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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 4
    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
Delicious Mexican food!

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
PieCity
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Lakeland, Florida
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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231 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lakeland, Florida
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW 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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Youngstown, Ohio
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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We stopped for dinner while driving from Cape Canaveral to Anna Maria Island. The manager seated us, took our drink orders, and ended up waiting on us. She was absolutely great! The food was fabulous! We would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Lakeland, FL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

A few nights ago we ate dinner at Abuelo's Mexican restaurant in Lakeland. We have eaten there many times before and the food has always been good. This time, I felt the food was even better and so, apparently, do a lot of others. The wait was almost one hour and our overworked waitress made it a leisurely dinning experience.... More 

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

We can get pretty busy, but is nice to hear you really enjoyed your experience! From the heavy hands of our bartenders to the complimentary chips, it sounds like we really impressed you. Thanks for swinging by our page, and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Dean, GM More 

New Lenox, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

When I visit Lakeland, I always stop here and today was no exception. Jennifer was our waitress and she was excellent. They have a nice selection to choose from and they give you chips and 3 salsa's for your tasting pleasure. I had the chicken quesadilla today. I prefer shredded chicken and this was cubed chicken. My daughter ordered steak... More 

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

Happy to hear our chips and salsa have your stamp of approval! We certainly want you to feel like you can't go wrong no matter what you order -- that meat will be as tender as can be next time. Looking forward to seeing what you end up trying when you come back and see us. Best, Dean, GM More 

Guelph, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Excellent food, great service and even greater Margarita's! Loved this place and will definitely be back!

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

Gotta get a margarita when you're here, Laura! We're so happy to hear that's one of the highlights of your visits with us. Hoping to see you back for another sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Stopped here after a long day of shopping and so glad we did! My daughter and I had been shopping all day and were craving Mexican/Southwestern food, this place did not disappoint.. Great food! Had the steak tacos, daughter had enchiladas.. Waitress was excellent !! We will be back for sure!!

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

So glad we could take care of that craving for you, Barb! Our recipes are something we're rather proud of, so we're thrilled that you all enjoyed everything you tried. Looking forward to seeing what you wind up getting next time. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I reviewed this restaurant in October 2014. It still is an excellent place to eat. My son conned the waitress into a non menu pasta dish, I had the enchiladas Angelica, and my wife had the chimichangas. All dishes were excellent. This is a destination restaurant. By the way, they have turned the A/C up a few degrees. Delightful.

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

Glad to have you back, Dennis! We really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you all liked your dishes. Can't wait to see what you end up trying next time. Best, Dean, GM More 

Valrico, Florida
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We saw Abuelos on our way to Bed Bath and Beyond so we decided it was a Tex-mex night. They have a very clean spacious waiting area. We only waited a few minutes for a table. My younger daughter had the shredded beef tacos. She said they were very good. My older daughter had the chicken tacos also good. My... More 

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

Glad you guys checked us out on your shopping trip! Rest assured, you'll be loving every bite of your sides as much as your main course next time. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to try in the future. Best, Dean, GM More 

Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
253 reviews 253 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The chips and slasa here are fantastic. You just can't stop eating them! The carnitas fajitas, well they were good but not that much better. However, faced with a choice of Chili's fajitas do yourself a favor and get them at Abuelo's! They were tasty but a tad on the dry side. Portion was adequate, what you would expect. Our... More 

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

We can't get enough of the chips and salsa either! Our fajitas are something we really pride ourselves on too, though, so it's a bummer to hear you found them to be a bit dry. It's important to us that you're enjoying every bite of your meal, so we'd be happy to address any issues you might have in the... More 

New York
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had a quesadilla appetizer from a coupon from the Courtyard Marriott. I had iced tea and the enchiladas Angelica, which had shredded pork in them. They tasted great. My wife had chicken enchiladas with two fried eggs over them. Food and service were great. Very quick, even though it was getting busy just after 5 pm. This is a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dean A, Owner at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, responded to this review

Always happy to welcome out-of-towners like yourself! We're so glad you enjoyed everything you tried on our menu. Looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in Lakeland. 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: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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