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1530 Adams Ave, El Centro, CA 92243-1902
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We usually visit once or twice a month to get our mexican food fix. There are some days that the food is awesome and other days that the food is so so and i find myself a little disappointed. I guess it all just depends on who is cooking on the day you visit. My kids love the special quesadillas... More 

Thank Soccermom760
Oceanside, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch on the way back from Phoenix. Tripadvisor has it highly rated. While not fantastic, it was good. Tacos, and the quesadilla especial. Good chips and salsa. We would stop again.

Thank rnbentley
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Clean, nice atmosphere, good food and fast service. No specific lynch menu but you can order anything a la carte reasonably priced and not fill up on rice & beans. Freshly made chile relleno, shredded beef tacos.

Thank ArizonaTwo
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in El Centro. The food is generally good more Focused towards the American customer versus the inland Mexican food. However there's some dishes that are traditionally Mexican but not as spicy.

Thank Salvador Q
Calexico, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

These have to be one the best folded tacos I've ever eaten. You can order either a hard, medium or soft shell.

Thank michaelgE2795HQ
Houston, TX
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I eat at this restaurant every time I come to El Centro. The service is always great. The food is good and so are the prices. It's not fancy, but good.

Thank txwoman
El Centro, California
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Chips are cold and stale. Salsa lacks salt and seasoning. Food isn't very good. Portions are small. I don't recommend this place at all.

Thank 843stevenv
El Centro, California, United States
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67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

If you want authentic home-style Mexican, Celia's is the local's choice for overall good Mexican food. Try a "Special" Quesada, it's a fried quesada with cheese that has melted in the process of frying. Only found in Imperial Valley, the #1 place for Mexican..

Thank Sue L
Alpine, California
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Over the years we have eaten there several times when passing through. They always have good service and great food. The owner is a great person.

Thank CriticalAdvisor
Quartzsite, Arizona
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Because Marcos!...the sweetest, most attentive, happiest waiter I've ever met... He puts the serve in the word service...he even plugged in my phone for it to charge... There is a good sized menu...I tried something new and had the Chilaquiles... They were tasty with some onion and green pepper...I ordered it without the sour cream... Tasty indeed with over easy... More 

Thank roadtramp56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1530 Adams Ave, El Centro, CA 92243-1902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  El Centro
  • Phone Number: 760/352-4570

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