Palm Desert: El Paseo Walking Food Tour

Desert Tasty Tours

Zerve Seller: DesertFood
Activity #3257
Stroll, savor, and smile your way through the tasty cuisine and rich culture of Palm Desert’s fashionable El Paseo promenade!
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The El Paseo Food Tour from Desert Tasty Tours is a delicious and insightful way for locals and visitors alike to taste and experience Palm Desert’s most popular downtown district -- fashionable El Paseo. The tour is appropriate for all fitness levels and appropriate for ages 13 and older.

On this Taste of Palm Desert, you can expect to visit six El Paseo tasting stops along the way on your three-hour, narrated walking tour. You will enjoy a smorgasbord of samples -- enough for lunch. You will learn about each location, what makes them unique and how they fit into the culinary tapestry of Palm Desert. All tastings are included in your ticket price.

Tasting locations may include
  • Cafe & Coffee Bar
  • Fresh Seafood Restaurant
  • Genuine Italian Ristorante
  • Spice & Herb Specialty Shop
  • Pizza Bar
  • Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe
Eating your way through the tour is just one of the tasty ingredients…add a dash of history, a cup of culture and a dollop of famous-resident name dropping…and you get a delicious day of fun.

Come join us on our next Desert Tasty Tour!

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity for your tour guide is not included in the ticket price. Leaving a gratuity is at your discretion, but if your Desert Tasty Tours guide did a superb job, you are welcome to reward him/her to show your appreciation.

Meeting Location

The Gardens on El Paseo Top Floor (Palm Desert, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


121 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Well worth price
Wed, Feb 3  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Laurie, was very considerate of our needs. The restaurants were superb and we have returned for meals.

Loved the spice store and have been back twice already. We especially enjoyed speaking with the chef at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant, and that made the visit very special for us as foodies.

My husband's comment is that he wishes more of the chefs, themselves, told us a bit more about their restaurants. Not a criticism of our guide, we both just love cooking.
Rating: 5
A fun introduction to Excellent Eateries!
Wed, Jan 20  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our group of 6 friends thoroughly enjoyed the El Paseo Walking Food Tour. If anyone is concerned about the amount of time on their feet - do NOT be! The mile of walking is spread over three hours, with lots of sit-down, eat, drink and be-merry time in between stops, and at the end, a golf cart is available to take you back to your car (or, in our case, back to the Vodka Bar at Pacifica!). Every dish (and the two wines) we were served in every location was superb, and each restaurant was prepared for our arrival. If you eat breakfast first - make it a light one - and don't plan on needing dinner that night, or at most, plan for another light one!. We learned a lot about the area, and about the restaurateurs we were visiting. Lorrie's enthusiasm for the area was evident throughout the tour! We highly recommend this as a way to learn about the area, and about some excellent dining opportunities!
Rating: 5
Great event!
Mon, Jan 4  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I liked going to 6 restaurants and tasting all the different foods and experience the venues.

It would have taken me a week to do that on my own.
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Wed, Dec 30, 15  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We had a great time with our tour guide Laurie. We are new part timers to Palm Desert and had a group staying with us for Christmas so this was a great way to learn about the restaurants in our area and to learn about the history of Palm Desert. We will for sure being doing the Palm Springs one next!
Rating: 4
Really Pleasant
Wed, Dec 30, 15  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Tour guide could have spoken louder though.
Rating: 5
Great Tour, Fantastic Food
Wed, Dec 16, 15  11:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was a great tour. Our guide, Arnie, was fantastic. The food was great and we were treated like VIP guests wherever we went. Would recommend it for everyone visiting Palm Dessert. We stopped at WP (Wolfgang Puck) and were served super fantastic meal samplers. Yummmmm,
Rating: 4
local on tour
Thu, Dec 10, 15  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Overall, the whole experience was great. We definitely had a good time and would suggest this tour to anyone that is in the area.
Rating: 5
So Much Fun!!!
Tue, Dec 8, 15  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Such a great tour! The places where we stopped were so happy to see us, and ALL the food selections were delicious!! We learned fun facts about Palm Desert and the surrounding areas! Do not eat before you come! Recommended for anyone and everyone! You won't be disappointed!!
Rating: 4
Great food!
Wed, Dec 2, 15  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our walking food tour of El Paseo was enjoyable and delicious! There is not as much history in Palm Desert as in Palm Springs, but our guide Laurie was able to give us many interesting facts about the area and the desert in general. Food tours are one of the first activities I look for when I visit a new town. We enjoyed everything we were served! It was certainly more than enough food for lunch.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable way to get a taste of Desert Springs
Thu, Nov 12, 15  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Laurie led us on a tour. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Liked the choice of local restaurants.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your Desert Tasty Tour tickets with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
How far in advance should I book a tour?
We suggest you book your Desert Tasty Tour at least a week in advance. Larger groups should book up to two weeks early. We understand that sometimes people wait until the last minute, but we suggest you book as soon as possible, because tours generally sell out. Book early to guarantee your spot!
What about inclement weather?
Tours are held on the rare occasion of rain and on all sunshiny days. We know the desert can get hot, so please come prepared with sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water.
Are tours appropriate for children?
Desert Tasty Tours is most appropriate for teenagers and adults and is not recommended for children. The three hour tour includes 1 mile of walking, food tastings, and information geared toward adults. Any children who do attend are required to have a full-priced ticket, except for babies who will not be tasting and can come for free. If you have any questions about bringing children, please feel free to click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to discuss.
How much food is served on the tour?
On your Desert Tasty Tour journey we will experience six delicious samplings at five or more locations. For most people, the total tastings are equivalent to a lunch.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if you or any one in your group has any dietary restrictions or food allergies upon purchasing your tickets. While some of the tastings are simply hard to replace, we will do our best to accommodate restrictions if notified in advance.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to have water at the various tasting stops. In addition, there is a wine/beer tasting included for guests 21 and older. Please be sure to bring a valid ID to partake in the tasting. Remember that it's hot in the desert, so we encourage guests to bring their own bottles of water as well.
How far do we walk and at what pace?
The tour covers approximately 1 mile over a three-hour period on flat (no hills) paved streets. We do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. We walk at a relaxed pace and stop frequently, including spending 15 - 20 minutes at each of the designated tasting spots.
Does the tour start and end at the same place?
The tour finishes approximately 5 blocks from the starting location. The specific meeting location will be provided when you purchase your tickets.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
Yes, there are restrooms at several locations throughout the tour.
Would locals enjoy the tour?
Absolutely! A large number of tour participants are locals. Even desert natives are sure to learn some interesting facts about area history, architecture and culture. And while you may have been to some of the tasting locations on the tour, you will see them in a whole new light.
What should I wear?
While you will be touring fashionable El Paseo, we want you to be comfortable. Palm Desert is pretty casual when it comes to fashion, so don't feel compelled to dress like you are hitting the town. We strongly recommend a hat and sunscreen, as the sun is almost always shining. You will be on your feet the majority of the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Where do I park?
There is ample free parking on the street and in a parking structure located near the beginning of the tour. Specific parking information and directions will be provided after purchasing your tickets.
Are tours wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our walking tour routes are wheelchair accessible.
Can we shop along the way?
While the tour is held along El Paseo, the best shopping boulevard in the Palm Springs area, we ask that you refrain from shopping during the tour. We highly recommend allowing time after the tour to visit all the places that catch your eye.
Am I allowed to bring a camera?
By all means, yes! We want you to take home memories of your tour and share them with your family and friends.
Are tours pet friendly?
Sorry, no pets are allowed on the tour, except for service animals. Please notify us in advance if you are accompanied by a service animal.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
If your Desert Tasty Tour guide did a superb job, you are welcome to reward him/her to show your appreciation. Leaving a gratuity is at your discretion, but the service industry standard is 15%.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, Desert Tasty Tour gift certificates are available. They make the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or just because. Please click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to let us know what you are interested in.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private Desert Tasty Tours can be arranged for small and large groups. Please click on the "Contact DesertFood" link to contact us directly to discuss booking a private tour.


Desert Tasty Tours

Desert Tasty Tours offers a three-hour guided walking food tour of Palm Desert’s most popular downtown district. Whether you are a tourist or a lifetime local, unleash the culinary explorer inside you via a Desert Tasty Tour for a delicious and insightful way to experience Palm Desert’s El Paseo.

As an independent small business, we take pride in making certain each and every one of our customers has an unforgettable tour experience. Our recipe for success involves a combination of fresh tastings, interesting personalities, intriguing information and the history, art and architecture of this unique desert boulevard.

Walk away from your adventure with a new found culinary perspective, a satisfied stomach and a local’s knowledge of this fun, interesting and beautiful destination. We look forward to seeing you on the next Desert Tasty Tour.
Stroll. Savor. Smile!
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