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El Bandito

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536 E Main St, Middletown, NY 10940
+1 845-343-2958
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 10:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Middletown, NY
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We had a party of 14 all with separate checks. No problem. I had the #2 combination which is Taco, Enchilada, & Tamales and it came with rice & re-fried beans. It was excellent and they gave a FREE dessert of bananas, ice creams, whipped cream drizzled with maple syrup. Very good.

Thank shutter-up
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Stopped in for dinner. The servers were prompt and attentive throughout the meal. As the title states this was , however, not enough to allow me to give anymore than 2 rating. The salsa and chips arrived promptly, salsa watery but tasted ok. Drink orders, water and tea delivered quickly. The menu was rather pricey and as mentioned by others... More 

Thank bleachedblack
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in with family for dinner. Loved the Mexican fresno wall paintings. Food was authentic mexican, enchilladas and burritos were great , served with refried beans and rice. Complimentary dessert of fried bananas and ice cream was delicious . Well worth the stop if you are in the mood for Mexican fare

Thank Mjacks 1
Pine Bush, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

1st time here-not good...terrible. Runny salsa, watery fajitas...just plain bad. Also prices on website are lower than actual menu in restaurant. Waiters were indifferent. Expensive and just not good...pass on this one.

1 Thank Maddux3131
New York
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Went here about 3 times...I've been noticing the portions are desperately small, rice and beans should be a huge, generous thing because it's so inexpensive but does not come with all meals! I got the platter of all the different meats; pork, steak, chorizo and it was pathetically small. For almost $30 for the meal...I expect enough food to absorb... More 

Thank SentraGrlGXE
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83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Recently ate here for dinner and while the food is good authentic Mexican cuisine portion sizes could be hit or miss. Had the Ranchero platter and for the price the size of it was definetely not worth the price. Food was good though. Same with the service, this night was unusually slow although the place was crowded but all in... More 

Thank CaribBronxboy
Middletown, New York
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I have eaten there a few times and honestly I was not blown away. The food was just okay and it was pricey.

Thank Dennis D
Middletown, New York
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Been here a few times..the enchiladas are super good the refresh beans as well. The rice lacks a little. But the atom paper makes up for that. You really feel like your in a restaurant in Mexico. The mariachi band is a cute touch and who would pass up a on the house shot of tequila at the end of... More 

Thank Monday S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We eat here all the time. Hands down the best Mexican food in Middletown, NY. The staff is nice, the food comes out quickly and piping hot. Every entree comes with chips and salsa, a cheese soft taco and dessert (fried banana with ice cream). Sometimes they even give you a free shot of tequila. This place at lunch time... More 

Thank Melissa L
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Went here work my family. The restaurant is a beautiful work of art. The service of excellent. Staff frequently made sure we were comfortable and food & drink were adequate. Nachos and salsa were complimentary before the meal and ice cream with fried banana after the meal with a shot of tequila.

Thank Paul R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 536 E Main St, Middletown, NY 10940
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Middletown
  • Phone Number: +1 845-343-2958

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