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South of The Border

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11719 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-3605
760-251-4000
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
muy bueno

We are snowbirds or would eat here more often. The owner and staff are very friendly and the food is excellent !

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Boyd A
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Desert Hot Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We are snowbirds or would eat here more often. The owner and staff are very friendly and the food is excellent !

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I am always looking for great Mexican food and margaritas - this restaurant did not disappoint! The restaurant is a quaint, old fashion Mexican place with vinyl booths and adobe - you get the picture. The staff are very helpful and the service was excellent. The tamales were home-made and exquisite as were the margaritas! Out of the way but... More 

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Niagara Falls, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I love this place. Perfect. The food is fantastic and the staff is very very nice. It's an interesting place to look around with lots of eclectic decor. Our server Maria, was very kind. I have visited this place for the past 3 or 4 years after hiking the magnificent Joshua Tree Park. I still look forward to it every... More 

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Oakland, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We went to South of the Border with a group of 20. They gave us our own area of the restaurant. We pre-ordered, among 7 choices, our dinners, but ordered and paid for drinks on the spot. It all worked very well and we were a happy group when we left. The drinks were good and inexpensive. The food was... More 

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82 reviews 82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Stopped for lunch. Inexpensive lunch specials that were really excellent. Only complaint was that my "Draft" beer came in a bottle, however, is was very cold which made up for that small mistake. We would go there again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Best Mexican food in desert hot springs. The building is a bit of a hole in the wall. They serve fresh tortilla chips and salsa....and have great fajitas.

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Riverside, California
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95 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We go to Desert Hot Springs to relax in the pools for the weekend - we usually head towards Palm Springs for dinner - but none of the group wanted to travel that far this time. We were told that the best Mexican food in town was "South of the Border". We had a wonderful time and the food was... More 

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Tinton Falls, NJ
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Do not miss this lovely restaurant if you're in the Palm Springs area! It's one of those little gems that you love as soon as you walk in the door. The atmosphere is friendly, the place is charming, and the food is delicious. Plus, the owners are tennis fans and the evening matches from Indian Wells were visable on TV... More 

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Calgary
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was close to our hotel and is a small place with a fun atmosphere. Not super fast service but great food.

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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Certainly the best for Mexican Food in Desert Hot Springs, but I was expecting more from the reviews. Service was mediocre when we visited.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11719 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-3605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Desert Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: 760-251-4000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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