We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (141)
Filter reviews
141 results
Traveler rating
38
48
20
22
13
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
38
48
20
22
13
Show reviews that mention
All reviews guacamole taco carne asada my favorite mexican restaurant margaritas lettuce
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed February 14, 2024

There are mnay Mexican fare restaurants on Pametto. We prefer this one because the food prep and delivery are consistent and the staff is friendly. They do TACO Tuesday, pre-COVID it was $1/taco, post-COVID it's $2/taco.

Date of visit: January 2024
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed April 18, 2023

Tacos are the worst , if you are looking to eat Taco Bell then this is your place . They literally do meat American cheese , lettuce and tomatoes not true tacos at all . I’d actually say these taste worst than Taco Bell ....Will never be back .More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed September 21, 2022 via mobile

Late lunch on Taco Tuesday. Mom and wife had a variety of the taco deal and I had the TACOS BIRRIA which were AMAZING! Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed July 15, 2022 via mobile

This used to be my favorite Mexican restaurant in this area, but no longer. We are there back in March snd it was mediocre, and I chalked it up to a slow night and not much staff. I was so looking forward to going there...on a Friday night, but it was barely occupied. The guacamole was more brown than green and with all the lime juice, it should have been bright green. My margarita was average at best. All I could think of was, I’ve had better margaritas out of a Cuervo premix. Everyone’s dinner arrived…I waited and waited. When my three cheese enchiladas came out, they were over cooked snd cold, literally cold. We promptly had the waitress come over and she took it back. After ten minutes she came out and stated that the cook was making me three fresh ones. Everyone was half through their dinners at this point. My husband gave me a taste of his average carne asada. It had clearly been precooked and reheated on a grill not freshly cooked. The waitress brought out another tables food at the then twenty minute marker at which time my husband called her over and I told her that now that everyone was done with their dinner, I didn’t want mine and she was not to charge me. She never once apologized. She never offered me another beverage or appetizer, nothing while I was waiting. When we left the cashier could only say, I’m sorry. When our friends paid their check, the waitress said to them that she hoped it didn’t effect her tip. I truly don’t know if we will ever go back. The sad thing is everyone that was with us, have eaten their before because of our recommendation. El Sombrero needs to step up their game or they will never be able to stay open. Everyone has an off night, however, customer service goes a long way.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

The wait staff was very rude, had to ask for drinks, salsa tasted like spaghetti sauce no flavor. Food was average at best, would never return

Date of visit: April 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed January 30, 2021

I ordered a pickup from the restaurant website. I received a notification it would be ready between 6:15 and 6:30. Due to traffic I didn't arrive until 6:50. I was sent to the bar to pick it up.They knew nothing about the order and went...to the computer where they found it and said it will be ready soon. They obviously hadn't been paying attention to online orders. The staff all had face masks that were hanging below their faces. Twenty minutes + later the order was ready. The meals were barely acceptable. The sauce on the fish and shrimp for the Especial del Mar was barely visible. There were 3 small shrimp. The guacamole was a chunk of FL avacado which was tasteless with no cilantro or hint of lime juice. The chile relleno and enchiladas were not good. Had been to this restaurant many times before covid. It has changed. We wont be back, ever.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed January 23, 2021

where do is start with this place? upon walking in, there was nobody to seat us, or the other couple behind us....we stood there waiting, noticing a rather large woman in blue, hanging out at the bar, looking at us....kind of odd, but thought, well...she's drunk.....finally, a server came up, no hello, just a HOW MANY. she sat us in a booth threw, yes threw, the menus on the table & walked away and saw her do the same with the other couple behind us. finally, as more people came in a guy on the other side up the bar, which looked like a customer, drinking and hanging out with the barflies....came up front to start seating people. we ordered the 24 oz. margarita, it was good. salsa & chips were just ok, salsa is VERY heavy on garlic.....ordered our food, a chimichanga with fajita meet and a combo platter. the food was all ok, the refried beans were the star, so creamy and rich, one of the best beans i've ever had (i assume they were made with lard, that's why they were so tasty!) NOT 1 plate or glass or empty chip basket were ever cleared, we just had a pile of stuff at the end of the table..... so, we were ready to go, looking around for our server, then i noticed that the big lady in blue at the bar was not a drunk customer, but a drunk owner because she started calling out the servers to do random tasks and instructed our server to get over to our table, she came by dropped off the check, carrying her coat like she was leaving, never telling us to pay up front, so we just sat there waiting to pay until the lady in blue yelled over to pay up front, wow, just the poorest service....... so, this is what we came away with: the place is oddly in a large warehouse, was filled up early; we were there at 6:30 and the place started to empty out, along came a herd of geriatrics. seems like this is favored by the elderly, because once they all left, the place was empty. it also seems like the 2 owners, like to sit at the bar and drink, ignoring the fact that the servers & bartender were swamped, as they just sat there drinking, thus the VERY POOR SERVICE..... we both decided that this is NOT a place we would return to, NOR recommend it.....there are many other BETTER mexican restaurants around.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed November 30, 2020 via mobile

We were looking forward to an authentic Mexican dinner but were highly disappointed. The pork was fatty, burnt and gristly; the tacos were greasy I couldn’t eat the meal. I pointed this out to our waitress who looked at the plate of grease, took it...with her into the kitchen, and yelled at the chef about the condition of the food. It was so bad the waitress took the initiative to take the meal off our bill. Later that night we were both ill during the night. I like supporting local businesses but this is a restaurant we will NEVER visit again.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed November 27, 2020

We ordered online as we are in a pandemic. The restaurant said online that no table service only take out or delivery but when we got there we saw a few people in the restaurant. They were not busy but fouled up our order. I...asked if there were chips and salsa in the order, NONE were there, I ordered a combination order two items were correct one was not. We were 40 minutes from home and did not find out until we got home. The food we received tasted good but it was disappointing not to have any chips with the few salsa they gave us. My Chicken Quesadilla was cheese Quesadilla. My Chicken Relleno Pepper Topped with Ranchero Sauce was excellent, and my Chicken Enchiladas was tasty too. My wife's Molcajete was a lot of food, but the jalapeño was too hot for her so I took out seeds and ate the skin... Still hot,... Overall the food was good to exceptional but fouling up the order with no one else there is strange to me.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed November 13, 2020 via mobile

Authentic Mexican. Fresh salsa and chips. Not busy at all for a Friday night. Lots of space to bring large groups or workplace. Had the chicken Mexican crunch wrap. Lots of flavor and not heavy at all. Other party had the carnitas. He made the...comment they’re moist and crispy... made perfectly. Will be back to try more stuff. Waitress was friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed October 21, 2020 via mobile

We recently ordered takeout from this restaurant. We had been here previously and thought the food was good. We decided to try Taco Tuesday, for $1 tacos. The tacos were not very stuffed and no chips and salsa included, which other Mexican restaurants that I've...ordered takeout from have included. I felt like I ordered Taco Bell tacos. They were tacos, but a little disappointed and likely would try another Mexican restaurant before coming back to this one as the food was ok, but nothing to write home about.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed February 28, 2020

Food was pretty good until reaching bottom of chips. There was a bug 🐜 well done and they tried to pass it off as meat that was fried in oil. Meat does not have legs!! Plus why was it in chips? We got to looking...around and place was filthy. Saw boxes stacked in room back of cash register that had definitely been wet. Board of Health needs to check this place out. Avoid this place!! Will not be back. Would give it -5 stars if possible😡😡😡😡 Our check was $33.67 and she charged $36.00. I told her and she said $36.00 was with tax. I told her tax had already been added on. Wish I had not left a tip!! Wish I would have taken picture but the basket was removed from table immediately.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed February 1, 2020

This is the fifth time we’ve been there. We live in Illinois and Mexican restaurants are a dime a dozen but very most very good. We have many Mexican friends, who make us authentic Mexican food. El Sombrero is the real thing!!! Their salsa is...very flavorful without being overly hot. The guacamole is perfect, period. Chunky but not over done. The rice is more Puerto Rican because it has more vegetables in it, but that is the one thing that is done better that way. I have had flautas, fajitas, carne asada, and quesadillas with steak fajita meat. Everything has abuela’s authentic stamp on it. The margaritas are out of this world! Going there is like having comfort food. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is fun. I’ve been here for lunch and dinner and I have never been disappointed! Definitely make this a stop if you want soul renewing Mexican Food!!! I think you should disregard the other reviews...those people probably like Acapulco or Chipotle Mexican Food!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

Don't want to say bad things it was ok but someone said I had to try and we have other favorites. Mine was better than the wife's it had bacon

Date of visit: November 2019
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

Let me start with, it was 5:40 on a Sunday evening and there was 5 cars in the parking lot, not reassuring.... there was a reason why...I had a chicken burrito. No taste, very dry chicken! The salsa tasted like stewed tomatoes! And, the service...was unbelievable awful! Don't waste your money!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Courtyard Bradenton Sarasota/Riverfront
469 reviews
1.75 miles away
SpringHill Suites Bradenton Downtown/Riverfront
74 reviews
2.12 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District
1,590 reviews
2.14 miles away
Red Roof Inn Ellenton - Bradenton NE
167 reviews
2.29 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Riviera Dunes Dockside
155 reviews
.91 miles away
El Molcajetes
87 reviews
.28 miles away
Restaurante Tequilas
35 reviews
.46 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Detwiler's Farm Market
36 reviews
.24 miles away
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
277 reviews
1.51 miles away
Charms of Leffingwell
11 reviews
1.35 miles away
Palmetto Historical Park
24 reviews
1.60 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Patt M
January 28, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from rodneya78 | Reviewed this property |
This I don't know, but the Margaritas are strong and cheap. I was there on a Friday afternoon.
1
Vote
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

EL SOMBRERO, Palmetto - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about El Sombrero

Yes, El Sombrero offers takeout services.

El Sombrero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4