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13450 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
760-329-4424
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  • 8
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican treat

We were visiting California for the first time, We were fairly new to Mexican food but enjoy spicy foods, we had experienced a Mariachi band at a restaurant in Fortuna can just about hear again great but noisy. We were recommended to the El Matador the food was freshly prepared and very enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2013
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Hollywood, CA
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Awesome food and service. I ordered a vegetarian taco salad and it was filling and delicious. The taco salad offered guacamole, beans, rice, cheese just to name a few. Normally, when ordering veggie taco salads from other Mexican locations, it lacks flavor and items to help fill you up. You can order it with chicken or beef as well. I... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place has much more potential. The place seems to be a favorite among the locals, cause when I went with some friends, it was pretty full. That could explain why it took so long for us to get our food, but perhaps it was more caused by the wait-staff... or lack thereof. #hiremorehelp Other than that, food was good.... More 

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Palm Springs, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our family has been going to this little gem for many years!! There is no better Mexi crusine in Desert Hot Springs!! I always get the combination plates. Great prices and awesome food very consistent! Outside order window if you want a take out or sit outside

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The food was delicious and the service was good. Service was very friendly, too. A definite thumbs up!

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

I LOVE their tacos, best thing there. Their burritos are really good also and they have a spot inside you can sit down at to eat in case you don't want to sit outside.

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Lansing, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This restaurant is clean and the food and flavored margaritas are worth stopping for. My wife and I had lunch here. With all of the choices in the area for Mexican food, I can say we were not disappointed with this place.I had a burrito dinner and my wife had tacos. They offer a variety of meat choices and beverages.... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Their varied flavored margaritas are sooo good, we had ours "virgin" and still they were good. Their diverse menu gives you plenty to choose from. The waiters are very nice and go out of their way to please you. Go there once in a while, we think you will enjoy yourself

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Bedfordshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were visiting California for the first time, We were fairly new to Mexican food but enjoy spicy foods, we had experienced a Mariachi band at a restaurant in Fortuna can just about hear again great but noisy. We were recommended to the El Matador the food was freshly prepared and very enjoyable also reasonably priced, worth a visit if... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This place has incredible history bc the owner is a retired matador. Service and food are very good.

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Las Vegas, NV
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We love the Matador. It is not a fancy place but the food is excellent and the wait staff extremely nice.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13450 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Desert Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: 760-329-4424

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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