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El Maguey

2888 Browns Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504
(770) 287-8880
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Ranked #54 of 199 restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 23, 2014
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15 reviews from our community

64% Recommend
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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This used to be an excellent bargain. Good food and good service at very reasonable prices. (The bathroom, however, was really ratty--not clean, holes in the drywall--and it stayed this way for a very long time.) Did they change cooks or food supplier? The last few visits were disappointing.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our hotel desk recommended this restaurant when my husband and I said we did not like dining in chain restaurants. It's in a strip shop, not fancy, but the service was excellent and food was delicious. The server brought out warm, fresh tortilla chips/salsa right away. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his chicken frajitas, with refried beans, lettuce, guacamole. I really... More

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Dawsonville, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We have been eating at this restaurant for many years and this is my first review on them. Over the past year we have been experiencing poor service and poor food. I'm not sure what is going on with them, but it is a big problem. We normally come for lunch and are greeted fast, but that is where it... More

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Gainesville, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I eat here at least once a week. The service is always good. As soon as you set down there is a basket of fresh chips and salsa on the table. The margaritas are excellent. The food is always fresh and served piping hot. This is a family owned business that is always working hard to provide... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Only two things stick out from our visit. One, the ladies room appeared clean but smelled like something died. Two, the portions were smaller than most Mexican places. The food was just normal, the salsa was a little better than average but my husband's burritos special was tiny. They were half the size or less than what I consider normal.... More

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Clarkesville, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

My wife and I went there for lunch last Saturday. Quick, friendly service. Good authentic Mexican food. Reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?

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Scotland, Maryland
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142 reviews 142 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

This by and far the best place to eat in Gainesville. The food is perfectly priced and tastes great. This is where the Latin American folks in town eat. The tortilla chips and salsa are to die for, as is any entree, which I have eaten 90 percent of the menu. The service is good as well and the owners... More

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The food always good and the staff is very friendly. The Fried Ice Cream is GREAT! It has become a regular with me!

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

This is our absolute faveorite Mexican restaurant in Gainesville. We have been dining there ever since they opened. The food is always fresh and flavorful. Not sure what the other reviewers were talking about being overpriced. The only fault I think they have is introducing "gourmet, ovet the top dishes". Stick to the Mexican cuisine you went there in the... More

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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

One of my favorite mexican restaurants in Gainesville. Quite flavorful, traditional style mexican food. No taco bell food here guys. Quite fresh. My favorite is the chicken and beef burritos. Not too wet, very filling, very good. Not cheap in price, but not too horrible. Not a dressy place. Very casual and good service too.

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