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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
+1 760-251-4000
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Desert Hot Springs does not have many food options. There a lots of Mexican places and we chose one and hoped for the best.The food here was so good!! We did not expect it to be, we were wrong! Super friendly staff too.

Thank 495cherir
Orange, California
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This are the type of restaurants that diner legend are made of- you arent really sure about the outside, but when you eat the food- wow! Our family stopped in on a whim since we were too tired to keep looking and almost walked out. The waitress/owners daughter was super friendly and quickly put us at ease. When the very... More 

Thank RicOlsen
Nanaimo, B.C.
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here tonight and were not disappointed. I had chile relleno and a burrito, my husband ate shrimps, and our friends really enjoyed their meals too. Waitress was very friendly, as was the owner.

Thank TheCanuckz
Henderson, Nevada
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760 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place for a meal in Desert Hot Springs. Diverse dinner menu with heaping portions. Also offers inexpensive lunch specials. Has a bar and drink specials. I'm a fan of the chicken chimichangas!

Thank Zoom_Gotti
Desert Hot Springs, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The food and service is excellent and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant is family owned and the patriarch is a former matador. It is a great place to eat. I am a local from Desert Hot Springs and it is my favorite Mexican food restaurant in the valley.

Thank Victoria E
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The place was very dirty and dusty, You can see the dust on all the decorations cluttering the restaurant. Food was just average, nothing special.

Thank gary b
Blue Mountains
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We enjoyed the friendly mexican ... old style atmosphere & food !! Cost is quite reasonable , & each time we have been there , the staff are very accommodating & friendly !! Fun experience for the whole family .

Thank Chris F
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in after reading the reviews and have to agree, this is the best Mexican food in the whole valley! The Chile relleno is the best I've ever had and for $4.50! And did I mention the margaritas? Great again! The owner comes by the table to greet the guests. Ask him about the pictures on the walls! We... More 

1 Thank Dennis K
Perris, California
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Passing by this town, came across this little restaurant, decided to give it a try. Glad we did! On the outside seemed small and not too I citing, but once we went in, was nice and clean, the service was excellent, SUPER fast. Our food was very good and the portions were plenty. Whenever I come through here, will make... More 

Thank mimi4you
Silverton, Oregon
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Excellent food and service for a low price. Enjoyed the night out. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank hollyhcg

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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: +1 760-251-4000

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