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Abuelo's

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3700 Lakeside Village Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803-7949
+1 863-686-7500
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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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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of my favorite Mexican food places to eat. However on my visit today, the service sucked! We ate half our meal with no drinks! And I would love to order the queso to go along with the chips, but it costs as much as my meal. So we skip it. Can't believe they think melted cheese is... More 

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Thank Stephanie H
Beverly Hills, Florida
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145 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We love this place...drove over 2 hours for dinner for my hubby's birthday!! The cheese enchiladas are great...and the spinach casserole is to die for...will most definitely be back!!

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Thank Ernestine B
Lakeland, Florida
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I went for lunch and both ordered the chicken fajitas after polishing off their delicious chips and salsa assortment. The food was very tasty. Service started out great but then fizzled by the end of our meal. We had to flag down the waitress twice and waited a very long time for our check. We have visited... More 

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Thank J Y
Mena
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After much hype and local advertising I had my palate set for some exciting south-of-the-border fare. While it wasn't dreadful, it was painfully average. The menu indicated delicacies outside of the norm, but average restaurant chain food was the reality. I would not recommend and will not revisit.

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Thank Lisa S
AbuelosManagers, Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. Please send and email to paigew@food-concepts.com with your contact information. We would like to contact you directly to make this right. Thanks! More 

Lakeland, Florida
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here several times with family and friends. I still keep coming back to this place. No one really comes close to the food. This last time the service was the only drawback. The waitress was more interested in the table in front of us, then in our table. I think she was at our table three times. I waited... More 

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Thank Barb P
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is very large and loud. Good for large groups and serve large plates of food. Food tasted very good and they had dos equines on tap. Would come here again.

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Thank Painlessdds
Port Orange, Florida
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food in a nice atmosphere with helpful, friendly staff. Outdoor seating available. Wonderful peach sangia!

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Thank Karen J
Lakeland, Florida
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I eat here quite often, our favorite place to eat and frequent here on average 4 times a month. Being from Texas it's hard to find good quality comparable Mexican food but Abuelo's is that place! The food is always fresh and hot and yes even close to closing time! You can dine inside or on the... More 

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Thank goodheartgrl4
Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is the only reason for the three stars. Service was on a siesta and the atmosphere looked more like cheap Tuscan with a Mexican themed mural. Chips were the same paper thin, tasteless style served at Chilis just not as heavily salted. Two baskets of chips was nice but the three salsas served with the chips had such... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback! On your next visit, please ask your server for bigger bowls of the salsa you like best - they will be happy to help you! Also, I apologize for the service you experienced. Thanks for bringing this to our attention so we can improve. If willing, we hope to see you back soon. Thanks, Dean... More 

Sydney, Florida
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best mexican restaurant in Lakeland . Can be loud when crowded but good food for the price. I like the enchalida and quest the most along with the papas

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Thank mfisher3
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing to celebrate with us! We are so honored by your kind words. We can't wait to see you back soon. Thanks, Dean Andrews, GM More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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