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Palenque Grill

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Mexican, Pub
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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
956-994-8181
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Outstanding Mexican Food

Had a customer dinner there earlier this week and we had a great meal and a great time. One of our customers frequently dines here so he ordered all the food. Had a wide variety of appetizers and all were tasty. Really nice mild, medium and hot salsas and perfect tortilla chips. Entree was sizzling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Bill S
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

After reading the reviews, I had high expectations. Overall I would rate my experience as average. The chips and beans were good before the meal. The steak was tender and juicy but potato was awful. However, the flour tortillas made up for it. The real disappointment was the service. After the first round we had to beg for refills on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Had a customer dinner there earlier this week and we had a great meal and a great time. One of our customers frequently dines here so he ordered all the food. Had a wide variety of appetizers and all were tasty. Really nice mild, medium and hot salsas and perfect tortilla chips. Entree was sizzling platters of grilled beef, chicken,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Not sure I should call it a chain but there are more than two. The food is Fantastic.. I was i McAllen for three days end every person I had meetings with took me to Palengue Grill. That should tell the story right there.I had one of my favorite meals, Carnitas, which was over the top good and the best... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is semi-"fancy" Mexican food, complete with table cloths, uniformed waiters, and high quality ingredients. The clientele is a combination of white collar workers, families, and people celebrating events since it pricier than most Mexican food. The menu is large, as are the portions. You will start off with a plate of complimentary chips, salsa and refried beans. If you... More 

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roswell
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service here is very professional, perhaps the best in the valley and the food is good. great variety, preparation and taste.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I ate here the first night of my trip. I order a Mexican "steak", and what I got was far from a steak. It was more like a huge piece of fajita meat, and the meal came with a "loaded" potato. The potato was horrible (very sandy consistency) and the loaded part looked like somebody painted a piece of cheese... More 

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Tyler, TX
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We ate at Palenque Grill on a Monday night at 8:15 and it was crowded. The host greeted us very warmly and made us feel like family. We were a bit underdressed (jeans and T-shirts) Most people had business casual type clothes but there were some in jeans. Our server was exceptional and brought a stand for my purse. The... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My mom has been working in this area of Texas for about 6 months. Tonight was our second trip to Palenque Grill. On both occasions we were celebrating birthdays, which they make very special. You can expect energetic and fun song, hats and a framed keepsake photo commemorating the occasion. Definitely recommend birthday celebrations here, but overall the food and... More 

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Boston, MA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

A very busy place - and a bit too noisy! The chips and salsa were nice but my chile relleno was just OK - nothing special. Although the service was pleasant and efficient there's not much here to draw me back.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

spent three days in McAllen, Ate here for supper and twice for lunch. Great food great service and great atmosphere. I will definitely eat here the next time in Texas. Try it you will like it.

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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: 956-994-8181

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?