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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
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, 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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  • 129
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  • 92
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 6
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  • 8
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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
Dinner at Abuelo's

The food was served hot and fresh, we had an excellent server. Over all it was a good experience. The restaurant it's self was very clean, restrooms and dining room were clean.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
punkie56
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Lakeland, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Not the best I have ever had but not the worst. Food wasn't particularly hot when it was served very basic not much of a wow factor food, nice atmosphere, waitress was nice and accommodating.

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

We wish you'd enjoyed everything as much as the vibe and service, Joe. Your meal should always be served hot, and I'm so sorry that wasn't the case. This isn't normal for us, and I know we can do right by you in the future. I hope we'll be the chance to welcome you back sometime soon -- we'll be... More 

Winter Haven, Florida
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

My husband surprised me with dinner at Abuelo's. It was perfect. Very spacious comfortable seating. The decor and ambience aided in our authentic dinner experience. Our waitress was the best. She was knowledgeble,very friendly and man was she quick. The food was superb. From the enchilada and rice to the flan we were very satisfied. A definite winner.

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

Sounds like your husband planned the perfect outing! We want you loving everything about your visits with us, so it's exciting to see you were a fan of the enchilada and the service. Looking forward to welcoming you back for another date night sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Level Contributor
25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We decided to go for Mexican food, it was very good!! A lot of food for the price! I also had sangria swirl very very good!! We were seated quickly and waitress was very pleasant and always right there for us with drinks, water and making sure food was the way we wanted! This is second time to come here... More 

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

Thank you for the recommendation! The sangria swirl doesn't get singled out too often here on TripAdvisor, so we're excited to hear it was one of the highlights of your meal. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to try next time. Best, Dean, GM More 

Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I always get the same thing--2 enchiladas (cheese and onion) with refried beans and pappas. Their chips are thin and yummy. If you like guacamole, Abuelo's version is superb. Our waitress, Kassia, was a pro. Always a great eating experience.

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

It's so nice having a meal you can always count on, isn't it? We couldn't be happier that our enchiladas always hit the spot -- that's music to our ears. Our service is something we really pride ourselves on, and we'll be sure to let Kassia know just how much you appreciated her attentiveness. Looking forward to serving up some... More 

Lakeland, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is awesome!! Food is very good!! Plus they have a vegetarian menu. Carlos at the bar is the bomb!!! Dining area is very nice as well

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

Proud to have your stamp of approval, Andrea! The vegetarian menu doesn't get singled out too often here on TripAdvisor, so we're really pumped to see you're a big fan. We hope to see you back at the bar sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The food was served hot and fresh, we had an excellent server. Over all it was a good experience. The restaurant it's self was very clean, restrooms and dining room were clean.

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

So glad you enjoyed your meal with us! Cleanliness is something we take very seriously, so it's great to hear that really shined through while you were here. We're all looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Largo, Florida
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148 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This restaurant is in a shopping plaza right at exit 5 off 570 in Lakeland. There are 2 hotels within .3 miles that I frequent when on business in the area. This establishment has a very nice wait staff, great cook and the drinks are yummy. Free chips and 3 kinds of salsa when you are seated. Then feel free... More 

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

Thanks for making us part of your business trips, Sue! We want you to feel like you can't go wrong with our menu, so it's great to hear you're a fan of everything from the layered dip to the margaritas. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to get next time. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We were able to call ahead and make a reservation for 15 of us. This was a great start to our girls night out. We had two servers at all times who were both prompt and we never went without. They both gave our table a great service. What wonderful waitress they were. The food arrived and was amazing. We... More 

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

Thanks for making us part of your girls' night, Candice! We want your visits with us to be memorable for all the right reasons, so it's wonderful to hear you wouldn't change a thing. I hope we'll get the chance to welcome you and your friends back again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida, United States
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We love Abuelo's ....we eat here all the time. I know many think it is just another chain restaurant. I think the food is very good. They have a very good wait staff...the first time we were there the waitress explained all the sauces to us and answered all the questions we had. For the money you get very good... More 

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

It's always good having you here, Barbara. We want you enjoying everything about your visits with us, so it's great to hear you're a fan of everything from the service to the atmosphere. That said, we're all looking forward to continuing to serve up that green salsa for you! Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Had a good experience on our last visit. Fast service. Hot food. If you want time before the meal to socialize, you may want to tell them to hold for a few minutes. Fiod came extremely fast.

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

Glad you enjoyed your last meal here, Bradley. Anticipating your needs is one of our top priorities, so it's nice to see the food came out so quickly. We're all looking forward to having you back again soon! Best, Dean, GM More 

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Additional Information about Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy

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

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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, Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic

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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