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3814 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410-2636
806-793-8304
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Hours:
Fri - Wed 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gotta Love the Real Thing

Lubbock is known for its Mexican food, and yet folks argue incessantly over which restaurant offers the best of this important cuisine. For my buck, it's Picantes. The place is short on atmosphere. It doesn't offer margaritas. The food is served almost a bit too quickly and the wait staff is fine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
MarkCharney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Lubbock is known for its Mexican food, and yet folks argue incessantly over which restaurant offers the best of this important cuisine. For my buck, it's Picantes. The place is short on atmosphere. It doesn't offer margaritas. The food is served almost a bit too quickly and the wait staff is fine, but not overtly friendly. In fact, you could... More 

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Thank MarkCharney
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Awesome restaurant with takeout or sitdown. Two of us had breakfast meals and another had the mole. Everyone was super happy and this place kept us full through 5 hours of driving! If you have a minute in Lubbock, try it.

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Thank Sarah B
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I was craving a good Mexican breakfast. This place did not offer much selection. It had the normal Mexican fare, but was lacking the choices I usually see in the Austin area. The chorizo and egg plate was good. The potatoes and beans were the best part. Picantes would have been better with homemade tortillas, and less attitude from the... More 

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Thank Jason H
Abilene
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nothing to write home about, but this restaurant is probably family-owned and authentic for homemade Mexican food. I had the carne asada and enchiladas. Enchiladas were ok, but the carne asada could have used a bit more flavor. Chips and salsa were good. Waitstaff was good.

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Thank GreywolfAbilene
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Picante's was okay. The wait was long and the gorditas were bland. The carne guisada was good, but the portions were too big. I don't think we will return, there are better places that are cheaper and faster, with more flavor.

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Thank Brenna W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

I took my sons out for lunch. My bill was $29.18. They charged $291.18. They maxed my card at $207 and I paid the$29.18 with another card. The manager owner? Prob has food managment but no public relations at all. I wasted a whole day trying to prove my point while he didn't even offer me a drink of water.... More 

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Thank Gilbert M
Abilene, TX
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We were driving through Lubbock on a Saturday morning and found this spot through Trip Advisor. These are not the best breakfast burritos in the world, but they are delicious and filling and easy to eat on the road. And two burritos for $7 is hard to beat. I had the potato and egg, which was heavy on potato, but... More 

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Thank zulu5
Lubbock, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

By the time we we received our food, I was prepared to give Picantes a four. But, that is where the meal went south. The food wasn't the problem. The food was very good. The service is what lowered their score, overall. I ordered lemon with my drink. I did not get it. The waitress disappeared and was unseen for... More 

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Thank RJ1950
Lubbock, Texas
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

In Boston it's baked beans, in Annapolis it's steamed crabs. In Lubbock, TX the every day local favorite is Mexican cooking. Most of the good eateries are small, locally owned with one of the family members usually on the premises to greet you as you walk in. Eating out with either family, or friends usually starts with "where?" and Picantes... More 

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Thank mrjoef
Lubbock, Texas
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Wow!! Again this place amazed me!! I love it. It is so authentic. The food is amazing. Anyone who wants to eat real food from Mexico, go to Picante's. They make true enchilada sauce. It is not your typical tomato sauce or chili bean sauce (places that sell GRAVY should be closed down!). Please go by and visit this place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3814 34th St, Lubbock, TX 79410-2636
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lubbock
  • Phone Number: 806-793-8304

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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