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El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
909-337-9529
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food fast!

I was in and out of there in about 30 minutes! Had a great veggie burrito (with chicken) - a huge portion - and a beer. The food was excellent and they have a decent beer selection. There were tons of kids there, so if you are kid averse, this might not be the place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
OHBoy614
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Columbus, Ohio
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Columbus, Ohio
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114 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I was in and out of there in about 30 minutes! Had a great veggie burrito (with chicken) - a huge portion - and a beer. The food was excellent and they have a decent beer selection. There were tons of kids there, so if you are kid averse, this might not be the place.

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San Diego, CA
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Ate here with the kids for dinner - teenagers. Most of them didn't even eat their food, and they were hungry boys. I didn't eat my carnitas. Just not good - kids said it wasn't good Mexican. I found the food flavorless. Even the lettuce tasted off. I gave three stars because it was packed full of people, the outdoor... More 

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Murrieta, California
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

YUM - we were staying at the nearby resort, and this restaurant was recommended to us by several people. The food was tremendous, and the margarita was WONDERFUL! :) We will definitely go again, the next time we are in Lake Arrowhead.

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Laguna Hills, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had a good time with strawberry margaritas and great chips and salsa but our food was just ok....wonderful fun waitress though! Overall fun experience but don't think I'd eat here again just have a drink at the bar with some chips and salsa👍

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Denver
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Another packed restaurant all the time. The portions are HUGE and the food is always fresh. Local owners as well. We ate there 5 to 10 times every summer.

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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This place was great. Good salsa, I got the steak tacos and it was really good. If in the area give this place a try. We liked it.

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San Diego
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After an odd July thunderstorm, by husband and I head over to this restaurant from the condo we were renting nearby. It was late morning and we ordered breakfast and I got a mimosa. The bar was pretty busy for what time it was! Al was the bartender, really friendly he and made my mimosa just like I like it...with... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, California, United States
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Taco patio is a blast! Listening to music by Tim Grossman, enjoying delicious street tacos, sipping a margarita lakeside is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Indoors, the margaritas remain consistently relish, and the fish tacos, salads, and grilled chicken wrap are yummy!

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California, United States
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The restaurant is in the village and is exactly what you'd expect from a Mexican restaurant at a resort area. Food was very good and the wait staff very attentive. What you see is what you get.

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

There aren't that many dining options in Lake Arrowhead so I've really wanted to like this place. Unfortunately, every time we've eaten here it's been a disappointment. There's usually a wait, the service is slow (although the waiters are friendly enough) and the last time we were there, little kids were running wild all throughout the restaurant, their parents completely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Arrowhead
  • Phone Number: 909-337-9529

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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