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El Portal Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
+1 626-795-8553
10:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon 10:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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917 reviews
561 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service good, food great! Very authentic, and very small (get there early), but a fun type restaurant. Food worth the trip, if nothing else.

Thank rryan313131
Sherwood, OR
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122 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fave of my friends. Amazing, fresh, tasty. Great service. Good menu choices. Loved my enchilada and taco.

Thank RobinSherwood
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I stopped here to try their Yucatán specialities and was not disappointed. Their Yucatán Trio provides three different tastes: poc-chuc (grilled pork), a chicken tamale and coxhinita pibil which is a traditional slow roasted pork. The poc-chuc was over cooked and almost impossible to eat but the tamale and slow roasted pork were excellent. If I had the opportunity to... More 

Thank bigdog6668
Los Angeles, CA
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46 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This restaurant is great for families, couples, singles...pretty much anyone. Happy Hour at the bar includes a fantastic cheese tray. The waitstaff are friendly and fast and don't have problems bringing you a million bowls of delicious chips! The food is delicious, as are the margaritas. There's a fantastic outdoor dining area as well. Two people could easily share a... More 

Thank Loves_Travel_CA
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Everyone's food was outstanding and very reasonable. Good tequila menu and excellent service. Outside seating was great. Bar is cozy.

Thank threegirlsdad
Calgary, Canada
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156 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This restaurant has a lot of outdoor seating which is nice on a warm evening. The food is nothing special; it's okay, and that's about it. The service is quick and friendly. And it's handy if you are going to a show or concert in the nearby Pasadena Civic Auditorium or Playhouse.

Thank gettingandspending
Sugar Land, Texas
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250 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Having grown up on Tex-Mex, El Portal's dishes have a different flavor. Due to this, probably have a bias with this review. Frankly, just was not the taste we prefer, thus only an average rating. We dined on the combination plates, tacos and enchiliadas. Adequate, but not the best. Pricing a bit more expensive than accustomed to in our home... More 

Thank Shuttrrbug
Rochester NY
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We enjoyed a nice dinner with a selection that is a bit different from your typical Mexican restaurant. The pork specialties were quite tasty. Friendly servers but they didn't seem to know much about the food.

Thank rstev3
Pasadena, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and i have been going to El POrtal perhaps once a month for a few years now. We love their cadillac margarita. The ambience is very nice also. The current musicians are much better than those a year ago. Service is prompt and efficient. The food is good but not outstanding; I like marinated meat in fajitas, and... More 

Thank Victor Z
San Marino, California
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious margaritas! Get a double. Yucatan pork specialties never disappoint. Shrimp enchiladas a favorite. Indoor/outdoor dining. Mariachis on some nights and some nights guitar music. Great waitstaff. Close to shopping and the playhouse. Nice desserts. Flan and bread pudding and many others. Always delightful.

Thank Mel526

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-8553

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?