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El Sombrero

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519 Industrial Park Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577-6011
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
great food and atmosphere

a family owned mexican restaurant with great food, excellent customer service and a hometown feel to the restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mary Lynn S
Benson, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Benson, North Carolina
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

a family owned mexican restaurant with great food, excellent customer service and a hometown feel to the restaurant. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Mary Lynn S
Newport News
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you want a wonderful Mexican meal this is the place to go in Smithfield, NC. We enjoyed this location twice this year on our way to Florida, and in our stay in GA recommended this place. Wonderful food and beverages.

Thank Charles R
Selma, North Carolina
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62 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We have enjoyed dinner here many times and never disappointed. This is a family owned and run restaurant that has a homey feel and always excellent service. This is a quieter place with plenty of seating that is spread out. You will not find long lines or wait times but considering that they now have an ultra competitive neighbor it... More 

1 Thank Joe H
Scotia, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My wife and I found this place by accident one year on our vacation road trip. We now hit it coming and going. The food rocks and the owners always make sure to say hello. You will like the family atmosphere and quick service. Enjoy !!

1 Thank TomAndTiffany
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I cannot understand the great reviews for this place. I eat Mexican food at least once a week in my travels and this place was terrible. The worst I that I can remember in recent times. The salsa was tomato sauce. Absolutely no flavor or heat. I ordered Carnitas and they were flavorless as well and there were huge chunks... More 

1 Thank BurninUpTheHighway
Smithfield, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

When I am at work and need to get something quick for dinner I go to El Sombrero. The owner and his wife are always pleasant when I arrive. My take out order is always ready by the time I get there so it is always nice and hot not like other places. I have never had a bad meal... More 

Thank joandowless
Pembroke, Georgia
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135 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

It's 7pm, the Saturday after Black Friday and you find yourself stopped at an exit filled with Outlet Shopping and packed chain restaurants, what do you do? You drive around a few extra minutes and find El Sombrero...and you'll be glad you did. We arrived to a half-full restaurant. The hostess seated us in a booth. The restaurant is big... More 

Thank cbozman
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service at this restaurant is top notch from the minute you walk into the door. During each visit I have been met by someone in less than a minute, who takes me to the table or booth that's available. This of course this takes a little longer if the restaurant is full of customers. Once seated, the waiter arrives... More 

Thank wdw2695793
Brooklyn, NY
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I decided to try this Mexican restaurant out after seeing it numerous times on previous visits to the area. It was walking distance from my hotel so I thought it would be great. I ordered the chicken chimichangas and it was soggy and bland. The side was a handful of wet shredded lettuce, juicy salsa, way too creamy guacamole. My... More 

Thank JoiFull1st
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Good Mexican with good vegetarian options. Owners are great and food is nice. A fine local place in the fast food and chain restaurant jungle of Smithfield.

Thank aprestonlane

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 519 Industrial Park Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577-6011
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: 919-989-9889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?