Kitchen in the Desert

7 reviews
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$30 and under
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Kitchen in the Desert is a Caribbean and New American restaurant situated 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.
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Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions are way to small. We own houses in 29 palms, 2 in Wonder valley, Boston, LA, Dallas, and San Diego. An Anorex' would lose ground regarding sustenance. $10 for 1 piece of corn supersedes Beverly hills. But hey, yeah it tasted good... We'd never go back. But it's stickly portion size. A family of 4 could easily spend $300 and leave hungry... $5 for an ice tee.... hmmmm...

1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was an awesome experience that we would like to do again!

2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and concept. Taste of the food was very good. Portions are rather small, especially the large salad platter was totally overpriced.

Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lucked out getting into this restaurant on a vey busy Memorial Day weekend. Although the place was busy and short-staffed, the waitress/hostess did an amazing job at keeping everyone happy and she did it with a nice easiness. The food was soooooo yummy and spicy! Just the way I like it! Highly recommend. But just bring a little patience if it is a busy night.

Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

If this had been a soft opening, I would have understood the chaos of this restaurant. There were only 2 servers and 2 people in the kitchen. Also, they are BYOB with a $10 corkage fee if you bring your own wine. Surprise!
I ordered 2 small plates to start, only to find out about 10 minutes after ordering that they were out of one of the plates. I ordered a 3rd plate. They were out of that too so I ordered a 4th small plate. About 30 minutes later I received my 2 small plates. The smoked cauliflower was great. The other, adequate. At $10/plate, the portion size was surprisingly small so I ordered an entree. It was also small, but the price point was reasonable. The entree was okay. Still hungry, I ordered desert. I am not a big eater. I weigh 120 lbs. After waiting for about 35-40 minutes I was told that they weren't able to serve the desert I ordered and was offered a complimentary order of the fried Oreos. I think that if you like fried Oreos you would probably like these.

While I was waiting for my food I was able to watch what was going on around me. People would come in and ask for a table outside. Some people would be seated, some would be told they could wait 10-15 minutes, and some would be told that that the wait was over an hour. There was no rhyme or reason to this. It wasn't based on party size. It wasn't based on arrival time, as one couple was told an hour and 3 minutes later another couple was told 5-10 minutes. Neither mentioned having a reservation. Also, a very patient European couple had their food for 10 minutes before they were able to wave down a server to ask for utensils. People sat waiting for their orders to be taken for 20+ minutes.

To be fair, I know that with the number of customers, I could have done no better. Also, the place is beautiful. However, I would have to hear about some significant improvements to return. The day before I was able to eat at La Copine. It was like night and day!

Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

It didn’t start well and seemed to go downhill from there! First, you should know that I made a reservation on Open Table, which the restaurant later indicated that it didn’t exist even though I showed them the confirmation for 4 at 6PM on my iPhone. Our friends were there a bit early and were offered a table for 2, but said that there were 4 of us (they didn’t realize I had “made reservations”). We arrived, went through the “no reservations” routine, and they then seated two tables of 4+ who arrived after we did! We were the last people seated for the evening. I made the fatal mistake of ordering the “Last portion” of jerk chicken, which turned out to taste a bit like the “bottom of the barrel!’ I will say that the other diners enjoyed their tacos and hamburgers. Needless to say, after driving 1 1/2 hours to get there the experience was not what I would consider ‘GREAT!” Open Table really needs to clarify the whole “Confirmed Reservation” situation.

Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food just had to wait for the chicken even though it was lunch time already. Waited 1.5 hours after sitting down for it to be cooked but it was worth it as that is their specialty