Coachella 2015


The festival organizers at Coachella have curated one of the best food spreads of any major music festival in the US; you won't have to subsist on granola bars stuffed into the bottom of your bag. There are plenty of traditional festival options, but also unexpected cuisines like Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Greek. In addition to the vendors and food trucks spread around the venue, Coachella provides restaurant-style, sit-down options .

For those camping at Coachella, you'll take solace in knowing you won't be left hungry if you didn't bring enough for the entire weekend or if your options get a bit unappetizing after left in a hot car for a few days. The campgrounds feature a Main Food Row where you can get everything from coffee and breakfast to hot dogs and vegetarian meals. There is also a certified farmer's market, a general store cafe, a breakfast buffet, and a full service restaurant.

When you're not at the festival, there are plenty of options in the Coachella Valley and in Indio, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. The restaurants below are all only a short drive or cab ride away from Coachella and are conveniently located near our Coachella Sleep Suggestions.

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  • Mitch's On El Paseo

    31 years in the restaurant business led Mitch Epstein to pair with sushi master and chef James Holder. Seafood and creative sushi is the specialty, but, sushi options aside, the menu is more similar to that of a steak house. You'll do just as well ordering the Macadamian Crusted Rack of Lamb as the Surf & Turf specialty sushi roll. Whatever you order, make sure to start with the Mini Ahi Poke Tacos and ask to sit in the backyard under a heated lamp.

  • Pueblo Viejo Grill

    In an unassuming plaza right off US Highway 111 sits Pueblo Viejo Grill, a small establishment boasting the best Mexican in the Coachella Valley. Portions are large and the margaritas even bigger. If you're staying in Palm Springs or Palm Desert, chances are you'll pass Pueblo Viejo Grill on your way to the festival, making it the ideal spot for a pre-festival lunch and drink.

  • Cheeky's (at Alcazar)

    • 622 North Palm Canyon Drive
    • Palm Springs, CA 92262
    • +1 (760) 327-7595

    Cheeky's is the go-to brunch spot in Palm Springs, offering breakfast and brunch made from locally grown and/or organic food. Everything, including the dressings and batters, are made right on the premises and the menu changes periodically to keep up with the freshest produce on the market. You can pair your meal with a house-made smoothie or juice, or, if you feel like having a drink with a bit more kick, with a beer, wine, cocktail, or glass of champagne. The pastry chef, Deb Menduno, is a creative genius - making everything from cookies, cakes, and old-fashioned doughnuts to their specialty, croissant cinnamon rolls. Cheeky's gets crowded on weekends so be sure to arrive early or call ahead to avoid waiting too long.

  • Copley's on Palm Canyon

    Copley's is an award-winning American restaurant serving gourmet food with a European-tropical twist. Located on the former Carey Gran Estate, it combines great food and service with an unmatched ambience and old-school, nostalgic vibe.

  • Johannes

    Johannes is the most acclaimed contemporary restaurant in the area. Chef Johannes Bacher, who lends the restaurant its name, creatively combines Austrian and Asian flavors to create an innovative, yet delicious, menu. Johannes offers exceptional service and a warm atmosphere as well, perfect for a relaxing meal after Coachella. Make sure to try the Wiener schnitzel!

  • Miro's Restaurant

    On the main downtown strip of Palm Springs, Miro's serves home style soups, pastries, and other carefully selected dishes from the Mediterranean and Central Europe. This family-owned restaurant combines Slavic, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, and German styles of cooking with great service and large portions. Come hungry!

  • Europa Restaurant (at the Villa Royale Inn)

    Europa Restaurant is a hidden gem tucked within the Villa Royale Inn. Its intimate dining rooms, both inside and on the garden patio outside, will make you feel as though you were transported to a European castle. They offer the very best fine dining in Palm Springs with dishes influenced by French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines.

  • Jackalope Ranch

    Jackalope Ranch is located on a scenic 6.5 acre property with an indoor bar, outdoor bar, and patio garden area. It's so picturesque that you shouldn't be surprised if there is a wedding in the background as you're dining. At Jackalope Ranch you'll be able to enjoy authentic California Ranch cuisine and classic BBQ dining as well as one of the best happy hours in the Coachella Valley. It's a great place for large groups so don't be afraid to bring fellow festivalgoers along.

  • Rincon Norteño

    There are a lot of Mexican restaurants in the Coachella area but Rincon Norteño is definitely one of the best - so don't let the restaurant's outward appearance fool you. They serve authentic, fresh Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You should pair your delicious, traditional mexican meal with a $3 margarita and one of their home made salsas.

  • POM (at the Fantasy Springs Resort)

    POM is only one of the many dining options within the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Here, they serve contemporary breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a mood-lit, comfy atmosphere. Their food is top quality and can be paired with a drink from their full bar. If you're in for lunch any weekday, ask about their Secret $5.95 lunch menu. This is a great place to have some fun at the slots and grab a meal before or after Coachella.

  • The Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar (at the Colony Palms Hotel)

    If you're looking to relax and grab a bite pool side, The Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar is the place to go. It is located in a historic garden hotel and serves Mediterranean food and specialty cocktails. You can choose to sit in the dining room, dine by candlelight by the pool, or hang in their cabanas while listening to music and enjoying your drinks and food.

  • Farmer Boys

    If you want to grab a quick bite or something a little simpler but still tasty, head to Farmer Boys. This chain may appear to be just another generic fast food joint but only their laid back atmosphere and type of menu options fall under this category. They serve fresh and wholesome food all day; serving everything from pancakes during breakfast to a hamburger, hearty sandwich, or fresh salad at lunch and dinner. Their menu will satisfy almost everyone, especially if you like onion rings - Farmer Boys Onion Rings are some of the best you can find. Be sure to ring the bell on the way out if you enjoyed your meal!