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Pablito's of The Desert

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590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
+1 760-767-5753
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Pasadena, California
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent visit we ate both here and at Carmelita's. The dining room here is more pleasant and spacious. The salsa at Carmelita's is a little fresher and more piquant, in our opinion. You won't go wrong at either place. The food is fresh and well prepared. The service is very friendly- good chili rellenos.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA
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134 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looks like many of the locals know about this out of the way restaurant. We arrived about 8 p.m. and still had a short wait. The service is not as polished as in many other restaurants but our orders were taken and filled in a reasonable time. The food is all Mexican as you might have surmised. I ordered enchiladas... More 

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Hayden Lake, Idaho
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123 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You'll get good service here, especially if you're their last customer of the evening and they want to go home😄. They were pleasant and efficient, but the food was uninspired.

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Torrance, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We asked how long the wait - was told "I don't know", asked if they had ranch dressing - was told "I don't know, was completely ignored by server, we also noticed other tables with the same problem - no they were not busy at that time!!! I've had worst food, but not by much - even the margaritas were... More 

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Thank Leslie K
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

All I can say is th We've eaten here many times over the past few years, and it's always been mediocre, but this year it just wasn't good. The servers are delightful, though.

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Carlsbad, California
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

My wife & I enjoyed another good lunch at Pablito's recently. The cool restaurant was a nice relief after hiking in the desert. This was the height of the wildflower "superbloom" and the flowers were the most bounteous we have seen in years. But with the fields of flowers, come the hordes of flower-watchers. We were glad to come early... More 

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SanDiego
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156 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I have been here twice in the past month. They really are overwhelmed by the number of people who is visiting the desert this year because of the number of flowers in desert. Food is good but seating process is terrible. Love the patio and the cheese enchiladas. Margaritas are great. You need lots of time for this place.

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Alpine, ca.
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Went to Borrego to see the flowers. We were going to Carlee's for lunch, long wait. So we to Pablito's instead. We still had to wait about 10 mins. We sit down. Waited for the very Rude waitress. She takes our order. Waited. I got a taco salad. Lettuce was wet. So wet I could take it out and water... More 

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Townville, South Carolina
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456 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

4 of us rode down to Borrego Springs for a hike and some lunch. Got to the restaurant about 12:30. We were immediately seated. After 15 minutes someone took our beverage order but would not take our food order. After another 10 minutes we ordered our food. After another 10 minutes our beverages showed up. Finally we got our food... More 

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Battleford, Canada
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281 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Four of us visited Pablito's after a hike through "The Slot" in Boreggo State Park (a must activity for anyone who likes hiking - both experienced and novice). The Corona was cold. The glasses frosted. The limes fresh. The decor is very welcoming and the premises clean. The staff was most hospitable and conversational without being obtrusive. We have "had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 590 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Borrego Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-767-5753

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