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El Lago

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119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC 28746-6326
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a few steps from our office we eat here frequently and can't wait for them to reopen every season!

Thank Bobbi E
Poquoson, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Try the Number 1 with chile relleno, taco, beans, and salad. For $4.99,you cannot go wrong. We loved the food and especially the salsa bar with pineapple salsa and other salsas too. Our group of 3 could not have been more pleased to eat for under $20 and fell full and satisfied!

Lake Lure, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Great Mexican food at this restaurant...great service...and very reasonably priced. One of our favorites in Lake Lure.

Thank Roger T
beafort south carolina
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68 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

When I visit Lake Lure we always come here to eat, the best Mexican food we have ever had! Great service and great prices!

Thank mountaincrazy
Cherokee, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

At the time of this review, El Lago (which means "the lake") is the only Mexican restaurant in the Lake Lure & Chimney Rock area. For me, that is necessary. I love Mexican food. The food here is great, the staff is friendly, but the atmosphere is standard (which is not bad by any means) and the wait time is... More 

Thank mateotiller
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49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of 10 friends. Waitress didn't want to seat us together. Wanted to put 4 of us in a booth. We said we would like to sit together after that she was very quiet and actually rude. She seemed miffed that we wanted to sit together. Brought our food out but not everybody got their food at... More 

Thank Lori W
Vero Beach, Florida
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was one of our favorite meals. The Magarita's were so large we could hardly finish them without a brain freeze.

Thank TurtleScout
North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Salsa and bean dip were good. Meats were cheap and bland. Lots of service complaints, but the service I received was spot on. It could be so much better. Charge more and use better meats and seasonings.

Thank CarolinaTraveler74
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We tried to eat dinner at El Lago because of the reviews on Trip Advisor, but we ended up leaving. We were ignored at the door, finally seated near the restrooms (said the patio was closed even though people were seated outside), finally brought water and chips. Menu was disappointing - nothing but typical Tex-Mex dishes. The server never came... More 

1 Thank Kelly S
Shelby, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Was one of our favorite places to eat.Have even driven up just to eat there. Saturday night was great, good food, good service. Sunday it became an entirely different place. We were seated and waited about 10 minutes before we got our chips. No one ever came to take our order. we asked two different waitress's how much longer and... More 

1 Thank Ann H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC 28746-6326
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Lake Lure
  • Phone Number: 8286259051

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