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El Lago

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119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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Good, standard Mexican fare. Nice staff. Great location convenient to the Lake Lure beach. The spicy salsa is muy bueno!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good, standard Mexican fare. Nice staff. Great location convenient to the Lake Lure beach. The spicy salsa is muy bueno!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The El Lago was within walking distance of the 1927 Lake Lure Inn where we were staying so we decided to try it. The food was great and the beer was cold and served in frosted mugs. Our server was prompt and kept us supplied with chips and salsa.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

My boyfriend and I, happened to come across this restaurant while we were visiting Lake Lure. We decided to give it a try, let's just start out by saying I wasn't impressed on how we were greeted by a younger girl. We felt like she had an attitude while taking our drink orders, my bf asked if they had any... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

What more can you ask for? Pleasant location that feels like a vacation. Friendly staff, large portions of yummy food. Also, excellent spicy salsa.

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Consistently wonderful food and service! I go there all of the time. Every dish is fantastic. It is a family owned business where everyone is extremely courteous and friendly.

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Raleigh, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great prices. Better than other places that are really close. The pico was very good & the veggie chile poblanos.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

So not think this is the best Mexican food you will eat. It will satisfy your desire for a taco. You will not walk away wowed, but you will appreciate the amount of food for the money. I recommend this place because of the value and the proximity of other attractions. Do not be afraid, just properly set your expectations.

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New York City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was the most economical meal of our visit. The food was average at best and the service was not anything to write home about. We still enjoyed ourselves and would return if we revisit the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fajitas were scrumptious!!!!!! Love the hot sauce :-) :-) :-) Highly recommend!! One of the locals who manages a restaurant of their own recommended. They go there after they close every Sunday.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My family and I were driving by looking for a place to eat and we saw this place, so we decided to try it! We went in there, they were busy so we waited a little to be seated before someone came out running yelling "How many?!" Not a welcoming word was said but we still decided to give them... More 

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

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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