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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Pinocchio for Breakfast when you Visit Palm Springs

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Visit Palm Springs and this Restaurant

You might want to include this fun place in your plans for your stay in Palms Springs. This is a breakfast and lunch place where you will be able to mingle with our relaxed locals. Pinocchio's is located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.

So what is the appeal? Patio dining is one of our favorite pastimes in Palm Springs. Since it sits right on the sidewalk, the ability to people watch is satisfying in itself. However, we locals like it for its good food, at reasonable prices.

Well, okay, there’s another reason. They have bottomless champagne for $4.95. Add a bit more if you want orange juice to turn the champagne into mimosas. They do have a 90 minute rule about how long you can stay.

It is very casual, and relaxed.

How Pinocchio's Became a Reality

Even the Menu is Fun Lookling

Before she came to the United States, Desiree Hunen-Gerhardt, owned and operated several hotel restaurants in Germany. One of them had significant acreage and was often the site for events serving 450 people.

She discovered Palm Springs when she visited friends in 1995. Then she started looking around for a place to start a restaurant in Palm Springs. In 1997 she bought the Hacienda. She owned and operated it between 1997 and 2005.

She took a year off before she found herself anxious to get back to the restaurant business.

When interviewing Desiree, she said, When I lived in Germany, my favorite restaurant in that town was called Pinocchio. When I bought the restaurant in 2007, it was call, 'More than a Mouthful.' She laughingly told me, I desired to find a hole in the wall off the beaten track, and it was at that time.

When asked what her guiding philosophy is, she replied, I wanted Pinocchio’s to be a staple of Palm Springs where locals come to meet. wanted it to be happy place where no politics or negativity is found.

It seems the Desiree has accomplished her goal. I noticed that when I have out-of-town guests and they want to a real Palm Springs resident breakfast, my first thought is to take them to Pinocchio’s. No wonder the place is getting busier. By the way, I have never had a visitor who didn’t enjoy the food, the atmosphere and the positive energy in this charming Palm Springs restaurant.

As I was about to leave Desiree said, Look around. Notice there is a bottle of champagne on most of the tables here. I think we have are accomplishing our mission for people are here to enjoy themselves while having a hearty breakfast.

Now that I know the story, I am even more enthusiastically recommending to you this absolutely charming Palm Springs restaurant.

Decor in Pinocchio

Look for the umbrellas on Tahquitz Canyon Way, literally between our two local major streets, Indian Canyon Drive and North Palm Canyon Drive. The key is to get there before 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for it fills up rapidly. They do not accept reservations.

There is free parking in the back accessible from Indian Canyon Drive if you can't find a space on major streets.


134 E Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262


Kathy Condon is a travel writer and blogger. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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