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Gluten Free Guide to Palm Springs


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Planning a trip to Palm Springs or the greater Coachella Valley? Don't let your gluten-free diet hold you back from experiencing the area's world-class dining scene! Whether you're a local Celiac or a visitor with dietary restrictions, navigating restaurant menus can be tricky. 


That’s why I made this guide packed with fantastic restaurants in Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley that cater to gluten-free needs. From luxurious fine dining experiences to casual brunch spots and trendy hidden gems, you'll find delicious options to dazzle your taste buds without compromising your health.


Note for my Celiac friends, Palm Springs does not have any 100% gluten free menus and all restaurants mentioned on this blog use a shared kitchen. Always tell your server about your dietary needs. Use your best judgment - if you don't feel safe eating somewhere, don't. However, I personally have been to each of these restaurants and share my experiences below.


Fine Dining:


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Nobu (Indian Wells): Craving a luxurious experience? Nobu offers gluten-free customization on many dishes, allowing you to enjoy their renowned Japanese cuisine without the worry. Their servers are extremely knowledgeable about celiac disease and will speak directly to the chef to ensure every dish is safe for you to enjoy. Located at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, you can even enjoy watching the famous BNP Paribas Open from the restaurant during the March tournament!


La Quinta Cliffhouse (La Quinta): Enjoy breathtaking mountain views and delicious food, including gluten-free options like steaks, seafood, salads and more. 


Brunch & Casual Eats:


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Boozehounds (Palm Springs): This lively spot is perfect for a fun brunch with friends. They serve up creative dishes like poke toast and breakfast burgers on gluten-free buns, alongside their signature boozy cocktails like the Coachella Sunrise Mimosa or the Spicy Paloma. Celiac note: The Nashville Chicken Sandwich is listed as gluten free on the menu, but staff have informed that the chicken is cooked in a shared fryer.


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A Beautiful Day (La Quinta): Enjoy stunning mountain views alongside fresh, organic food. Their brunch menu features gluten-free options like waffles, breakfast bowls, and egg scrambles.


Pink Cabana (The Sands Hotel): Calling all girl squads! This vibrantly colored restaurant with a stunning mid-century modern design is the perfect spot for a Palm Springs getaway with your besties. Their delicious gluten-free brunch options and refreshing cocktails like the Watermelon Margarita are just the beginning. 


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The Cafe at Shields (Indio): This popular spot offers a delightful oasis in the heart of Indio. Stroll through their charming garden before enjoying el fresco dining on their patio. They offer a selection of gluten-free breakfast and lunch items, perfect for a casual meal under the Coachella Valley sunshine. Live music on weekends adds a fun atmosphere to your dining experience.


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Rd RNNR (La Quinta): Enjoy a casual atmosphere with gluten-free choices alongside craft beers and cocktails. Plus, for stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains during the day, opt for outdoor seating on their balcony perfectly located in Old Town La Quinta.


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TWENTY6 (La Quinta): Staying at the La Quinta Resort? This convenient breakfast spot offers delicious options, including gluten-free choices, to fuel your day before setting of on adventures or lounging by the pool.


Italian:


The Nest (Indian Wells): Indulge in gluten-free Italian comfort food, from pasta dishes to decadent desserts. They're also known for their vibrant nightlife scene with live music, making it a great choice for a fun evening out.


El Paseo Picks:


Pacifica (Palm Desert): Enjoy fresh seafood with stunning views from their second-level patio. As the sun sets, Pacifica transforms into a romantic open-air dining experience. Their gluten-free menu allows you to savor the moment without worry.


Tommy Bahama (Palm Desert): Relax in a sophisticated tropical atmosphere and indulge in gluten-free island flavors. Pair your meal with one of their handcrafted cocktails and you'll instantly feel as if you are on an island escape.


Thai Smile (Palm Desert): Explore the world of Thai cuisine with a variety of gluten-free choices.


Hidden Gems:


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Heirloom Craft Kitchen (Indio): This charming cafe offers a variety of gluten-free options, perfect for a casual breakfast or lunch.


Tiffany's Sweet Spot (La Quinta): Satisfy your sweet tooth with gluten-free cupcakes, brownies, and cookies. 


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Gabinos Creperie (Palm Springs): Savor savory gluten-free crepes filled with all your favorite ingredients.


Get Ready for A Gluten-Free Palm Springs Trip

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This guide is just a starting point for your gluten-free adventures in the Coachella Valley. So grab your friends and family, explore the delicious possibilities, and experience the vibrant food scene Palm Springs has to offer!

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I'm Nicole

I started this blog after I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After struggling to adjust to a mandatory gluten free diet, I wanted to create a resource for others trying to learn their way around this gluten filled world.

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