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Here’s Where to Get Authentic Tacos and World-Class Tequila 

Written By: Gene Pietragallo Mexican Restaurants in Palm Springs

If there’s one outing that truly defines a quintessential dining experience in California, it’s the plethora of Mexican restaurants that call Greater Palm Springs home. Who doesn’t enjoy sweet, blended margaritas, spice-packed micheladas or beautifully crafted, traditional dishes from family recipes? Lucky for you, Greater Palm Springs is a nesting ground of bliss when it comes to Mexican cuisine. Here’s our nine favorite Mexican restaurants in the Coachella Valley. 

 

1 | Tacos, Drinks, Dance! Mexican Restaurants in Palm Springs

Casuelas Cafe, Palm Desert

Must-try dish: Pork Carnitas

The traditional Mexican experience at Casuelas Cafe, located in the heart of Palm Desert on Highway 111, has been on the forefront of Mexican dining in the Coachella Valley for over 27 years. Paired finely with the exotic taste of tradition, Casuelas’ nightlife provides guests with live music seven nights a week and all day on Sundays. “Here at Las Casuelas, we stick to our vision: the perfect combination of atmosphere, live music and real, traditional Mexican cuisine has been our ultimate goal since the very beginning,” says Ray Rodriguez, co-owner and general manager.

Native Knowledge: Executive Chef Gustavo Delgado started working as the Sous-Chef for Casuelas Cafe 25 years ago. To this date, Delgado has kept true to the original Casuelas recipes, adding his quarter-century of wisdom in the industry to every dish.

Casuelas Cafe
73703 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.568.0011

 

2 | Touch of Oaxaca

Adobe Grill, La Quinta

Must-try dish: Queso Fundito

Tequila fanatics fear not! Adobe Grill, located inside the beautiful La Quinta Resort, offers over 100 different tequilas for your selection. To pair with your world-class tequila, Adobe Grill provides an extensive menu, crafted to perfection for an authentic Mexican dining experience like no other in the Coachella Valley.

Native Knowledge: Like Adobe Grill itself, the La Quinta Resort surrounding the restaurant is also designed with Oaxacan motif and architecture, authenticating the atmosphere for a perfect south-of-the-border getaway.

Adobe Grill 
49499 Eisenhower Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564-5700

 

3 | Back to the Baja! Mexican Restaurants in Palm Springs

Tu Madres Cantina & Grill, La Quinta

Must-try dish: BarVacado

A new venture from the creative minds of the entrepreneurs behind Cork & Fork and Heirloom Craft Kitchen, Tu Madres is bringing owner and Executive Chef Andie Hubka’s fresh take on Baja-style cuisine to La Quinta. Like her previous restaurant ventures, Tu Madres offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu options for all items on the menu. “We decided to adopt a vegan and gluten-free menu at Heirloom Craft Kitchen because no other restaurants in the East side of the Coachella Valley offered that diet,” Chef Hubka says. “It was only natural to hold to our vegan-friendly motto for Tu Madres.”

Native Knowledge: Happy hour is always the best hour, and that fact holds true at Tu Madres! A daily happy hour showcases their unique tequila and mezcal, along with the highly-praised BarVacado—the perfectly grilled avocado bar snack that comes packed with short rib beef, pico de gallo and a specialized Baja crema sauce, topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Tu Madres
49990 Jefferson St, Ste 110
Indio, CA 92201
760.837.7787

 

4 | To the Roof! Mexican Restaurants in Palm Springs

Azucar, Downtown Palm Springs

Must-try dish: Jidori Chicken Breast

Focusing on modern-contemporary Mexican cuisine, Azucar not only provides excellent, enlightening dishes, but it also provides guests with a beautiful rooftop lounge surrounded by the trance-inducing San Jacinto mountains.

Azucar
339 S Belardo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
844.932.8044

 

5 | The Heart & Soul of Mexico

Tac/Quila, Downtown Palm Springs

Must-try dish: Beer Tempura Avocado Bites

Birthed from the passion of providing true flavor, experience and authenticity to the Coachella Valley, Tac/Quila presents locals with Jalisco-style cuisine to great praise—and they’re celebrating their first anniversary!

Tac/Quila
415 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.417.4471

 

6 | Patron! Patron! Patron!

El Patron, Downtown Palm Springs

Must-try dish: Tacos Del Mar, Mexican White Shrimp

New kids on the block! This latest addition to the Mexican cuisine in Downtown Palm Springs, El Patron has been crafting traditional Mexico City-style meals from scratch since it’s first taco stand in 1970. The self-proclaimed “King of Fresh” far exceeds that title, offering a delicious meal and drink pairing for reasonable prices!

Native Knowledge: A true homage to the street food of Northern Mexico, El Patron built its roots as an authentic taco stand before opening seven distinct locations! Their most recent location brings amazing flavors to the heart of Downtown Palm Springs!

El Patron
101 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
888.340.8226 

 

7 | In the Family! Mexican Restaurants in Palm Springs

La Bonita’s, Downtown Palm Springs

Must-try dish: Grilled Chicken Nachos

Staying true to family recipes, La Bonita’s spares no energy in bringing a home-cooked dinner to the table! With personal spins on dishes like carne asada fries, chimichangas and homestyle tostada plates, originality reigns supreme at this Coachella Valley gem.

La Bonita’s
330 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.318.8883

8 | Cantina City!

Maracas Cantina, Rancho Mirage

Must-try dish: Calamari Frito

For those looking for the perfect Taco Tuesday location, your search ends here! With a $2 taco special, over 100 tequilas to choose from and an all-day happy hour, your Tuesdays just got a whole lot better!

Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill
155 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.322.9654

 

9 | Michelada Madness!

Pueblo Viejo Grill, Palm Desert

Must-try dish: No. 4 Pueblo Viejo’s Famous Tamale

The perfect meal deserves a perfect drink, and Pueblo Viejo Grill in Palm Desert never misses a beat. Beautifully crafted, hand-made cuisine paired with out-of-this-world flavors deserves special attention to your beverage of choice. If Micheladas are your go-to, welcome to your new hub; it’s a match made in heaven!

Pueblo Viejo Grill
36901 Cook St
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760.836.1133