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El Bandido

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27 South Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY
(845) 425-6622‎
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Not just tacos & enchiladas

My wife and I used to go here regularly 30+ years ago when we were newlyweds. We happened to be in the area and decided to stop in for old time's sake. The restaurant is quaintly decorated, the service excellent and the food superb. The menu is extensive and in addition to the usual burrito... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
papasmurf5069
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Morris County, New Jersey
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English first
New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

like Chinese food,the food you will get in so called Mexican restaurants,including this one bears no resemblence to anything eaten in that country. mexican cuisine is a world class cuisine with many regional variations,none of which you will eat here,made with ingredients never found in Mexico. if you are a fan of tasteless dishes smothered in sour cream and cheddar... More 

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South Jersey,
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Terrible lunch service. 1 server for at least 8 tables. Worst of all was when my business partner who really enjoyed the salsa asked for a to go container. Was told by server No, "they need this in back". Are they serious ? Do they recycle the Salsa ? Never again

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Hubby finally got me to go and all i can say is "i told myself so". Always trust your gut. There's just something about this place. 1. Lousy greeting. No hello/evening, we got a "u gonna go to the bar? " We were with 2 kids. Well hello to us. 2. The restaurant is the loudest i have ever been... More 

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Morris County, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My wife and I used to go here regularly 30+ years ago when we were newlyweds. We happened to be in the area and decided to stop in for old time's sake. The restaurant is quaintly decorated, the service excellent and the food superb. The menu is extensive and in addition to the usual burrito, enchilada, taco, tostada, tamale and... More 

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New York, USA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Love the ambiance. Live music sometimes. Very up and happening. Not the place for a quiet dinner, tho. Food is always good-and very fast. Combination plates a sure-fire thing. And, the as-much-as-you want chips and fresh salsa (yummm) at start and the additional free small dessert (banana fritter and cream) make it a VERY good deal, price-wise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Great but service stafff could be friendlier. The value is amazing each person gets a free appetizer and free dessert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Kind of spooky from the outside and real cozy on the inside. This is what a Mexican restaurant is all about. Great food, great selections and lots of freebee.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We went there on a weeknight, early so no music. But the food was excellent and lots of food for the price. Wife and i left full! Atmosphere is great for a local place and service was excellent.

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Cape Canaveral
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29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Ignore the exterior challenged neighborhood murals. What is inside will delight. The décor is busy with painted walls and ceilings offering snippets of the proprietors experiences friends and many others; Baubles are hanging every where. Lots of tables but space is not generous. Sound level is concert level loud so if you are on a first date, forget dialoguing. Right... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Kind of spooky from the outside and real cozy on the inside. This is what a Mexican restaurant is all about. Great food, great selections, large drinks, lots of freebees at a reasonable price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 South Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Spring Valley
  • Phone Number: (845) 425-6622‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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