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Kitchen in the Desert, Twentynine Palms, CA

Kitchen in the Desert

4.4
4.4
231 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

7:00 PM


Booked 26 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 231 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
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Late Night Find

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Healthy

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Late Night Find

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  1. MT

    MichelaT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was slow but the worst thing was the food: the quantity was absolutely insufficient. Mayve 30grams of rise with 5 chiclpea. Unacceptable
  2. C

    Catalina

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    KITD has a great atmosphere, amazing drinks, and their happy hour is a great deal. The food is a bit overpriced as you pay $17 for a burger with no fries or side. The chicken sandwich is amazing but i had it this time and the chicken piece was half the size it used to be. We were there to celebrate a birthday and our waitress Emma was phenomenal, she held the cake, brought it out at the perfect time and lit the candles for us. Service is always amazing, drinks are superior, food value could get better.
  3. PA

    PaulA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a chilled evening dinner. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this wonderful restaurant
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Went early on a Sat night before the crowd. Our server, and another person who dropped off food appeared to be very green. 1. An option described as “for sharing” is usually served with plates for each diner, rather than eating out of the same bowl. It took a long time to get anyone’s attention with this request. 2. Dan Dan noodles were delicious however the bowl wasn’t served with a spoon. Again, it took a LONG time before flagging a server down, it was abt 10 mins before a spoon arrived. Luckily I remembered there was a set of utensils in my purse so I was able to enjoy the dish before it got cold. Come on’ KITD, elevate your staff training to align with the great menu + ambiance. This isn’t IHOP.
  5. AD

    ArnaudD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing perfect thank you. Food was perfect, service perfect. Everything was all amazing
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always have an amazing time here!
  7. B

    Billierose

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything! No complaints
  8. JB

    JenineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lucky to have a few things off the menu before they were gone. Drinks were delicious and fresh. We also shared fried Oreos. The entire place was absolutely stunning.
  9. DO

    DotesOnDaughter

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic find - off the main road but only by a minute - we’ll worth seeking this place out! One of our best meals yet traveling the area. The bar inside is a cool haven w comfortable seating to enjoy your hand crafted cocktails, nibbling on a plate of grilled mushrooms & a chat w their friendly bartenders. Superb meal to follow out in the spacious front garden, thoughtfully designed. We loved our smash burger & jerk chicken. A total pleasure! Would 100% come back
  10. ER

    ElizabethR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting with Son
  11. SC

    SilviaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We went over the weekend and it was full. We had reservation but waited almost 10 minutes to be seated because host was not there. Reservation was at 6.15, we were seated at 6.25. We ordered a couple of cocktails, an hamburger and two salads. The cocktails arrived around 6.50. The first salad arrived at almost 7. The hamburger arrived at 7.15 and when we got convinced that they had forgot the second salad we still complained for poor service. Instead of apologizing, the waitress told us that we were not seated for almost an hour but for only 47 minutes and that we should talk to the manager and not to her. At 7.25 when we were convinced they had forgotten the second salad and wanted to ask for the bill, the second salad arrived!! We ate it only because still hungry but we ended up eating our dinner all separate (2 adults and 2 kids) and one hour for a salad is really too much. Lovely atmosphere, nice music and food but service definitely has to be improved, or it's not worth the visit, especially with young children.
  12. MT

    MaiT

    Dubai

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great flavor in each dish. Also creative pairings.
  13. CG

    ChantalG

    Edmonton

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an excellent find in the desert. The dishes were unique and delicious. Excellent cocktail selection as well.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have doubles and it was amazing!!!
  15. JR

    JensenR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Instantly Top 20 burger we've ever had! Will definitely be back!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely evening and enjoyed the live music they had.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great except for the hostess who although we made reservations decides she wants to seat us at the only table sitting in the sun! When asked to get another table in the shade she stated that they were reserved. UM HELLO?? I did make a reservation!…I offered to help her put to tables together in the shade so we could dine comfortably … she didn’t seem pleased with making that happen for us. The stink eye from the hostess stand commenced and continued for the majority of our time there. It’s hot enough as it is and she chooses to seat us in the heat!… we were the only ones there at the time! Unacceptable.. not a very good hostess for such a good restaurant.
  18. DC

    DC87

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a cool place. The food was amazing although the menu was limited. Go for happy hour! Loved it.
  19. ML

    MatthewL

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    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.
  20. PB

    PatriciaB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

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

    surge649

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect decor and setting for our first date.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. JC

    JulieC

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great experience
  26. 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
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    So fun! Great dj vibes
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. FB

    FrankB

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Amazing find, a must go…
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    elena

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. M

    Mandy

    Palm Springs

    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
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and sweet staff!

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 231 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 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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