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South of The Border

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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11719 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-3605
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw good reviews and decided to give it a chance with my husband. Had a burro and he had fajita. When he couldn't decide what kind he was offered the opportunity to mix ingredients. Was fantastic. We left stuffed but very happy

Thank 803SueB803
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

...but the food was about equal. It used to be good. We went to Zapopan the next night. Worse service but better food.

Thank barbara w
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148 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reason this is the number one ranked in Desert Hot Springs is very evident one you enjoy dinner here. Greeted by the patriarch at the door. Quickly seated and fresh salsa and chips appear soon after. Delicious. Just the right amount of spiciness and chunkiness. We both had Chimicangas which are our favorite. I had shredded beef. So tender.... More 

Thank Barbara S
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What I liked about this place is it had a menu for seniors, so you dont have to eat jumbo size meals. Also the margueritas were pretty good. My wife was'nt too pleased with the chicken dish she had but she's become a bit disillusioned with Mexican food in this part of the world.

Thank gluttoniac
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Salad, soup, burrito is world class! Friendly staff, fast service! This explaines why most of the customers were regulars. If you are looking for tasty mexican food in the neighborhood, start here!

Thank kory007
San Clemente, California
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Family run business, that shows pride & tradition in having some of the best food I've ever tasted! Don't miss this treasure. Loved it <3

Thank Mia A
Desert Hot Springs, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Probably one of the best in my opinion.There is zappopan,but I think that south of the border has better chips and salsa.

Thank Vango1974
palm springs
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

It small place but worth it food was great staff was always ready to fill your glass or to check up to make sure food was to our likening

Thank larryPalmSprings
Santa Monica, California
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Very yummy, authentic, family owned Mexican eatery in the heart of Dessert Hot Springs. The three chicken and beef taquito dinner plate were excellent. Loved the fluffy rice! The homemade ice tea is super refreshing and tangy on a warm summer day. The wet Vegie burrito, which we altered to include avocado, sour cream, lettuce and cilantro was served to... More 

Thank WillinLa
Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Always an excellent, economical meal here. Wonderful guacamole, fresh salsa, friendly and competent service. This is always on my rotating list of dinner spots, and I take the leftovers back to the room fridge for snacking on later. You can also get a beer to take back to your hotel room.

Thank maestrashari

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11719 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-3605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Desert Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: 760-251-4000

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