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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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11:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 16
    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
Great Drinks

We are from Texas and live in Ohio now. You would think California could match Texas cuisine but I can say it was a lot better than Ohio Mexican food. The service was excellent. The drinks were really good and the food was better than average.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
BEMJR
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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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Running Springs, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Where everyone likes to go in the village. Love the Mexican pizza Good drinks patio during summer plenty of parking. Nice servers near the lake and shops

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Fort Myers, Florida
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming here for 25 years.Since the move to the Lake Arrowhead Plaza from Agua Fria the food is common and nothing unusual. But it is tasty and fresh. Worth the trip but don't expect to be "wowed" by the menu.

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Thank letsast
Mount Vernon, Ohio
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190 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We are from Texas and live in Ohio now. You would think California could match Texas cuisine but I can say it was a lot better than Ohio Mexican food. The service was excellent. The drinks were really good and the food was better than average.

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Thank BEMJR
Las Vegas, Nevada
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We stopped in for dinner. The restaurant is fairly large but they still had a waiting list which is always a good sign. Once we had our table the service was attentive but not overbearing or intrusive. The food was good and we will go back next time we are craving Mexican food in Lake Arrowhead

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Thank Bilwil_LasVegas
Lake Arrowhead CA
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Friendly staff, good food and great service. Some folks love their Margaritas; me, not so much, but enjoy everything else.

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Thank socalmtngal
Lake Arrowhead, California
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Was in the mood for Mexican food and were at the village so stopped in for dinner. Portions were large but food was mediocre. Service was fine but restaurant wasn't busy either. The margarita was not anything to write home about.

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Thank 2inArrowhead
Los Angeles
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

If you live in Southern California you should know what good Mexican food is. This is definitely a step above "run of the mill" gringo style Mexican food. They have a number of authentic dishes that keep us coming back. They also have good kids choices, a great seasonal patio, and great drink choices.

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Thank blytheanderic
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

we had a rehearsal dinner on their patio on a cool October night. they had heat lamps and plenty of food and drinks flowing. i loved the mexican food and the margaritas. the staff was so friendly we didn't even feel the chill in the air. we would definately go back if we ever go to California again.

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Thank Melissa G
Inglewood, California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This was our first night in the area. We decided to check out this place that was recommended to us by a guy that my husband knew who lived up in the area. First off, we have had AUTHENTIC Mexican food down where we live. The Mexican restaurants that we have regularly patronized smell good like Mexican food. When we... More 

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1 Thank terumi1952
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We loved this restaurant. The food is great and has enormous servings. The wait staff are fantastic and go out of their way to help. We went here a couple of times and we were not disappointed. Best place to eat in Lake Arrowhead Village.

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Thank Cathy P

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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: Families with children, Bar scene
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?