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“Excellent value, friendly service and authentic southern Mexican cuisine”

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El Portal Restaurant
Ranked #26 of 134 Restaurants in Cathedral City
Cuisines: Mexican
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent value, friendly service and authentic southern Mexican cuisine”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Desert Cities near Palm Springs. My favorite dish here is the tostada ceviche. It is a small but filling portion of uncooked lime soaked shrimp and other seafood. It's placed on a crispy corn tortilla. The flavor is crisp, with lot's of lime. I suggest a few drops of Tapato on it for zest. I usually order this and a dinner salad in summer, with a margarita. On weekends, they have excellent manuedo. This family owned restaurant serves tortillas that are thick like the one's you see in the Yucatan. The patrons here are mostly locals, are mostly Mexican nationals or immigrants, with some non-hispanics who are privy to a great local secret. It's a local jewel.

  • Visited August 2013
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Prunedale, California
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Good!”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Just got home from a very filling dinner at El Portal. The service was great and the food was even better. Excellent food and very friendly service. The owner waited on us and was very accommodating. Excellent food and lots of it. We will be going back, probably tomorrow. You won't be sorry if you give this place a try.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Page1vp_10
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California
Level 6 Contributor
291 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

El Portal is a cute, clean restaurant. There is usually a person with a sign on Date Palm twirling the specials (like tacos $1.00). Victor the owner is very nice - I almost want to come back just to support him. I ordered the nachos. The chicken was in a sauce that made all the chips soggy. I had to eat them with a fork and they weren't good. My other friends had ordered other dishes that they said were OK, but not good. There are so many great Mexican restaurants in the area, this one is not one of them.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank DonandMaro
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Troy, MI
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Mi Casa es su Casa”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

There are two things that brought us back multiple times during our 4 day stay in Palm Springs: the great food and Victor, the owner. I had fresh spinach and shrimp enchiladas and they were delicious and unique. My husband had the shrimp quesadillas and they were just as we had gotten in Cabo.

Victor is so friendly and helpful, he makes you feel like you are being welcomed into his home.

Good margaritas and desserts as well.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank FoodiefromTroy
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California
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Always value and a great meal!”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

I take my two kids and Partner to el Portal at least once a month. Victor, the owner, is always there with great conversation and the best Mexican food! This is a must stop
And eat kind of place!

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Thank Scott S
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