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El Paraiso

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721 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345-6911
(505) 257-0279
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery

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This is no fancy place....

...but the breakfast food is good. Had a good taco salad for lunch once. It is a clean place with good service. Good value. Not expensive.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
New Mexico
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Grapevine, Texas
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wound up here as a result of being recommended by several locals. What a find! The food was simply great. Service was nice and pleasant. Had the JUMBO shredded beef burrito and it was one of the best I have ever had. It was almost too large for the plate. My wife had chicken fajitas and wound up bring half... More 

Thank Rick U
New Mexico
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

...but the breakfast food is good. Had a good taco salad for lunch once. It is a clean place with good service. Good value. Not expensive.

Thank HornDozer
Wichita, Kansas
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Every time we are in Ruidoso (yearly) we eat breakfast here. The food is always good the service excellent and the food is not overpriced. We all had different omelets and they were all delicious The waitress was friendly and made you feel welcome. We also ate a dinner there and it was home cooked food. Very good.

Thank jsfollett
Odessa, Texas
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Ambiance is lacking. Place felt a little dirty. It wasn't, just felt that way. Maybe dirty isn't the right word, but can't think of another. Food was ok. Nothing special and what I would call below average, but wasn't horrible. Service wasn't nothing to write home about but was adequate. There are better in town.

Thank Mojo1988
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Chicken tacos were perfect - tortillas were just soft/crunchy enough, chicken was high quality. Beans cooked with lard, the way nature intended. Perfect everything - very good salsa.

Thank GinaKelley
Ruidoso, New Mexico, United States
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Nice for a quick lunch or breakfast. Local hang out. a meal under 10 bucks and food is pretty good. Hidden and next to Lawrence Brothers Grocery store. Thanks, Ms Annie

Thank Ruidoso A
Alto, NM
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I have been coming to this restaurant ever since moving into the area and average close to once per week to join friends for good food and great service all at a fair price. The food is always flavorful and it arrives at the table quickly. Good value for the entire family.

Thank 7kaltoid
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

Me and my family were going out for dinner and we heard about this restaurant.When I got there it looked like it was worth a try.The staff was horrible but I didn't mind it that much, they were below average. Then I saw the menu and I ordered the caldo de res which to my demise was the worst mistake... More 

Thank Josh217
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

They see to everyone needs and treats everyone like family . I will go back again and again. if it is not on the menu you can still ask for it and they do their best to see that you get it as far as mexican food goes it is great and if you want they have pool tables just... More 

2 Thank wwood1986
San Antonio, TX
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

The food is excellent. The salsa is great, and the enchildas are wonderful. the people are also warm and friendly. I would rate it higher than any other Mexican restaurant in Ruidoso.

4 Thank EugenioSanAntono

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 721 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345-6911
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: (505) 257-0279

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican


Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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