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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
Good for:
Lunch
Dinner

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 37
    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
Most recent review
Yummy

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
jrcalgary
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Calgary
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Calgary
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Desert Hot Springs, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Their menu goes beyond the usual enchalada/taco fare. I really enjoyed the spinach enchalada, but everything is fresh and good. They have a range of beers and a full bar. Great food, good drinks, cosy place. Maravilloso!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place just puts out some great Mexican food. The Guacamole is fresh made by order and the dishes I have ordered were Chili Relino,Enchiladas and several Burrito dishes. I live in town and when I want Mexican,this is where I dine.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We eat here every time we are in the area. Good is wonderful and very reasonably priced. Servers are friendly.

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Gualala, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We loved everything about this simple restaurant. The food was fresh, simple and delicious The staff were full of information and so helpful The owner came and introduced himself to us We returned for a second meal...loved the ambience

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I loved this place.Margeritta were two thumbs up.The food was excellent.I loved the aqua leather seating.My friend thought the lighting was too bright but it didn't bother me. Best part is the family who runs it.They were so lovely, accomodating and very hospitable hosts.I enjoyed their manner very much and we had a wonderful yummy evening.

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Kapaau, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The food was delicious and yummy for traditional mexican food. loved the service and the spacing was comfortable and pleasant. The place was clean and a smile every time from the servers and wait help.

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Avila Beach, Ca.
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Tried another rated Mexican restaurant last time in DHS which was okay so we decided to try South of the Border for lunch on a weekday. We were so glad we did. The Cadillac margaritas were quite good (not as good as mine) and the chips and salsa were veit ry good. Chili Verde is on the menu and since... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The service was good. The food was decent. It's a fun spot to check out but it just looks tired to me. Very well run. I gave it a 3 star probably because I expect more, being from a more sophisticated part of the U.S. but then, this is Desert Hot Springs so probably needs more stars!

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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  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?