sections with designations like “Mom Can’t Make This”, “Eggs Cellent”, and “The One That Didn’t Get Away.”

I had to go with the “Mom Can’t Make This” category and chose the James Beard Award-Winning Potato Pancake with homemade cranberry apple sauce and sweet carrot payasam.


Elmer’s Restaurant

1030 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-327-8419
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Elmer’s Restaurant originated in Portland in 1960 when founders Walt and Dorothy Elmer opened a breakfast eatery and pancake house featuring multi-generational family recipes.

Since then, Elmer’s Restaurant has been a beloved breakfast restaurant with 29 locations and counting, including Palm Springs Deepwell Estates neighborhood.

Despite its expansion, Elmer’s still uses family recipes served in home-cooked plates of comfort in a casual, comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere.

You can get breakfast all day at Elmer’s, with comfort food platters from omelets to German pancakes.

My favorite dish is their Stuffed Hash Browns, filled with cheddar cheese, smokehouse bacon, country pork sausage, and scrambled eggs and topped with creamy country gravy and chives, then served with fresh fruit and a buttermilk biscuit.


Billy Reed’s Palm Springs

1800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-1946
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Another Palm Springs institution since 1975, Billy Reed’s Palm Springs is a retro-western diner in a garish, vintage country-western dining room with floral wallpaper, fake Tiffany lamps, and velvet-covered Victorian furniture.

Billy Reed’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day in its original location in Racquet Club Estates.

You can have breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast at Billy Reed’s, which is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

The massive menu features a wide selection of American comfort food from burgers and melts to prime rib to French Toast. My favorite dish is the Hamburger Steak and Eggs.


Sherman’s Deli & Bakery

401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-325-1199
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Sherman’s Deli and Bakery is a family-owned and operated New York-style deli and bakery in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

Sherman Harris opened Sherman’s in 1963, and today his son and daughter run the business, providing the same award-winning breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners that have won countless awards and cameos in national publications and even Food Network TV shows.

Sherman’s is an authentic Kosher Jewish deli, so I highly recommend sampling a famous deli sandwich, whether it be chopped liver and egg salad or corned beef and pastrami on rye. They also make a delicious Matzo Brei, and you don’t have to wait for Passover to enjoy it.


Grand Central Palm Springs

160 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-699-7185
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Located in the historic Desmond’s Department Store, Grand Central is a hip, new restaurant and cocktail bar from husband-and-wife owners John and Rita who combine the “hustle and bustle” environment of New York’s Grand Central Station with the relaxing and cool nature of Palm Springs’ dining.

They serve California cuisine, craft cocktails, and artisanal coffee in a fun, friendly, and revitalized space.

Food takes on gourmet plating with a mix of southwestern and California-fresh dishes, not to mention excellent cocktails like a mimosa flight with different fresh-squeezed juices like peach, guava, mango, and blood orange.

I recommend the Avocado Toast with arugula, poached panko-crusted egg, and dukkah on rustic sourdough.


Jake’s

664 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-327-4400
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Jake’s is a North Palm Springs neighborhood patio bistro, with a glorious outdoor garden that is listed as one of Open Tables 100 Most Picturesque Restaurants in America.

Owned by Bruce Block and Chrism Malm, Jake’s serves fine-dining quality meals in an intimate dinner party atmosphere.

Weekend brunch features creative fusions of classic breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and comfort food from around the world.

Take, for instance, the Croque Benedict or the Monte Cubano, combining French sandwiches and egg dishes and French and Cuban sandwiches, respectively.

I loved their Savory Waffle Sandwich with smoked ham, melted cheddar, and apple honey mustard spread pressed between Belgian waffles and topped with Vermont maple syrup.


Final Thoughts

Palm Springs has an eclectic selection of brunch spots, from casual diners to glamorous poolside bistros.

Whether you’re looking for Mexican-style Huevos Rancheros, a colossal deli sandwich, or innovative New American fusion dishes, the best brunch in Palm Springs comes in many delectable forms.

If you want options for dinner, check out my list of other great places to eat in Palm Springs.

Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a local foodie who enjoys checking out the area's restaurant scene every chance he can. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.