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El Palomar

724 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-1032
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Ranked #161 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Aug 23, 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a great place to eat. The mole was outstanding as was the menudo. Service was also especially good. The server was very patient as the menu is rather exhaustive and we were not familiar with all the dishes. When the server noticed that I was not drinking the sangria I ordered (not my favorite), he brought me a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I guess I had the new girl. Everyone else's food was hot except mine. My family took me to surprise me for my 50th. I think they were more disappointed than I was. Oh well. Management was kind enough to refund the meal. Everyone has their bad days

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Lumberton, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were back in Monterey for an motorcycle race at Laguna Seca. We had dined at El Palomar a few years ago while attending a MotoGP motorcycle and really enjoyed our meal. We where not disappointed the meal and service where once again great.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My favorite are the chili rellenos served with the usual rice and beans. I had the guacamole which was VERY salty and that is a crime! It has been on more than one occasion that I ordered the corn tortillas but got the flour ones instead! The level of service is what one would expect from a better restaurant. Prices... More

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West Bend, WI
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Recommended by people at our hotel. It was very close to Casa Munras--very helpful after a long drive. Waiter very friendly. We just felt it could have been updated moreso. Entrance way a bit confusing.

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Roseville, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Stopped into this place for lunch with my family. The selection of food is good but the prices are a little higher than what you'd expect from Mexican food. The atmosphere was okay, but it looks like it caters more to a sports bar crowd with the amount of sports/alcohol related posters and banners all over the place. The service... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We were craving mexican. The hotel I stayed in recommended it. Food was bad and margaritas were bad also! How can you mess up fajitas? They did!

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San Francisco, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We were craving some Mexican food and since we were staying across the street we decided to give El Palomar a try. We ordered a pitcher of their ultimate margaritas (the only margarita on the menu not made with yucky Cuervo gold) - unfortunately they were not very good, too sweet and made with sour mix rather then fresh squeezed... More

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Pacific Grove, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We ate here as a recommendation from my wife's co-worker. The venue (room) is nice and has potential for a great atmosphere. However, there isn't any atmosphere for this Mexican restaurant. The bar had numerous football flags hanging but that was all for decor. No Mexican influences at all. High ceiling that could easily have decor i.e. pinatas, etc. As... More

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Top Contributor
210 reviews 210 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visit Monterey every year with a group of Japanese exchange students from our sister city. El Palomar is our go-to place for great service and food. Excellent chips and salsa, delicious guacamole, and a nice range of traditional Mexican-American dishes. The chicken enchiladas and carne asada burrito are particularly good. Friendly and attentive service. Perfect place to take a... More

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