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Crossroads Cafe

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The Crossroads Cafe is a classic American Diner, located on 29 Palms Hwy, near the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. We offer a wide variety of traditional diner fair to go along with unique specials that are all made from scratch and made with love. In addition, our menu is filled with great options for folks with dietary restrictions of any kind. From our savory bacon pancakes to the classic hamburger, from our fish tacos to homemade vegan chorizo & eggs, our menu has something for everyone. Happy trails and always pack water into the park!
$8 - $12
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Cafe
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed May 20, 2021

I left a message with the staff to ask the owner to call me. No call back, so here we go: I was served something which was probably bacon, but I cannot be sure as it was unidentifiable. It appeared to be wood blackened from...a house fire. There was a faint taste of bacon cinders. Note to self: do not order bacon. Coming out of the restroom, there is an open door into the kitchen across the hall. I observed an employee on his knees with his arms about elbow deep in a bucket on the floor that contained Coleslaw. He seemed to be mixing it. I did not notice any gloves. Note to self: do not order Coleslaw. Wanting to give the place a second chance, my wife asked what time they close. She was told 2:00 p.m. We arrived the next day at 1:25 p.m. There was no line, open tables and nobody at the outdoor check-in desk. At 1:28 p.m., the hostess arrived to tell us (as my wife confirms) that nobody is seated later than 20 minutes before closing. I stated that it was not yet 20 minutes until 2:00 p.m. The reply was that she said 30 minutes. I pointed out that we got there at 1:25 p.m. and it was then 1:28 p.m. The hostess turned around and walked away. We will not be back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 18, 2021

A must stop for hungry travelers! The food is delicious and the menu is varied enough for all tastes.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 23, 2021

Attentive staff offering quality food with lots of options and a high degree of effort and care in what they do.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 2, 2021

Horrible service. We were told at 1 pm to wait for a table, 35 minute wait. We stood right in front of the check in stand for 40 minutes, only then to be told they were not serving anymore. WTF. Barely apologetic. What would it...take to avoid this kind of terrible service? Not much but they couldn't seem to manage it.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 26, 2021

We were there in February, so it was take-out only. The staff was helpful and the food was great. I had the grilled polenta with beans n eggs. My man candy had the hash with sourdough toasts.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed October 23, 2020

If you're in the Joshua Tree/29 Palms area, you know there aren't many options for breakfast. That being said, the Crossroads Café is a good choice. They offer traditional breakfast favorites, plus some local specialties. Additionally, they have a large coffee menu that you can...order a variety of espresso drinks from. The service was prompt and friendly as well. There is only outdoor seating for now, but there are perhaps 10 tables outside. The only reason I didn't rate it higher is because we felt the prices were a bit high for breakfast. I would still recommend the Crossroads Cafe to anyone looking for breakfast in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed May 18, 2020

We enjoyed a late lunch here while they were still offering breakfast. The meal was tasty and the service was prompt and friendly.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 24, 2020

We came out from hiking in Joshua Tree National Park very hungry . We were greeted Immediately and sat in front. My wife had Chili n Corn bread , I couldn't believe she ate the large bowl it came in . I had the Ques-Chix...that filled the whole plate and was delicious .More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

We dropped in at the Crossroads Cafe without any research or information for a late afternoon lunch. What a happy surprise. Food was delicious, portions ample, and service friendly. I had the albacore tuna salad sandwich with a side of the arugula salad. My husband...had the “Roadside sssCombo,” opting for a bowl of the soup (chicken tortilla?) and a Caesar salad along with the mac&cheese. We were both especially pleased with the salad sides — both in terms of the taste and portion size. Would strongly recommend this restaurant to any one passing through the area.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 29, 2020

We stopped on our way to the National Park and we enjoyed very much the food. The service was fast and very efficient. Highly recommended

Date of visit: February 2020
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I watched the staff squeeze fresh OJ late Fridat for their Satuday AM rush. The Crossroads Cafe food is wonderful. Everyone works hard. Not sure what your problem is, but the restaurant is far from “a dump”. Perhaps you want... More
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Yes, Crossroads Cafe offers takeout services.

Crossroads Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4