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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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Palm Desert, California
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567 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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
Palm Desert, California
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Went without a reservation and should have made one. The outdoor dining is the best. We did get sat right away, but were ushered out because the table was reserved for someone after us.

Thank Richele D
Scottsdale, Arizona
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We were going back to Scottsdale from LA and always stop at Palm Dessert. This restaurant is a local favorite! The margaritas are awesome! Food is very good, and not that expensive. Give it a try, they have been in business for 15 years, that should tell u something.

Thank Cheryl L
Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Food was average. The worst fish tacos I ever had, no taste. It was crazy busy so it must be a popular place, maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. Better luck next time.

Thank Daphne0801
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Sat outside enjoying the evening air. Mexican food that is familiar and very tasty. Great fish tacos. Drinks are substantial! Pare with guacamole as an appetizer and you are having a great evening. We strolled El Paseo after dinner before heading home.

Thank GretaGarboFranklyn
Maple Valley, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We ate at Armando's about 4 years ago and it was the reason I now love fish tacos. I looked forward to returning, but was a little disappointed in the fish tacos this time. My boyfriend ordered a tostado and an enchilada and thought they were tasty. Overall, the food was good but nothing to rave about, the staff adequately... More 

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Mukilteo, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Came here on a hot afternoon for early dinner. We were seated outside which would have been very uncomfortable in the heat but Armando's' has a great misting system that lets you enjoy outdoor dining in the heat. The four of us ordered margaritas. Very strong and not on the sweet side; just the way I like them. If you... More 

Thank Marianne A
Phoenix, Arizona
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Good place to relax on the terrace or in a very cozy bar and drink a cold and refreshing margarita. The food was also very good and loaded with frijoles refritos, salsa and chips.

Thank Rafael P

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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
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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Palm Desert, California
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?