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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: 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
Lunch at Abuelo's

We had lunch on Sunday about 1:30 pm. The food was great and despite that they were very busy, we were seated in five minutes. The food was excellent; the price was good; and the service was fine. We will go back when we are in Lakeland.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Steven G
,
Columbia Heights
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Columbia Heights
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch on Sunday about 1:30 pm. The food was great and despite that they were very busy, we were seated in five minutes. The food was excellent; the price was good; and the service was fine. We will go back when we are in Lakeland.

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

Really glad you enjoyed your meal with us, Steven! We take a lot of pride in the quality of everything we do, so it's great to hear you left impressed. Looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you're in Lakeland. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a large restaurant with a big menu. The food is not exactly authentic but it is very good. They have a nice lunch menu and a large regular menu. The service at lunch is attentive. As you can tell, I go there for lunch pretty regularly. Always good food.

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

Nice to see our menu always hits the spot! We certainly want you to feel like you can't go wrong, and we're glad that's the case. Looking forward to your next visit. Best, Dean, GM More 

Casselberry, Florida
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I have eaten here several times with groups of co-workers, while staying at a local hotel. Every time the food has been great and the service excellent, even when we have had a large group. This last time I had the enchiladas which were very good. There were 10 of us and everyone said they enjoyed their meals. I will... More 

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

Happy to hear your visits have always been on point, David! We certainly want to create an experience that will have you coming back for more, and it's nice to see that's the case. Looking forward to earning that fifth star from you sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

I went from not really caring for flan to naming it (from Abuelos) my all time favorite dessert. It is honestly so good I get it every year on my birthday and eat it slowly to enjoy every single bite. As far as the rest of the restaurant, the service is fantastic. The server was so attentive I never once... More 

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

We're thrilled our flan has you savoring every bite -- that's exactly what we want! Creating an experience that leaves you looking forward to your next visit is something we're always attentive to, and we're glad that shines through. Looking forward to having you back fore more soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, Florida
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

While enjoying a dinner out with a group of friends, we were introduced to this restaurant by someone in our group. I am not a fan of Mexican Cuisine , However, to my surprise, This place was great. We had a great wait staff, the food was served promptly and the experience was overall a success.

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

Happy to hear you were impressed -- especially since you weren't really a fan of Mexican food before! Our team always strives to create a great experience all around, and it's nice to see that came through while you were in. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

What an awesome restaurant. The waiters and waitresses have been really good the few times I've been there. The food is always good. I especially like the fajita chimichanga. There are healthy options too. The margaritas are a bit pricey, but they are VERY good. I once went to chilis instead because I thought it would be worth the cheaper... More 

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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 here! We pour a lot of thought and care into everything we do, so it's great to hear you enjoy everything from the food to the service. Hope to see you back at happy hour sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Even though it's a chain they seem to know how to do it right. The service was outstanding. It was a team effort by the entire staff but they were always aware of our needs and took care of everything. The food is always good. I've never had anything bad.

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

Happy to hear you're a fan of it all, Jeff! We pour a lot of time and care into everything we do here, so this was music to our ears. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Mulberry, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Love Mexican food and this place is pretty good. Can usually accommodate larger parties and the wait staff is always great. The chips come with three types of salsa free with your meal or drinks. The food is always hot and comes out pretty fast even with a large group. A bunch of us like to come here after work... More 

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

Happy to be a go-to place for you, Angie! We want you to enjoy yourself whenever you stop by, and it's great to hear Chazz made that happen for you last time. Hope to see you back and digging into our chips and salsa sometime soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

Lakeland, FL
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My husband and I almost never get to eat Tex-Mex because our son is usually with us and doesn't like it. So on a rare evening when it was just the two of us, we decided to return here for our second visit (the first was many years ago when it opened). The restaurant has a classy, open feel, and... More 

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

So glad you were able to come back and see us! We take a lot of pride in creating an experience that's memorable for all the right reasons, so we're happy to hear you were enjoying everything. Hoping to welcome you back again soon. Best, Dean, GM More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I'm 72 & haven't had flan this good since my grandmother quit cooking in 1957. Other dishes were good as well with reasonable pricing.

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

That's quite the compliment, Mick -- thank you! We're so happy to hear our flan reminds you of your grandmother's. Looking forward to welcoming you back for more 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: 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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