A desert chic vibe, friendly servers, and most importantly, exquisite cuisine — all this and more awaits you at Kitchen in the Desert, a charming restaurant that gets raving reviews from everyone who’s lucky enough to snag a reservation!
KITD serves elevated New American and Caribbean fare in a delightful ambiance that’ll delight your senses. Pair that with a full bar, outdoor stage entertainment, and easy accessibility to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance, and you have everything you could possibly need for a fun outing you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Come for the food; stay for the entertainment!
About Kitchen In The Desert
Kitchen in the Desert is the brainchild of chef Everton Gordon.
It was founded in 2015 and has since taken the downtown 29 Palms area by storm!
The restaurant and bar serves exquisite family-style dishes that you can enjoy on an expansive patio in a setting that’ll have you appreciating every bite you taste. It combines fresh ingredients with traditional Trinidadian recipes — two elements that have made this restaurant a premier spot for fine dining.
What’s On the Menu?
KITD cuisine is inventive but is made to standards that respect its origins.
The restaurant pulls inspiration from Trinidadian family recipes, providing high-quality dishes made using organic ingredients that will be appreciated by locals and foreigners alike.
Here are some options you can try in the dinner, dessert, and drinks categories:
- Beet Salad: A vibrant salad featuring nutritious ingredients like roasted beets, arugula, fennel, goat cheese, toasted pistachio, and dill.
- Doubles: An all-time popular dish featuring cucumber chutney, curried chickpea, fried bara, pepper sauce, and tamarind. Don’t leave KITD without tasting this delicacy!
- Fried Oreos: Made with battered and fried Oreo cookies, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle. A decadent treat if there ever was one!
- Hen of the Woods: Made by sauteing wild mushrooms with garlic, thyme, tarragon, dill, and sea salt, this is an earthy dish to indulge in.
- Negroni: A delightful combination of gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and orange peel.
- Spicy Margarita: Featuring Tequila, habanero, Grand Marnier, cane sugar, and lime.
Their menu can appear limiting, but that’s exactly what helps them ensure the highest quality every single time. Plus, it provides a very boutique feel, making guests feel as if they’ve stepped right into the pinnacle of luxury dining.
KITD also keeps changing its menu, so be sure to enquire beforehand.
While you’re at it, check out their nightly and weekly specials and impressive range of skilfully-prepared vegan options. You should ask your server for more information about vegetarian and vegan options.
Ambiance and Decor
This locally owned and run culinary haven is located in a gorgeous 1940s building, which was the first hotel in Twentynine Palms. This fact alone has rendered the artistic and historic TinTown property with immense charm.
The restaurant prides itself on bringing a unique ambiance and energy to the area, making it the go-to hub for socialization for both locals and visitors.
The property is not only adorned with lush greenery like cacti and palm trees but also eye-catching murals, mining equipment, and more, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time while being firmly rooted to the present.
And the evenings at KITD are an attraction of their own, with live entertainment, fire pits, and a full bar keeping you entertained while you enjoy your meal.
The restaurant has plans for a full renovation in place, so guests can soon expect an exciting new addition — a private venue for weddings and events.
Delivery and Catering
Get tasty food delivered to your home from 5:00 to 9:00, Monday through Saturday, applicable only in Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and the Wonder Valley area.
If you’re hosting a party, Kitchen in the Desert has your back.
It offers fully catered meals for film shoots, group meals, and weddings and rehearsal dinners, fully customized to accommodate dietary restrictions and taste preferences.
Their chefs will come to the location and cook a custom spread to suit diverse palates in your kitchen (subject to the availability of equipment and workspace). Kitchen in the Desert also coordinates with rentals and decor to offer a seamless dining experience, removing the need to hire an event planner.
Find Your Way To Kitchen In the Desert
KITD is conveniently located near the northeast entrance of the distinctive Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms. It’s the perfect place to refuel with mouth-watering food before you say hello to the beautiful wilderness of branching yuccas.
Kitchen in the Desert is open 7 days a week: 5:00 to 10:00 Mondays through Saturdays for dinner and 9:00 to 3:00 on Sundays for brunch.
We highly recommend an evening visit to experience fine dining paired with entertainment!
As for seating, their dining room has a capacity of only 30; 55 if you factor in their charming outdoor seating, which is dependent on the weather. We suggest you book a reservation before you go — especially if you’re a party of 6 or more so you can get more comfortable spots with no wait time.
Kitchen in the Desert may be a very fairly new addition to the Twentynine Palms area, but the unparalleled gastronomic experience it offers has made it a valuable fixture for everyone who truly appreciates good food.