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El Merendero

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242 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 622-2430
Today
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 7
    Very good
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Yes, if you live or grew up in the Pomona area, more likely than not, you have eating at El Merendero. This is a wonderful Mexican Restaurant (with a take out window) and has what I would say as good a "TAKE OUT' for this food as you can get in the area. Family pkg is really a good deal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Ontario, California
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Ontario, California
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Yes, if you live or grew up in the Pomona area, more likely than not, you have eating at El Merendero. This is a wonderful Mexican Restaurant (with a take out window) and has what I would say as good a "TAKE OUT' for this food as you can get in the area. Family pkg is really a good deal... More 

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Pomona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This is our favorite location to grab something to eat when we don't have food in the house or we just don't want to cook. Call ahead though or the wait is a little long. Most of the time we take it home. Occasionally we eat there outside with the dog.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Excellent salsa! Roasted tomato gives it a wonderfully unique flavor with medium kick and a fantastic aroma. Overall, pretty authentic Mexican food. Everything tastes good. Service can be slow, and the dining area is small. Bulk menudo to go on Sunday is real popular (BYO pot).

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

El Merendero is the best restaurant I've tried in a long time. The food is delicious and reasonably priced and the menu varied. The decor is cute and the open kitchen makes it feel homey. It's wonderful, too, to stop by the bakery for their cheap, delicious baked goods. My only complaint is that it gets really crowded on the... More 

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Pomona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Eat there about every other week. Good authentic Mexican food some of the best I have had north of the border. Prices are good and get a good amount for the money.

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Bullhead City, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The food is good, breakfast, lunch or dinner. My favortie are the breakfast burritos. I love the fresh fruit fresca drinks on the counter for free taste, Cantelope, Watermelon and Pineapple. Each very refreshing. Also VERY good service.

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Corona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The chips and salsa were so good, fresh chips and a tasty salsa with a kick. Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was awesome. I will definitely be back.

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Ogden, Utah
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Seating is casual with mostly long tables. The menu was varied, but we only tried the shrimp cocktail, tostadas and enchiladas which everyone enjoyed. If you haven't tried Mexican shrimp cocktail, I recommend it. The bakery is adjacent to the dining area and smells delicious! I bought several different breads and pastries, all were fresh and tasty. My Mexican friend... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This place has promise, if the waitress stop walking by the people who don"t speak Spanish. By avoiding them this is real sad! This is our first visit there. So as for my complaint another patrion complaine about his waitress service and told the casher. I spoke with the casher and told her l had to flag down another waitress... More 

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Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

El Merendero epitomizes casual snacking and brunching on family-style Mexican Food. This long-time Downtown Pomona restaurant has been a favorite for generations. The name to me from the Spanish indicates you sort of casually 'meander' inside and get what you need, Sonoran-style, to make it through the stretch of the day between brunch and supper. The Merendero includes one of... More 

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Additional Information about El Merendero

Address: 242 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
Phone Number: (909) 622-2430
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pomona
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 242 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pomona
  • Phone Number: (909) 622-2430

Price and Cuisine

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

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