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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 115
    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:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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St. Charles, IL
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

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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Lakeland, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
75 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 

Youngstown, Ohio
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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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

Your recommendation means the world to us -- thank you! We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed everything about your visit from start to finish. Looking forward to welcoming you back again the next time you're driving by. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, FL
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
133 reviews 133 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 

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

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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