Guide to the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Palm Springs (2023)

Palm Springs, California, is a fantastic destination for your next family vacation, thanks to its breathtaking desert scenery, lively cultural attractions, and numerous kid-friendly activities. So escape the winter and enjoy the warm weather and everything Palm Springs offers!

Palm Springs also has a fantastic restaurant scene that caters to families with children. There are a variety of dining options that fit any taste and budget, ranging from casual cafes to elegant five-star restaurants. Many offer kid-friendly menus with nutritious and tasty options, as well as coloring pages and other activities to keep kids entertained.

And most restaurants have outside dining with spectacular desert vistas, and some even have pools for children to play around while their parents dine. The outstanding restaurants in Palm Springs make it an ideal location for families looking to indulge in wonderful meals while creating unforgettable experiences.

Keep reading to find the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs, from the best brunch, lunch, dinner, and, of course, tasty treats!

If you are also looking for a kid-friendly place to stay, then read our guide to the best family-friendly hotels in Palm Springs, in which you can also learn more about why Palm Springs is a perfect destination for any family.

Best kid-friendly breakfast and brunch for families in Palm Springs

Wilma & Frida’s

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (also in Palm Desert)

The unassuming restaurant Wilma & Frida’s in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs is the perfect place for a kid-friendly breakfast or brunch. Offering both indoor and outdoor dining and large tables and booths, there’s ample space for families.

The menu includes all the classic breakfast and brunch favorites, as well as house specialties such as our favorite, the California Benny! We also loved the option to create your own scrambled eggs and pick the sides we wanted.

The California Benny at Wilma & Frida's - the best kid-friendly breakfast and brunch restaurant for families in Palm Springs.
The California Benny at Wilma & Frida’s
Build your own scramble at Wilma & Frida's - the best kid-friendly breakfast and brunch restaurant for families in Palm Springs.
Build your own scramble at Wilma & Frida’s

Best of all is perhaps their celebrated Churro Waffle! It’s the perfect end to the perfect family brunch at one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.

Farm

6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Brunch at Farm restaurant in Palm Springs is an unforgettable experience. The restaurant has a wonderful rustic ambiance and indoor and outdoor seating, making it ideal for a relaxed family brunch with the kids.

The farm-to-table cuisine features fresh and locally sourced ingredients masterfully cooked to offer an array of scrumptious dishes. There’s something for everyone here, from conventional eggs benedict to their famed breakfast burrito. To accompany your meal, the restaurant also serves a variety of delicious beverages and mocktails. Brunch at Farm restaurant is a must-try in Palm Springs because of its superb cuisine, attractive setting, and courteous service.

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Eating at a hotel is an alternative option to going out for breakfast or brunch at a restaurant. You don’t have to stay there to dine at their restaurants, and hotels often offer affordable buffets, perfect for families!

One of the best options is the fantastic breakfast buffet at Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, one of the best hotels for families with kids in Palm Springs. Younger children eat for free, and at the time of writing, the buffet is a very reasonable $19 per adult. That includes all-you-can-eat and drink, a delicious buffet, and an omelet station. The service is incredible and very kid-friendly.

Best kid-friendly lunch for families in Palm Springs

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery

401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery is a Palm Springs institution serving tasty deli sandwiches made using only top-quality ingredients since 1954. The restaurant’s décor is vintage and comfortable, with booth seating, creating a nostalgic atmosphere that transports customers back in time. It’s the Katz Deli of Palm Springs.

Their menu includes deli classics like pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, and potato pancakes, as well as baked goods like fresh bagels, pastries, and cakes, but they have a selection of salads, burgers, and other dishes, in case your kids are not deli fans. The quantities at the restaurant are ample and ideal for sharing, making it an excellent choice for families. With its superb cuisine, friendly service, and old-school vibe, Sherman’s Deli & Bakery is a must-visit restaurant and one of the best kid-friendly lunch restaurants for families in Palm Springs.

Bill’s Pizza

119 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Bill’s Pizza in Palm Springs offers some of the best pizzas anywhere and is the best kid-friendly pizzeria in all of Palm Springs. Bill, of Bill’s Pizza, has roamed the world to learn how to make the perfect pizza. And we think he may have succeeded!

The menu provides a wide choice of classic and inventive pizza combinations, all cooked with fresh and high-quality ingredients. They also offer gluten-free and vegan pizza options, ensuring everyone can enjoy a slice of their delicious pies. The restaurant’s affordable prices make it an excellent spot for families, and its friendly service adds to the overall dining experience. With its superb cuisine, laid-back vibe, and pleasant service, Bill’s Pizza is among the very best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.

Best kid-friendly dinner for families in Palm Springs

Zin American Bistro

198 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Zin American Bistro in Palm Springs is a superb restaurant with a cozy outdoor patio (with plenty of heaters, should it get cold). The restaurant’s attentive service and kid-friendliness make it one of the best kid-friendly dinner options in Palm Springs.

Their menu features a range of modern American dishes, emphasizing fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. They also offer an extensive wine list, with options from California and beyond (for the parents). The dishes may appear humble, but the taste is quite the opposite. And while they don’t have a dedicated kids’ menu, they offer several kid dishes such as pasta or delicious chicken tenders. Consider any dish with fries, as these are some of the best we have had in a long time, perfectly cooked and savory.

With its fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere, and excellent service, Zin American Bistro is a perfect spot for families searching for something a little fancier but laid back and relaxed, which is why we think it’s one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.

The scrumptious burger and fries at Zin in Palm Springs, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.
The scrumptious burger and fries at Zin in Palm Springs
The chicken tenders kids' option at Zin in Palm Springs, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.
The chicken tenders kids’ option at Zin in Palm Springs

Grand Central

160 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Grand Central is an excellent restaurant for families visiting Palm Springs. It offers a warm and laid-back atmosphere, making it a great spot for families with kids. The service is very friendly and welcoming, and with comfortable seating and a warm environment, kids fit right in. Their menu includes classic American cuisines, such as burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more fancy options, such as their two- or three-course tasting menu, one of our favorites. They also have a kids’ menu with tempting selections such as grilled cheese, pasta (including mac and cheese), and chicken tenders.

The burger at Grand Central in Palm Springs, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs
The burger at Grand Central in Palm Springs
The first course of the tasting menu at Grand Central in Palm Springs, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs
The first course of the tasting menu at Grand Central in Palm Springs
The second course of the tasting menu at Grand Central in Palm Springs, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs
The second course of the tasting menu at Grand Central in Palm Springs

Lulu California Bistro

200 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Lulu’s is a popular Palm Springs restaurant with a lively environment, superb cuisine, and exceptional service. The restaurant boasts a modern and elegant design with a big patio, making it an excellent site for people-watching on the famous Palm Canyon Road – and perfect for families with children.

The menu is comprehensive, including a variety of American and international meals, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives. Lulu’s has something for everyone, whether you want a classic burger or something more exotic like the ahi tuna poke bowl. It can get lively on weekends, but on weekdays, Lulu’s is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs.

Tac/Quila

415 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tac/Quila in Palm Springs is an excellent choice for families with children. The restaurant has a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, creating a fun and festive atmosphere that children will enjoy.

Its menu includes a range of excellent options for youngsters, such as their scrumptious chicken or beef tacos, cheesy quesadillas, and savory guacamole. They also have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks for kids, such as fresh fruit juices and sodas. In addition, the restaurant’s outdoor patio is extensive, with lots of room for youngsters to run about and play. With its superb cuisine, vibrant decor, and family-friendly atmosphere, Tac/Quila is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs and a perfect destination for families looking for a memorable dining experience in Palm Springs.

Best kid-friendly desserts & treats for families in Palm Springs

Great Shakes

160 S Palm Canyon Dr A, Palm Springs, CA 92262

What better way to round up a visit to one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs? That’s right, a great shake. And that’s what Great Shakes offers in abundance. Just make sure you leave enough room. The shakes are mouthwatering but also filled to the brim with delicious goodies.

Our favorites are the Oreo flavors, but consider one of their fruity options if you’re in the mood for something less…dense. In fact, all the shakes at Great Shakes are great, so you can’t go wrong. The best offer is to share a 20oz, but you’ll have to agree on the flavor.

The countless shake flavors at Great Shakes in Palm Springs - One of the best kid-friendly desserts & treats for families in Palm Springs
The countless shake flavors at Great Shakes in Palm Springs
The Oreo caramel and Oreo mint shakes at Great Shakes in Palm Springs - One of the best kid-friendly desserts & treats for families in Palm Springs
The Oreo caramel and Oreo mint shakes at Great Shakes in Palm Springs

Brandini Toffee

132 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Brandini Toffee is a mouthwatering dessert option that should not be missed while visiting Palm Springs. The company’s specialty is handcrafted toffee, created with premium ingredients such as California almonds, butter, and sugar. Their basic toffee is covered in milk or dark chocolate, and they also have almond, pistachio, and peppermint toffee varieties. Visit their downtown Palm Springs flagship store and see the toffee being prepared. And, of course, taste some of their savory goodies.

Best parent-friendly coffee for families in Palm Springs

Koffi

3 locations in Palm Springs

Traveling with kids can be, well, exhausting. And you might need a little kick to keep up with your early-rising, enthusiastic children. Koffi in Palm Springs offers some of the best coffee we have had (and we love coffee). There’s even something for the kids. Try the refreshing fruit smoothie with mango or strawberry – an excellent choice for kids and parents alike.

The best coffee in Palm Springs is Koffi coffee. Hard to say, but easy to drink.
The best coffee in Palm Springs is Koffi coffee. Hard to say, but easy to drink.

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