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El Matador

13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-5908
+1 760-329-4424
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“burrito” (3 reviews)
“beans” (2 reviews)
“mexican food” (8 reviews)
Closes in 20 min
11:00 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-5908
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

I'm a local and this is where I go when I'm craving Mexican food. I'm always treated well and the service is attentive. It's not fancy, but it's always clean and the foot preparation is consistently good and the prices are very reasonable.They also make...More

Thank DeAnn C
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The El Matador isn't much to look at inside. There are booths on both sides of the room with an aisle down the middle. The food is good, though, and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is quiet and laidback. We saw quite a few locals in...More

Thank Me_in_SD
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I know several people that like this place, but my experience was not good, I ordered green sauce on my burrito and got way too much ranchero sauce! Not good!

Thank Michael V
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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

Thank tuppy2009
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...More

Thank NewTravelerSD
Reviewed 23 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,...More

Thank yesiamaswede
Reviewed 9 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

Thank LanddLover
Reviewed 26 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!

Thank mod-travellers
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank Fran525
Reviewed 9 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.

Thank Charceeartist
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13450 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92240-5908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Desert Hot Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-329-4424
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