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El Salvador Cafe

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Latin, Central American, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American
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1759 N Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-3441
+1 760-322-3778
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tyler, Texas
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped in here for a quick lunch, and I was trying to avoid the nearby Mcdonalds. I got just a couple tacos, and they were not horrible but not great either. The hot sauce was pretty good though. They got kind of pissy when I tried to pay with a credit card, saying they wouldn't take it for less... More 

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Thank Rob S
Canada
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264 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Come for the simple, delicious food; not for the basic decor. Our friendly, vivacious server helped explain the menu and gave excellent advice for two newbies to the cuisine: order the sampler plate plus a Salvadoran tamale (wrapped in banana leaf) and share. It was plenty for two people; everything was tasty and cost less than $20 including a $3... More 

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Onaway, Michigan
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121 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice change from what you can get on the strip. You re not over paying for being in a touristy restaurant. You feel like you are in another time and place. The pupusas were very good, the slaw vinegary, the meats tasty. Very nice wait staff. If you want something a little different from other "Spanish" food,... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

The El Salvador Cafe is tucked into a strip of businesses in the Albertson's Shopping Center, in Palm Springs, at Vista Chino and Sunrise... It is next door to World's Gym. This simple, unassuming, small restaurant is a Diamond in the rough..... Very Clean, Great Service, Delicious Food...... and..... Very Affordable.... !!!! A family run business.... and they treat you... More 

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Thank Don S
Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016

This is a nice "hole in the wall" restaurant that serves authentic El Salvadorian food. The prices are very reasonable and the service is friendly It has a family run feel to it. I had the pupusa and fried bananas -- tasted great. They also served complimentary cold slaw. They don't take credit cards. I would recommend this if you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2015

This is a small place. I was not familiar with some of the types of cuisine. I tried the pupusas which our friend said in kind of the traditional nation dish. I tend to stay away from meat and this had many options for me. We all tried the pupusas and they were tasty. I also tried the chips and... More 

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Thank Rebelbkm
Bellevue
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

The pupusas were just ok, kind of thick and clumsy and not too tasty. But the chicken soup was really good and flavorful with lots of chicken on the bone and vegetables. We got platanos for dessert, and they were not as ripe as they should have been, so they weren't very good.

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MA
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189 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

Great place for a quick meal. Good service, hardworking staff and the pupusas were delicious. We ordered cheese and the pork and cheese. Both yum. Clean bathroom too, which counts.

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Thank BooKat
Palm Springs, California
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2015

Excellent food and tasty "hot" sauce... Rockin' to the Salvadorian music in the background... Small little place located next to a World Gym.. Taquitos = Excellent Papusa's = Excellent Large drinks, even have Salvadorian drinks & beer... Very casual place....located in a little shopping center... Highly Recommend!

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Minneapolis
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84 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2015

Since we are trying different places and enjoy ethnic foods I thought we'd try this recommended small family owned restaurant. Perhaps we ordered the wrong thing in attempting to sample a variety of Salvadorian foods. The plate was all deep fried items that I wouldn't recommend since they all tasted pretty much the same. The papusas were the best of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1759 N Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262-3441
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-322-3778

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