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13450 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
760-329-4424
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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WA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but if you're hungry for Mexican food, this is a good choice in Desert Hot Springs.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

When choosing which Mexican restaurant to patronize, it is a toss up for me between South of the Border and El Matador - owned buy brothers. The decor at El Matador is a bit more plain Jane but the food is abundant and tasty. Giving the venue an authentic flair is an outside walk up "taco" window which is quite... More 

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Glenview
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I felt like I was in Bride's Maids when they come up to the Brazilian restaurant! But the food was good and the inside was light and clean.

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

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