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El Bandido

27 South Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY
(845) 425-6622‎
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Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- May 17, 2014
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English first
New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Nice to see what they have done with the place after so many years, however, food was bland and the flavor was salt, no seasoning. Meatball soup, what kind of meat is that?

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We have been here several times. I have to say that last nights outing here was VERY hectic!! The place was packed. They were bringing in tables and chairs from the back and were seating more people. With it being this packed the service lacked. Usually the owner is very cheerful and always comes over and has a smile on... More

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Spring Valley, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I have been eating at El Bandido for many, many years and have always had a great experience. The food is delicious and the drinks terrific! The service is excellent, and I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

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Belmont, Australia
2 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Seven of us were visiting the area from out of state and stopped by for lunch. Wow! The service was quick, accurate and friendly. All seven of us loved our food, not one critical word. The extras were appreciated. My shrimp and avocado appetizer was fresh and delicious. The sangria and my mixed drink were fantastic. And such a fun... More

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NJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Excellent Mexican, salsa is one of the best, and everything is authentic. I often go for lunch because you get the same meal for less $$. The sangria is also some of the best. Order a número cinco combination and you are good to go!

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Tarrytown, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My family, friends and I have frequented El Bandido for the past 30+ years. It's a favorite for sure!! If you have never tasted Mexican food, then this is the place to go!! The reason it has been here for 35 years is because the food is always delicious, the service is great, and their sangria is not to be... More

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Spring Valley, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This was our first visit - a Saturday night. The place was absolutely packed to the gills but the hostess gave us proper expectations. We were seated in about 20 minutes. Chips and salsa were already at the table - perfectly warm crunchy chips with tasty homemade salsa (tomatoes, onions, cilantro, hot pepper) with the perfect amount of heat. Shortly... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My wife and I discovered El Bandido, as we have several other great places while traveling, merely by accident. A number of years ago, while my stepson was a cadet at nearby West Point, we stayed in a hotel in Spring Valley. That evening we asked the hotel clerk for some suggestions for eateries in the area. Oddly to us,... More

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Ringwood, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

First off, the food; it's very good. I recently went after not going for a while and I am happy to say the food is better than almost all the other Mexican restaurants in the area. I like the atmosphere too, it's unlike any place around. The only issue I had was the service. The waiter (who speaks English just... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Been here a number of times over the years and its usually pretty good all around. While the good is still pretty good, the service on this visit was very off. It seemed like the entire restaurant had only 1 or 2 waiters and a lot of busboys. Our party wasn't asked once how our meal was, nor were our... More

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