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“Love the food!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
909-337-9529
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Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
san diego
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Love the food!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

You will love Papagayos! Yes, the weekends are crowded there but the food is good and you get lots of it!! The servers are so nice and the salsa IS TO DIE FOR!!!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very good Mex-American restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Typical Mexican-American restaurant with all types of burritos, tacos, etc., but very good food. I had the carnitas. Ambiance is typical Mexican kitch. Perfectly fine, though. It gets very crowded, and you have to wait about 30 mins.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orange County, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“We sooo wish we could like the food here!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

We have been eating at Papagayos for over 10 years and only recently stopped. It was a family tradition at the original location in Agua Fria to stop on our way up with my daughter and her friends. The food seemed better then, but it is more likely that our tastes have changed. As others have said, the drinks at Papagayos are the highlight. There margarita's are good, especially the One Step Beyond, but pricey. ($10 for a One Step.) The food is the issue. It seems mass-prepared. The meat is often dry and overcooked. The beans taste canned and unappealing. The portions are huge, but a big plate of Del Taco quality food is still just Del Taco.
Besides the drinks, the other highlight is the salsa. Rick Bayless' it ain't, but as fresh tasting and interesting as canned tomatoes will ever get it is.
As I mentioned, we wish we liked Papagayos better. The people are nice and the service is almost always great. There are a couple of servers who need work, we won't name names, but overall they are a great bunch. One small issue is their buss staff, the kids who clean the tables. As a person who has worked in several restaurants during my youth, I know that good buss staff is always attentive to all tables; empty or not. Filling water, asking if you would like more salsa, etc., is something that good bussers do. Not at Papagayos. They clean tables and chat.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2010

This Mexican restaurant is fairly new in this location and they have done a great job with the decor. To complete the picture, the food is excellent, generous portions and fairly priced. They are located in a small shopping area adjacent to Lake Arrowhead village.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Crest Park, California
1 review
“delicioso”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

I'been there couple times, and allways food is excelent, service too. I recomend this to my friends one day we bring our pastor and hes family, they love it. and they said I'll be back. thanks papagayos.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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