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El Patron

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2555 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001-2466
+1 626-296-2818
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good44%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“enchiladas” (5 reviews)
“chicken” (4 reviews)
“tongue” (3 reviews)
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9:00 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
2555 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001-2466
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Reviewed 1 week ago

love that its within minutes to have a great meal. Very fast service, and I love their salsa. Very Family oriented as well as nice for couples.

Thank SuneLane
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good food, quick service, cozy ambiance, and fair prices. Especially enjoy the garlic fish, wet burrito, fish taco, salsas; however, everything is good, served piping hot, generous portions. We appreciate having a good Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood of Altadena and is our go to...More

Thank leikoy
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

This has been our Altadena "go to place" for good Mexican food and pitchers of great agave margaritas for years...but all you locals who are now coming here in droves are making our wait time too long! Apparently you like the food, drink, friendly staff...More

Thank Pueblohouse
Reviewed May 22, 2017

El Patron is always bustling, with people waiting for tables or to order take-out meals. However, the staff at this family-owned restaurant does their best to make sure that everybody is taken care of in a timely manner. The food is good standard Mexican fare,...More

Thank dennislynnee
Reviewed May 12, 2017

Ordered the chips which were stale. Entrees were average----not warm and not fresh tasting. Rice was ok.

Thank blball520
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Sat out in the 'courtyard'. I ordered a mix of plates to experience authentic Mexican. All good except I asked for additional jalapeño. Big mistake. Actually the dear waiter was not really up with Mexican food. Everything was good. My friend asked questions...More

Thank Dizzyg33
Reviewed March 13, 2017

It's a small neighborhood restaurant that really believes in customer service. It's family owned and operated and it is comfortable. The food is good, not great. The service is warm and friendly. The atmosphere is neighborly.

Thank Matthew L
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

I had the garlic fish fillet. It was poor. It was swimming in oil and the veggies were similarly greasy. Service was friendly and quick. The guacamole did not seem fresh. I this is not a place I would return to.

Thank SamiSay
Reviewed February 25, 2017

Pretty hungry after hiking Echo Mountain, glad we stopped at El Patron - very nice waitresses, good food, great service.

Thank BLtrvl
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Fabulous small original Mexican cuisine. Usually a waiting line in the evenings. Worth the wait if you have time.

Thank Tom F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2555 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001-2466
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Altadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-296-2818
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