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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Authentic Mexican, no frills

Colorful looking exterior/interior may at first cause hesitation but food is great! Interior items are well used, like the hazy menu and well worn table coverings, but it is an old, established, family run eatery that is clean. The tortilla chips and salsa are unlimited (only after you order, read... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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148 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Colorful looking exterior/interior may at first cause hesitation but food is great! Interior items are well used, like the hazy menu and well worn table coverings, but it is an old, established, family run eatery that is clean. The tortilla chips and salsa are unlimited (only after you order, read the menu). The Carnitas are great, as are all the... More 

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Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A small family run restaurant serving very good Mexican food at a very reasonable prices. Food is authentic, wide variety of choices and is served temperature hot. Friendly service. Only beer and wine. Can be busy so a wait may be necessary at some times of day. Cash only.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We were invited for dinner and told it was real authentic Mexican food. Again another restaurant we had never been to, But we will go back. We had to wait 20 minutes but it was worth it. The staff, so friendly and attentive. We never ran out of Salsa and Nachos. The food, was great. Hot and fast. I had... More 

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Chesapeake City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

When you're in the Palm Springs area, don't miss El Gallito's authentic Mexican entrees. Served hot and as spicy as you like, every taste bud will be engaged completely. Portions are plentiful. El Gallitos is not fancy, it's there to please the palate at reasonable prides, not inflated ones to support high-end architectural elements and elegant decor. No! Go to... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This restaurant has been in business (family) forever. Food is fresh and good, Mexican style. Can be very busy.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Good plain Mexican food. Pleasant setting. Only beer/wine served---we wanted a Margarita but not luck.

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Lake Iswego
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have eaten here for many years since I have lived in the area but had not gone recently. This is really an atypical resteraunt for Palm Springs, where everyplace u go is Hip, Modern, mixologist-cocktail happy hour time or $50 steaks and dinner house fare. Us locals, love El Gallito too. This is a special little family run place.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Always a great meal here, but can be difficult to get a table in the busy winter tourist season. However, worth the wait. Great food and reasonable prices. Friendly restaurant and we locals love it.

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Probably the best Crispy Tacos I have ever had. Great authentic Mexican food at a reasonable price. However, be careful, they only accept cash!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?