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El Gallito Restaurant

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68820 Grove St, Cathedral City, CA 92234-1222
(760) 328-7794
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food!!!

A local, cozy atmosphere where the main emphasis is on good food. If you want a high end, formally designed place to eat, this is not the place. Butt...if you want great food at a reasonable price this is the place to go. My only disappointment is that they are closed for the summer. It is one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
DAvid D
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Cathedral City, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Desert Hot Springs, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great Mexican restaurant. It is really authentic home cooked meals. We discovered this restaurant after meeting a woman who had been a patron since she was a child. She has since moved about 40 miles away but makes the drive every Thursday for dinner! With that recommendation how could we not give it a try. Out of... More 

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Cathedral City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A local, cozy atmosphere where the main emphasis is on good food. If you want a high end, formally designed place to eat, this is not the place. Butt...if you want great food at a reasonable price this is the place to go. My only disappointment is that they are closed for the summer. It is one of my favorite... More 

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Cathedral City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

If you are going there with Family or Friends. Make sure that Your hole party is there or You will have to wait for Everbody to be there before you can set down even if there's a table ready.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Without a doubt, no place compares to El Gallito when it comes to Mexican food in the valley. Only downside is no credit cards, but they do have an atm if you don't mind a surcharge.

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I think they have the best enchiladas in town. A small family place, no more than 17 tables, always busy. Good service and everyone is so friendly. Only negative is that they only take cash but have an ATM machine on site.

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

El Gallito is one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Springs/Cathedral City. Homey atmosphere, excellent staff and very very good Mexican food. Cash only, remember.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Best chili relleno- the chili wasn't soggy or stringy, and I could taste the flavor of the pepper! We loved the family run place. Our waitress explained not only the special, but what made their place "special," since we were from out of town. Although the decor was dated, as one visitor stated, this only added to the atmosphere, and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Always a hit - cash only, dumpy little old house in dumpy Cat City, but always a huge wait - worth it! Fresh, thick chips, homemade salsa, great tacos...nothing fancy - no fish tacos - but solid mexican food! Beer and wine...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The atmosphere is dated, a little hard to find, you must look carefully because it's somewhat obscure. Now for the good stuff, the food is wonderful. I had the best chicken tostado ever, off the charts tasty, all ingredients were fresh. Chicken seasoned to perfection and plentiful. My wife had a combo plate, the size of of a platter, of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This afternoon, my wife and I had lunch at El Gallito. When we arrived at the restaurant around 1:00pm, the restaurant was completely full. Our wait time was about 5 minutes. Perfect timing on our part. My wife had wanted to try the restaurant for over a year. We were not disappointed. My wife ordered the Albondigas Soup and she... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 68820 Grove St, Cathedral City, CA 92234-1222
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Cathedral City
  • Phone Number: (760) 328-7794

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?