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El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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La Quinta, CA
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have had both breakfast and lunch at this lovely restaurant and have enjoyed both experiences. Lovely views of the lake from some tables and now an outside area is also available when the weather is sunny. A welcoming basket of chips starts you off. We decided not to have chips with breakfast and instead ordered from what we thought... More 

Thank Nitrobrune
Lake Arrowhead, California
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is good--not great, but good enough. But, the service is great and you can't beat the location.

Thank Colleen74_11
Mission Viejo, California, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Outstanding staff and service. Our dinner was excellent, The El Gordo burrito was a monster ! Servings were plentiful and great flavor.

Thank Kenwelch
Lake Forest, California
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came across Papagayos while looking for a snack and a beer by the water. Outside, they have a cantina area with beautiful views of the lake. I ordered a couple drinks, tacos, and nachos. The drinks were great and the staff was really nice and helpful. The food, however, was ala gas station Mexican. The beef nachos were covered... More 

Thank pkashinsky
So Cal
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, excellent service and margarita. Everybody including two grandchildren liked their dinners.

Thank slsmith007
Southern California
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here, the margaritas very very good, as was the food. The restaurant was very busy. A tip we learned was to call an hour before you plan to go, they'll put your name on the list. They do not take reservations, but calling ahead can save you from waiting a long time.

Thank Ron K
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424 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at the patio bar outside, and found it to be a good value both for the price of the limited food menu (2 small tacos for $3 and nachos for $3), view of the lake, and relatively quick service (due to the limited menu).

Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got seated right away. The view is beautiful and the restaurant is quite lively. The chips are crisp and not oily and the salsa was quite tasty. Was quite pleased thinking the rest of the food would deliver on the promise of the chips and salsa. Ordered the taco pizza as an appetizer. When it got to the table, it... More 

Thank kamotion
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275 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Papagayos is located in the central theme building of the Lake Arrowhead Village. The restaurant is clean and spacious. The welcome was warm and the service, although generally good, was just a little slow. The food was very good.

Thank geotech522
Pasadena, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Average food, we had to wait too long to be seated and by the time we ordered we had been sitting there over an hour. We were there during the week, so I could only imagine how crazy weekends must get.

Thank David S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 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 - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Arrowhead
  • Phone Number: 909-337-9529

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