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El Palomar

724 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-1032
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Ranked #173 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 1, 2014
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49 reviews from our community

46% Recommend
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English first
West Bend, WI
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102 reviews 102 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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88 reviews 88 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 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
193 reviews 193 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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Oakley, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We have stopped at the El Palomar many times over the years, starting when our daughter was attending C.S.U.M.B. The décor is a little different, since the building seems to have been an old-style grocery store in the past. The waiters are friendly, and attentive. The food is just about the best Mexican food I have tasted, keeping in mind... More

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Santa Clara, California
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141 reviews 141 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The guacamole is the star of this place. In my opinion it was excellent. The rest was sort of average. Large place, not very quaint...aimed to just feed...... We had a efficient waitress adding to the experience. I only had refried beans and sourcream...and the refried were average at best.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our evening was terrible, we looked forward to having Mexican food in America and we were shattered. Our food we left, both dishes were inedible. The service was slow and ordinary. The prices charged didn't matter, no matter how cheap, it was too dear

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you are staying at one of the various hotels on Munras Street, this is close by and within walking distance. The food was OK but nothing to brag about; slightly different from your typical Mexican food, in a good way. They do a lot of sope; there is a large bar area. Service is good. Prices can range from... More

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