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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, 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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  • 137
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  • 95
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Good,consistent Mexican food

We visit frequently. Good food, reasonable prices, friendly service and large portions. We especially like the dog friendly patio and the wait staff brings a water bowl for our furry friend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Riverview, Florida
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75 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We frequent this restaurant about once a month. Prices are reasonable and portions are large. Services is usually great. On today's visit it was crowded and are waitress was assigned tables all over the restaurant. Glasses sat empty while we tried to wait patiently for our waitress to make it back to our table. I blame this on bad management... More 

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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We visit frequently. Good food, reasonable prices, friendly service and large portions. We especially like the dog friendly patio and the wait staff brings a water bowl for our furry friend.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Ok Mexican food, chips are light, which I do like. Meals instead of giving me the impression they are fresh made, appear to be microwave...

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Lakeland, Florida
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This mexican restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere. Decor is lovely and lends to a relaxed meal. Prices are good for the very very good quality. If you desire a margarita, then you should get theirs. Frozen was too good. The triple fajita was fabulous. I would very highly recommend this facility. It is one of my favorites. Very accomodating because... More 

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

From the triple fajita to the frozen margaritas, I'm thrilled you always have such a relaxing meal with us. Thank you so much for visiting us all this time -- I appreciate the recommendation. Best, Dean, GM More 

San Francisco
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Salsa was not good, steak extremely fatty. Pico terrible. Nothing good at all. Had great food at another location but not at this one.

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

Not gonna lie, I'm very disappointed to read this -- especially since you had a great meal at our other location. We make our salsa and pico from scratch, so it's concerning something about them seemed off. I'll be sure to follow up with the kitchen about this, so thanks for bringing this to my attention. Best, Dean, GM More 

Herndon, Virginia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Typical Mexican & TexMex menu in pleasant, restrained surroundings [saw no sombreros!]. At 4 P.M. on a weekday no wait for seating in area near bar. Mex beer selection did not include Tecate, according to our server! Family members enjoyed chips & salsas offered for the table and server brought spicer versions on request. We ordered cheese enchiladas, beef fajitas,... More 

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

Excellent choice on the Veggie Tacos, Ej! Sounds like you and your family enjoyed your meals overall -- I hope to welcome you back again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My husband and I love Abuelo's. We are from Texas and have tried just about every Mexican restaurant in Lakeland and none can compare to Abuelo's. Have tried the fajitas, and some of the combo platters and everything is excellent but my favorite is the enchiladas, cheese with chili con carne. They have many varieties and sauces and an extensive... More 

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

I definitely consider us lucky to have such an awesome fan and friend like you! Whenever that Mexican food craving hits, you know we've always got you covered. Best, Dean, GM More 

Bethlehem, Georgia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I was in Lakeland on business and staying at a nearby hotel. I had driven pass Abuelo's several times, but decided to have dinner there on my last night. Very clean restaurant with a great staff. I sat at the bar and there was a very good happy hour menu for drinks and food. The enchiladas were the best I've... More 

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

Glad you could join us for happy hour, Matt! We couldn't be happier that those enchiladas hit the spot -- that's music to our ears. Looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you find yourself in Lakeland. Best, Dean, GM More 

Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited for Valentine's and it was busy, but the wait was reasonable and our food was excellent as usual. The special margarita for that day was a taste of heaven. We always have a good time when we dine there.

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

A taste of heaven? Thrilled to hear you liked the special margarita so much! We couldn't be happier that you enjoy everything about your visits with us and hope to see you again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We have visited Abuelo's a few times and each has been a great dining experience. My personal favorite, the grande burrito, is delicious and plentiful.

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

You can't go wrong with the Grande Burrito, can you, Joyce? We're pretty partial to it ourselves, so it's great to hear it's your favorite thing on the menu. Looking forward to welcoming you back for another sometime soon! 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: Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups

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