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El Palomar

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724 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940-3100
+1 831-372-1032
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Firebaugh, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

I took my mother out for lunch. .. thought this place was authentic Mexican food..boy was I wrong...first we couldn't find the entrance...as we walked in..there were mats covering the uneven floor...I had to hold on to my mom who is 86 yrs old so she wouldn't trip and fall. The place was huge but empty. .. the chips had... More 

Thank AleRey2011
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

Great Mexican food and drink. The people are very nice and hospitable. The restaurant is within walking distance from many hotels.

Thank tracer243
Monterey, California
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2015

Dinner was pretty fair, fish tacos, soft shell, a little cole slaw bed beneath the fish. Plenty of fish, lightly coated, not heavily battered. A mixed greens salad accompanying the tacos. Would have liked a pico de gallo to accompany the fish but they serve a small bit of sour cream, instead. Put the greens on the tacos and it... More 

Thank Bartholomew2
Santa Rosa, California
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857 reviews
582 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

I brought my grandson to Monterey as a birthday present. We were having lunch prior to visiting the aquarium. I was concerned when my grandson asked why we were the only people in the place...and we ordered anyway... We started with a grande order of calamari, soggy, chewy, flavorless, served with a sweet chili sauce as in Thai food. My... More 

Thank Morcella
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2015

I was excited to read that El Palomar had new owners- a mother and son who have restaurant experience. It was never a "go to" restaurant for me but I was optimistic that new owners could bring some good mexican food to Monterey. We decided to give it a try but the remodeling is still being done, the seating was... More 

Thank Maja057
Mariposa, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2015

Stopped in here for a dinner and drinks. Margaritas were excellent. The staff were nice and friendly. My husband had the fish tacos and I had been craving for a hamburger all day. Didn't care for the fries though. It was an OK place to stop and within walking distance of our hotel!

Thank Beverley J
Santa Cruz area CA
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2015

MEXICAN FOOD IN BOMBED OUT BERLIN??? NOPE - don't do this. First Off - in its strip mall the next door two stores appear vacant - Secondly - walking in the door the outside sign still may say El Palomar but the SMALL menu when you get in says "The Other" !? Inquiring what was up I was told it... More 

1 Thank chechina
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stopped in for lunch/snack and sampled the freshest civiche I have ever tasted. It was fabulous. Homemade tostados were very good as well. Returned for dinner the next night and was very satisfied with the steak combo.

Thank Jeff C
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very good Mexican food with a good selection of beers. Really suited what we were after this evening.

Thank sarah b
Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a great place to eat. The mole was outstanding as was the menudo. Service was also especially good. The server was very patient as the menu is rather exhaustive and we were not familiar with all the dishes. When the server noticed that I was not drinking the sangria I ordered (not my favorite), he brought me a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 724 Abrego St, Monterey, CA 93940-3100
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-372-1032

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?