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El Maguey

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2888 Browns Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504
(770) 287-8880
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Very disappointed

I would recommend that you not go to this place. No lunch menu anymore. When we asked about the lunch menu, the lady(that brought us chips and salsa) just turned around and walked away without saying anything. When we asked our waitress about it, she said "no, we don't have the lunch menu anymore... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2014
Gainesville, Georgia
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Gainesville, Georgia
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55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This family-owned restaurant features excellent service and great food at reasonable prices. I have dined here many times since it opened a decade ago. They have beef brisket flautas that are absolutely delicious. Almost no one else in town offers flautas. During my last visit, the owner greeted us with a smile and treated our party of 4 like family.... More 

1 Thank Greg J
Dahlonega, Georgia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Last night my wife and I had dinner here. Very disappointed. Piece of hard plastic in the quesadillas. Shrimp cocktail flavorless. The waiters were nice trying to get it right since there wasn't management at all.

4 Thank Juan V
Gainesville, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I would recommend that you not go to this place. No lunch menu anymore. When we asked about the lunch menu, the lady(that brought us chips and salsa) just turned around and walked away without saying anything. When we asked our waitress about it, she said "no, we don't have the lunch menu anymore" and didn't give an explanation. I... More 

1 Thank A M
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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111 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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.

Thank rob b
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

Thank Holly D
Dawsonville, Georgia
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81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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 

Thank busterbugs22
Gainesville, Georgia
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

1 Thank GSP45
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

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 

1 Thank laissezfairey
Clarkesville, Georgia
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80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 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?

1 Thank Suester50
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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153 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2888 Browns Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: (770) 287-8880

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican


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

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