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!

The desert gets hot in the summer, so generally our tours run from October through April. Please check back soon for next season's schedule!

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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.)


150 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
A great food experience!
Fri, Apr 22  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Wonderful experience!! A great way to learn more about the area's history and food scene.
Rating: 4
El Paseo Walking Tour
Fri, Apr 15  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was well worth the time and money. Kay was very informative and each of the establishments were very welcoming and presented very good selections and drinks. We had things that we normally woudl not have tried like salmon pizza but were glad we had the chance to try them.
Rating: 4
Enjoyed immensely
Fri, Apr 15  11:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
Our walking host, Kay did a wonderful job, sharing her knowledge of Palm desert, while allowing us time to get to know the other members on our tour. Favourite stop was Wolfgang Puck's as we sampled 3 different dishes.....all DELICIOUS ! Least favourite was sampling the somewhat dry coffee cake at Wilma and Frieda's, although I thoroughly enjoyed the robust cup of coffee provided there......sampling a couple of different wines at two of the venues also added to a very pleasant experience. The cost of the tour is a bit expensive, especially if one is coming from Canada, with the current exchange rate.
Rating: 2
Lacking value for the money
Thu, Apr 14  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Host was very good but $62 US per person was just too much. It was supposed to be the equivalent of a lunch and it was more like an appetizer. There is better value in actual lunch at one of the high end restraunts or 5 or 6 happy hours.
Rating: 5
Good Eats on El Paseo Tour
Thu, Apr 14  11:00 AM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Food was great as was the very informative guide. Learned much about Palm Desert History. It was great to visit various restaurants to try out their food and to find out what they offered. I would certainly go back to the restaurants on our return trip. Our group enjoyed the tour.
Rating: 5
El Paseo Tour
Fri, Apr 8  11:00 AM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
We enjoyed the tour with Wolfgang Puck's being our favorite stop. We didn't care for Mamma Gina's offering this time although I usually like their food. I don't think the long trek back to our car at the end made Clementine's worthwhile (yet again, I do patronize them). I realize parking and 'dessert-type' places are a consideration. We do recommend both Palm Desert and Palm Springs tours to everyone.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Tue, Apr 5  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Thanks for a great tour Our guide Lauri was knowledgeable and fun. Great spectrum of menus along the tour
Rating: 5
Great idea and wonderfully exucited
Sat, Apr 2  11:00 AM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Guide was informative far beyond just the restraints and spice shop we visited. We would highly recommend this tour. We went back to two of the four restraurants we sampled. Good decision.
Rating: 5
Great taste of Palm Desert
Mon, Mar 28  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Great selection of restaurants in Palm Desert. Very personable guide, lots of local knowledge, helpful and interesting. Enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
Rating: 3
Always looking for ways to improve!
Sat, Mar 26  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The tour was lovely! This was our second time and this one was less informative, I thought it could have been a little more lively!
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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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