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Kitchen in the Desert, Twentynine Palms, CA

Kitchen in the Desert

4.4
4.4
213 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean
Kitchen in the Desert is a Caribbean and New American restaurant located just outside the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. We pride ourselves in making high quality food from scratch using fresh ingredients and providing a comfortable environment to enjoy it in. We have a full bar plus beer and wine and are open nightly from 5 to 10pm.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 865-0245

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Twentynine Palms

  • Cross street

    6427 Mesquite Ave, Twentynine Palms CALIFORNIA 92277

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 213 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Outdoor Dining

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. ML

    MatthewL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Expensive hamburger. No sides. Slow service. Nice music though. Was told they stopped serving fries as their fryer is not big enough. Hmmmmm. Can I suggest an easy solution.
  2. PB

    PatriciaB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kitchen in the Desert has all the vibes and delish bites you need in JT!
  3. s

    surge649

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect decor and setting for our first date.
  4. O

    Outstanding

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Hot temp, cool vibe. Creative and delicious food. DJ dude playing eclectic mix of classic vinyl
  5. M

    Meaux

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Really wanted to like and support this space but our service started with a longer than expected wait to be seated (had reservations) and it progressively got worse. They were extremely short staffed and i felt terrible for them. The one guy how sat us (host) was also our waiter, and food runner. We had to ask for Utensils multiple times only to have to go inside ourselves to get them, the person who gave them to us was also rude. The owner casually sat around drinking and socializing, while his staff struggled. We waited another 15min for the waiter to come get our check to close it out, decided to take it inside, yet again, only to find our waiter drinking, DRINKING. But At that point I’m sure the poor guy needed it. I’d give the drinks and food 3 stars. A lot left to be desired.
  6. l

    laurap

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe here, the food was outstanding & the music was so good!
  7. JC

    JulieC

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great experience
  8. NS

    NShnnn

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Poor experience Food was not tasty Horrible cocktails Despite making a reservation indoor was told upon arrival that indoor is for 21+ this was not mentioned anywhere Beware it’s not worth it
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    So fun! Great dj vibes
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We loved the ambiance! Food was great as well and service was pretty good. Would definitely go back when visiting again!
  11. JM

    JohnM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been coming to Joshua Tree for years and KITD is the spot to go for anything special. Excellent drinks and food - you can’t beat the vibes around sunset and the music is on point. While I’m a sucker for the fried chicken sandwich, I’d whole-heartedly recommend trying the Caribbean dishes! Like many I’m a stranger to the Caribbean so dishes like that are unusual, but dang if they’re not tasty from KITD. Pro-tip, you HAVE to reserve in advance. Decent chance they won’t have seating if you just show up.
  12. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is a delightful blend of interesting flavors! I had the Doubles, a mouthwatering lentil-based fried patty with chickpeas and tantalizing spices. Paired with a fantastic pinot, topped off with a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie with whipped cream and an espresso. All made fresh and just to die for.
  13. BA

    BrittanyA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Lovely date and ambiance but the service wasn’t very good. It took 1.5 hours to get our appetizers and they ended up bringing the entrees out before the appetizer salads so that was a bummer for us. We also ordered plantains which never even showed which we were excited about since they weren’t on the menu and had been posted as a special on their social media account.
  14. FB

    FrankB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Amazing find, a must go…
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vegan options. Great service. Loved the ambiance.
  16. e

    elena

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The jerk chicken was beyond fabulous, as were all the food choices, and we got to enjoy the first "issue" of a SMOKED Old Fashioned!! This is truly the perfect outdoor dining-in-the-desert experience with the most excellent and friendly service.
  17. SS

    SamS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Our server couldn’t be bothered with us. Tried to order coke and was told we don’t serve soda and it went downhill from there. Snobby. Inattentive. The food all came out at different times. Just not the experience we hoped for.
  18. MM

    MauraM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I’m a little old for this vibe(loud music inside) but the setting is lovely and the food was really good.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Cool desert vibe. Great drinks and food. Music often for brunch and evenings.
  20. k

    kjsdining

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We really enjoyed our food and the outdoor experience. The restaurant had a wedding going on and it seemed like they were a little short staffed. The bar was backed up and the food all came out at different times but it was not really their fault. We didn’t have silverware at first and they were scrambling to find some for us, but I think the event had just knocked them a bit off kilter. It was a great spot and the food was delicious!
  21. M

    Mandy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I made a reservation around a week in advance for 7:15, and got there at 7, they said there was a table ready they just had to wipe it down. After waiting until 7:30 we asked the host what happened, she forgot about our party, and then we still weren’t seated until 7:45ish. The music was also super loud so it was hard to hear the people you go with, but that’s understandable if you’re there to see whoever is performing. Our waiter was nice but everything took forever, we all ordered right away since we had the extra 45 minutes waiting to decide, and then still didn’t get our food until 8:50 and then didn’t leave until 9:15ish. I never leave reviews but coming here is now a joke that me and my friends all laugh about now because of how bad the whole experience was
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and sweet staff!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Horrible. Just horrible.
  24. k

    katf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Food and ambience and service were great. Will be back!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch
  26. B

    Billierose

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place ! Totally recommend and I will definitely be back The food was delicious, we had the chicken sandwich and beet salad, and the DJ played fantastic vintage 45’s The spicy margarita was great, tho a tad too spicy for my friend
  27. F

    Francisco

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! And the cocktails were delicious!
  28. A

    Andrew

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An awesome gem in the desert. Great food selection and good quality. Great for any sort of special occasions while you are in Twentynine Palms.
  29. K

    Kimberly205

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in the High Desert. The food and cocktails are terrific here, and the menu choices change enough that you will often find a new nice surprise. You can never go wrong with the Smash Burger or Fried Chicken Sandwich here, but they have some delicious spicy Caribbean style choices, salads and veggie dishes too. The cocktails, beer and wine selections are always top notch. Service is usually terrific unless it's an especially busy night with lots of large parties seated, then the kitchen might get a little backlogged and slow down the service so make sure you get some small plates or appetizers to hold you over.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    It’s pretty hot outside but the ambiance was great. Food is up-leveled for Twentynine Palms, but so is the price. Nothing unreasonable. Food was interesting and yummy! Service could have used more training - just an awkward experience. The host was nice!
  31. DC

    DijonC

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very lovely establishment, awesome outdoor seating options, very nice hostess that greeted us. We got the jerk chicken and the steak which were both very good. Our steak was a little undercooked but flavorful. Our waitress was very sweet and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall, I will return here because I think the food is great, the people are very lovely, and the environment is enjoyable. Thank you.
  32. c

    crappydiningexperience

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    First, it was windy and we were not able to be seated inside because only parties of two can be inside. Second, we tried to change tables outside to one in the sun so we could be warmer, and our server said we could not as they operated in sections. Their was only 6 tables seated during our meal so i was surprised they could not accommodate this simple change. Third, I ordered the jerk chicken. and when they brought the food, i was given something entirely different instead of telling me at the time of ordering, that they didn't have the Jerk Chicken that night. Its a Caribbean cuisine - that's the only reason we decided to eat there. I was here a year ago and the dinner was perfect. But this time, not so much. We stopped at The Rib Co. after and had a much better dinner there.
  33. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing ambience. I would recommend the brussel sprouts.
  34. B

    Brandon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were all fantastic- extremely accommodating and very friendly! The food was exceptional and we found the pie to be simply divine.
  35. MD

    MDRR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Waste of money. Had to get dinner again after eating here. Portions are a joke. Prices are high. Pass!
  36. AD

    ADLY

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Awesome setting, loved the outdoor patio and lights at night; food was lovely and the service was good! Loved the beet salad.
  37. B

    Benjito

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem in Twentynine Palms. The atmosphere was SO COOL, food was good but portions were small, service was not great in the beginning but once we were noticed the service was great. I would definitely come back.
  38. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it and go as much as possible we are never disappointed
  39. D

    Dman

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Horrible service! We sat inside and our server was working behind the bar the whole time. After ten minutes of no one greeting us I finally went up to him to ask what was going on and he said he was “too busy” bartending? Unacceptable in my opinion and every Parton around me was feeling with the same frustrations. Also had to ask for basic things like water. The only reason this place is in business is due to there’s nothing else around.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and vibes

FAQs

Kitchen in the Desert offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 865-0245.

Kitchen in the Desert is rated 4.4 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Kitchen in the Desert

6427 Mesquite Ave, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6427 Mesquite Ave, Twentynine Palms CALIFORNIA 92277

  • Neighborhood

    Twentynine Palms

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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