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Cowboy Cantina, Palm Desert, CA

Cowboy Cantina

4.3
4.3
632 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
Cowboy Cantina is committed to bringing its guests innovative Southwestern Cuisine, food based in the rustic cooking and recipes of dishes that were eaten by colonial Spanish settlers, American Cowboys, Native Americans, and even the people of Mexico to the south. Known for its diversity and spices, specifically chile, whether red or green. Cowboy brings a fusion of these chiles (specifically from Hatch) and combines them with traditional “Americana” dishes and we believe our guests will find them as delicious as we do. Bring your boots and appetites and stay for the party!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest, Burgers, Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 773-9009
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 632 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

632 Reviews
  1. PreConcertDinnerParty

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Server was extremely helpful with menu assistance.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Big money for a so so experience. Food was good but not going back anytime soon

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Javier was the best! Visiting from Chicago and was told this was a must have! Glad we stopped! Food and service were outstanding!

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  4. nancyh

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We looked for a restaurant for our last birthday celebration. We were not disappointed . Sat outside and had great cocktails, service and food. Atmosphere was great.we will comeback again!

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  5. Lightman49

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I did not think the portions were big enough. I thought they were too small for what they charged.

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  6. Frederick

    Portland

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great bbq meat had super flavor Great ribs service was helpful and staff were helpful We were on a bit of timeline and they stepped things up to accomadate. Price was great 30-50 most all entre

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  7. DavidG

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of food was outstanding either way a nice variety for a group. The wine and beer selection was decent, though not very exciting for wines by the glass. Our server did an excellent job and was very friendly. Decor was nice, but the noise level was definitely on the loud side with too much hard rock playing. Will try the patio next time so we don’t have to shout at each other. Perhaps a better choice of music would help…

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the staff was amazing! We’ve been here for breakfast a few times and have always enjoyed it. We had dinner this trip and we were very pleased. Will definitely return!

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  9. ShelleyW

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very lovely hostess and server was friendly. Great roasted cauliflower!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is just ok. It fulfills its vision I think. Not bad at all just meh. Cool decor.

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  11. DeanM

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice surprise - wasn't sure what to expect but the food was really tasty with ample proportions and well priced. We sat in the dining area but they also offered a happy hour menu in the bar which we may come back for.

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  12. Globaltraveller127

    Orange County

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a solid meal at the Cowboy Cantina. The chicken fried pork chop is my go to. Two thumbs up.

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  13. JosephT

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always consistent and good. Service gets a little slow at times. Seems like a lot of first time servers. They put in the effort though. Always friendly.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The hostess was rude, from the beginning of our arrival and just not nice she was very rude to a customer who had a disability and kept trying to put her where no one could see her. Very disappointing. Won’t be going back.

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  15. GaryW

    Palm Springs

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the hostess, bar and waitstaff everyone was amazing. Food was served hot delicious! We enjoyed our dinner at Cowboy!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good and fun atmosphere. We enjoyed our vegan entrees.

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  17. Love2DineOut

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our server & our food. The four of us each had vastly different food. It was all great. Was a little loud, but bareable!

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  18. KatiRob5

    Exclusive

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ribs are flavorful & great! Several other dishes we tried were surprisingly bland.

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  19. DanP

    Seattle

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good experience at Cowboy Cantina. The brisket is a real treat!

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  20. NancyV

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Horrible food and cocktails. We ordered queso fundido…we always order queso fundido when available, however this queso fundido was like a nastay milky pile of goop. Flavorless. I had to ask for several hot sauces to blend in with the cheese and even then it was not good. We ordered their “signature” BBQ brisket burger add cowboy margarita…server said they are none for their BBQ sauce made fresh daily. The margarita was simply not palatable so I discarded it and the brisket was SOOOOO dry, we ordered a side of BBQ sauce to see if that would help…yuck! It was like Rays BBQ sauce full of brown sugar. No bueno.

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  21. JasonL

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice diverse menu. Service is very attentive. General Manager is awesome!

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  22. Sass

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    From the moment we walked in for our reservation, we didn’t really feel welcome. We felt traated as less than by the hostesses. People in the lobby were told there was a 45 min wait. It wasn’t busy. Many open tables. The hostesses said there was a large party on the patio. The service was poor. A drink order was taken in a reasonable amount of time, however a manager/gentleman finally came over to take a food order. We ordered only to find out shortly afterwards that items weren’t available ~ no impossible burgers available was surprising and made it difficult. The mushroom burger was suggested but it wasn’t enjoyable. The other food items tasted OK. We were waiting for cutlery for so long that we finally got up and took some from another table as the food was getting cold. The pasta portion seemed quite small. Adding garlic toast or a bun to it may improve presentation. We asked for condiments than were never received and we never did receive the cutlery as told we would…it was disappointing as it was our first visit and this is the type of place that we would normally enjoy on a regular basis but we will not return. A clown was roaming around and that felt a bit unsuitable for this style of place and uncomfortable as we were there to enjoy a meal and company.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and value. A little short staffed on a Wednesday but will return!

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  24. MollyW

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Dinner as usual. The food is so good and the service is really great and it is a fun ambiance. Looking forward to going back soon.

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  25. NancyD

    San Diego

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food wax fantastic as usual Jim the owner was there as usual snd greeting everyone. Javier was our waiter and our cowboy hatch green chili angus burger omg. The very best. They are opening another place in Palm Springs as well as Rancho mirage at the river Great bunch of positive people who know what they are doing. We wish them well and think Jim Is smart and clever he deserves a 20 star.

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  26. Fine

    Phoenix

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    If you want to talk & listen to each other Don’t go here. It’s to damned noisy.

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  27. kvhnorcal

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu is pretty good with lots of different choices for everyone. The food was good but not great. I had a dish that included chicken enchiladas and a chili relleno with rice and black beans. It was ok, but the beans were dry and the cheese on top of the enchiladas was not melted very much, kind of thought maybe my plate sat under the warming lights too long. Anyway, there is a lot to choose from so maybe there’s a better choice for others.

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  28. 503Peg

    Portland

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met with friends for dinner. Great selection and everyone was pleased with their entree choices. It was a comfortable setting to eat and catch up. Friendly restaurant with excellent selections; appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts.

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  29. JBJB

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Cowboy Cantina was quite disappointing. Greeters were very nice. Restaurant was quite noisy. Server, Israel, was pleasant and friendly. I had quesadillas- below mediocre. Rice poorly and unevenly cooked. Beans at best tepid. Dinner partner had”baby back” ribs- they were not baby backs! Portion was plentiful but not very tasty. French fries placed under ribs so soggy. Coleslaw was quite spicy. Unhappy with both our meals.

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  30. JohnK

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very noisy, large group of people right next to our table, music was way to loud. Steak was very tough, grizzly, and over-priced. Overall bad experience at your restaurant and will not ever return.

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  31. Tarn

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere and friendly and inviting staff. Drink menu is excellent and tasty. Plenty of dietary options including vegan.

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  32. ElizabethC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was nice but the food was extremely mediocre.

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  33. RichardS

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Tables seated after us were served food before our waitress even took our orders. Ribs were dry (even covered with bbq sauce) brisket sandwich was good but side order was wrong. Maybe next time...

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  34. Slim

    Salt Lake City

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great cowboy burger! Brought some new friends to try your restaurant… they really enjoyed it.. the staff is always so friendly and food is always good 😊❤️

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  35. BethC

    Seattle

    77 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We got great service from Javier but I was disappointed in our food. Our cauliflower appetizer wasn’t hot, and the rice and beans that came with my tacos were lukewarm too. In addition, the rice wasn’t the green rice advertised on the menu, it was a blob of Spanish rice. I’ve had better food in the past so maybe it was just an off night.

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  36. Preecefamily

    Edmonton

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Didn’t love the service. But it’s our favourite food

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  37. Gr8Thyme

    Seattle

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Mixed reviews from our party of 6. The only thing we all agreed on was the server - he was mediocre at best. He seemed agitated or in a hurry - nothing warm and fuzzy from him. Most got a hamburger which were pretty decent. The tortilla chips (chips and guacamole) were stale both times they were served to us (requested a fresh batch). Apparently the beef tacos were not good. The salad w/spinach and avocados was pretty tasty. Overall an average dinner experience.

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  38. NanB

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Pork Chop ever! Service was good and fast. Music was a little too loud and raucous. Other than that , all good!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered guacamole appetizer and shredded pork taquitos. Both were just OK. Margaritas were sub par. Fish tacos were ok not great… fish and chips were awful. Overall food only OK. We wont go back.

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  40. Meganv

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was super slow and we weren’t sure why. Sat there for 10-15 with no one stopping by at all. No water or anything. When someone did come, we ordered drinks, app, and meals and said we were in a hurry but everything still took an extremely long time and we were almost late to our show. All food was Smokey, good, but not our favorite flavor. Drinks were good, Paloma was a bit too sour pomegranate margarita was delish. Cauliflower was spicey and Smokey. Portions are generous for the price. Would go back when not in a rush.

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FAQs

Cowboy Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 773-9009.

Cowboy Cantina is rated 4.3 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cowboy Cantina

72620 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260-3321

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest, Burgers, Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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