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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

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very South of the Border

We went actually expecting Mexican cuisine which this is not. This is a mixture of South American and authentic Spanish cooking. One we understood that- we returned and enjoyed several house specialties which were wonderful! Great service- friendly staff and throughly enjoyed everything!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Bill C
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Desert Hot Springs, California
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English first
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

When you find yourself hungry in desert hot springs and can't or don't want to get out what do you do? Stop for chain offered gas station fast food, no thanks. Eat and Drink your dinner in the car, not recommended. It was 104 at 8:00 pm the night we were there. South of the Border at least tries. They... More 

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El Dorado County, CA
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My girlfriend and I ate here for lunch. It was great as were the Margaritas. the staff was happy, friendly and efficient. The food was great.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went actually expecting Mexican cuisine which this is not. This is a mixture of South American and authentic Spanish cooking. One we understood that- we returned and enjoyed several house specialties which were wonderful! Great service- friendly staff and throughly enjoyed everything!

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New Westminster, B.C.
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This place has a Typical Mexican restaurant menu with pretty good volume in their presentations, has friendly staff, bright decor, and is moderate to slightly expensively priced.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

This place was so yummy and the service so kind and attentive. Betty was wonderful such positive spirited woman felt so welcomed. I ordered the chicken fajitas and since Im watching my points I had to modify and change my beans,rice,and tortillas for a nice green salad. They assisted me and had a delicios meal.

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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5 reviews
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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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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50 restaurant 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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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?