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Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy

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3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-7949
+1 863-686-7500
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Real Mexican food is a feast for the senses. From colorful peppers to the...
Real Mexican food is a feast for the senses. From colorful peppers to the sounds of sizzling fajitas all the way to that incredible flavor. Each mouthful is just as much a result of the freshest ingredients as it is a result of the chef's expertise. Abuelo's offers diners the opportunity to experience real Mexican food, combining authentic, made from scratch classic dishes with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. Our executive Chef Luis Sanchez has spent decades perfecting our menu, and we boast a wide selection of wood-grilled fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos or Abuelo's unique House Specialties (depending on your location). To compliment your meal, our expert bartenders are masters at crafting signature favorites, including a wide variety of margaritas and swirls.
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Visitor rating
  • 116
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Commercial but Good

Is large restaurant, but well designed and attractive inside. Is very popular, so expect a wait, but worth it. Quite pricey and food is presented and cooked well. Is dependable so would recommend, unless you can find a smaller more authentic Mexican restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
GEOFFREY H
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Lakeland, Florida
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Lakeland, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Is large restaurant, but well designed and attractive inside. Is very popular, so expect a wait, but worth it. Quite pricey and food is presented and cooked well. Is dependable so would recommend, unless you can find a smaller more authentic Mexican restaurant.

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

It's nice to see that the food is the highlight of your visits with us! A lot of thought and care goes into everything we do and make here, so we're glad you're a fan of it all. We hope to see you back for more sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

My family and I have given Abuelo's three tries now and we walk out disappointed every time. The dip sampler as an appetizer is excellent but then you get let down with the entrees. Good atmosphere, descent service but the food just isn't worth the money.... Three strikes and they are out! $

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Winter Haven, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Good location, Lakeland Sq. Towncenter. Ample parking, friendly greeting staff. If arrive after 5, particularly during

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Nice to see you're a fan of it all! We couldn't be happier that you're enjoying everything from the service to the location. Looking forward to your next visit. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We weren't at all impressed with this large restaurant. The food was average and so was the service; nothing special.

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

We really wish we'd impressed you more! The quality of our food and service is something we really pride ourselves, so it's disappointing to hear you felt let down. That said, we're confident we can knock it out of the park for you next time. We're all hoping to welcome you back for a five-star experience sometime soon. Best, Dean,... More 

Lakeland, Florida
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Also seems to come through with great service and great food. It's a little loud inside and at times seems like a circus but overall it's good food.

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Happy to have your stamp of approval! We do have a lively atmosphere around here, but it's nice to see the food and the service always have you coming back for more. Looking forward to your next visit. Best, Dean, GM More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Had dinner today. The burritos were good @ $9.99 each. Not happy the we were charged for 2 dish's of cheese sauce for burritos @ $3.69 each ( which went untouched ), also .50 for sour cream?? Not a big deal but the waitress should have informed us of these additional charges, she made it sound like it was part... More 

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

You're right, Mike -- you should have been informed of the extra costs, and I'm so sorry that didn't happen. The last thing we would want is for you to be caught off guard once you get your receipt and, thanks to your honest feedback, we'll make sure something like this never happens again. This is not normal for us,... More 

St. Charles, IL
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We really enjoyed our meals and the margaritas at Abuelo's. We ordered the fajitas and found them to be delicious and plentiful---the portions here are huge so be prepared to take a part of the meal home for yummy leftovers. The service was very attentive, friendly, and efficient despite the large crowd of patrons there on a Saturday night for... More 

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Gotta have margaritas to go with fajitas! We couldn't be happier that you're enjoying your meals here with us, and then again at home -- that's music to our ears. I hope we'll be seeing you back here again in no time. Best, Dean, GM More 

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have never had a bad meal, or bad service at this chain restaurant. was not sure where we were going to have dinner, until I was advised that abuelos was in the area, so I had to have dinner there. restaurant was very clean, food was good, service was good, I would... More 

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Your recommendation is much appreciated, Marlene -- thank you! This kind of support means everything to us, so we couldn't be happier that you feel like you can't go wrong. We hope to see you back for all your favorites sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you're looking for delicious, quality, Mexican food with a nice atmosphere right at the Lakeside Village shopping center, you owe it to yourself to try Abuelos! Yum!

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

So glad you're a fan of it all, Alan! We want you enjoying everything from our food to our vibe, so it's really nice to hear that's the case. Looking forward to welcoming you back for more soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We had delicious enchiladas and fajitas. This place seems to use mainly high quality ingredients and you can definitely taste the difference. Lots of vegetarian options. Unlimited chips!

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Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Happy to hear you were a fan of it all! Our fresh ingredients are one of the things we pride ourselves on the most, so we're thrilled that they stood out to you with every bite. We can't wait to see what you'll be ordering next time. Best, Dean, GM More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-7949
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-686-7500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Families with children

Description

Real Mexican food is a feast for the senses. From colorful peppers to the sounds of sizzling fajitas all the way to that incredible flavor. Each mouthful is just as much a result of the freshest ingredients as it is a result of the chef's expertise. Abuelo's offers diners the opportunity to experience real Mexican food, combining authentic, made from scratch classic dishes with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. Our executive Chef Luis Sanchez has spent decades perfecting our menu, and we boast a wide selection of wood-grilled fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos or Abuelo's unique House Specialties (depending on your location). To compliment your meal, our expert bartenders are masters at crafting signature favorites, including a wide variety of margaritas and swirls.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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