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El Portal Restaurant

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32235 Date Palm Dr Ste 101, Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 202-6685
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food and service

I had the shrimp and spinach enchiladas, excellent. My husband had chicken quesadillas. Their salsa was fresh and excellent. Service was friendly and we were pleasantly surprised when our waitress gave us one meal free (Wednesday special). Lots of Mexican restaurants around here, this one's a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michele H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the shrimp and spinach enchiladas, excellent. My husband had chicken quesadillas. Their salsa was fresh and excellent. Service was friendly and we were pleasantly surprised when our waitress gave us one meal free (Wednesday special). Lots of Mexican restaurants around here, this one's a keeper.

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Thank Michele H
Greenville, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We asked our waitress about getting some veggie-based food and she checked to see what was available. We ended up getting fajitas with onions, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini. Also beans, rice and a little salad. Other than having mushy zucchini, the dish was excellent and very fairly priced. Oh and the salsa was full of fresh flavor. Service... More 

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Thank Alive2332
Palm Desert
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Our office is in Rancho Mirage and our home in Palm Springs. Virtually in the middle is family owned El Portal on Date Palm west of Ramon. I went for simplicity and had a cheese enchilada and chicken tanak. My husband ordered a chicken mole platter. Boy it was fun picnicking off each other's plates. A sweet surprise was an... More 

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1 Thank Louie M
Palm Desert, California
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in here on a Sunday in July because Don and Sweet Sues had too long a wait. It took over 5 minutes to get a menu. Had to go to the counter and ask. The place was clean and only 2 other tables occupied. Only breakfast items were being served so I could not order some of the... More 

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Thank Susan R
Palm Springs, California
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Had very traditional enchiladas beef-chicken-cheese with beans and rice. Outstanding salsa. Very cold beer on tap. This is worth the trip.

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Thank WesternRover
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Omg let me tell you this place is a hidden gem the food was freash a delicious the chili reano was wonderful probably my best top 5 this is so worthy of a road trip if your not a local

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Thank Damien G
Astoria, Oregon
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Extra friendly service, authentic mexican menu, great food. Found this place by accident while looking for a different restaurant, but now will be coming back to this one for sure!

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2 Thank Barbara P
San Diego
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We were on our way home and decided to pop in for breakfast. The place is very clean, quiet, and inviting. Cindy was our server and she too was very nice and friendly. I lived for ten years in Mexico so I'd like to say that I know good Mexican food. At other Mexican restaurants, I usually get Huevos Rancheros... More 

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2 Thank adnval
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A year ago we drove past this restaurant several times and noticed the signs for $1.00 tacos. We decided to try it and had a wonderful meal. We returned several times for other great values on the menu. On one occasion the owner served us and told us about is restaurant. Once again we were in the area and took... More 

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1 Thank Alvin W
Prescott, Arizona
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

Met Victor the owner. Extremely accommodating. Gave us sample of his Margaritas. Killer Margaritas - huge and rimmed with a slice of orange & chili flakes.... awesome! Don't miss out on trying Victor's spicy tequilla. So we decided to stay for lunch after stopping to just see the menu. Homemade corn & flour tortillas. Best Mole we have had! Guacamole... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 32235 Date Palm Dr Ste 101, Cathedral City, CA 92234
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Cathedral City
  • Phone Number: (760) 202-6685

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?