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“Don't be late” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Palomar

El Palomar
1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3932
831-425-7575
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Ranked #38 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Soquel Avenue
Description: Since El Palomar’s opening in 1983, we have been serving Santa Cruz unique and fresh Mexican cuisine inspired by authentic family recipes. Our commitment to excellence has continuously earned us the “Best Mexican Restaurant in Santa Cruz” award.
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Don't be late”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Unfortunately drove past at time of booking and took 20 minutes to park and get back. Therefore booking cancelled and had to wait outside for 45 mins for standby table. After inauspicious start ended up pretty good. would def have litre Margarita option as individual glasses come out in thimbles. Certainly plenty of food. Tasty- make sure ask for something to wrap your Fajitas in. Nice cavernous space. Would come back and order less food.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johan E, Manager at El Palomar, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
I'm sorry about the mix-up when you arrived, and I'm happy to hear that the food made up for it. I appreciate your feedback about the drink portions, and I'll pass it along! Thanks for coming in, and I hope we can welcome you again and attempt to perfect your experience.

Best,
Johann, Manager
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English first
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Not the same as the main restaurants”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Not the El PALOMAR main or Cilantros for sure!! Somehow related, but not as good. Service and scenic view are great though. Forget their tamales! Not the quality of the main restaurants. Prob will not return

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Johan E, Manager at El Palomar, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Your review seems to be for the establishment called Cafe El Palomar -- not our establishment! We'd love to have you visit us, El Palomar, and review us. In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you posted this to the appropriate business's page. Thank you!

All the best,
Johann, Manager
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Toronto
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I would highly recommend anyone who visits Santa Cruz to have dinner at this restaurant. The food was tasty, came in huge portions and was reasonably priced. Their staff were fast and friendly and we got our food within 15 mins of ordering! It's a must-try! Our hotel manager recommneded it to us and we loved it!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Johan E, Manager at El Palomar, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Thank you so much for this glowing review and your recommendation! I'm thrilled to hear that your visit was so successful, and that you loved our food and had great service. Please come again the next time you're in Santa Cruz -- we look forward to welcoming you back!

Best,
Johann, Manager
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Great Lakes
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lively Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Always a nice, cheerful and slightly exotic place to eat. Mole is good, and all the usual Mexican plates are served with above-average care and attention. Beautiful dining room.

Visited February 2013
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Johan E, Manager at El Palomar, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thanks for this excellent feedback. I'm very happy to hear that you're a fan of our mole, and that you can tell we take great care in selecting our ingredients and preparing every dish. I hope you'll join us again soon!

Best,
Johann, Manager
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15 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great taco bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We make it a point to visit the taco bar EVERY time that we come in to town. They are absolutely fantastic!

Visited October 2013
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Johan E, Manager at El Palomar, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
We're thrilled that you love us so much, Jaime! We love making you tacos! I hope we'll see you again very soon, and thanks for this glowing review.

All the best,
Johann, Manager
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