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El Lago

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119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC
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Oviedo, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

My family ate here twice. The first time was a "to go" order. The second time we sat inside to eat. We had just finished visiting Chimney Rock State Park and so we were very hot and tired. The other members in my family ordered a full meal, all I wanted was the vegetable salad that was listed on the... More 

1 Thank nanwise
Greenville, South Carolina
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88 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

So service is rarely good at any of these small resort restaurants and you have to face it and lower your expectations accordingly. That being said, the service here was OK. And, the food at El Largo was better than average made with fresh ingredients. There is inside and outside dining and the Margaritas are worth a taste. Will go... More 

Thank PeacefulSoul2
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

El Lago is a family owned Mexican restaurant within 5 miles of home. We eat there at least once or twice a week. The food is well prepared and very reasonably priced. My favorite is the chicken soup, and my husband likes the beef tacos and beef burritos with cheese. The staff is always friendly and the service is prompt.... More 

Thank Catherine T
Cornelius, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We were traveling with my family and stayed at Lake Lure Inn and their bar and grill was closed so walked to this place. Started out service was adequate but then waited 35 minutes before we were checked on. No refills, asked us how our food was, which was just adequate and expected that for this dive. We just didn't... More 

1 Thank mindy n
Fredericksburg, Texas
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227 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

While staying at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn, we walked a short distance to El Lago for a Mexican dinner. We were with a large group and I think they were overwhelmed, but the service was friendly and our food was hot when served. We ordered a variety of dishes including quesadillas and their New El Lago Special which was... More 

Thank Nancy H
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

This is another of my favorites. Their food is about the best that I have experienced outside of Mexico. Three sizes of Margarita 's and very cold beer. Nice people also. Go for it.

Thank Larry W
Bellaire, Michigan
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We spent a week in Lake Lure visiting family and enjoyed the food here so much we visited for a second time. Food and service are both very good and pricing is reasonable.

Thank FFTR3300
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

The entire experience at El Lago is excellent! The food is always fresh and made to order and the service is amazing! The entire staff truly understand what it means to give exceptional customer service.

Thank 457Kayley
Eagleville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in after finding several other restaurants in Chimney Rock, NC closed. This was a wonderful surprise. The waiter was wonderful and the food was great. We ordered chicken fiestas and they came out pipping hot. I watched several other customers order margaritas and they drinks looked wonderful. They have indoor and outdoor dining. Great place.

Thank bidu56
Lake Lure, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

EL Lago is inexpensive, has great ambianc, good food and is a terrific place to gather with a group of friends!!!

Thank gullahgal2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Lake Lure
  • Phone Number: 8286259051

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?