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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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406 Washington Ave N, Ketchum, ID 83340
+1 208-726-3068
11:30 - 22:00
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Vancouver, Washington
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Casual quick and comfortable in updated digs with killer guacamole and affordable meals with brisk courteous service and a fast kid friendly home made authentic Mexican food that is actually authentic and tasty with huge portions. Family and locals here for value and average ambiance on vinyl type floors. A great place to eat. Will return

Thank kookoo48
Ketchum, Idaho
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great mexican food, yummy guacamole, best salsa, fresh local meats, hormone free, good and fast service

Thank Karin R
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Despo's! Muchas Gracias for an awesome review. More 

Gresham, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reasonably priced Mexican American food. Margarita was okay too. Friendly staff. We got there at 6 pm on a Friday night. By 7 pm, lots of folks waiting, with basically no place to wait.

Thank Diane S
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

Pleased you came to Despo's. Thank you for posting your review and we hope to see you again. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This has great service, integrity and food. I am almost always in it for the Tortilla Soup or the KMT Salad. Always check the specials. Enchiladas, Tacos are aways super. Good beer list with drafts. Closed on Sundays, low staff turnover as they are paid and treated well.

Thank GAH2343
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

We sure appreciate your detailed review- thank you so very much!! More 

Eastsound, Washington
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This place exceeded my expectations for quality and service. The street appeal and ambiance are a little lacking but the food, prices and service make up for this. I had the soft tacos with moist grilled mahi mahi and wild prawns. I appreciate finding wild seafood rather than farmed.

Thank mary12355
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

So happy to exceed your expectations and appreciate your review. Thank you very much! More 

Seattle, Washington
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

For a quick, economical, friendly traditional (North American) Mexican Restaurant, this is your place in Ketchum. The service is friendly and briskly efficient, the food fresh and hot. No haute cuisine here, but no high resort prices, either. A good place for families and friends. Lots of wood and hard surfaces makes Despo's a bit noisy, but the clatter has... More 

Thank Kate S
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We can't wait to see and serve you again!! More 

Hailey, Idaho
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We usually have the KT salad- eat in when it's cold or out on their deck and watch the sunlight change on Bald Mountain. In the summer we like to ride the back or path from Hailey, eat our salad, and ride back home before dark- marvelous!!

Thank owscanlon
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

We are so grateful for your wonderful review and thrilled to serve you always!!! More 

Sun Valley, Idaho
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105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

What's great about Despo's is you can always find something yummy and fresh to eat! I love bringing friends and family here!

Thank Myra F
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

Thank you SO MUCH, Myra! We love having you, your family and friends here!! More 

Cochrane, Canada
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

I ate at this place with my family. It was a bit of an early dinner, so not too busy when we arrived. Service was great. Food arrived quickly. By the time we left, the place was getting busy! They had some decent vegetarian options too! I highly recommend this place!

Thank Brent W
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and recommendation. We look forward to seeing and serving you again (and again, and again!!). More 

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239 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Tried Despo's for the first time. The food was decent. The service was very good. I had the special...The Green Chilli Burrito served wet. I'll try something different next time.

Thank DogDoggie
James F, Owner at Desperado's, responded to this review

We're so happy you tried Despo's! We can't wait to serve you again - we strive to make our food better than decent and would love to show you that. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 406 Washington Ave N, Ketchum, ID 83340
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Ketchum
  • Phone Number: +1 208-726-3068
Voted "Valleys Best Mexican" again in 2013! "We create authentic, delicious Mexican dishes that respect your desires for a healthy meal without compromising flavor. Offering fresh ingredients (locally sourced when available), high quality, regionally sourced meats, daily specials, vegetarian selections, and 3 kinds of salsa made daily. We use non-hydrogenated oil with a dedicated chip fryer. Owner/Manager Jim Funk started Despo's in 1983. Specials every day, Wednesdays you can count on Texas Tacos. Celebrate Meatless Margarita Monday every week with 20% off all Veggie menu items and 20% off Margaritas!

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