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13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-5908
760-329-4424
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San Diego, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The first few times we had dinner there, the food was quite good, large portions and good service. I wish I could say the same for the last 3 times we ate there. The food was quite salty, slow service and it was very loud, so much we have decided not to return.

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Thank yesiamaswede
Palm Desert, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is NO PLACE better for Carnitas- Bean n Cheese Burrito -yes please! My wife is a vegetarian n they are always so nice about her grilled veggies. I'm a local in PS n I drive for this. AUTHENTIC

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Thank LanddLover
Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It should be enough to say that we have been eating here at least once a week (often more) for many years! Awesome staff! The cook puts love in every dish! Friendly service, great food, great drinks and large portions!

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Thank mod-travellers
Placentia, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We were a party of 6 who visited the El Matador and everyone was very pleased with the service and the delicious home cooked style food. I felt like I was a guest in a Mexican home. We all had something different and agreed it was great. The cocktails were a hit, the Margarita was the best I ever tasted,... More 

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Thank Fran525
Vista, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

I think this eating establishment is owned by a Matador and he has wonderful pictures on the wall. Owner actually came and talked to us. Good was good.

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Thank Charceeartist
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Great Al pastor tacos or burritos. Late night cravings satisfaction. Nothing locally good opened till midnight during weekends. Or even weekdays opened late night.

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Thank Leodan A
CdM
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

The food is very ordinary Mexican. Everything was ok but don't expect anything special in any way. Service was friendly but again nothing special.

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Thank SSCC47
Hollywood, CA
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170 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Awesome food and service. I ordered a vegetarian taco salad and it was filling and delicious. The taco salad offered guacamole, beans, rice, cheese just to name a few. Normally, when ordering veggie taco salads from other Mexican locations, it lacks flavor and items to help fill you up. You can order it with chicken or beef as well. I... More 

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Thank Wrldtraveler365
Desert Hot Springs, California
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place has much more potential. The place seems to be a favorite among the locals, cause when I went with some friends, it was pretty full. That could explain why it took so long for us to get our food, but perhaps it was more caused by the wait-staff... or lack thereof. #hiremorehelp Other than that, food was good.... More 

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Thank Onewaywire97
Palm Springs, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our family has been going to this little gem for many years!! There is no better Mexi crusine in Desert Hot Springs!! I always get the combination plates. Great prices and awesome food very consistent! Outside order window if you want a take out or sit outside

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Thank MortamusMentions

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-5908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Desert Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: 760-329-4424

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