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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
- Aug 9, 2014
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32 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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new York
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 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
93 reviews 93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
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, Massachusetts
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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 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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