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El Palomar

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724 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-1032
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Late evening dining

Dinner was pretty fair, fish tacos, soft shell, a little cole slaw bed beneath the fish. Plenty of fish, lightly coated, not heavily battered. A mixed greens salad accompanying the tacos. Would have liked a pico de gallo to accompany the fish but they serve a small bit of sour cream, instead... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Bartholomew2
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Monterey, California
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English first
Monterey, California
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Dinner was pretty fair, fish tacos, soft shell, a little cole slaw bed beneath the fish. Plenty of fish, lightly coated, not heavily battered. A mixed greens salad accompanying the tacos. Would have liked a pico de gallo to accompany the fish but they serve a small bit of sour cream, instead. Put the greens on the tacos and it... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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683 reviews
467 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I brought my grandson to Monterey as a birthday present. We were having lunch prior to visiting the aquarium. I was concerned when my grandson asked why we were the only people in the place...and we ordered anyway... We started with a grande order of calamari, soggy, chewy, flavorless, served with a sweet chili sauce as in Thai food. My... More 

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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I was excited to read that El Palomar had new owners- a mother and son who have restaurant experience. It was never a "go to" restaurant for me but I was optimistic that new owners could bring some good mexican food to Monterey. We decided to give it a try but the remodeling is still being done, the seating was... More 

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Mariposa, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Stopped in here for a dinner and drinks. Margaritas were excellent. The staff were nice and friendly. My husband had the fish tacos and I had been craving for a hamburger all day. Didn't care for the fries though. It was an OK place to stop and within walking distance of our hotel!

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Santa Cruz area CA
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

MEXICAN FOOD IN BOMBED OUT BERLIN??? NOPE - don't do this. First Off - in its strip mall the next door two stores appear vacant - Secondly - walking in the door the outside sign still may say El Palomar but the SMALL menu when you get in says "The Other" !? Inquiring what was up I was told it... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stopped in for lunch/snack and sampled the freshest civiche I have ever tasted. It was fabulous. Homemade tostados were very good as well. Returned for dinner the next night and was very satisfied with the steak combo.

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very good Mexican food with a good selection of beers. Really suited what we were after this evening.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 724 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: (831) 372-1032

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?