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El Bandido

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27 South Central Avenue, Spring Valley, NY
(845) 425-6622‎
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Better Than Expected

We try not to spend much time in Spring Valley, especially the area right around this place, but friends told us to try it. It's not a very big place, so the tables fill up fast. We've always gone on the earlier side of dinner and not had to wait. They bring chips and salsa as soon as you sit.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Tim M
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Nanuet, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have traveled to Mexico many times and real Mexican food is not expensive . I felt like everything was smothered in cheese and salt. A shot of tequila was $18 bucks are you kidding !!! We will not be back !!

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Bergen Co., New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Went to this Spring Valley mainstay in a group of 9 ranging in age from 7 to 74 on the recommendation of my brother-in-law. This venerable spot has a long history and I was very curious about what I would find and, unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed. To start with, my wife made a reservation over the phone for 9... More 

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Nanuet, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We try not to spend much time in Spring Valley, especially the area right around this place, but friends told us to try it. It's not a very big place, so the tables fill up fast. We've always gone on the earlier side of dinner and not had to wait. They bring chips and salsa as soon as you sit.... More 

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New York City, New York
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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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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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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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25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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29 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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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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