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El Palenque Mexican Grill

951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
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Ranked #60 of 124 restaurants in Amherst
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Sep 2, 2013
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19 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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English first
Buffalo, New York
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Visited on a busy afternoon. Couple in front of us were never greeted by any of the staff and after 5 minutes of standing at the please wait to be seated sign without being acknowledged, not even a simple hello, they turned around and walked out. My husband and I were seated quickly thereafter at a table that was "clean"... More

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Getzville, New York, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Based on reviews here and on google, my wife and I decided to give El Palenque a try for our first date night in ages. What a disappointment. We should've turned around and walked out when we entered, but the positive reviews from others spurred us on. While the service and food were passable, the place itself is simply a... More

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East Amherst, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Finally patronized El Palenque located on Niagara Falls Blvd by Sheridan. My neighbor has been referring for quite some time, however my husband isn't a Mexican cuisine fan, so had to wait until my niece from out of town was visiting! Well worth the referral, I can say the restaurant specializes in using real, quality ingredients and it shows. The... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

I work at a REAL Mexican restaurant and this place is beyond bad! Bad service, bad food...just bad! We waited forever for someone to come to the table, once they took our drink order and brought them it was another 20 minutes to actually take our order. Our app came out within minutes followed by our main course. Can we... More

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buffalo ny
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I know mexican and you will NOT get more authentic food in WNY. But when some idiot spends 5 min explaining to me why i cant have a flour tortilla - which is 4 min more than giving me the damn thing.....well suffice to say i have never gone back to such places but I just might consider it because... More

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Really nice staff and pretty good Mexican. I gotta say, better than average. Fabulous frozen lime margaritas!

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This isn't a fancy place. It has the "old Denny's turned into a colorful mexican joint" decor. But sometimes the best places aren't because of the looks. I had the special platter. It had several different things. The chille rellano was noteworthy because it was beef and the pepper has a bit of spice. The refried beans were very tasty.... More

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Buffalo, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

I have been to Mexico many times, and lived in Texas for 15 years. I know and love Mexican food. Moving to Buffalo was sad because there just aren't any Mexican restaurants around here. So happy to have found El Palenque! The chips and salsa are excellent - though the chips needed salt. (Though I would rather have to add... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I just finished my Enchiladas Supreme that I ordered after looking at their online menu under the take-out heading. For under $10 after tax, I received 1 chicken enchilda, 1 beef, 1 bean and 1 cheese which came with lettuce cheese and sour cream on top. It was wrapped nicely and was just right, temp wise, when I got home.... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

I LOVE Mexican food and was so excited when I heard about this restaurant because it seemed to get such good reviews on Google. My Husband and I come to New York for some R&R every few months and I couldn't wait to go to this restaurant. When we finally went, the restaurant was actually really nicely decorated and the... More

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