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El Lago

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119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC 28746-6326
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Cleveland, Ohio
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's funny to read reviews on Mexican and how critical people are... Here you go: Food was good, portions were solid. Food was fast and we walked out with leftovers. Service was good, not great. Here is my only complaint: the play the "slight of hand game" with their bills/tabs. You WILL NOT receive an itemized copy for your meal.... More 

Thank rizzois45
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have a home in Lake Lure and we are there most weekends throughout the year. The food isn't bad but the attentiveness, politeness and general service is just terrible.Empty dishes, empty baskets of chips just pile up on the table as wait staff walks by a dozen times. Drinks are brought out sporadically never together. Empty glasses left on... More 

Thank Rick S
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently moved to Lake Lure and were looking for a good Mexican restaurant and we found it at El Lago. The food is always fresh and very reasonably priced. Their chili rellenos and flan are delicious and the Mexican guacamole is superb.

Thank Sarah C
Gerry, New York
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78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has such good Mexican Food, the chicken soup is amazing, the staff was friendly and the service was great

Thank KathleenL01
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Each entre can feed 2 so if you have kids, order sparingly. The fajitas are absolutely wonderful and feed 3!

Thank W4835TAsandral
High Point, North Carolina
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let's start by saying I was already impressed with the restaurant when we called for reservations —for 20 people—and they kindly accommodated us. That was at 4pm and we wanted a 6pm reservation. Thank you, El Lago! When we arrived, our ginormous table was waiting and the staff jumped right in to take our drink orders. Warm chips with bean... More 

Thank Dawn B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

terrible service, waitress wouldn't even answer questions about the wine, not a good atmosphere, we left after our drink.

Thank Julie H
Oviedo, Florida
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13 reviews
11 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 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure, NC 28746-6326
  • 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?