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South of The Border

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11719 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-3605
760-251-4000
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
True Mexican Restaurant

This establishment is one's stereotypical Mexican restaurant: friendly, welcoming and competent staff, great food, reasonable prices and, although clean, in need of some serious TLC. What's really important? We will return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Reklaw252
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Battleford, Canada
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Sedona, Arizona
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived were seated and waited a long time for anyone to come to our table. The man seated behind us, arrived after we did... walked in, was served water and coffee right away plus they took his order. We had to ask to be waited on and had to ask for water. We noticed there was not an Hispanic... More 

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Thank AZGirl2014
Burlington, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of four spent the afternoon in Desert Hot Springs touring the museum & taking in the hot springs when we thought we should have a nice Mexican themed lunch. We spotted South of the Border on TA and the bartender at the spa also recommended this place. What a great restaurant. Fresh, authentic food in a Family run... More 

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Thank Jamie M
Battleford, Canada
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247 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This establishment is one's stereotypical Mexican restaurant: friendly, welcoming and competent staff, great food, reasonable prices and, although clean, in need of some serious TLC. What's really important? We will return.

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Thank Reklaw252
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There aren't many eateries around here. We went on a Sunday night. It wasn't busy and the food was okay, nothing special. I liked the tacos and salsa.

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Thank Gem526
Cerritos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food just like at home. The family atmosphere and wonderful attention to there customers we always eat here when we are in town.

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Thank 454raymondm
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu was big. There is also a full bar. The portions were big and hearty. I even ate the rice and beans which I usually skip. I had carnitas and my husband had something I never heard of, but he polished it off. I like that they give you the choice of wet or dry burritos. If I would... More 

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2 Thank JustAPerson2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Food was awesome, service was good. Have recommended it already the drinks were well made. It has a neat vibe, the owners are so nice!

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1 Thank Sdiverwand
Oyster Bay, NY
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Quiet, dark place. Nice Cadillac margaritas and spinach enchiladas lunch. Felt authentic and friendly.

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2 Thank deemo8
Denver, Colorado
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This restaurant was within walking distance of the resort we stayed at in Desert Hot Springs. It had great food and great margaritas. I had the chicken and beef taquitos, and my wife had the chicken enchiladas. Both were fresh and tasty, and the guacamole was flavorful. The salsa is also very good, and unlike any I've had before. The... More 

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2 Thank Kath M
Orange County, CA
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268 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,010 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The service was great at this Mexican Restaurant. Unfortunately, I felt the food was just average. It did stay busy the entire time we were there, so maybe I had a plate that was just not to my liking. I will give them another try when I'm back in the area.

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3 Thank 90622

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?