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13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-5908
+1 760-329-4424
11:00 - 21:00
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 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.

Thank SSCC47
Hollywood, CA
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170 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 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 

Thank Wrldtraveler365
Desert Hot Springs, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 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 

Thank Joseph M
Palm Springs, California
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 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

Thank MortamusMentions
Los Angeles, California
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136 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

The food was delicious and the service was good. Service was very friendly, too. A definite thumbs up!

Thank Susan K
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

I LOVE their tacos, best thing there. Their burritos are really good also and they have a spot inside you can sit down at to eat in case you don't want to sit outside.

1 Thank Carla G
Lansing, Illinois
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014

This restaurant is clean and the food and flavored margaritas are worth stopping for. My wife and I had lunch here. With all of the choices in the area for Mexican food, I can say we were not disappointed with this place.I had a burrito dinner and my wife had tacos. They offer a variety of meat choices and beverages.... More 

Thank Stephen D
Desert Hot Springs, California
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Their varied flavored margaritas are sooo good, we had ours "virgin" and still they were good. Their diverse menu gives you plenty to choose from. The waiters are very nice and go out of their way to please you. Go there once in a while, we think you will enjoy yourself

1 Thank Alicia M
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We were visiting California for the first time, We were fairly new to Mexican food but enjoy spicy foods, we had experienced a Mariachi band at a restaurant in Fortuna can just about hear again great but noisy. We were recommended to the El Matador the food was freshly prepared and very enjoyable also reasonably priced, worth a visit if... More 

1 Thank DelboyBedfordshire
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2013

This place has incredible history bc the owner is a retired matador. Service and food are very good.

1 Thank VisitorsFromVegas

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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: +1 760-329-4424

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