Palm Desert: El Paseo Walking Food Tour

Desert Tasty Tours

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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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Description

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
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  • 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.)

Reviews

110 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great experience !
Tue, Apr 14  11:00 AM Unspecified 50-59 Unspecified Family Without Children
 
Laurie was a great guide and all the food was wonderful! Would highly recommend for people who enjoy food.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Mon, Apr 13  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Wonderful tour. Great guide (Nada). Would strongly recommend and will plan to do the PS tour in the future. Will plan to return to all of the locations.
 
Rating: 5
A taste of El Paseo
Wed, Mar 18  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
A friend and myself had a wonderful time on our El Paseo Tasty tour.

We had the opportunity to "taste " small bites at some familiar and unfamiliar eating establishments.

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

We would recommend this tour to tourists and locals who want to get a "flavor" of Palm Desert.

I hope to go on the Palm Springs taste tour next year.
Rating: 4
Could have been better
Fri, Mar 13  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
 
I did this tour last yr and was very impressed. The guide was knowledgable plus added some additional restaurant reviews etc.

I knew the tour would be similiar, so I was prepared. I thought Wilma and Frieda's was a great additional, Pacifica and Mama Ginas were great. The spice shop is a good stop. Wolfgang Puck was a disappointment. Although, our guide tried to say this was not a chain, it sort of is. The pizza was nothing to be excited about. Besides, we had already had Italian at Mama Gina's. 3rd Corner Bistro was much better last yr. Clemintine's is also good and provides some more variety.

Our guide was very pleasant and made sure she covered everything In her notes.

I would still recommend but I think Wolfgand Puck is a detractor....
Rating: 4
Knowledge of guide limited/ food not the best
Tue, Mar 10  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
 
The guide did not have enough knowledge about the area. She was not able to answer questions that the participants had. The sample of the blueberry coffeecake was cold and rather heavy. This was from Wilma and Freidas.
Rating: 5
Laurie - great host
Sat, Mar 7  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Smaller group was certainly enjoyable and easier to hear commentary, which was very interesting. Laurie was always able and willing to goggle information if unsure to unrelated questions asked. Time spent was enjoyable and didn't feel rushed, nice selection of restaurants and food delicious. We even returned at a later date to one of the restaurants and used the coupon provided in brochure. Laurie was very personable, organized and a delight to meet. She should receive a raise!
Rating: 5
Fun day
Thu, Mar 5  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I surprised my girlfriends and they really enjoyed it. Great food even though I had it a week ago
Rating: 5
Palm Desert tasty walk
Sat, Feb 21  11:00 AM Unspecified 60-69 Unspecified Group of Friends
 
Absolutely loved the experience with my guest. Good food, great guide with interesting commentary.

Plan to take 2 more friends next week
Rating: 4
Great overview of the Palm Desert area
Tue, Feb 10  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
We went on the tour on Tuesday and our host was Laurie. She did a very nice job of giving us an overview of the area and the surrounding rest. We liked Wila and Frieds so much that we made reservations for Valentine's Day! A very nice variety of the local fare including a spice shop which we enjoyed ! A very nice morning and afternoon well spent with an affable host.
Rating: 4
Excellent variety of food, walking.
Sat, Jan 31  11:00 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our only complaint was the food options for one of our party who was gluten intolerant. For example in the Wolfgang puck restaurant there could have been a mini gluten free pizza rather than hummus and veggies.
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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.

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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.
 
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