Dining Room

Caribbean & New American

Kitchen in the Desert is a Caribbean and New American restaurant situated just outside the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, located on the property of the first motel in the area. We pride ourselves in making high quality food from scratch using fresh ingredients and providing a comfortable environment to enjoy it in.

Our cuisine is inventive and executed to standards that would be at home in any urban setting. We provide an experience that is rare in this rural area, but welcomed by locals and visitors alike. Now in our fourth year, we're continuing to progress our menu to attract guests from all over the world.


If you're leaving or entering the national park through the Twentynine Palms entrance, we're just across highway 62 on Mesquite Avenue. 
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Thursday thru Monday — 5:00 to 10:00
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Saturday thru Monday — 9:00 to 3:00
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Reservations are encouraged, especially for groups of six or more. Parties larger than 10 cannot be accommodated durring normal business hours— please contact us for catering & special events. Our dining room seats 30 and can fill quickly. Outdoor seating for an additional 25 is available when weather permits.

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Our Cuisine

Our Cuisine

Kitchen in the Desert has been displaying Caribbean roots to a Western audience since 2016. We pull inspiration from Trinidadian family recipes, making all of our dishes and sauces with whole, raw ingredients to standards that respect authentic island food.

Many of our meats are grilled or smoked outside over Mesquite hardwood. We are also proud to serve numerous Vegan and Vegetarian options. Our menu is kept concise and is continually evolving to guarantee everything we serve is as fresh as possible. Come back often to experience the evolution of our standing menu, as well as our nightly or weekly specials.

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Our Property

Built in 1947, known as Tintown, our property has historic significance and charming character. Decorated in part like a desert attraction, with retired mining equipment and murals that tell the story of the first to harvest precious metals from these lands, and part like an oasis with plenty of vegetation and a tropical patio setting, we're happy to be part of the history and future or Twentynine Palms.

We're looking forward to undergoing a full renovation this year, with an operating motel & restaurant as well as an exciting private venue for weddings and events. This property is perfect for a desert getaway or an afternoon outside.

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Private Chef

We come to you and cook everything fresh in your kitchen. We can develop a custom menu to suit any palette. We can also coordinate rentals and decor to elevate your diner's experience. Menu contingent on availability of kitchen equipment and workspace.  

Film Shoots

Fully catered breakfast, lunch or dinner for your crew and talent. We can accomodate any dietary restrictions and provide a complete buffet to keep your team working at it's best.  

Group Meals Delivered

We cook everything ahead of time in our commercial kitchen and bring it to you in sustainable, disposable packaging.  

Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners

Prepared onsite or off, inside Joshua Tree National Park, or on a private property; we can develop a menu that will accomodate all of your guests.  

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