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El Palenque Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$Mexican,
715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

just had dinner tonight. food was really good. kids menu is great value. service was lovely. would recommend for sure

Thank theparadizeisaway
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Make sure to order the Palenque Nachos with asada!!! Huge enough to share with 2 or 3 people! The steak was tender, chips loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomato, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream and topped with jalapeño!

Thank Clarice77
Reviewed 3 August 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great! But note that they only have a beer and wine license, so the margaritas are made with wine, not tequila.

Thank Yes-Lets-go
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Service was decent and friendly. The food was ok but not spectacular. This restaurant is a favorite with my colleague so we all went here last week. The others were satisfied with their meals and although there was nothing wrong with my order, it was...More

Thank 458debbia
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...More

Thank pilkingt3
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...More

Thank Amitadave1
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...More

Thank Alisha D
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
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...More

Thank SMGrandma
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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