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El Merendero

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242 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766-1705
(909) 622-2430
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Pomona, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My family has been coming to El Merendero for over 30 years. They have the best bread in Cali. Many of us have moved away from Pomona but whenever we are near or passing through Pomona we ALWAYS stop and get some bread for the week.

Thank candyygirrl2002
San Dimas, California
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We have been going to El Merendero for years. Not the best Mexican food, but certainly very good and consistent. The chips and salsa are a good starter. The salsa has just the right amount of kick to it. The chile verde plate is good and like the salsa, just the right amount of kick. Very ample portion to feel... More 

1 Thank kirk k
Pomona, California, USA
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The food is good but the service is not very friendly and slow. Authentic cuisine and very casual dining. Tasty panaderia...

Thank Rebecca M
Overland Park, Kansas
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

The waiter was great and they had nice tvs in the eating area. But the food was below average. The chips are good but you have to keep asking for salsa.

Thank 2421
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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223 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

I went in today by myself for a bite to eat. There were no other customers when I went in. I ordered a small taco salad with carne asada. The waitress brought a tray of cold hard chips with a small container of salsa, and my glass of iced tea. The chips were thick and very hard. When she brought... More 

Thank Ninee
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

A great busy place , fast service ...we were the only non Hispanics , Canadians, having a late breakfast surrounded by families out for their Sunday brunch we felt we had discovered something special....

1 Thank David T
Manhattan Beach, CA
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150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2015

We arrived about 130pm after the typical lunch hour so we were seated immediately, salsa and chips brought to our table within minutes. Our waitress was super efficient and when I asked which enchilada I should order, her advice was spot on. My chile releno was sooooo good, as was the green salsa chicken enchilada. Rice and beans were yummy... More 

1 Thank Yvettetravels
Pomona, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Everybody has their favorites, their reasons and personal tastes in Méxican food. The thing is if you've eaten throughout México as we have, from puestos to fine restaurants, it's tough to find somewhere worth going once you're back home. El Merendero is worth it. My wife says their beans taste like her grandmother's who lived in México City. Big compliment.... More 

1 Thank Scott D
Ontario, California
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148 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015

Yes, if you live or grew up in the Pomona area, more likely than not, you have eating at El Merendero. This is a wonderful Mexican Restaurant (with a take out window) and has what I would say as good a "TAKE OUT' for this food as you can get in the area. Family pkg is really a good deal... More 

Thank markj4golf
Pomona, California
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This is our favorite location to grab something to eat when we don't have food in the house or we just don't want to cook. Call ahead though or the wait is a little long. Most of the time we take it home. Occasionally we eat there outside with the dog.

Thank dashdashdashdash

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 S Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91766-1705
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pomona
  • Phone Number: (909) 622-2430

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