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Mexican, Southwestern
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3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-7949
+1 863-686-7500
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lakeland, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You will never get bad food here! Service is usually great too. The dipping sauces are so delicious along with the hot, fresh chips. So many dishes have been tried and enjoyed. I really don't have a favorite.

Thank jeanlbean
Auburndale, Florida
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We go to Abuelo's often. They have truly Mexican dishes made with fresh ingredients. The flavors are wonderful. I have not had any items on the menu that were not good. Fast seating good prices. What more could you ask for !

Thank 425christalv
Central Florida
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went on a Sunday afternoon. A party of 6 adults 2 children and a baby. Upscale Mexican food. Pitcher of sangria was wonderful. They did a great job of taking care of the kids. They were quick and the food was very good!

Thank KevinEM
Lakeland, Florida
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244 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They must have a new chef because our food was better than it has been in a couple of years. Our waitress was Jill on the spot, courteous, friendly, and attentive, the dips were oh so delicious and their new chips are the best ever. We enjoyed the guac and cheese dips so much we ordered a second serving and... More 

Thank June G
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing much to say, except go local for genuine Mexican food. Not a chain restaurant... imo Sighhhhhhhhhh

Thank sjrev
Columbia, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate dinner here the other evening, and while the service was "okay" (the servers were interacting with each other WAY more than the guests), the food was just poor quality. I understand it's the Tex-Mex version, but even at that, just poorly prepared--and either way too salty from reducing too long, or tasteless. Sorry, but I won't go back.

Thank Pat J
Plant City, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Friday night with a 20 minute wait....the actual wait was half that time...the food was excellent and Carlos, our waiter, was the most attentive waiter I had had in a long time. He was knowledgeable and suggested their excellent sangria...and the peach margarita on the rocks was great. Portions are HUGE. Be sure to try the... More 

Thank Robert H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Menu was easy to find online, I got two soft chicken tacos and my wife had two hard shell beef tacos. We also go the three dipper starter. Drove up called the number and poof they brought it out. All hot and smelling great. The taco were excellent. I especially enjoyed the whipped avocado dip. I ate it my meal... More 

Thank russellb312
Birmingham, Alabama
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in the mood for Mexican food and Abuelo's was recommended to me by a business associate from Dallas! So, I figured, if this person thought it was a good representation of Texas Mexican cuisine, then I should go for it!! I was certainly NOT disappointed! The service was exceptional and the food outstanding! Also, the mixed berry sangria... More 

Thank judyhW3767YB
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

We are so honored by your kind words! Thanks for the wonderful review about your dining experience. We hope to see you soon! Thanks, Dean Andrews, GM More 

Lakeland, FL
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overpriced and over Gringoed. I'd prefer a taco truck. I'll never go back. I'm amazed they are still in business. Their bar looks ok and I heard they had decent margaritas.

Thank SadieLu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-7949
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lakeland
  • Phone Number: +1 863-686-7500
Real Mexican food is a feast for the senses. From colorful peppers to the sounds of sizzling fajitas all the way to that incredible flavor. Each mouthful is just as much a result of the freshest ingredients as it is a result of the chef's expertise. Abuelo's offers diners the opportunity to experience real Mexican food, combining authentic, made from scratch classic dishes with the rich, subtle flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine. Our executive Chef Luis Sanchez has spent decades perfecting our menu, and we boast a wide selection of wood-grilled fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, chile rellenos or Abuelo's unique House Specialties (depending on your location). To compliment your meal, our expert bartenders are masters at crafting signature favorites, including a wide variety of margaritas and swirls.

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