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El Lago

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119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC
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Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Was an Unexpected Surprise

Stopped here for a family dinner. The place didn't look promising, but the food was really good. I highly recommend the Nachos Popeye. An abundance of freshly grilled chicken and steak with fresh sautéed spinach, onions, and tomatoes topped with a Mexican cheese sauce. It was wonderful. Other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food portions are large and very inexpensive. Try the large margarita- it's huge and cheap! Ask for the green salsa with the nachos- it's free and it's spicy! SOOOO good!!! Portions are so large my two 5 five year olds can share a plate!

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Thank TraceytheTraveler
Winter Park, Florida
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86 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

When visiting Lake lure we always make sure we stop in a couple of times. Nice location across from the lake. Good service.

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Thank FloripaGirl
NC
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Stopped here for a family dinner. The place didn't look promising, but the food was really good. I highly recommend the Nachos Popeye. An abundance of freshly grilled chicken and steak with fresh sautéed spinach, onions, and tomatoes topped with a Mexican cheese sauce. It was wonderful. Other members enjoyed there entrees as well. The total cost feeding 3 adults... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

The best mexican restaurant in lake lure.. great food and drinks.. I would highly recommend this place.. 👍

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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Good Mexican prepared and run by Mexicans. Rather extensive menu and they have a good selection of beers.

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Thank Timothy P
Austin, Texas
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Our plan was to go back to the Smokehouse...but found not only was it closed, but was no longer the Smokehouse. So, we went to El Lago. Now...a little back story... I'm from Texas. I was born here, I'll die here, and in the meantime, I'll eat Tex-Mex. I know tamales. I've been eating tamales for better'n 50 years. I've... More 

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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

We made several visit to El Lago and were served well. The price is reasonable and the food is tasteful. We have several friends and family travel from out of state on weekly basis and they all want to visit at least once before they leave.

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Thank Kevin H
Lake Lure, North Carolina
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97 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

El Lago offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The portions are generous and reasonably priced. It's somewhat of a local hangout. The beers are icy cold and refreshing. I can't comment on the margaritas as I prefer beer with Mexican food but I see many ordering them. The place is laid back, family, couple, individual friendly, and a meal won't... More 

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Elloree, South Carolina
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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This was our third meal at this excellent Mexican restaurant. There are so many choices on their menu, its hard to pick just one. Everyone in our party enjoyed there meal and we will definitely be going back.

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Thank rpmElloree_SC
Travelers Rest, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

I made a reservation at this location during Labor Day weekend, just in case they couldn't handle our party of six adults and seven children, as it was my wife's birthday, and I wanted to make sure that things went well wherever we stopped for dinner on Sunday night. I was told that six thirty would be great, so we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Lake Lure

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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