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Palenque Grill

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Mexican
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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
19569948181
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Description: It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey...
It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey into the restaurant business. It initiates a wonderful family tradition, with the UNIQUE TASTE of great Mexican food. On January 6th, 1975 Pancho creates "El Pollo Loco" concept in his small hometown of Guasave, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 1980, this concept becomes the first Mexican restaurant chain to go go across the border, opening its first store in Los Angeles, California on Alvarado Ave. and 6th St. Pancho's passion continues in 1986, when he creates a new and innovating concept in Mexican food. On July 1st, 1987 he opens the first "Taco Palenque" with a distinctive quality, UNIQUE TASTE and good service that quickly developed and gained a good reputation throughout South Texas. On July 31st, 2005 Pancho and his son Charles, with the support of their family, open Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas. The Ochoa family introduce Flerida Ochoa's (Pancho's wife) family recipes, creating a menu with excellent dishes of Mexican culinary traditions. On behalf of the Ochoa family, we thank you for visiting our small piece of Mexico. We are delighted to be able to serve you now in Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.
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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friends Anniversary

My friends, Joel & Blanca, chose this restaurant to celebrate their 20th year wedding anniversary. What I loved is that he provided a digital menu of what I could order. My wife and I devoured Mexican plates. I had a steamy Carne Guisada with Potatoes that was well seasoned and in a good size of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pepeluigi45
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends, Joel & Blanca, chose this restaurant to celebrate their 20th year wedding anniversary. What I loved is that he provided a digital menu of what I could order. My wife and I devoured Mexican plates. I had a steamy Carne Guisada with Potatoes that was well seasoned and in a good size of food serving. The restaurant has... More 

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Thank Pepeluigi45
Shanghai Region, China
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food & atmosphere. Honestly the best TexMex steak I had in McAllen. And the margaritas, chips and fresh salsa.....

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Thank Jeff S
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Hope to see you soon. More 

New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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243 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first time to eat at this restaurant. We were in South Texas and figured we needed to try authentic cuisine from this area. The waiter was very efficient and courteous. He answered my questions patiently about some menu items. We were brought some chips and a bowl of salsa and a bowl of frijoles. I thought the... More 

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Thank Mary H
Washington, D.C.
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is, apparently, THE place in McAllen, Texas. Loved the atmosphere--and the mariachis! The food was good, but not amazing.

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Thank NoVAdiver
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I come to this restaurant every time I come home for the holidays. It's a must. Delicious, fresh Mexican food that is of the same high quality served every time. The ambiance is perfect for birthdays or celebrations. The servers are friendly and very professional. Do try the aguachiles as an entree, my favorite plate!

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Thank Monica C
McAllen
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great hotel. Good customer service..nice meeting room Rooms very nice and clean Would recommend this hotel.

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Thank Judy M
McAllen, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and service are both excellent. The atmosphere and service are very much like fine restaurants in Mexico. So if you are expecting flowery service, you will not receive it. You will receive very unobtrusive service.

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Thank SSJS03
Mission
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When you walk into this restaurant you are already impressed, the decor is really colorful and looks pretty "Mexican". The service was quick and we had a hard time deciding what to order because they have such a varied selection. Chips and chorizo beans were served before the meal and were very tasty. I ordered the sopes and my husband... More 

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Thank Diamantina F
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

For being rated #12 on Trip Advisor my mom and I figured Palenque would be a very nice place to get some authentic Mexican food. Sadly, we were mistaken. We ordered the fajita platter for 2 that consisted of beef fajitas, chicken and shrimp. The order took no time at all to be delivered (our first clue something was up).... More 

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Thank Shelbybar
San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We went here for dinner, I was hoping for good Mexican food. I was disappointed with the green enchiladas I had, they were way too salty. My husband had a stuffed poblano pepper aka chile relleno and it too was way too salty the breading was too much and it was super flat pepper. The white rice was okay. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McAllen
  • Phone Number: 19569948181

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey into the restaurant business. It initiates a wonderful family tradition, with the UNIQUE TASTE of great Mexican food. On January 6th, 1975 Pancho creates "El Pollo Loco" concept in his small hometown of Guasave, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 1980, this concept becomes the first Mexican restaurant chain to go go across the border, opening its first store in Los Angeles, California on Alvarado Ave. and 6th St. Pancho's passion continues in 1986, when he creates a new and innovating concept in Mexican food. On July 1st, 1987 he opens the first "Taco Palenque" with a distinctive quality, UNIQUE TASTE and good service that quickly developed and gained a good reputation throughout South Texas. On July 31st, 2005 Pancho and his son Charles, with the support of their family, open Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas. The Ochoa family introduce Flerida Ochoa's (Pancho's wife) family recipes, creating a menu with excellent dishes of Mexican culinary traditions. On behalf of the Ochoa family, we thank you for visiting our small piece of Mexico. We are delighted to be able to serve you now in Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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