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Palenque Grill Expressway 83

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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78503-1600
+1 956-994-8181
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We first tried Palenque back in October 2016 for dinner and we LOVED it! Staff is super friendly , service was fast and precise BUT the food is what really made us love the place! So we came back again , this time for lunch and we were NOT disappointed! Staff still very friendly and on spot and the FOOD... More 

Thank annarod66
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cool place to go have a sit down meal. The staff had food out quickly that I could tell. I sat at the bar and the bartender was able to get my food out to me quickly. Good eating experience. Food was nice and hot as well.

Thank Eddie P
Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there several times and they have been very consistent on the flavor and the service. Our last waiter was super friendly and was trying to anticipate our needs without being excessive. Shrimps and steaks are always fresh and tasty. Good place to go and watch a game and enjoy some drinks as well.

Thank jv145294
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We work very hard to maintain that consistency in our authentic Mexican dishes and prompt service. Our dishes are prepared with ingredients of the highest quality available in the market- so glad to hear you enjoyed our shrimp and steak! Thank you for such an excellent review. More 

Austin, Texas
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357 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a very nice experience before so I returned...and what I learned is consistency is not one of their better attributes. I was on my way to a Christmas Lunch with my in-laws so I decided to stop by to purchase sides for our Christmas Lunch. My order was simple. A large serving of charro beans, large order of... More 

Thank George A
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great and the service was awsome! We ate in San Antonio mall. Very crowded but pleanty of room

Thank Suzanne Mize A
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review Suzanne! We hope to have you back soon. More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

After shopping nearby we looked for someplace to eat a late lunch. We hit the jackpot at Palengue Grill. The atmosphere is so lovely, white tablecloths with bright colored throws and hooked stands for ladies handbags. The menu had so many options it was difficult to pick. Our server, Francisco, couldn't have been more attentive. The chips, salsa & bean... More 

Thank Carol B
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We will let Francisco know about the lovely review. Thank you Carol, we can not be more pleased at your wonderful review. We hope you enjoy your stay in Mission, see you back soon! More 

Pflugerville, Texas
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177 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

A colleague recommended we stop here for lunch. She really loves this place and raves about it all the time. First of all, the service was top-notch. The complimentary salsa was delicious, not too spicy, and served warm. They also serve a type of refried bean/chorizo dip which was yummy as well. Hard not to fill up on chips and... More 

Thank luv2travelMAP
Mission, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Have eaten at the Palenque Grill many times and never had a bad meal. Waiters are always attentive and service is quick, however, food is always prepared when ordered. Portions are large and very tasty, not overly spicy, can always add their sauce if desired.

Thank Ellen H
Edinburg Texas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Fresh and hot food!! Not reheated but, a little pricy We ordered a platter with beef and chicken fajitas. Fajitas very tender!!!!Tortillas were hand made and kept very warm through out the meal. DELICOUS👍 Good Service!!

Thank monicamT4675ZY
McAllen, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Been there several times for parties. Not fond of the food and restaurant is very loud and crowded most of the time. They opened a second one in North McAllen. I'very been there twice. Better atmosphere, but food is still not the best.

Thank Frances D
PalenqueGrill, Owner at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We are truly sorry your experience was not to your satisfaction. Could you please let us know the date and time of your visit? Thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78503-1600
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McAllen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-994-8181
It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey into the restaurant business. It initiates a wonderful family tradition, with the UNIQUE TASTE of great Mexican food. On January 6th, 1975 Pancho creates "El Pollo Loco" concept in his small hometown of Guasave, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 1980, this concept becomes the first Mexican restaurant chain to go go across the border, opening its first store in Los Angeles, California on Alvarado Ave. and 6th St. Pancho's passion continues in 1986, when he creates a new and innovating concept in Mexican food. On July 1st, 1987 he opens the first "Taco Palenque" with a distinctive quality, UNIQUE TASTE and good service that quickly developed and gained a good reputation throughout South Texas. On July 31st, 2005 Pancho and his son Charles, with the support of their family, open Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas. The Ochoa family introduce Flerida Ochoa's (Pancho's wife) family recipes, creating a menu with excellent dishes of Mexican culinary traditions. On behalf of the Ochoa family, we thank you for visiting our small piece of Mexico. We are delighted to be able to serve you now in Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.

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