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El Palenque Mexican Grill

) #69 of 119 Restaurants in Amherst $$ - $$$ Mexican,
951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
+1 716-446-9206
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible16%
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“fajitas” (2 reviews)
“left happy” (2 reviews)
“fast food” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice choices, fast service...food and portions were excellent. Family atmosphere but also quiet enough to hold adult conversation.

Thank neff524
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Having lived and worked in Mexico I can rate this place with some credibility. If you don't like authentic Mexican fare, then this probably not the place for you. Go to a tex-mex place where you'll probably be happier. BUT, if you like authentic Mexican...More

Thank Thom R
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I have been here a number of times - enough to have a favorite meal (El Vaquero Especial) and to start craving El Palenque's homemade salsa. The menu choices, while vast, are well organized. You'll be able to get your Mexican favorites or find some...More

Thank Bobinku
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Worst Mexican not only in Buffalo but probably Upstate New York. Also, the place is super dirty. Go to Chipotle or even Taco Bell over this place!

1  Thank Buffalo1983
Reviewed 27 January 2017

It's sometimes said that once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and thrice is a pattern. Well, I've now concluded that there is a pattern involving eating at El Palenque, and it's not a good one. Over the past year-plus, my wife and I...More

Thank Ron_Sipos
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Once we arrived at our hotel, we were quite hungry. We decided to go to a Mexican Restaurant. After all, Mexican restaurants serve quite quickly. We went to the El Palenque. The parking lot was quite full, a good sign. We entered and saw many...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 19 January 2017

If you want decent, authentic Mexican, come here. The food is delicious, the portions plentiful, and the prices are extremely low. The *only* downside to this place is that the service is leisurely, so this isn't the spot if you're in a rush. Also, for...More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Even when it is busy the staff are attentive. The free nachos and delicious chili dip are a great touch while you wait for your food. It's all freshly made with fresh ingredients so it's no fast food but it is worth the wait. Ample...More

Thank Jules S
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

They have a "vegetarian menu" but it includes items prepared with chicken stock. Rice beans and sauces are NOT vegetarian. Will never eat here again after finding this out.

Thank Misspickyeater
Reviewed 9 July 2016

I have to be in the mood to eat Mexican food, and when I want Mexican, I go here! They're not pricey at all, have large portions, and has nice wait staff. The menu is a little tricky to understand if you're not well versed...More

Thank Sara S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 716-446-9206
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