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Armando's Dakota Bar & Grill

€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern
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73260 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4270
+1 760-346-0744
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went with my daughter at the recommendation of a local. Great selection of tequila. I had tortilla soup. Excellent. And there amigos tacos. The steak taco and chicken taco were the best I'd ever eaten. The carnitas taco was too dry. The fresh salsa was bright and tasty. Service was perfect. Loved it. Thanks.

Thank Keith N
Issaquah, Washington
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favorite place to visit in El Paseo. We love to sit at the bar and people watch. The margaritas are outstanding - if a bit strong. Don't worry, the bartender will give you some extra margarita mix. We've always shared the chicken quesadillas and love them. Enjoy!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner with three adults and 2 children at this very busy restaurant. The service was unusually slow and unsatisfactory. I was told that this was one of the best restaurants in town but our experience was mediocre at best. Took 20 minutes just to get our drink order and then it came in fits and starts with the... More 

Thank Jasmine61
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The food was absolutely delicious. Service was great and very reasonably priced. Make sure you make a reservation.

Thank Darrin D
Seattle, Washington
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322 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We came here twice on our recent trip to Palm Desert, once for lunch and once for dinner. With 5 of us (2 adults, 3 teenage boys) they still managed to fit us in without a reservation both times (had to wait for dinner) but I recommend making a reservation, especially for dinner. I had fish tacos for lunch, they... More 

Thank Maria B
Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a very busy Mexican restaurant. They have very strong Margaritas, but tasty. You get spicy complimentary salsa and warm chips. My only complaint is when we ordered the fajitas (chicken), we asked for no green peppers and it came to the table with just onions and big chunks of chicken. It should have come with red peppers and... More 

Thank Marciekim
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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173 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

The patio is a beautiful place to sit and watch people and eat. The food is typical mexican that was not out of the ordinary. Parking can be an issue.

Thank Bill W
Palm Desert, California
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594 reviews
358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Armando's is a traditional favorite on el Paseo. Sitting on the patio facing the street is great for people watching and to enjoy the action on el Paseo. The grilled calamari are very delicious and go well with the well prepared margaritas. The fajitas are very generous portions so you can take home enough for another meal.

Thank Marty911
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85 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This spot has been mentioned by a veteran of restaurants in this area to me so I gave it a whirl. I agree with other reviews that one margarita is all anyone should have especially if you are driving ...very strong. Also the recommendation of the fajitas was right on as the volume is both huge and tasty. Salsa is... More 

Thank qwertVictoria
Lincoln, California
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137 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

The food is typical Mexican fare. Service was slow & my drink order was served incorrectly. I was disappointed that there was no offer to refill water.

Thank cookieladyBayArea

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73260 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4270
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 760-346-0744

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