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El Patron

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2555 North Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
626-296-2818
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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This is a tiny restaurant with great flavor! Its a good place to unwind after work. The food is great and the prices are very reasonable. The employees are friendly and the service is quick and efficient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Vartan T
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Altadena
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Altadena
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a tiny restaurant with great flavor! Its a good place to unwind after work. The food is great and the prices are very reasonable. The employees are friendly and the service is quick and efficient.

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Thank Vartan T
Altadena, United States
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attempted to call this local restaurant to learn of their offerrings as I am disabled and would have to send someone to pick up for me. However, the person answering was very rude and hung up on me. They will never see my business.

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Thank Linda R
toronto
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266 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Patron, a minusculo comida casa, is the bebe of Alejandro Cortes on N.Lake Ave, Altadena. According to my Bostonian turned Cali sister's food spy, El Patron is on the top of the chart! When we got there at around 5.30pm, this comida casa was already completo!! Luckily the wait was minusculo and we were on our way to relleno... More 

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Thank connie l
Scotland
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

It was a very busy night when a group of us decided to go and try a local restaurant. The place is small but cozy. Staff very attentive. A good aspect of seeing a little bit of the kitchen from the restaurant. Although it was hectic that night we never felt ignored as waiting staff kept us informed as we... More 

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Thank Mari07
Altadena, California
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76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The chicken mole (chocolate sauce) is very good. The soups are excellent. Most of the other entrees are OK but not special. Quite crowded at holidays and at meal times. That is because the restaurant is small inside. So, best to go before or after traditional meal times.

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Thank Jeanie B
Altadena, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We live nearby and are so happy to have this as a local go-to Mexican restaurant. It is small inside and there is often a wait, but if you get there by 5:30, you may have no wait at all. The service is friendly, with a smile, and food is delivered promptly. They have a very reasonably priced kids menu... More 

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1 Thank VictoriaInAltadena
Pasadena, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Though, for Mexican food, it is only average to this writer, the service is great. The food must be great for most people as there are always people waiting in line. The restaurant is fairly small but, otherwise, a nice experience.

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Thank lilboku
Pasadena, California
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The food is good and reasonably priced, the staff is friendly, but it can get busy so there is frequently a wait around meal times, but the service is pretty quick.

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Thank nbrownlaw
Pasadena, California
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103 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Try their Chile Relleno It is the best I ever had, Generally I will not get one at any other Mexican restaurant but every thine I am at El Patron I will get one.

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Thank Randy C
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Cheap but tasty Mexican food and drinks. Small place, popular with the locals, and they don't really take reservations but I believe you can call a few minutes ahead of time to put your name on the waiting list.

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Thank Bill B

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2555 North Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Altadena
  • Phone Number: 626-296-2818

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?