The city of La Quinta has plenty of top-rated restaurants for dining out, but sometimes you just want to enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of your Arrivls vacation rental. Whether you’re tired from a long day of hiking and exploring or just want to enjoy a night in, ordering dinner is a great option. To help you make the most of your stay in La Quinta, we’ve compiled a list of our go-to takeout spots. These restaurants have been tried and tested by us, so you can be sure they’re guaranteed to please.
To make it even easier, we’ve even included our favorite things to order at each spot! We’ve also included how to order from each restaurant – whether they offer delivery directly through the restaurant website, food delivery apps or pick up.
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Now on to the eats!
For Chinese: Soul of China
Soul of China is hands down our favorite spot for Chinese takeout, and not just in La Quinta! We have yet to order something that we didn’t like, but our absolute favorite dish is the Crispy Orange Beef. The beef is perfectly cooked and coated in a tangy and slightly spicy orange sauce that just explodes with flavor. The portions are generous, you can adjust the spice level to your preference, and their customer service is always friendly and accommodating. If you’re in the mood for some Chinese takeout during your time in La Quinta, make sure to add Soul of China to your list.
What to Order: Cream Cheese Wontons, Crispy Orange Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Lo Mein
Soul of China: 50855 Washington St #2-F, La Quinta | (760) 564-4469
For Pizza and Salad: Stuft Pizza
When it comes to delicious takeout options in La Quinta, CA, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill is a must-try. This family-owned and run business has been around for over 40 years, perfecting their recipes and cooking methods. Their menu boasts a wide selection of mouth-watering pizza and drinks, as well as more traditional “bar & grill” options. One of our go-to pizza orders is their classic pepperoni, but with a twist – we ask them to swap out the regular pepperoni for mini pepperoni (which isn’t listed on the menu). These mini pepperonis are crispy and slightly spicy, taking the classic pepperoni pizza to the next level. We also like their salads and small plates!
What to Order: Volcano Wings, Southwest Chicken Salad, Popeye’s Special Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza (but swap for mini pepperonis)
Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill: 78015 Main Street, Suite 100, La Quinta | (760) 777-9989
For Seafood: Fisherman’s Market & Grill
Looking for the freshest and most delicious seafood in La Quinta? Look no further than Fisherman’s Market & Grill. This seafood restaurant specializes in providing the highest quality seafood, straight from the docks to your palate. It’s no wonder they’ve been voted as the best fish tacos, best seafood restaurant, and best value in the Coachella Valley.
When dining at Fisherman’s Market, be sure to try their Ahi Poke, which is made with fresh, sushi-grade ahi tuna, avocado, and other flavorful ingredients. Another must-try is their Fish n’ Chips, which are made with perfectly crispy batter and tender fish that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. If you’re in the mood for something a little more spicy and flavorful, their Blackened Mahi-Mahi Tacos are the way to go. These tacos are filled with juicy, blackened mahi-mahi, pico de gallo, and a spicy chipotle aioli.
But that’s not all that Fisherman’s Market has to offer. They also sell fresh fish for customers to take home and prepare themselves. If you’re staying at one of our Arrivls vacation rentals, you can even prepare the fish in the fully equipped kitchen or on the BBQ for a delicious and fresh meal in the comfort of your rental!
What to Order: Ahi Poke, Fish n’ Chips, Blackened Mahi-Mahi Tacos
Fisherman’s Market: 78575 Highway 101, Suite 100, La Quinta | (760) 777-1601
For Mexican: Casa Mendoza
Craving some delicious Mexican cuisine and refreshing margaritas for your takeout? Look no further than Casa Mendoza Mexican Grill & Bar. This establishment located in Old Town is just a few minutes away by car from most La Quinta properties, making it a convenient option for locals and visitors alike.
Casa Mendoza offers a variety of Mexican favorites that will satisfy any appetite. One must-try dish is their Chile Gueritos, which are stuffed with shrimp and pice de gallo and topped with a tasty sauce. Their Carnitas are also a popular choice and are cooked to perfection, tender and juicy.
Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their signature margaritas – to go! Whether you prefer it on the rocks or frozen, Casa Mendoza has a wide selection of flavors to choose from.
What to Order: Chile Gueritos, Carnitas Plate, Pescado a la Veracruz
How to Order: call for pick up
Casa Mendoza: 78110 Calle Estado, La Quinta | (760) 564-1463
For Thai: Basil Thai
If you’re in the mood for some authentic Thai cuisine, look no further than Basil Thai in La Quinta. This restaurant offers a wide range of dishes that are bursting with flavor, from classic curries to stir-fries and noodle dishes.
At Basil Thai, be sure to start with their popular appetizer, the Money Bag, which are deep-fried dumplings filled with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables, served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Their Tom Ka Kai soup, which is a coconut milk soup with chicken, mushrooms, and galangal, is also a must-try. For your main course, try their Panang Curry, which is a creamy and mildly spicy curry made with coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, and your choice of protein, or the Bo Lulac, which is a flavorful and tender beef dish with lemongrass, garlic, and chili. If you’re in the mood for something spicy, go for their Spicy Noodles, which are stir-fried wide rice noodles with chili, basil, and your choice of protein.
Basil Thai also offers a range of vegetarian and vegan options, so everyone can find something to enjoy. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing drink, try their Thai Iced Tea or Thai Iced Coffee, both of which are sweet and satisfying.
What to Order: Money Bags, Tom Ka Kai, Panang Curry, Bo Lulac, Spicy Noodles
How to Order: call for pick up
Basil Thai: 50855 Washington Street, La Quinta | (760) 619-2893
For Sushi: Okura Robata
If you’re in the mood for some Japanese cuisine with a California twist, order from Okura Robata Grill in La Quinta. Okura has an expansive sushi menu, but they have much more to offer beyond just sushi. Try their Dynamite Rock Shrimp, which are crispy shrimp tossed in a spicy aioli sauce, or their Japanese Chashu Fried Rice, which is made with flavorful pork belly and vegetables. If you’re a sushi lover, don’t miss their Hamachi Jalapeno Roll, which is made with yellowtail, jalapeno, and cilantro, topped with ponzu sauce.
For those who prefer grilled items, Okura Robata Grill also offers skewers from the robata grill, which are grilled over hot charcoal for a delicious smoky flavor. Try their Chicken Yakitori or their Beef Filet Mignon skewers. They also have a range of salads, Kobe steak, tempura, and chicken, beef, and fish entrees to choose from.
What to Order: Dynamite Rock Shrimp, Garlic Shishito Peppers, Japanese Chashu Fried Rice, Hamachi Jalapeno Roll
Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar: 78480 Highway 111 | (760) 564-5820
For SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Mi Cultura
Ok so this one is technically in Palm Desert, not La Quinta.. BUT Mi Cultura delivers to La Quinta and it’s one of our family favorites so we had to include it! This local gem serves up Peruvian and Columbian cuisine that is sure to delight. Start with their Peruvian ceviche, made with fresh fish, lime juice, and spices, and their delicious empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken, or cheese. Side sauces like fresh chimichurri and aji verde take the flavor profile to the next level.
Mi Cultura is also known for its Pollo a la Brasa, their specialty rotisserie chicken. Order it whole, halved or quartered with your choice of delicious Peruvian and Colombian sides to go with it. We love this place!
What to Order: Pescado Ceviche, Empanadas (hard to choose – we like them all!), Pollo a la Brasa
Mi Cultura Cuisine: 44795 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert| (760) 636-1707
Whether you’re a La Quinta local or just passing through, these takeout options are sure to satisfy your cravings. Let us know in the comments which place you’ll be ordering from tonight?
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