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All reviews taco fajitas guacamole chorizo margarita's mexican food seated right away love this place maine lol
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

Restaurant is in a shopping plaza. Interior a bit dated but OK. Sanford is a bit of a gritty town so don't expect the finesse of the coastal restaurants. Fish tacos were good but not great. The Margarita had pretty much no tequila in it...so I would skip paying $7.50 for the sweet mix they use. Service was average.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021

I went to this restaurant yesterday, July 14 2021, for dinner after a difficult and tiresome day at work where I ran myself too ragged to want to make a meal for just me at home (single female life). I have been here many times...over the years and love love love the food, margaritas, and the staff. During the pandemic, though the place was empty, I was alone on my birthday and celebrated it here, the staff being kind and generous to celebrate it with me by singing and having me wear a hat while I ate my free dessert. Yesterday was half price margarita day and the place was packed. Clearly the waiters/waitresses struggled to keep up which is no different than what my job is like (and everyone else's post-pandemic). After my usual excellent food experience, despite having my table cleared when I went to the bathroom, waiting a long time, having four different wait staff wait on me, and a flirty single waiter who asked for my phone number, (never texted or called btw), I decided to do something nice and leave a 100% tip, so matching my food costs when I paid via my debit card. This was to show my appreciation for the business and their staff even during a busy time where decent service is difficult to achieve, at best. I am not sure if I should be insulted or flattered when I looked at my online banking the next day where the amount did not match what I wrote and signed off on, it was way less. Instead of the high tip I left to show my gratitude, I was charged a measly $7 tip. For me, its not flattery that this decision was made for me when I wrote the tip amount I wanted to leave them, signed the merch receipt with notes of thanks, and made this decision for myself. I am not sure how to "complain" about this. I figured why not write a review here for others to see hoping management reads it as well as the staff who waited on me. Normally I would give 5 star rating for a place like this, however being left with such a strange experience and taking away my good deed, this is a 2 star experience. Excellent food should one want Mexican in Sanford if one is able to ignore such strange experiences.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 9, 2021

We were visiting Sanford Maine briefly and stopped here for dinner, not being overly optimistic about it. We were pleasantly surprised first by the salsa which was very good as was the quacamole. We both had chicken taco plates with rice and black beans. Everything...was very fresh and reasonably priced. We did not order margaritas but there were good looking choices. They have 2 wine choices but most people don’t order wine at Mexican restaurants. They had some good meatless options. I would go back to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed December 7, 2020

Picked up some take out yesterday, friendly service and great food! Have eaten here previously and every time the food and service were top notch.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

Nice being in a Mexican restaurant with Mexican workers. Super deal with $1.99 Margarita's on Mondays. Good size portions and friendly staff.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 25, 2020 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner on our way home from a road trip to New Hampshire. They have added a few picnic tables outside so you can dine alfresco. It was quite windy so we chose to eat in. We were seated right away. I had...the burrito Sanford which was good but all the sausage was on only one side. My wife had an order of nachos with chorizo. She said the chorizo tasted like it had fennel in it and next time she would leave it off but other than that it was good. We washed it down with a couple of bottles of XX beer. Service was friendly and professional. We would recommend if in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating. Price and quality were very good. We had great fajitas with freshly made guacamole.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

We love it here! Truth be told, my husband has cheated on me 3x recently in going without me! The margaritas are by far the best around, which allows me to get good Mexican food because my honey doesn’t usually like it but he does...like an excellent margarita ;-) and their steak tips. I have sampled many items on the menu and have yet to be disappointed although I think I like the sizzling steak fajitas the best and the taco salad a close second. The Takitos aren’t half bad either and my girlfriend likes their mushroom mango whatever taco. The staff is great to interact with although I do observe a few internal operation things that need changing, but it is nothing that would affect our meal or evening out, nor yours. Oh and yes the husband is being held accountable for his actions - lol margaritas anyone?More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

This was a very happy discovery! We love GOOD Mexican food and this was a surprise! Who would think you could find it in Sanford, Maine! The drinks were awesome, the food was delicious, Very nice Decour and super friendly service!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed December 5, 2019

Hubby and I went for our date night- atmosphere is amazing great decor super clean and very comfortable seats. Waiter was so nice and accommodating to my no meat request. Food was SO good. Not one single complaint. Ate every bite ! Try the Elote...corn sooooo good. Our new favorite Mexican food spot 😁More

Date of visit: December 2019
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El Mexicano is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4