Borrego Springs Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Borrego Springs

April 14, 2018 Brain Ambrose

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. The population was 3,429 at the 2010 census, up from 2,535 at the 2000 census, made up of both seasonal and year-round residents. Borrego Springs is completely surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park, the largest of California's State Parks.
Things to do in Borrego Springs

1. Red Ocotillo

721 Avenida Sureste, Off Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 22 +1 760-767-7400
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 327 reviews

Red Ocotillo

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, pet friendly patio dining, good food, beer, wine, mimosas, bloody maries and margaritas, wi-fi access.

Reviewed By Carol L - Boulder, Colorado

We come out to Borrego Springs every spring for the flowers (none this year) and usually eat once at the Red Ocotillo once. This year they seemed better than ever. We had fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs and meatloaf. All were wonderful (and large portions). The meatloaf was unusual in that instead of a typical red sauce, it had a tomatillo sauce that was delicious. We took food home so didn't try the desserts. Definitely recommended!

2. The Fudge Factory

590 Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 202, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 760-767-5407
Excellent
69%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Reviewed By 25to30 - Winchester, UK

We had walked up palm canyon in 34c heat and were desperate for a refreshing ice cream as a reward. This place was a calm oasis. A friendly quaint little ice cream and fudge shop with a real personal touch from the owner - ask about the kissing hummingbird photo. The owner was lovely with our 5 year old son, engaging him with stories and they have a lovely locals feel with others just popping in for their daily ice cream fix and joining us in the conversation.

We had coffee, ice creams and a date shake (really yummy and big). We were only here for one day, but would definitely be back otherwise.

3. Kendall's Cafe

528 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Southwestern, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 14 +1 760-767-3491
Excellent
40%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 242 reviews

Kendall's Cafe

Reviewed By drsped - Houston, Texas

This is a cafe where the locals hangout. It was a nice family atmosphere and the food was good cafe food. We had breakfast here and enjoyed our meals. Service was fast and friendly.

4. Carmelita's Mexican Grill

575 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +1 760-767-5666
Excellent
43%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 334 reviews

Carmelita's Mexican Grill

Reviewed By spiderycrabman - High Wycombe, United Kingdom

We arrived about 6:30pm on Sunday evening and the place was very busy, but we got seated straight away. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was standard Mexican fare, nothing special, but tasty all the same. We felt we were rushed out once we had our meal, as other patrons were waiting. Which I guess is only to be expected! Worth a visit.

5. Carlee's Place

660 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-5001 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 760-767-3262
Excellent
32%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 381 reviews

Carlee's Place

Reviewed By A J - Norfolk

Mainly a bar with food. Dark atmothphere. Service was fine, food is basic burgers etc. Nothing special

6. Kesling's Kitchen

665 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-5001 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 760-760-7600
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Kesling's Kitchen

Reviewed By drsped - Houston, Texas

This is mostly known for pizza from what I can determine and our group would agree with that assessment. We ordered the Mediterranean small plates and thought all were very good. All in our party liked their food and most did get the pizza. The service was great and they are open later than most places.

7. Coyote Steakhouse

2220 Hoberg Road, Palms Hotel, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 43 +1 760-767-7788
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Coyote Steakhouse

Fine steaks, seafood and chops. Pet friendly outdoor dinning. Great view of Borrego Valley. Full Bar. Open Friday & Saturday Dinner Menu available . *Join us for Monday Night Football 10/09/17 Vikings Vs. Bears 5:30 pm . Caterpillar Bar Drinks Specials . Burger & Steak Specials. *Seasonal re-opening 10/19/17 . Join us for dinner from 5 pm - 8:30 pm Wednesday - Sunday .

Reviewed By Steve S - Long Beach, California

All in our party chose from the 3 course dinner, plus wine and desert.

The "Sesame-garlic grilled pork tenderloin" was excellent as were the carrots but the "Half Cornish game hen" was, sadly, way over cooked and quite dry.

This fate befalls many poultry dishes due to the fears of contamination from under cooked meat. It takes a fine sense to get it right. Another common cause for this can be the use of frozen birds.

The meals were well presented and the service was good. The bottle of medium priced wine was more than the cost for two dinners but was of decent quality.
Over all, it was a very fine meal.

8. LOS JILBERTOS

655 Palm Canyon Road, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 760-767-1008
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

LOS JILBERTOS

Reviewed By BrianMillerSantee

First stop back since Nov 2016. Same order as last several stops. Beans/rice/cheese burrito and cheese quesadilla. Fast and friendly service, very flavorful. No need for salt, as beans are seasoned to perfection. Carnitas are also great here - next time!

9. The Butterfield Dining Room

3845 Yaqui Pass, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-5000 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 760-767-0100
Excellent
46%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

The Butterfield Dining Room

Reviewed By Bruce M - Carlsbad, California

Casa del Zorro has two restaurants, including the more formal Butterfield and the casual Cantina. Specials are offered Monday through Wednesday nights at the Cantina. Both have excellent service and are in the traditionally decorated main building. Both have tables with plenty of space around them to give your group a bit of privacy.

Main dishes are traditional (i.e. from the 50s) and lighter faire predictable (e.g. steaks, chops, burgers, fish and chips, salads, soups...). Prices for the main dishes are in the thirties.

We enjoyed our two dinners and liked our servers. For a resort, the value is good. We compared the menus of town restaurants, and none drew us away from Casa del Zorro.

10. Rams Hill

1881 Rams Hill Rd, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-5400 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 760-767-3500
Excellent
62%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Rams Hill

Reviewed By paulieNYC - New York City, New York

We ate twice at the Rams Hill restaurant, once for dinner on 2/12 and then for lunch on 2/14/18. Dinner was good all around (service, food, ambience) if a bit pricey for what we got. Lunch, on the other hand, was quite disappointing. There was no host/hostess to seat us (with a reservation) so the very friendly and accommodating bartender took over and ever got our drinks for us. After that, we waited approximately 30 minutes before the server took our order - after I had to call her over. I ordered a hamburger but wasn't asked how I would like it cooked. We received our orders - but there was no cutlery at the table (we had to ask a bus boy for them). The check arrived before we could ask for dessert or coffee. After charging the bill to my CC, the server returns with the receipt and a "here's the pen" comment and walks away. Yes, the scenery in the daytime is very pleasant but the wait staff isn't.

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