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El Pilon

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4650 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33906
(239) 936-0057
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11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Finally found good authentic Puerto Rican food

I recently visited Puerto Rico for the first time and Pinchos are the best way to eat chicken ( it's basically chicken skewers on the grill with spices and BBQ) Anyways El Pilon doesn't have these, but the rest of the menu is dead on excellent. They told me to go to where all of the churches are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
helluvabock
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I recently visited Puerto Rico for the first time and Pinchos are the best way to eat chicken ( it's basically chicken skewers on the grill with spices and BBQ) Anyways El Pilon doesn't have these, but the rest of the menu is dead on excellent. They told me to go to where all of the churches are around the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The food,service and staff are fantastic this is truly authentic Puerto Rican food .The food here will leave your taste buds dancing. The Mofungo is as good as my mother made. This is a family restaurant.To All my Naples friends please try El Pilon its worth the short ride I promise!!

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Thank Fiddlerfilms
Fort Myers, Florida
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108 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

At first glance El Pilon looks a little frightening but remembering that the best restaurants (and I use that phrase loosely) in PR were the ones on the side of the road that looked much worse I took the chance and boy was I glad. The food is hot, plentiful, and, most importantly, exactly what I grew up eating in... More 

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Thank Steven B
Fort Myers, Florida
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237 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Don't let the looks of this place fool you, it's a little hole in the wall , but the food is authentic Puerto Rican and so is the service. It reminded us of some of our favorite little local spots in San Juan. The mofongo was the best we have had outside of Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. Our... More 

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Thank ChefJohnS
Cape Coral, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Good above average. Friends suggested us to go. Went there for lunch. A little hard to find at first. The server was very friendly. Nice lunch dishes with very good bread.

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Thank Roy T
Rhinebeck, New York
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Love their food waitress was very helpful. Go at least once every time I visit this resterant more if I can.

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Thank Leander845
Locust Grove, Georgia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I was so pleasantly surprised with this place! Visited during our first day while vacationing in FT. Myers. Their food transported me back to my beautiful piece of paradise (Puerto Rico). The food was what I expected from a Puerto Rican restaurant. I had some beef empanadas, mofongo and carne frita (Deep fried pork). Everything was delicious! Unfortunately i was... More 

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Thank Luis D
Cape Coral, Florida
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319 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Here is my 2 cents on the food and some chit chat combine. This is puerto rican cuisine.You must try this place. Service is extraordinary - food is outstanding. The meal I had... a cup of espresso, pepsi, roast pork, black beans, & peas and yellow rice. All under 11.50. WOW the roast pork was to die for. It was... More 

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North Port, Florida
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We love ethnic food from all over - European, American, Latin, Micronesian, Asian and the Caribbean islands. We found "El Pilon", a small Puerto Rican restaurant, by accident, next to a large grocery market that sold natural and homeopathic foodstuff. Being from NYC, we know what fare these restaurants offer - all tasty and fresh made. Wow! We have gone... More 

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Thank Gerald L
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My wife and her family are all Puerto Rican, so it is them I can say who introduced the cuisine to me. I havent been eating it long but I loved this place. The alcapurria and guisado my wife had was amazing. It was definitly worth the drive from the beach while we were on vacation.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4650 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33906
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Fort Myers Beach
  • Phone Number: (239) 936-0057

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm

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