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Clandestino, Palm Springs, CA
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Clandestino

4.8
4.8
83 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Clandestino is the moody sister of Tac/Quila. Serving elevated and fresh Mexican food. Located right next to the Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Palm Springs. The restaurant is headed by Chef Gustavo Carreon who has worked diligently to create a menu that highlights the best that his home country has to offer. Some Clandestino exclusives include crab enchiladas in a creamy artichoke sauce, stuffed squash blossoms and cochinita pibil.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 699-6222

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 83 people are saying

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4.8
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  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. HS

    HeatherS

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous spot for a girls weekend dinner. Try the flight of margaritas - amazing!
  2. s

    scottmartin1974

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, amazing ambiance!
  3. SD

    SanDiegoFoodie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good good! The atmosphere was delightful but there were a lot of tables in a small space so it was not as intimate as I’d hoped. The cocktails were delightful as well as the squash blossom appetizer. Very cool decor.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal last night. First time for all four of us. Everyone ordered something different and everyone liked what they received. The drinks (although pricey) were delicious too. Zoe was our server and she gave great recommendations, was attentive, funny and all around made our evening even more special. Outside seating with heat lamps made it a perfect temperature to dine outside.
  5. RC

    RayC

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening for outdoor dining. Food and service were excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Lovely spot. Bartender was inattentive. Cold weather
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The first visit after opening was great so I returned today and ordered the same dishes but the taco was too salty today and the salad dressing tasted different from last time.
  8. JK

    JeffreyK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good -so delicious - so pretty - perfect service - and lovely outside
  9. DB

    DaveB

    Palm Springs

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! We already love Tac/Quila so it was great to find this sister restaurant!
  10. JB

    JayB

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite place in Palm Springs. I love everything Mexican food related but this place elevates it to new highs. A must try!!!
  11. CS

    CarynS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every minute! The ambiance, the drinks (La Dama deliciousness), the food (short ribs taco, enchiladas, crab cakes, chips, salsa and yummy guacamole) and the surprise birthday dessert! So good! Great vibe and recommend going on Thursday to enjoy the festival downtown. We also tried the flight of special margs and the pineapple hands down was the best. On top of all that, the artwork is inspiring.
  12. MS

    MelisaS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our food was really good, we had an excellent server. We will be back.
  13. TR

    TeresaRB

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding new addition to Palm Springs dining scene! Great views, fabulous food, warm service and outstanding patio. What else could you want for a perfect brunch, lunch or dinner?
  14. f

    fuchsia

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great casual but sophisticated dining environment. Even though we were outside, with the well place heaters & blankets provided, it never felt too cold. Food was excellent, service was crisp & efficient. A great time had by all, we will be back.
  15. GJ

    GregJ

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I don't get it. Online reviews were raving about this place. Service was with a smile, and attentive but waitress didn't know the menu and recommended exactly what I didn't want. Margarita - asked for anything BUT fancy, a straight classic, response was I know just the one, brought out a pineapple marg - you're kidding right? Crab dish was odd and horrible - we ate two bites - $27 down the drain. Red burrito was good, juicy, not enough seasoning - bland, not anything special. Asked to switch to a beer after trying my best to drink half the pineapple margarita, I said do you have a good medium bodied beer, just NO FRUITY BEERS, I'll even do an IPA just anything to get the pineapple out of my mouth I said laughing, sure she said, I know the perfect beer, I mean I'm not a beer drinker but - as she walked away before I could catch her...she brought out a fruity beer - pineapple. I asked if this was a joke that she was playing on me, laughing. She said no, why? So fool me once...this one was on me, you got me. We didn't enjoy sitting 2 feet apart from another couple on the patio arguing aggressively through dinner, some larger tables of 4 had tons of room around them, if the couple next to us were great this wouldn't have been a factor one bit, kinda like getting on a flight and the screaming 2 year old coming down the aisle sits right behind you - just no to this place.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as well as the service! Very nice menu with unique dishes. Top notch bar with very unique drinks. This is a must stop if you are visiting or living in Palm Springs!
  17. T

    Thumper

    Palm Springs

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, laid-back vibe. Wonderful waiters. Delicious food. The flight of margaritas is wonderful and each one is delicious. An overall wonderful place! Give it a try!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That was my third day in a row being there lol, LOVE the new hours too! The food is superb, and the (many) drinks are sublime.
  19. JM

    JeriM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Steak Nachos are AMAZING. Service was great. Atmosphere is delightful. My new favorite spot.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was inventive, beautiful and delicious. The prices were way too high for what it was. Drinks were over priced as well.
  21. s

    steve

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I dined with a disabled person and they had us seated at the other end of the restaurant but when they saw us we were seated at the 1st table. This was very nice of them.
  22. F

    Fijalclarkski

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience! The food was amazing, and the service as even better. I’d come back here in a heartbeat.
  23. T

    Tony

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new restaurant, a bit tough to find, but worth it.
  24. MA

    MARCCO

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO EXCITED... Clandestino is open for LUNCH. We loved the VIBE! Alexandra our server was FUN and ON-IT! Hot Mexican food on a BUNDLE-UP day was DELICIOUS A hummingbird flew in and was sipping nectar from our table flowers. The STAFF looked fresh, relevant and we didn't want to leave.
  25. JK

    JeffreyK

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just gorgeous - the food - the venue - the staff - the drinks . I would give this place 10 stars if i could
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous new spot in Downtown Palm Springs! It’s located right behind Free People on Palm Canyon and has a great view of the mountain and the Marylin statue. The atmosphere is stylish yet super comfortable! Gorgeous, colorful artwork line the walls and the decor and seating are also very on point, stylish and comfortable. They even have colorful warm blankets on the patio if you need!…and definitely check out the bathrooms too…every aspect of the design seems to have been carefully and creatively curated. The food, delicious!!! I had the Cochinita Pibil (beautifully marinated pulled pork with a side of rice and house made tortillas) The craft cocktails were balanced and tasty. I had the 1941 Bourbon cocktail! So yummy! The service was also kind and attentive without being over bearing. All in all, a fantastic experience and I will definitely be coming back and sharing this new gem with all of my friends and family! Well done!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Hostess and service were atrocious.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moms birthday dinner, we are locals and have patronized your business and sister businesses VERY often.
  29. GT

    GaryT

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bravo and chalk up another win for this family of restaurants. Drinks, food, AND service were outstanding. We’ll be visiting Front Porch next! Thank you!
  30. V

    marinaV

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    We are frequent diners at Tac/Quila and The Farm and have enjoyed many great experiences at these sister properties. This experience was so horrible that we may not continue with our loyalty as frequent guests. It’s unfortunate that one really bad employee can make such an impact. We waited for 45 minutes for our appetizer (Nachos) to arrive upon placing order. The food was not up to par on quality and the nachos were a night and day different from our experience at Clandestino a couple of days earlier. My drink had a hair in it. Thankfully it was visible and the server was at the table when I saw it and immediately had it replaced. After an hour and a half of being seated, our entrees never arrived. I had to ask the manager Melina for the the bill as our entrees never came. There was no apology by manager. There was no leadership and certainly no attempt to remedy or show a semblance of care. We paid $73 plus 25% tip as it wasn’t server’s fault - for two drinks and an order of tasteless nachos that were cold and bare. I wrote a letter to the owners immediately and sent it via emai upon leaving the restaurant. I’m grateful to the owner who contacted me right away and explained this was out of character. He said he felt bad and asked what could be done. I shared that we had reservations for tomorrow night (NYE) and to please simply ensure a quality experience. He said he would do his best. Unfortunately, the last experience and the handling by Melina left such a poor taste in our mouths (literally) that we opted to cancel tonight. I hope this feedback helps this beautiful restaurant get on track.
  31. L

    2Locals

    Palm Springs

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great - we’re looking forward to dining on the patio again especially when the days get longer (all seating is outdoors except at the bar). Menu is similar to Tac/Quila yet there are some dishes unique to Clandestino such as Cochinta Pibil, stuffed squash blossoms and oysters. And like Tac/Quila - the best margaritas in town.
  32. JH

    JudyH

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clandestino is a welcome addition to the dining scene in PS. Great food, a little different than the run-of-the-mill Mexican food. Upscale look and feel, delicious drink options, and outstanding service!
  33. B

    Bridgesovertime

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous meal at tac/quila’s moody sister clandestino. Great attentive staff and wonderful food. Squash blossom and verde enchiladas.
  34. MB

    MarB

    Palm Springs

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, wonderful outdoor dining. Service was very good. Great addition to PS scene.
  35. s

    sfgeorge

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sopas! Our server was fantastic
  36. J

    Jill

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service food and drinks with a lovely view of the mountains.
  37. RO

    ROBERTB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food with attentive service that provides valuable recommendations. Food was original and authentic. Specially cocktails had great flavors and presentation. Our group really enjoyed the experience. Table was ready when promised.
  38. ML

    MLKBP

    Seattle

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar, great cocktails and service - food was yummy!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I turned up eating or three times in one week. It was really good. Creative menu a very nice fresh take on Mexican food
  40. CM

    ChristopherM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW! My family of 3 loved our dinner here (on a Thursday night, so there was the street fair going on nearby to add to the fun). Powerful heaters kept us comfortable in the al fresco setting, and the food was fantastic! (I had veggie fajitas, my wife had the cochinita pibil and my daughter the trio of quesadillas, all met with raves). Will look forward to going here again!

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Clandestino is rated 4.8 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Clandestino

175 N Palm Canyon Dr suite 160, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Museum Way

  • Neighborhood

    Palm Springs

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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    None

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