We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

El Portal Restaurant

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
32235 Date Palm Dr Ste 101, Cathedral City, CA 92234-4398
+1 760-202-6685
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

25 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 25: English reviews
Level Contributor
45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
2 reviews
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 

Thank annjns81
Level Contributor
48 reviews
26 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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
173 reviews
114 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
Level Contributor
105 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank Damien G
Astoria, Oregon
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

2 Thank Barbara P
San Diego
Level Contributor
35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank adnval

Travelers who viewed El Portal Restaurant also viewed

Cathedral City, California Desert
Cathedral City, California Desert
Cathedral City, California Desert
Cathedral City, California Desert
Cathedral City, California Desert
Cathedral City, California Desert

Been to El Portal Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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)  >  California Desert  >  Cathedral City
  • Phone Number: +1 760-202-6685

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Portal Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?