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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: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 16
    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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New Westminster, B.C.
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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143 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 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 21 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
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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 reviews
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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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140 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about South of The Border

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

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?