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El Patron

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2555 North Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
626-296-2818
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Welcoming, Authentic and Inexpensive...

I've eaten here several times with friends after hiking in hills above Altadena. Each time I've had the same experience: Welcoming, authentic and inexpensive! Feels like family, tasty and authentic style and flavors for the food and I eat till I'm way full for 5 or 6 bucks. Fresh chunky salsa and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
SanMo
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Malibu, California
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Malibu, California
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531 reviews 531 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I've eaten here several times with friends after hiking in hills above Altadena. Each time I've had the same experience: Welcoming, authentic and inexpensive! Feels like family, tasty and authentic style and flavors for the food and I eat till I'm way full for 5 or 6 bucks. Fresh chunky salsa and chips delivered really fast along with a several... More 

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Altadena, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

In a location that has failed time and time again to maintain a business or restaurant, this great family has finally opened a place that is very successful in Altadena. Good food, great prices, friendly and warm service, as well as a great location has ensured continued success for them and our community. Good VEGAN beans are an unexpected treat... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The drinks had so much margarita mix that they were impossible to drink. Aren't margaritas supposed to have tequila y triple sect??? Not at this place evidently. We left half the pitcher on the table along with most of the lackluster food we ordered. When asked if we wanted a take-out box, we answered emphatically "NO". I do not understand... More 

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Altadena, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Finally a restaurant at the corner of Lake and Altadena drive HAS MADE IT...yes, after many failed eateries at this former real estate office location, the family who owns and runs El Patron has brought good, reasonable food and great service to this spot. HURRAY. The restaurant has been a success since it began, and now that it's doing so... More 

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Altadena, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband, son and I visited El Patron, having heard good things about it from friends and neighbors. My fish tacos consisted of corn tortillas and burned fish. I had to ask for some salsa to moisten them and even then could not get them down. The burrito's claim to fame is that it is the first one my son... More 

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Altadena, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

When El Patron first opened I was truly delighted with the service and enjoyed the food. Not the same place. I am dispointed that the quality of their food has deteriotated. I am hoping they just had a bad night or their regular chef was out that evening.

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Pasadena, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is a great place to eat in the Altadena area, good food the prices are good, and great service. get there early

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Altadena, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I wasnt impressed at all by this restaurant: we had heard a lot of good things but frankly this is average at best.

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Altadena
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Prices are very good and the portions are more than adequate. There aren't many restaurants open late in Altadena, so this one is often packed, so try to go at off-peak times. Servers are friendly but not over-chatty. Very good place for families, we go often with my toddler grandson. There could be more vegetarian options, but that goes almost... More 

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Pasadena, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

El Patron is a small, neighborhood restaurant located high up on Lake Avenue, with fresh,delicious Mexican food. They have a large menu, and I've tried about 1/2 of their dishes, with many favorites including Pozole, fish tacos, and taquitos. Be sure to ask for their tray of hot sauces, as they taste authentically homemade. It can be very busy during... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2555 North Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Altadena
  • Phone Number: 626-296-2818

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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