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“Prices Higher Than the Menu”
Review of El Mirasol

El Mirasol
Ranked #56 of 342 Restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $23
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Since opening in the Spring of 1985, El Mirasol Cocinca Mexicana has built a reputation for consistently serving piping hot plates of artfully prepared Mexican regional cuisine and tangy, flavorful Margaritas. Both El Mirasol locations feature a singular focus on wholesome, fresh food with house specialties like Chicharron en Salsa, our rich aromatic Mole Sauce, thickening the sauces using flax seed, and hand made Corn Tortillas made fresh daily. Expand your Mexican food horizons with regional selections like Shrimp, Scallops or Chicken in Pipian Sauce, Spinach Enchiladas in Chile Verde or enjoy traditional favorites like Carnitas, Carne Asada and Chiles Rellenos are gluten free. The Castaneda family welcomes a chance to serve you at either of their award winning El Mirasol locations, or we can provide catering for your event from small to large at your home, your event venue or host it at our very own Los Arboles Hotel!
Reviewed October 9, 2012

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Good, mild salsa...was asked if I'd like to try a more spicy one. Said yes, but it never came.
Bottle of beer: $4.75.
Mole: rich, sweetish, not mixed well with the chicken.
Rice and beans with salsa: pretty good.
Offered tortillas; said yes. Charged extra.
One person's meal for fairly good fare: over $20.00.
A big place.
Good parking.
Seemed relaxed.

Just felt a little manipulated into changing approximately a $12.00 meal to $20,00.

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Thank VeniVidiFrui
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LosArbolesPS, Owner at El Mirasol, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Sounds like we didn't deliver as well as we should have on your visit. Our apologies. On your next visit (if we are lucky enough to get you back!) and really want a big Mole flavor with your chicken ... order the shredded chicken breast which better saturates the Mole flavor into the chicken. And yes we do charge for tortillas and we kind of agonized over this too. But the tortillas we charge for (.85 cents per order) are made fresh daily in-house from corn masa. And the corn masa is made from whole corn and not corn meal. Its pretty labor intensive for us but we felt it was worth it. Thanks for the feedback and we hope to have a chance to do better on your next visit. Gracias!

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Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I ate here twice during our three night stay in Palm Springs. Both times the food and service was incredible! Definitely try the carnitas. The food was so flavorful and the chips and salsa were very fresh. This place will be a staple for us when we return.

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Thank MrsBrandon
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LosArbolesPS, Owner at El Mirasol, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Gracias Mrs. Brandon ... glad you enjoyed El Mirasol!

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Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

We were recommended to come here, supposed to be a loved Mexican place by locals. We loved the atmosphere and hospitality and if that's what you're looking for - go for it! :) It's nice, quiet, but sociable :) They do have good food, not the best Mexican I've had, and the lowest menu dinner was ~15$ ..just not what I want to spend on average tacos.

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Thank kfm2007
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LosArbolesPS, Owner at El Mirasol, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Thanks for the nice compliments about our atmosphere and hospitality. But it sounds like we could have done a better job outlining our menu offerings for you. We offer several dinner options around $10 (Chile Relleno $10.25 & Taquitos with Guacamole $9.75) at El Mirasol and my apologies that our server and menu didn't make that clear to you right from the start. Your comments were heard by the entire team at El Mirasol and will be considered when the time comes for us to redesign out menu.

Thanks again,

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you like authentic Mexican food, this is the place! The chips and salsa are amazing. The drinks are pricey but worth it. Loved the chicken enchiladas and carne asada dishes. Both perfect! Service is fast so no waiting.

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LosArbolesPS, Owner at El Mirasol, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Thanks for the kind words Kimber!

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Excellent servcie. Excellent food. Great ambiance. Very authentic Mexican faire. Huge margaritas which were made to perfection. Not alot of variety for desserts.

Thank Kimberzz
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LosArbolesPS, Owner at El Mirasol, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thanks Kimber ... appreciate your support!

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