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El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
+1 909-337-9529
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Edmonton, Canada
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95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Based on TripAdvisor ranking we tried this restaurant. Service was friendly and prompt which is the only good thing we experienced. It started off with noticing the quality of the cutlery. It was the equivalent of ages camping cutlery - bent, scratched and cheap.The portions of the food where over the top. Based on what I saw coming out of... More 

Thank Dazzle03
Lake Arrowhead, California
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Papagayos has always been the best Mexican food restaurant on the mountain. Great bar area with tvs for sports watching. In the summertime our favorite thing is to sit on the outside patio bar and have margaritas and tacos and watch the boats and lake action. Service is always great.. You also never know which actors may just pop in

Thank dagmarsabat
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant for several years and it's always good! Mexican Pizza the best I've ever tasted and huge portions! Staff is attentive and kind and isn't rushed. Get a table by the window and enjoy the view of the lake! You won't be disappointed!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lake Arrowhead, California
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We had not been to Papagayos for quite some time and now I remember why. We started with a couple of margaritas. They were good, but nothing to brag about. When we were served the chips and salsa we found the salsa to be average at best. The salsa is just ok. It does not taste like homemade but purchased... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Every time I come here, it is fun, tasty, and pleasant! I love this restaurant. The waitress is always helpful. Though they get very busy and loud..it doesn't take away from the experience. The food is delicious to boot!

Thank AprilJFree
Phoenix, Arizona
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501 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Have been here several times when visiting Lake Arrowhead over the years. The food is always average , the service is always average.. nothing special about either, but people seem to like it anyway. I have high hopes each time because the decor is so neat inside and the design so unique. This is the last standing building from the... More 

1 Thank northernk
Lake Arrowhead, California
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Papagayos has been around for over 30 years and is always a great place to stop for Mexican food and super margaritas... During the summer they have an outdoor patio overlooking the lake where you can just enjoy the lazy summer nights and chill with margaritas. Fun place!

Thank dagmarsabat
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The food is wonderful and authentic tasting. Not greasy. One order can be shared by 2-3 people. Even their kids meal was big. Excellent service. Wonderful view of the lake. Walking distance to the saddleback inn. Very nice and cozy.

Thank Ayah E
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I were spending some time in Lake Arrowhead, and were looking for a place to eat. Papagayo's sounded good, so we went to the village to eat there. The decor looks cool, and it is pretty busy there. But our table was sticky, a menu was covered in salsa, and the food was ok, nothing special. If... More 

Thank Ethan J
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2 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best Mexican I have had in a very long time. And I've had access to some of the best in Orange County and LA. I will always plan a night out when up in Arrowhead just to eat here.

Thank CarolWilcox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Arrowhead
  • Phone Number: +1 909-337-9529

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?