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Kitchen in the Desert, Twentynine Palms, CA

Kitchen in the Desert

4.3
4.3
201 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 21 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 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 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. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. BA

    BrittanyA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  3. FB

    FrankB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Amazing find, a must go…
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vegan options. Great service. Loved the ambiance.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and sweet staff!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Horrible. Just horrible.
  13. 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!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and vibes
  29. MH

    MarkH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outdoor seating, decor in keeping with the desert town location. Food very, very good
  30. t

    tiffany

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxing and welcome vibes. The majority of the dining seating is outdoors. It can get chilly at night but they provide blankets if needed. There are also cute lounge areas if you’re coming just for cocktails. Lots of open seating for large groups but it feels romantic at night so it’s also a great place for a date night. Highly recommend the jerk chicken and coconut rice.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Desert vibes, great food, easy going people and good service!
  32. AF

    AshevilleFoodie

    Raleigh

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Funky place to find. We enjoyed it a lot. One of the top 2 in the area. We would go back.
  33. DD

    DesertDweller

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    LA prices, hi desert quality. The food is decent and shows some creativity, and the place is always busy but that's more because there is literally almost nowhere else to go than because they are that great. The menu has some interesting things on it, but it is an odd assortment. Everything is an 'entree', no apps, no small plates. Have tried twice to order the Jerk Chicken and they never have it. The Chimmichuri Steak is $30 and literally the steak is the only thing on the plate. So if you would like any sort of vegetable, you can order the $20 Brussel Sprouts dinner maybe? Ordered it twice in one week, was completely different from one to the next. If the first version had been as bland as it was the second time, there wouldn't have been a second time. The service is slow, and the wait staff seem entirely untrained and unmanaged. Desperately in need of real front of house development. Again, reminding you this is an above average experience for up here. But still not good. Drinks selection is actually very well done, but like everything else, interminably slow. And your server is highly unlikely to come and check on you between the time they take your dinner order and the time they bring the food. And then likely to drop your plates and run, not noticing that your glass is empty nor giving you the chance to ask for another round, a glass of wine, maybe even some water? So you will be lucky to get 2 drinks for an entire evening. Shame, why don't restaurants and servers seem to realize how much money they are leaving in their diner's pockets every time they do this? And then they complain how hard it is to make money in the restaurant business. What's your average check people and where is your service program to build it? Ah well. The concept is nice and gives that desert vibe. Limited indoor seating in a cozy dining room with a blown speaker on their Sonos system. Ample outdoor picnic-ish kind of seating. Sometimes has live music I think.
  34. TR

    TomR

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    OK, there are not a lot of quality choices in 29 Palms. With that said this restaurant offers interesting choices and menu items that are diverse. The setting is cool, the food was very good. The service was SLOW VERY SLOW. We were not in a rush but 20 Min to get a drink is excessive. Also it is dimly lit so bring a light to review your check. WE found an entree on our check we did not order the next day when they emailed the receipt. I'm sure it was just a mistake. Overall good experience. We will return as we own property in town.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was a cute little place with a great atmosphere
  36. D

    Delightsinfood

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great spot. Funky, friendly and fun. Food was excellent. Very relaxed atmosphere.
  37. B

    Biscuitpro

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Interest setting, okay-to-good food and poor service. Not recommended if you have kids or picky eaters.
  38. AE

    AllisonE

    Boise

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I made a reservation for a party of 7 six weeks in advance, so we were very disappointed while being seated when told it would be over an hours wait before our food order would even be taken because an order of 40+ plates had just been put in by another table. This restaurant overbooks and underperforms. We left hungry and dissatisfied and found somewhere else to eat.
  39. AM

    AnthonyM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cool location. Came about 30 mins before sunset and was very pretty. Delicious drinks. All the food came out at the same time which was a little weird since we had ordered a salad and expected it to come out first. Steak was way underdone (ordered medium rare, but came out raw) and had to send it back. Though they were very accommodating and brought out a new one right away. It was almost too fast which makes me think think they make everything in batches and also why everything came out at once. Overall it was the best dinner I had on my Joshua Tree vacay so recommended!
  40. AH

    AnnieH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food in a magical location with fantastic service!

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 4.3 stars by 201 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 21 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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