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72840 State Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-4780
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Ranked #96 of 236 restaurants in Palm Desert
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Californian, Healthy
Most recent review
- Jul 29, 2013
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9 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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English first
Palm Desert, California, United States
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

True, Rubios pioneered the Fish Taco concept - but many others have "perfected" it. Now that Rubio's has gone Corporate Franchise, this means your portions are now metered by High School kids and centrally-processed. When a "Mexican Restaurant" charges you for chips and salsa...it's time to return to your favorite Hole-in-the-wall joint. Baja Fresh serves a healthier, delicious grilled Wahoo... More

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Great service and many healthy alternatives for a casual place to eat. Quick, good food and reasonable prices. Clean, good ambiance and the people behind the counter are great. highly recommend.

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Abbotsford, Canada
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151 reviews 151 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Honestly, for the money, you cannot beat Rubios! Their blackened mahi mahi tacos and chicken salads are made fresh, to order, and are absolutely delicious. I've had Mexican food all over California, and I'd choose Rubios over other, more expensive places. You can even get a cheap Negra Modelo or Pacifico beer to go with your meal! Yum!

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Best fish tacos and street tacos I've ever had! We checked Trip Advisor for the best Mexican Restaurant in Palm Springs that was affordable. There were plenty of great reviews of Rubios. We followed the directions there and found ourselves in a mall and the restaurant was a fast food joint in the food court. Great food, but terrible atmosphere.

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Detroit, Michigan
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95 reviews 95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I was walking the mall in search of something different for lunch when I came across Rubio's. I ordered the Mahi Mahi Tacos. They were absolutely delicious! The bean dip and chips were really good. They give you fresh lime slices to squeez onto your tacos which is great. The salsa bar is nice too. I will go back here... More

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Apple Valley
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great place for a small lunchtime meal. Food was prepared very well (I had a steak burrito), with a decent sizable portion to hold you well over into the evening. Prices were very reasonable for the proportion. I highly recommend.

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Los Angeles, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

They're specials each month have fish, shrimp or lobster tacos and they are scrumptious. My favorite dish is their Crispy Orange Shrimp salad. It's a great meal with.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012 via mobile

The Palm Desert location is in the food court of Westfield mall. In the past, it has been just a notch below the Palm Springs location. Being in the mall food court can be tough but I sense a change for the better. Their original fish tacos are excellent. I used to favor their blackened mahi mahi tacos however, they... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

great tacos

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