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El Palenque Mexican Restaurant

715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“nachos” (4 reviews)
“asado” (2 reviews)
“beans” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to El Palenque on the recommendation of another restaurant that was temporarily closed due to some damage. We weren't disappointed. With the large Hispanic population in Santa Maria, you know the Mexican restaurants have a lot of competition and have to be good...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

fins it walking decided to go in to see and read few reviews ....got in about 5 peoples in it's ok it's early boss occupied on the phone waitress came ....after greeting followed her to the table she put the menu on it then she...More

Thank Jean-robert L
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

just had dinner tonight. food was really good. kids menu is great value. service was lovely. would recommend for sure

Thank theparadizeisaway
Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Make sure to order the Palenque Nachos with asada!!! Huge enough to share with 2 or 3 people! The steak was tender, chips loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomato, rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream and topped with jalapeño!

Thank Clarice77
Reviewed August 2, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great! But note that they only have a beer and wine license, so the margaritas are made with wine, not tequila.

Thank Yes-Lets-go
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

Service was decent and friendly. The food was ok but not spectacular. This restaurant is a favorite with my colleague so we all went here last week. The others were satisfied with their meals and although there was nothing wrong with my order, it was...More

Thank 458debbia
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Ate there yesterday and, the Denver Omelette was huge with Potatoes. Had enough left over for Breakfast today. It was one of the best Denver Omelettes I have had in a long time. Wife had Nachos and had plenty to take home for later. The...More

Thank pilkingt3
Reviewed January 21, 2017

We were here for dinner. Since we were not too hungry the waitress suggested a three item combination that we were able to share. We had a cheese enchilada, chile rellano and they made us a vegetarian taco with beans. The combination comes with a...More

Thank Amitadave1
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mom to try out the food. The hostess was great and seated us immediately. While you could tell the restaurant was old, it was also clean so I appreciated that. I had a strawberry margarita that was good despite the...More

Thank lisha1351
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Based on the trip advisor reviews I tried this place and am pleased that I did. The service was great and the staff very friendly. The portions were very large and the food was very tasty. I'll be back.

Thank Dale K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 715 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5112
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
Phone 805-938-2343. New owners, a family. Was "Viejo Mexico" restaurant previously for 9 mo. Their website is still in-work, so more info to be added by their son. This is from Bill Kleinbauer, 805/938-1405
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