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246 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1A9, Canada (Downtown Hamilton)
(905) 525-0309
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Ranked #138 of 927 Restaurants in Hamilton
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Hamilton
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Hamilton
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51 reviews from our community

70% Recommend
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Papagayo is my favourite restaurant in Hamilton, particularly the seafood enchiladas. The surroundings are a little worn, but that makes it feel more homey and authentically Mexican. Sometimes the food is better than others, but regardless it is excellent. Reasonably priced. Well worth a visit if you like Mexican food!

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This restaurant has been in downtown Hamilton a long time but I had never eaten there or known anyone who had until recently. I attended, with members of my spanish class, an end of the year celebratory dinner in April. We were a party of 20+ and the staff arranged banquet style seating. We enjoyed the wonderful food, the atmosphere,... More

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Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Our gang of 8 went to Papagayo's for dinner Friday evening. My wife and I hadn't been there in perhaps 10 years and were a little disappointed. Last time there we ordered a platter that consisted of 3 of the meats available that day served on a mound of garlic mashed. It was so good! The juices from the meat... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I had been to this restaurant previously and really enjoyed the calamari particularly, however, this time I found it to be not as good/crispy. The entrees we had tonight were just very average, not a lot of flavour and just did not hit the mark for us. Do not think we will be returning. Great location though if you are... More

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Hamilton, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Great fresh Mexican food, lots of variety and options to choose from. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, went on a Monday night and had the place almost entirely to ourselves.

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Took a blind chance and visited this restaurant shortly after the Christmas holidays. Overall, a good experience. The chicken mole was the most delicious, the chicken tamales seemed to not have any chicken, and the chili colorado was not very spicy though the beef was of good quality. Why is it so hard to find good Mexican in Canada?!

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I been to this restaurant several times over the past few years (its just around the corner from where I live), always hoping it would be better than when I last visited... no such luck. Food's alright but just blase; too much fusion, not enough real Mexican; and therefore overpriced ($70.00 for three, 1 softdrink, 2 water). Decor and setting... More

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

My husband worked in Mexico for a few years, and misses good Mexican food. We decided to give this place a try, and we were all pleased. While my husband got the paella special, I ordered the chicken mole. He tasted mine and said it tasted just like he had had in Mexico. it was Mmmmm! He was also really... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Went with a group. Had calamari, fried jalapeños and nachos as shared appetizers- all were spot on. The jalapeño was really greasy but still yummy. We ordered pulled pork, paella, blackened catfish, and burritos all of which were enjoyed by the eater and highly praised. Service was quick and accurate, decor was typical Mexican. Price was decent. Overall would certainly... More

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We have been to the restaurant for two dinners and a lunch and for all the visits the food has been very good. As well, the staff have been very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if in the area. Very reasonably priced for both dinner and lunch !

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