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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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was absolutely delicious. Service was great and very reasonably priced. Make sure you make a reservation.

Thank Darrin D
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here twice on our recent trip to Palm Desert, once for lunch and once for dinner. With 5 of us (2 adults, 3 teenage boys) they still managed to fit us in without a reservation both times (had to wait for dinner) but I recommend making a reservation, especially for dinner. I had fish tacos for lunch, they... More 

Thank Maria B
Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a very busy Mexican restaurant. They have very strong Margaritas, but tasty. You get spicy complimentary salsa and warm chips. My only complaint is when we ordered the fajitas (chicken), we asked for no green peppers and it came to the table with just onions and big chunks of chicken. It should have come with red peppers and... More 

Thank Marciekim
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

The patio is a beautiful place to sit and watch people and eat. The food is typical mexican that was not out of the ordinary. Parking can be an issue.

Thank Bill W
Palm Desert, California
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575 reviews
344 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

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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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

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
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 14 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

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