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Pablito's of The Desert

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
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590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
(760) 767-5753
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 6
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cool place to have lunch.

When it gets hot in Borrego Springs, head for this place. It has shade outdoors, it's cool, the food is great and the staff is friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Vic S
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El Dorado County, CA
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  • Families with children
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El Dorado County, CA
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When it gets hot in Borrego Springs, head for this place. It has shade outdoors, it's cool, the food is great and the staff is friendly.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We love being able to sit o the covered patio and listen to and watch the big fountain. They even have a separate "puppy patio" for our canine friends and family.

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San Diego, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

For the past ten years (at least) we've eaten at Pablito's when we're in Borrego Springs. We can count on them for good Mexican food, friendly service, and colorful atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We ate here 2 separate nights. I think this is my favorite restaurant in Borrego Springs. We had awesome shrimp ceviche (Friday-Sunday only), tasty chili verde, robust grilled fish tacos, mega cheese enchilada, huge pork burrito. All the portions were very filling and good for the price. Service is fair. The sangria is strong and tasty. Ice chilled beer glasses.... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is an unusually excellent Mexican restaurant. The menu offers a large selection of food and drinks including cocktails and beer. Service is very professional and quick. The restaurant decor and ambiance is very nice. The food arrived quickly. The plates are really large platters...even the hungriest teenager will get plenty to eat here. The food was authentic Mexican and... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

While visiting a friend in San Diego we took a motorcycle ride and had lunch out there. We both had the same food. I had a raspberry Margarita. My friend was OK but I got a bad case of food POISINING. This was around 3/11/15. Highly recommend avoiding this place. They need a visit from the Health Dept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

4 star Equals Old Town San Diego Mexican Restaurants in tasteful food with excellent service and top ambience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We dined outside porch area by the water fixture, outside but protected from the sun. Chips with salsa were good and enjoyed them. We had the sreak fajitas more than enough food in large servings. Margaritas refreshing. It was good.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Living in San Diego, I have access to many Mexican restaurants but I was impressed with my meal at Pablito's. My opinion was reinforced by a friend who lives in Borrego Springs and eats there frequently. There is nothing fancy about the place but then again, few Mexican restaurants are that way. I had the steak fajitas which I thought... More 

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Coronado, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Pablito's serves typical Mexican dishes for a great price. The service was fast and the food came hot to the table. A great dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Borrego Springs
  • Phone Number: (760) 767-5753

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?