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“Pretty good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Sombrero

El Sombrero
519 Industrial Park Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577-6011
919-989-9889
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Ranked #21 of 76 Restaurants in Smithfield
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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321 reviews 321 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 121 cities Reviews in 121 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Stopped for lunch. The food was good and served quickly. The service was great. Prices were good. We have been in a couple of times when we have been in the area. Never disappointed. Will stop again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“AVERAGE AT BEST”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

although the service was warm and inviting, the fun stopped there. The chips & salsa were seriously lacking in flavor. The kids burrito was covered in marinara sauce, which my kids would not eat. The fajitas for 2 were served on an oval cafeteria plate, no sizzle and no taste. My margarita tasted like 16 oz of sour mix. Overall a huge disappointment after reading the other reviews. Do not waste your time.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Drexel Hill, Pa
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Writing again about this good restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The owner does himself proud with this restaurant. I have tried two of the Jorge specials, Chicken with Spinach and Pollo con Chorizo which are both better than the usual Mexican entrees at any Mexican restaurant. The enchiladas and fajitas are also good. Of course, there is a bar and the good value beer prices are prominently displayed. The restaurant is in a strip mall on the industrial drive close to the Carolina outlet mall next to a Super 8 inn. We always stop here on our way down South on 95, NC exit 95 or 97.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sanford, North Carolina
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Oh we will be back...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Had spent most of the afternoon at the outlets less than one mile away. We voted that Mexican Food would be good so GPS brought us to El Sombrero. It is in a little strip mall and it so much bigger on the inside than it appears. We arrived at 4 PM on a Saturday and there were a handful of other diners. We were greeted and seated promptly. The menu had some interesting choices. The husband and I both ordered Las Brisas Chicken. The best Mexican chicken dinner I have ever had, and I lived in El Paso for a few years. It was incredible. Came sizzling hot from the kitchen with soft flour tortillas. And as a bonus, they serve coke products :). No room for dessert. The meal was $10.95 and truly could have served 2 people. Great food, great price, great service and diet coke makes it 5 stars to me.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good Mexican fare Inexpensive and good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

On our trip to Florida we were looking for quick meal but not fast food. This restaurant off I95 at exit 95 in a strip center. The food is surprisingly good with pleasant service. This is not one of those large chain places but single owner who is very pleasnt

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