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Palenque Grill

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Pub
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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 69
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  • 4
  • 3
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Wow! If you can stomach MSG!! I can't! But the prices are great. They will ship anywhere in the country. The tamales taste great. But I'm sure it's in big part, because of the MSG!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Barbara A
Tampa, Florida
via mobile
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
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English first
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! If you can stomach MSG!! I can't! But the prices are great. They will ship anywhere in the country. The tamales taste great. But I'm sure it's in big part, because of the MSG!

Thank Barbara A
Brownsville, Texas
Level Contributor
25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife had a business meeting that lasted till forever. So when we left her job site we were extremely hungry. We always want to try something different so we decided to stop at Palenque grill . We were very impressed because it's diffrent from the usual Mexican restaurants. The best way for me to describe it is a Mexican... More 

Thank Shadowstang
Fort Worth, Texas
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in town for the week and this place was recommended by several people. I tried and loved the carrnaritas. They have chips and salsa as well. Be sure to try their creamy avocado dip.

Thank azucarnegra_dfw
McAllen, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

expensive but i think it worths the money. they have great service; always attendant and if you dont like the plate will change it for you

Thank Jorge G
Wilmington, North Carolina
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I stopped here with my wife to have lunch. The service and food were good. Half way through my meal I noticed a curly metal wire out of scrubber in my food. I immediately contacted my server who had the manager come to our table. They made no excuses, apologized, comped our lunches, and gave us a meal to go.... More 

Thank 1EpicureanAdventurer
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Awesome food and service, clean and friendly. What more can you ask for from a restaurant. Fajitas are all great, good tortillas and salsas, and the Sopes are some of the best ever. Must eat here when in Mc Allen!

Thank Pete J
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I love this place. The food is always good. The wait staff is extremely good. They make you feel happy about coming to the restaurant. When we have company, I always take them here.

Thank Ann W
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This place is really popular with the locals,, and I can see why. It's decent food served fast and affordable. It is really Mexican fast food,, you order at the counter and someone brings it to your table. There is an awsome salsa bar with many different salsa's and sliced cucumber. The food is not spectacular but it is fine... More 

Thank femadude
Houston, Texas, Usa
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126 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Probably one of the best TexMex Restaurants I have ever eaten at. The service was fast, the frozen no salt margarita's are made to order and not out of a machine. The chips and salsa were fresh and the best. Ate the choriqueo and it was terrific and enough where I did not have to order a main course.

Thank Stan H
South Texas, USA
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We arrived 45 minutes before closing time and we order our drinks and food right away. They brought our food quickly, as we expected but our food was cold. I order fajita tacos, the tortilla and fajita were cold, the tortilla was not even warm and the fajita was not fully cooked, I complained to our server, she apologized for... 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: 956-994-8181

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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