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El Paraiso

20700 N Main St, Ste 124, Cornelius, NC 28031-8485
704-896-6064
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Ranked #14 of 84 Restaurants in Cornelius
Cuisines: Mexican
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Been eating here for years and always very solid choice. Moved away about a year ago and when back in Cornelius/LKN area it's on the "must eat at" list for sure. Great food..very fair prices and family run restaurant. Recommended it to several friends and they all thank me.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a family owned and run restaurant located in a strip mall in Cornelius. You have to look to find it. The food is excellent and very, very tasty. It is a bit like Mexican food, but somewhat different. I felt transported back to a vacation we took to the Yucatan by the decor. Excellent food and service.

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Davidson, nc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I go here at least once a month and we are never disappointed! The friendly owners, Elizabeth and her dad - we call him Papa - are genuinely glad to see you and personally greet us each time as if it were our first. Let's start with the salsa - perfect! Goes really well with the homemade... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Good variety and some nice creations for those who like Mexican cuisine. The dining room is quaint, the staff very friendly, and the food is really good. I had never noticed it in all of the times I have driven by. Definitely worth the trip.

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Davidson, North Carolina, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

El Paraiso is not much to look at, although its location is convenient and the decor is typical Tex-Mex. But the food is a cut above. The typical tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc. are all well-prepared and tasty. But the Salvadorian soups and specialties push this restaurant beyond expectations. Try the El Tipico appetizer, or any of the soups offered at... More

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Keep getting drawn back to this little restaurant for the very basic reason of excellent Latin (Salvadorian and Mexican) food. The atmosphere is comfortable, the music authentic, the service is charming and the food is plentiful and delicious. Fresh chips and salsa, great cerveza, reasonable wine selection........ (beer and wine only - excelente!) Just ate dinner there. I had the... More

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Fleming Island, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We went to this restaurant while visiting our son. It does not look great from the outside (in a strip mall), nor is it exceptionally furnished on the inside. However the food is very good. Our server was attentive and knowledgable. He could tell us which meals and sauces were gluten-free without having to visit the kitchen (which made ordering... More

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Dined here as a family, after my twenty- something son recommended it. He eats here frequently, as the food is great, but he really likes the value and the amount of food! We were absolutely delighted with the food and service. Server was very knowledgable and helped my husband choose some new beers to try based on his stated likes.... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

My wife and I eat here on a regular weekly basis. The food is always consistently great and the service is excellent. It's truly a hidden gem in the Lake Norman area. Make sure to order their bean dip with beef and cheese!!!! Mmmmmm!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Another find that has recognizable food yet with pleasantly different spin. The yellow rice had a "umami" appeal I just couldn't get enough of. But then I also had the "Majarro Frito" ($9.95) which is a whole (read non-fileted) unadulterated sea bass fried and served with lime wedges. It was sooo good! Their shredded chicken was also good. Quite moist... More

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