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El Patron Mexican Grille & Cantina

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1170 Apalachee Pkwy, Between Marriott Dr and SR-265, Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 656-7264
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Nice atmosphere, very good food

Stopped here for dinner while in town. Food was good, nice atmosphere.,what I found funny was that they had reggaeton for music instead of Mexican music....

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Manny B
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  • Families with children
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Tallahassee, Florida
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week, I'd have given El Patron a well-deserved 4-star (and if they'd allow half-points, a 4.5). My wife and I have been going to this place pretty much every Friday ever since they opened their doors. We loved it when they were a quiet little restaurant that not a lot of people knew about. We learned to live with... More 

1 Thank Andrew P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for dinner while in town. Food was good, nice atmosphere.,what I found funny was that they had reggaeton for music instead of Mexican music....

Thank Manny B
Panhandle Florida
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130 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Very fast service. Great waitress ... I think her name was Shelly. Food was tasty ... lots of meat and sour cream which I love. Iced tea since I was working. Big glass, so I didn't even need a refill. This is a redo of an old Applebee's location that has been refitted as Mexican restaurant but kept the layout... More 

Thank Taylorcat2us
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

we visited this place on our last night in Tallahassee and did we luck out. The waitress was very helpful with suggestions. She explained the 2 for 1 margaritas which were good but could of used an extra bit for tequila for my liking anyways. The food was excellent and nice portions and we had leftovers. We were all very... More 

Thank yridem
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I absolutely loved the food here. The quesadilla and tacos are exceptional. I wasn't fond of their drinks. The Margaritas tasted really weird. Didn't expect this from a mexican restaurant. However, i would love to go back to get some more food and may be try some other drinks. Friendly staff and drinks are BOGO.

Thank Puja U
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great menu, food was tasty, happy hour all day everyday. Staff was very friendly. Margaritas were so good! So glad our hotel recommend El Pastor. Will come back next time we come to visit.

Thank kelmariek
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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119 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I keep looking for a truly good Mexican restaurant in Tallahassee and, while the menus may look a little different, the food is generally all the same where they feature canned refried beans in various burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and tacos. At El Patron I ordered the Burrito De Frijoles which consisted of a bean burrito, a cheese enchilada and rice.... More 

Thank 54Mercury
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We love Mexican food, but this was mediocre. The chips and salsa were very good. Waiter didn't seem like he wanted to be there. Just went through the motions.

Thank Softball_Mom_1979
Boca Grande, Florida
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163 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Some of our friends have an FSU game tradition by coming here the Friday night before a home game, which led us to this great new spot. I know finding a great authentic Mexican restaurant can be rather difficult so we will make this extremely easy for you, check it out! This place was BUSY! Which is always a great... More 

2 Thank ErinLee13
Reading, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Perhaps it's because they seated folks close together for the convenience of the waiters, but it was nearly impossible to converse because of the noisy crowds in the next booths. There were other booths in a quieter area, but we weren't wise enough to ask for one. The food, however, was excellent. And the waiter was very attentive and efficient.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1170 Apalachee Pkwy, Between Marriott Dr and SR-265, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Tallahassee
  • Phone Number: (850) 656-7264

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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