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“Not Very Good” 2 of 5 stars
Review of El Potro Mexican Restaurant

El Potro Mexican Restaurant
1553 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-7351
904-241-6910
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Cuisines: Mexican
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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Not Very Good”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited this restaurant with children after finding out that the diner across the street was closed in the evenings. We didn't want fast food again, so we thought we would try El Potro. It was convenient to our hotel. It was pretty disappointing in service and food, as well as cleanliness.

The waiter seated us quickly, and the place was nearly empty at about 4:30 pm for a late lunch/early dinner. Then the waiter disappeared, and we had trouble finding anyone to take our order. Once our order was taken, we commented that this restaurant reminded us of "Kitchen Nightmares" on TV. It was dark, everything felt sticky and looked dirty. The high chair for the 2 year old looked as if it never had been cleaned.

The food arrived, and the waiter seemed to be in a hurry to leave the table. We were missing one of the dishes we ordered, but gave up trying to find the waiter. The food was cooked poorly. It looked as if the fajitas were warmed over with perhaps some vegetables added, and burnt to the hot plate. We never got a drink refill either. My wife and the kid left to go outside while I waited for the check since the waiter still was nowhere to be found. I was tempted just to leave without paying - I'm not sure they would have noticed.

It wasn't particularly expensive, but still was a very poor value. I would not go back or recommend it.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Is ignorance bliss or just stupid?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Just a quick note to the that judged this Mexican restaurant before even eating the food by the lack of Hispanics in it.... If a Hispanic can cook Hispanic food, why then would they go out to eat it? Sad that this day and age people are still soo ignorant.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Key West, Florida
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“It was okay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We just arrived in Jacksonville and wanted something other than fast food. This was close to our condo so thought we'd give it a try. The beer was cold (it was buy one get one and they brought both at the same time. Luckily it wasn't hot out or we'd have been drinking a warm beer... yuck!) The food was okay. The meat was all the same just a different container such as taco, enchilada, tostada. We were not given the option of chicken or cheese instead of the meat. About half way through the meal, I was over it. Our food came quickly but our waiter disappeared for a while. He came and took our plates and we waited 5 to 10 minutes for him to return and ask if we wanted our check! I'd only go here if you have no other options.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, TX
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“This is one great surprise...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This place really does a great job with tacos and most of the meals. They have great margaritas top shelf for a reasonable price in FL. Chips and salsa is great as well. Cons are guacamole that tastes like it is from the grocery store and missing chicken/spinach enchiladas.

Visited August 2013
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Elk Grove, California
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99 restaurant reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Decent but Modest”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

After a lot of Florida dishes, it was time for my wife and I to return to Mexican food for a break. El Potro looked to be a large family operation with dense Mexican decoration of all varieties. We ate inside and were served by Musio when he came by, although at times he was elsewhere. The Nachos were liked but not loved by my wife. I had the Bistec Tampiquena, more traditional Mexican rather than copied for Americans from US styles. The side-addition of Chile Relleno, a favorite of mine, was of modest skill. The Margaritas were good and quite reasonable at $5 each. We were surprised that we saw no other Hispanic diners at El Potro, which we usually judged as a way of estimating that Mexican restaurants were of high quality. We had a decent lunch but would probably look into others in Jacksonville Beach before returning.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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