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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 7
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    Very good
  • 15
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A birthday to forget

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Cruz area CA
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 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 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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123 reviews 123 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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batonrouge
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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?