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El Mirador

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187 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2639
805-773-1972
Today
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch
Good for:
Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent salsa bar and mexican food, fast!

Just a little hole in the wall a block from the pismo pier but the food is good. I disagree with other reviews that the food was bad, as I've been going there for years and have never had anything I didn't care for. Great salsa bar, no frills, mexican food!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Brian N
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Visalia, CA
Good for:
  • Lunch
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33 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Visalia, CA
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Just a little hole in the wall a block from the pismo pier but the food is good. I disagree with other reviews that the food was bad, as I've been going there for years and have never had anything I didn't care for. Great salsa bar, no frills, mexican food!

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Avila Beach, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This place is ok - I probably wouldn't have come but strangely the SLO area is in need of some authentic Mexican food and we are still on the hunt - but this place comes close! It's in a prime location right by the pier. When we walked in, the walls were full of handmade signs and it was pretty... More 

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Corona, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Don't bother stopping here! The food was about the worst Mexican food we have ever had! Add to that that you are eating over-priced food with plastic forks and knives in an unattractive setting and you have a totally bad experience. Save yourself the time and money! We absolutely hated it!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Another "location" restaurant... you wouldn't make a special trip to eat here, but if you are in downtown Pismo, you'll be ok with it... and hey, you are close to the beach. A tiny restaurant, with pretty good (not very good) food, and they forgot to give us our chips & salsa we ordered. Nothing special, but you won't go... More 

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Rexburg, Idaho
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We hit right at closing after a long day of travel, and ended up having to buy our meal as a takeout order. The atmosphere in the restaurant looked so fun. Though we had to eat in our car, the food was fantastic. I wish I lived close by--I would definitely return and enjoy more of the menu. The food... More 

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Inland Empire, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We are East LA Mexican food purists, and for a place so far away from there, this place is as homemade and delicious as you can get. We came back more than once because of the homemade beans and rice, carnitas. Try the shrimp burrito! Something unique, try the marinated potatoes.

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Fresno, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The restaurant is small, and not suited to large groups, but dining as a couple we really enjoyed the food. The salsas tasted fresh-made, and my burrito was flavorful. Portions seemed fair for the price. Friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. This wasn't our first visit, and we'll definitely go again when in the area.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

After an early lunch, went here for a somewhat later dinner. It was just okay. Have had much better Mexican food. Will probably not go here again if in the area.

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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I had just arrived in Pismo Beach and was walking around the downtown area hoping to Mexican food. I luckily found this place. It is the type of the place where you order at a counter. Most menu meals were $6-10. I got the two chicken taco combo plate. I eat Mexican food often because I love it and because... More 

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Arroyo Grande
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This restaurant was voted among the best places to get tacos in 2002 Sunset Magazine. They have taken down the sign that stated this. Great Mexican food fast and reasonable priced.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 187 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2639
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: 805-773-1972

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?