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El Jacalito Grill

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535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
+1 909-866-3537
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Henderson, Nevada
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for a really late lunch. They have a happy hour from 3-6 and so we fell within that time frame. Prices were good and liked the atmosphere. Our order got all kinds of screwed up though so I had to ding stars. The food that did show up tasted good but was wrong. They did beef instead... More 

Thank Ms. Bing
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112 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A cut above the average Mexican restaurant. Had shrimp fajitas; tasty but onions & peppers were either burned or not fully cooked. Also Chile rosa (beef chunks in red sauce) with rice and pinto beans. Several salsa options and extensive tequila list. Indoor dining plus outdoor patio.

Thank Kathy984
Lacey, Washington
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This weekend, Big Bear was hosting Oktoberfest and every single restaurant was packed. Despite this, we were seated right away. The food was excellent and the restaurant staff bent over backwards to ensure that my son (who has several food allergies) was served a meal that he enjoyed. We will definitely be coming back in the future!

Thank Rosemarie M
Los Angeles, California
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109 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped in for dinner and found the food to be authentic and great tasting, just like mom use to make! The service was second to none and combined with the atmosphere, made this a great place for dinner.

Thank Manuel S
Houston, Texas, United States
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a carnitas burrito, my lovely wife had chicken flautas, my brother-in-law had a chicken tostada. Portion sizes were very large. The food was really tasty, and as the title says--the green tomatillo salsa was very tasty! (They have a salsa bar--you can sample several different kinds of salsa, as well as pickled jalapenos/carrots and marinated onions/carrots.) The service... More 

Thank Dave H
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Labor Day weekend, Big Bear Village was pretty packed. The restaurant was busy when we came for dinner on Saturday, our party of three got seated almost right away. Grilled chicken tacos with rice & bean was tasty & filling. Their burrito is the size of a small child. Pina Colada is served in a hollowed out pineapple. Overall, the... More 

Thank 167christinek
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Nice service and good food. The plating and quality of food was better than expected. The chicken tortilla soup had the deepest flavor I've ever had. Just slightly salty though after eating it a lot. My wife had tacos and she enjoyed those. They have a selection of margaritas and the mango one is definitely tasty. Overall, a solid choice.

Thank Nick O
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

This restaurant is my aunt and uncle's favourite in Big Bear, so they took us there for lunch before we headed to the lake. The service was great, we were seated within 15 minutes despite being a party of 6 in the middle of a holiday weekend lunch rush with no reservation. The food was delicious and incredibly filling --... More 

Thank Maria-Jane B
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Great Mexican food in the downtown village. Has a decent bar and a nice outside patio area where you can people watch and take in all that the village has to offer. This is our go to place when we want to have dinner in the village.

Thank Dan G
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

2:30 on a Saturday afternoon, still busy. Decent house margarita, salsa bar and generous serving of guacamole for $7. The chile relleno (appetizer portion) was very good but not hot (spicy). Neighbors raved about the Cadillac Margarita and all the food.

Thank ArizonaTwo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $16
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-3537

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