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El Matador

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13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-5908
+1 760-329-4424
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Bellingham, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good food and very good prices, eat here often. It is a small Restaurant, quiet and laid back atmosphere Staff are excellent. But you will be surprised at the quality and price

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I am biased because, well, I am Mexican and Mexican food is a regular meal for me. But this place was pretty decent. They have a variety of salsas you can request that were very flavorful. I enjoyed their chicken crunchy tacos. I must say they are very generous with their chicken. There isn't much of a breakfast menu so... More 

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The first few times we had dinner there, the food was quite good, large portions and good service. I wish I could say the same for the last 3 times we ate there. The food was quite salty, slow service and it was very loud, so much we have decided not to return.

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Thank yesiamaswede
Palm Desert, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

There is NO PLACE better for Carnitas- Bean n Cheese Burrito -yes please! My wife is a vegetarian n they are always so nice about her grilled veggies. I'm a local in PS n I drive for this. AUTHENTIC

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Thank LanddLover
Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

It should be enough to say that we have been eating here at least once a week (often more) for many years! Awesome staff! The cook puts love in every dish! Friendly service, great food, great drinks and large portions!

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Thank mod-travellers
Placentia, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We were a party of 6 who visited the El Matador and everyone was very pleased with the service and the delicious home cooked style food. I felt like I was a guest in a Mexican home. We all had something different and agreed it was great. The cocktails were a hit, the Margarita was the best I ever tasted,... More 

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Thank Fran525
Vista, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

I think this eating establishment is owned by a Matador and he has wonderful pictures on the wall. Owner actually came and talked to us. Good was good.

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Thank Charceeartist
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

Great Al pastor tacos or burritos. Late night cravings satisfaction. Nothing locally good opened till midnight during weekends. Or even weekdays opened late night.

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Thank Leodan A
CdM
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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Thank SSCC47
Hollywood, CA
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169 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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?