Dine Like A Local In La Quinta

By Vanessa Howard

La Quinta has some truly amazing restaurants and is a great destination for foodies. The city is known as the “Gem of the Desert,” it’s where culinary innovation meets fresh local ingredients to create dishes that will have you salivating and booking your flight today! If you are looking for the perfect eatery and a one-of-a-kind place to dine while you are staying with us in La Quinta, then keep reading! 

Where To Stay

Vista Santa Fe

Vista Santa Fe is one of the best places in La Quinta to catch a sunset! Relax in the private pool in the backyard oasis as you take in the stunning mountain views and gorgeous technicolor sunsets. With comfortable bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an extra large sofa for the entire group to gather around the fireplace or watch a movie, you’ll feel right at home.

Vista Santa Fe is within walking distance of hiking and biking trails and 1.5 miles to Old Town La Quinta for top-rated dining, shopping, and more! You can find out more about things to do in La Quinta here

Check out Vista Sante Fe today! 

Vista Montana

Soak up the sunshine and beautiful views at Vista Montana. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is in the picturesque Point Happy community of La Quinta, California. Thoughtfully designed for long-term stays, we welcome you to make yourself at home in the spacious living areas and cook your favorite meals in the chef’s kitchen.

Vista Montana is Centrally located to top-rated dining, shopping centers, and all that the Coachella Valley has to offer! Take advantage of the nearly year-round sunshine in the expansive outdoor living space, with multiple areas to dine, lounge, and enjoy front-row views of the Santa Rosa mountains.

Book Vista Montana today! 

Casa Colibri

For a month of rest and relaxation, you can’t beat Casa Colibri. Guests can enjoy the spacious 3 bedroom, 3-bathroom well-maintained home. You’ll find all of the comforts of home, including a fully stocked kitchen and outdoor living areas.

Across the street (literally) to hiking and biking trails for all skill levels – from paved walks to more strenuous hikes. Additionally, Casa Colibri provides unobstructed views of the Santa Rosa mountains – many homes in the cove have views, but not like this!

Stay with us for a month and check out Casa Colibri today! 


Two hours from Los Angeles, but a world away, you’ll discover Boho(asis). Nestled against the Santa Rosa mountains in the beautiful La Quinta Cove, guests can enjoy unobstructed desert views while lounging by the pool or relaxing in the shady backyard.

Boho(asis) has been thoughtfully renovated & designed to be an escape for the soul. This is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom oasis that will comfortably accommodate 6 guests. This home is currently only available for longer-term stays. Please inquire for more details. 

Come check out Boho(asis) today! 

For more on La Quinta check out, Our La Quinta Hiking Guide, How To Spend A Perfect Day In La Quinta.

If you are staying in La Quinta for a bit longer, check out this Weekend Guide To La Quinta California

Dine Like A Local La Quinta

When meal time rolls around in La Quinta, you’ll find an array of amazing places to dine. Outdoor dining (al fresco) is huge in La Quinta and is easy to see why with the amazing weather and fantastic views, if you want to know more about outdoor dining check out Our Favorite Outdoor Dining In La Quinta

Enzo’s Bistro and Bar

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Are you looking for the perfect date night restaurant in La Quinta? Enzo’s Bistro Bar is the place to be! It is an elegant and authentic Italian restaurant that serves delicious cuisine. Additionally, Enzo’s has a nice selection of meats and an extensive wine list. Enjoy delicious pizza, pasta, and steaks at their beautiful outdoor dining area and cocktail patio. Short of flying over to Italy for the real deal, Enzo’s is the best Italian you will find in La Quinta. 

Try the bruschetta, pappardelle bolognese, or a margherita pizza. We promise you won’t regret an evening spent at Enzo’s. 

Enzo’s Bistro & Bar| 78121 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-7333 

Cork & Fork

This unique wine bar and kitchen is famous for its extensive variety of small plates and tapas. Cork & Fork also has a great wine list that makes the perfect match for their dishes. Try their craft beers and homemade cocktail infusions to complement your meal. 

The cool thing about Cork & Fork is that they encourage diners to “mix, match, and mingle” to make the most out of their dining experience. The original location was in La Quinta, but they have recently moved just down the road to Indio. 

Try the butter-poached lobster shooters, the chipotle bacon mac and cheese, or the prosciutto-wrapped scallops. 

Cork & Fork| 49890 Jefferson St Suite 100, Indio, CA 92201|  (760) 777-7555

Adobe Grill 

Looking for a Mexican place to dine? At the Adobe Grill, you can get a margarita created just for you from one of their 100 types of tequila. Along with fantastic drink choices, you’ll be treated to authentic Mexican food and ambiance that feels like you’ve just crossed the border to Mexico.

All of the meals are beautifully plated, flavorful, and you will fall in love with just about everything that lands on your plate here. The Adobe Grill has all of your Mexican favorites! 

Have the empanadas, tacos al pastor, and don’t skip the churro sandwich.

Adobe Grill| 49499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-5700

My Thai

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Those looking for a place to dine with a bit of flavor – this one is for you! The dishes at My Thai are one-of-a-kind standouts, and most Thai-food experts would call it the most authentic Thai experience they have ever encountered in the U.S. In fact, the food here is prepared by a Thailand-born Executive Chef! The menu offers a  variety of authentic Thai food ranging from spicy to vegetarian. Dishes at My Thai are prepared with the freshest ingredients.

Make sure to try their Tom Kha Soup in a Hot Pot, the broth is bold and slightly sweet! 

My Thai| 46520 Washington St #3, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-8424

El Ranchito

This family-owned restaurant has been serving up Mexican cuisine in the Coachella Valley since 1989. El Ranchito is a cheery eatery that offers classic Mexican dishes tucked away in Old Town La Quinta. The recipes used here are made from scratch by using family recipes handed down through the generations. 

Satisfy your Mexican cravings with their Grande Asada Burrito and wash it down with a world-famous El Ranchito Especial Margarita, thank us later! 

El Ranchito| 78039 Cll Estado, La Quinta, CA 92253| (760) 564-0061 

No matter which of these amazing restaurants you choose, you’ll be dining like a local in La Quinta! After stuffing yourself at these eateries head back to your Arrvils rental to relax and enjoy the rest of your evening. 

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