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El Nopal

Mexican, Greek
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625 Cherry St, Sumas, WA 98295
360-988-0305
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cross Border Mexican Lunch

The best Mexican food restaurant in Northwest Washington. Haven't had a bad meal there yet. Great meals, whether salads, entrees, or combination plates (small or large size). Ample portions no matter what you choose, at a reasonable price. They used to take payment in Canadian funds at par... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
Dan D
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Mission, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We came over the border to spend a few hours in Sumas and were pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant that served authentic Mexican food. We had been in Mexico recently and were still used to speaking Spanish (gracias) and the staff was very receptive. The prices here are excellent, the portions large, and the food was wonderful. We will... More 

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Thank VancouverValleyGrl
Mission, Canada
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80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is now my third time to El Nopal in Sumas, across the USA-Canada border from Abbotsford,, BC in Sumas, Washington. I like this Mexican restaurant. Not only are the margarhitas strong and tasty, but the food is great too. What do I like about El Nopal's food? For one, they offer mole spiced dishes which are my favourite. For... More 

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Thank Cdn-Trvl_Writer
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent visit and subsequent wonderful praise. Feedback, especially from such well-spoken customers like you, is not only invaluable to those researching businesses like ours, but is also important to us. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your comments and feedback with us. Thanks again. More 

Pitt Meadows, Canada
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Stopped at the El Nopal for lunch. They have moved to a larger venue in Sumas WA. I ordered the lunch special Marguerita and the Chicken enchilada. They bring you a basket of fresh tortilla chips and fresh made salsa and a spicey sauce. First the drink it was enormous and delicious, make sure you're not driving when you have... More 

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1 Thank Patricia E
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

We deeply appreciate your very positive review of our business. We are very pleased that you got to enjoy many favorite aspects of what we have to offer. It is always most rewarding to hear directly from our customers and especially those willing to provide their positive perspective with the online world and beyond. Please revisit us soon and often. More 

Mission, Canada
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The best Mexican food restaurant in Northwest Washington. Haven't had a bad meal there yet. Great meals, whether salads, entrees, or combination plates (small or large size). Ample portions no matter what you choose, at a reasonable price. They used to take payment in Canadian funds at par, but lately I've been using my VISA. The Margaritas are also excellent,... More 

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1 Thank Dan D
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

We appreciate all our customers...and it is comments like yours, from people that keep coming back, that keep us going. We strive to provide special tastes that will stand out and hopefully make El Nopal Restaurant one of your favorites. Thank you for your remarks. Gratefully, El Nopal Restaurant More 

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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Authentic Mexican right across the Sumas border! $1 jello shots on Fridays and Magarittas as big as your head! Love the complimentary warm chips and salsa. This place is by no means fancy but service is quick and food is great.

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1 Thank ColinThornton
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

We deeply appreciate your very positive review of our business. We are very pleased that you got to enjoy many favorite aspects of what we have to offer. It is always most rewarding to hear directly from our customers and especially those willing to provide their positive perspective with the online world and beyond. Please revisit us soon and often. More 

Maple Ridge, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

My daughter and I were on a one day shopping trip to Bellingham. On the return trip to the border, we stopped for dinner at El Nopal in Sumas, We have both been to this restaurant on a few occasions. The original El Nopal was across the street from the new, much larger location. I personally liked the feel of... More 

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1 Thank JoanneLawrenceA
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

Your positive review of our restaurant pleases us deeply. In much the same way that general citizens want guests to their home for dinner to totally enjoy themselves, this is also the way we approach our business. We desire that everyone completely enjoy themselves every day and night of the year when they visit. Thank you for the kind remarks. More 

Abbotsford, Canada
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We landed up at El Nopal kind of by default as the restaurant we wanted to visit in Lynden was closed! Found the menu varied and the enchiladas delicious. Good service too. I think we'll be back.

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1 Thank ruthinafrica
Chilliwack, Canada
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Quite often when we make a trip across the border, we stop at El Nopal for lunch. Sure can't beat the price of $4.99 for 2 tacos, beans, rice, nacho chips, salsa as well as spicy dip. The service is fast & friendly. Never been disappointed. It's a wonderful eatery with lots of booths, tables & private areas if you... More 

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1 Thank Gwynyth
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Oh, it used to be SO good. Not so much anymore. There's a bar, so there's that. I'm sure for the Canadians that walk across the border it's the closest thing to Tijuana they can get.

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Thank Matt C
mama5082, Owner at El Nopal, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. As the owner of El Nopal Restaurant it can be difficult to hear critical feedback, since we care so much about our customers and want to provide value and satisfaction for every one of them. However, I believe we can always improve, so I will share your thoughts with our team to see how we... More 

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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

The place is dirty and run down. The hostess was unpleasant, the food was just a sloppy careless mess with uninspired ingredients, not that I expect much from a dish of rice and beans and enchiladas... But the food was so bland and basic and the beans were so runny like a soup that had the wraps seeming like more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 625 Cherry St, Sumas, WA 98295
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Sumas
  • Phone Number: 360-988-0305

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 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 - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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