3 Best Restaurants in Borrego Springs, North County and Around

Carlee's Place


This local watering hole seems to collect characters ranging from hippies to mountain men and is the place to go any night of the week. A large, dimly lighted room houses the bar and dining tables, and the menu lists pasta and pizza in addition to old-fashioned entrées such as liver and onions, ribs and steaks, and a mixed grill. Dinners come with soup or salad, and mashed potatoes and vegetables. There's live music Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

660 Palm Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs, California, 92004, USA
Known For
  • classic entrées
  • long-standing roadhouse
  • extensive menu
  • good buffalo wings, burgers, and ribs

Carmelita's Mexican Grill and Cantina


Before dawn, owner and chef Narciso Dorado preps all of Carmelita's meat, sauces, and sides to create the generous portions served at this friendly family-run eatery tucked into a back corner of what is called "The Mall." Carmelita's draws locals and visitors all day whether it's for a hearty breakfast, a cooked-to-order enchilada or burrito, or a brew at the bar. If you're still hungry, they'll serve you plenty of chips and salsa. It's the best place to escape the heat with a margarita on the rocks.

Red Ocotillo


For inexpensive comfort food, this desert diner serves sandwiches, pasta, burgers, and chicken-fried steak with thick fries. This is the area's best breakfast joint, with menu highlights including cinnamon French toast and smoked salmon eggs Benedict. For super fresh ingredients, request organic goods plucked from their adjacent vegetable garden. The full bar and pet-friendly patio are great on sunny days.

721 Ave. Sureste, Borrego Springs, California, 92004, USA
Known For
  • smoked salmon eggs Benedict
  • flavorful rosemary potatoes
  • hearty biscuits and gravy
  • pet-friendly patio
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