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El Sinaloense

1622 Palm Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402-2445
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Ranked #41 of 356 restaurants in San Mateo
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 8, 2014
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9 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Omaha, Nebraska
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99 reviews 99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice place! Came here on a Tuesday night. Not too busy, but still lively. Chips and salsa were very good. Got the tamale dinner. Also very good. Strong margaritas. Friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend to friends. Be sure to try Bucky's Lounge just across the street.

SF Bay Area
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128 reviews 128 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

a restaurant, to me, has to have more than good food. equally important is the service and almost more important is...the noise factor. this restaurant is close enough to walk to, so on the spur of the moment, we decided to go for some mexican food on a friday evening!! the rice was delish. the beans were like mom used... More

San Mateo, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

We have been going here now for over 4 years and its consistently good. The food is fresh and delicious. What I particularly enjoy the most is the friendliness of the staff. Everyone here has a smile and makes you feel right at home.

Cuernavaca, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you are a lover of Micheladas, then head on over to El Sinaloense for a spicy and refreshing drink. It is difficult to find any other place on the Peninsula to find them so tasty. The service was excellent. It was a Friday night and the place was busy! There was a short wait for a table, but it... More

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The staff was nice and the food was good. We were with Europeans who love fish and we had Mexican fish dishes for the first time in my life. They were actually good! We had the Combo Starter and Ceviche for appetizers. The Combo Starter was great, all classic Mexican dishes: quesadilla, taquitos, nachos, guacamole. It was not to big,... More

Petaluma, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

This place is 50 meters from my house and we love it! Everyone in there comes from the Sinaloa region of Mexico and the food is really good and authentic. All the usual suspects are on the menu, but the show-stopper is the Molcajete, which is basically a big lava stone cauldron filled with shrimp, chicken, steak, pork, cactus and... More

Montclair, NJ
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130 reviews 130 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

A local place, populated by locals. Not for those looking for upscale dining. But if you are all about the food, and margaritas the way they should taste, this is a great find. Start with hot, crisp tortilla chps and super fresh guacomole. Then ask the waiter for his recommendations. You wont be sorry. Shrimp especially good.

Aiken, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011 via mobile

Mexican music playing in the background with a nice but fancy atmosphere for couples or families. Nice choice of meals in various price ranges. Excellent Seafood & fish dishes! Very fresh steamed veggies on the side. If I lived on the area I'd come here often!

San Mateo, CA
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

There are three tiers to Mexican food - Taco Bell, the local Am-Mex and the authentic yummy cuisine that places like El Sinaloense gives to the unworthy gringos like me. The food here is fresh, well prepared and not your run-of-the-mill Mexican cuisine. We've eaten here twice and both times we weren't disappointed. Seafood is their speciality and they know... More

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