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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
Today
11:00 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Mesquite, Nevada
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288 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It had been more than a year since our last visit and my husband and I thought it would be a good idea to have a meal on our first day of arrival in Desert Hot Springs. We arrived and there weren't many customers around as it was a week day. The staff attended to us right away. As I... More 

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1 Thank NyonyaLady
LA VERGNE, TN
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in for lunch. Prices were ok. Tacos were really good. Enchilada was ok. Beans were runny. The hot sauce was also very good.

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1 Thank LYNN C
Clarksville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great people and reasonable pricing. Real authentic food healthy portions Located on the main road just past pierson blvd.

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1 Thank armyphotoguy
Calgary, Alberta
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81 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here on our first night in town based on TP reviews. Food was very good, large portions and very reasonable priced. Service is friendly and feels very much like a family ran enterprise. My husband and I both had burritos. The sauce was delicious. My only comment is that we would have preferred a bit more spice. The... More 

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1 Thank Free_Skier
Incline Village, Nevada
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220 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fernando, a 12 year matador professional fought in MX, Spain and So. Amer. until the accident. Meet and talk with this interesting guy. The place is typical MX, old well used furniture and mixture of beer signs, tile, crap. Prompt service, popular, food presentation thrown on the plate, not particularly tasty, but some interesting spinish enchiladas-not the greatest of old... More 

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Thank SamB29
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered food from South of the Border on one of the nights we stayed at Sea Mountain and were surprised when we didn't have to give up quality for convenience. The portions were more than satisfying, we even had some leftover to snack on later in the room!

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1 Thank hayley w
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a great local Mexican restaurant. Service is good food is excellent. I love the steak Picado or the Chili Verde. The Shrimp cocktail is a meal in itselself served up Mexican style. Try it all with a strawberry margarita.

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1 Thank Steve G
Nashville, Tennessee
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Paired with a trip to Cabot's Pueblo Museum this makes for a pleasant way to spend a few hours in Desert Hot Springs.

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1 Thank lsj615
Sunshine Coast, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

9 of us went for dinner. What a great time we had! We were made to feel very welcome, Cadillac margaritas all around, water without having to ask for it. Extensive menu, I chose a mixed plate of chicken taco & vegetarian burrito. Delicious! Our host - son of the owner I believe - was very attentive and made sure... More 

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1 Thank Shannon M
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

It's ok food. There is not much choice in desert hot springs I think it's best to go to Palm Springs for the food selection.

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Thank jessica J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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?