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“Semi-regulars, fook OK/good, but place needs a makeover” 3 of 5 stars
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El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant
151 Queen St, Southington, CT 06489-2050
860-621-9474
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Ranked #54 of 154 Restaurants in Southington
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
connecticut
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105 reviews 105 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
“Semi-regulars, fook OK/good, but place needs a makeover”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

Needs new booths/carpet/lighting/paint/bathrooms- we have been overlooking it for many years, but kind of dumpy

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Bristol, CT
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Not bad for CT, but not good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2008

We went on a Saturday night, and it wasn't too crowded. We got a table easily.
The food itself is pretty good. We had enchaladas, soft tacos and burritos between the two of us. Nothing spectacular, but still the best Mexican we've had in this part of CT.
The issues... the mariachi band is really loud. They spent a good 15 minutes at tables right near us, and it was difficult to hear each other talk. I understand it can add to the atmosphere of a fun night out, but we were just there to eat dinner.
The biggest issue, however, was the cost of the drinks. It's $1.25 for each soda - no free refills. It wouldn't bother me so much except that the drinks are served in red wine glasses. We literally went through 7 drinks, and it was never mentioned to us that the refills would cost us. $10 in drinks is completely ridiculous and unnecessary. For that reason alone, I will not return.

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2008

The food and atmosphere is always great at El Sombrero! The live mariachi band is great for kids and adults. I would definately recommend it (and the shrimp fajitas).

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“Excellent food...prices...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

Excellent food...prices good...highly recommended

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“Margarita's were great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

Margarita's were great!

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