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El Portal Restaurant

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32235 Date Palm Dr Ste 101, Cathedral City, CA 92234-4398
+1 760-202-6685
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had just arrived in Palm Springs for his baseball tournament. Checked Trip Advisor for a local Mexican restaurant nearby. El Portal lived up to the reviews. They offer a 3-course meal of salad, entree and dessert for a very reasonable price. We both had the camerones ceviche tostada to begin, which was a nice serving size... More 

Thank Shelshok
Port Alberni, Canada
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129 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for "Taco Tuesday" and thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was very friendly and attentive. We tried both soft and crispy tacos, both good but preferred the latter. Good margaritas. Excellent value.

Thank Landcruiser78
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Great vibe, excellent service, delicious food. We will be back on our next trip to Palm Springs I have eggs with chorizo, my friend had chilaquiles.

Thank ejgCalifornia
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

We found this friendly place on our way back from hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. The service was welcoming and made you feel right at home, though we had never been there before. Once seated, the wait staff was over to bring us chips and salsa as well as menus. The margaritas are authentic. They are offered in three... More 

Thank Jennifer J
Palm Springs, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I've been to every Mexican restaurant in the Coachella valley or most restaurants, I should say. El Portal has great service, the owner always makes sure to come by our table and say hello. All waitress are phenomenal as well. Food wise, I've tried their seafood, enchiladas, burritos, queso fundido, tortas, tacos and the list goes on, and we are... More 

1 Thank annjns81
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016 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.

Thank Michele H
Greenville, SC
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143 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

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 

Thank Alive2332
Palm Desert
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59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Louie M
Palm Desert, California
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178 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Susan R
Palm Springs, California
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107 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank WesternRover

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32235 Date Palm Dr Ste 101, Cathedral City, CA 92234-4398
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Cathedral City
  • Phone Number: +1 760-202-6685

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?