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El Sombrero

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1330 10th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
(941) 729-0700
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  • 9
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Huge Menu of Mexican Favorites

Despite being unappealing from the exterior and Mexican kitsy inside, the food was delicious. Service was excellent, beer super cold, good chips and salsa too. The menu was amazing. We will return and try more dishes. The only entrée not popular with our crowd was the 7 Fishes Soup.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Manya O
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Sun City Center, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Went for lunch the other day. Menu was provided when seated and drink order taken . Drinks and cold chips with decent salsa arrived promptly and then the waitress disappeared (there were only two other tables occupied). After reading the menu for 15-20 minutes, we finally saw our waitress again and waved her over to take our meal order. Note:... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I never judge a book by its cover, but when I got inside and realized this place looked like a converted warehouse with wall to wall stereotypical Mexican kitsch, I felt I was in for an interesting dinner. Everything from the lackluster greeting by the hostess to the salsa being mixed with ketchup to make it stretch screamed of a... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Despite being unappealing from the exterior and Mexican kitsy inside, the food was delicious. Service was excellent, beer super cold, good chips and salsa too. The menu was amazing. We will return and try more dishes. The only entrée not popular with our crowd was the 7 Fishes Soup.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

$1 Taco Tuesday special! Tacos are just $1 each. Chicken tacos are my favorite. They don't skimp on the meat, either. Must get the fried ice cream, too!

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Sun City Center, Florida
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Brought 20 of our neighbors for an evening of Mexican food. Great service and some great food. We had two waiters that killed themselves to please.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Was very much unimpressed on our recent visit. Our serve ER was unfriendly and seemed annoyed with our presence. Food was mediocre at best. The only positive was the large portions. Don't think I'll be back. There are way too many authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.

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Parrish, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We go here frequently for good Mexican food. Good margaritas, etc. chips and salsa, with extras if you wanted, at no extra cost. Our friend had a dish with the mole sauce. I had never tasted it before, but would definitely try it on our next visit. I see complaints on reviews from people, but we have never had a... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We were there on a night that was not busy at all. Chips and salsa were brought to our table as soon as we arrived. The salsa is very good. The margarita had plenty of Tequilla in it. The taco salad I ordered was very good. It had beans in it and I thought that it would be warmer in... More 

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Florida Left Coast
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have eaten there over the years when we were really in the mood for Florida Mex (because it is hard to find really good Mex food in Florida and especially in this area)....but the last 2 times have confirmed, it is not very good any more. Mediocre at best. Food not that fresh or good quality. Seasoning? mainly just... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

I went with a group of 4. I ordered the chicken fajita salad and the chicken tasted like cold rubber, it was awful. My sister had a spinach salad with chicken and her chicken was the same. The food had to have been microwaved because it came out within minutes. We asked for the manager or cook to come out... More 

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Address: 1330 10th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone Number: (941) 729-0700
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palmetto
Cuisine: Mexican

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  • Address: 1330 10th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palmetto
  • Phone Number: (941) 729-0700

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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