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El Palenque Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Santa Maria, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Ate there yesterday and, the Denver Omelette was huge with Potatoes. Had enough left over for Breakfast today. It was one of the best Denver Omelettes I have had in a long time. Wife had Nachos and had plenty to take home for later. The service is friendly and right on time if you need anything.

Thank pilkingt3
Bhavnagar, India
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We were here for dinner. Since we were not too hungry the waitress suggested a three item combination that we were able to share. We had a cheese enchilada, chile rellano and they made us a vegetarian taco with beans. The combination comes with a salad. The chips and salsa were on the table as soon as we were seated.... More 

Thank Amitadave1
Atlanta, Georgia
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mom to try out the food. The hostess was great and seated us immediately. While you could tell the restaurant was old, it was also clean so I appreciated that. I had a strawberry margarita that was good despite the fact that it was wine-based. I had the burrito supreme and it was so good.... More 

Thank Alisha D
Huntsville, Texas
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212 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Based on the trip advisor reviews I tried this place and am pleased that I did. The service was great and the staff very friendly. The portions were very large and the food was very tasty. I'll be back.

Thank Dale K
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

George, the owner of El Palenque, always accommodates our special requests. The service is always quick and efficient. The chicken enchiladas and the chicken flautas are two of my favorites. They don't skimp on the chicken. Their chicken is prepared in some manner that always makes it tastier than anywhere else that I order the same item. They have great,... More 

Thank SMGrandma
Santa Maria, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2016

El Palenque is a great Mexican Restaurant where the food is fantastic.We visit this Restaurant almost weekly. Love the food and the atmosphere.

Thank pilkingt3
Santa Maria, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Chile Colorado very good. All side dishes very flavorful. Son had very good chicken Cesar salad, other son had breakfast plate.

Thank Yolanda M
Palmdale, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I had chicken, beef and cheese enchiladas with rice and beans. Our food was good (average) but a little too salty for me.

Thank Babybanks
Santa Maria, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I love this place. I haven't had a bad meal. Breakfast is really good too!! The salsa is not thick but it has a good zing to it.

Thank GOPJenn
Los Angeles
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157 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

This is a nothing special Mexican restaurant with not much to set it apart from so many others. Service was good and menu fairly interesting. The carnitas burrito was pretty good but the albondigas soup was . . . well, a mess.

Thank bud9845

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
Phone 805-938-2343. New owners, a family. Was "Viejo Mexico" restaurant previously for 9 mo. Their website is still in-work, so more info to be added by their son. This is from Bill Kleinbauer, 805/938-1405

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