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Palenque Grill Expressway 83

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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
+1 956-994-8181
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Missouri City, Texas, United States
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is ideal for birthdays, dates, any special occasion like that. But I came with friends. It's semi-fancy and the prices are up there, but not too bad. The food is great. I had tilapia, which they had about three of four different choices of. The music playing in the background was nice. Just be sure if you're not... More 

Thank Austin H
PalenqueGrill, Owner at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Austin. First, we’d love to thank you for giving us a visit. Our restaurant is perfect for any occasion, and we love when guests spend their special and memorable occasions with us. Excellent choice on the Tilapia fillet! We prepare our dishes with top quality products and fresh ingredients, glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking a few... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow... stopped in for a bite for lunch and didn't want to leave the delicatable experience. Their house salsa is perfection, and those being very adventurous should ask for salsa picosa as it's of this world of... habernero or piri piri. Don't stop at chips & salsa... 'cause their carnitas are fantastic. A taste of Mexico is an understatement. ...as... More 

Thank Kenneth G
PalenqueGrill, Owner at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Kenneth, thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review! Your kind words reassure us and motivate us to keep up the hard work. Yes sir, our delicious authentic Mexican dishes bring out the true flavors of Mexico. We are very happy that you enjoyed your overall visit. Until next time! More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the chicken flautas and chicken fajitas. Food and service was very good. Both of these items were $14 each. Seems high to me. Restaurant was somewhat crowded so I guess everyone didn't agree with me on the price issue.

Thank JP10354
PalenqueGrill, General Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Good choice on the chicken flautas and chicken fajitas, they’re amazing. We take pride in preparing our authentic Mexican dishes with fresh ingredients of the highest quality. We’ll see you back for another amazing dinner. Thank you for your comments! More 

North Texas
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Advertised as Pacific Mexican food so a little different from what we are used to in Texas. The complimentary chips, salsa, and bean dip were all very good. I ordered the carretoneros, corn tortillas filled with diced sirloin, cilantro and chopped onions. They were very good, 4 came with the order which was more than I could eat. My wife... More 

Thank Marty6080
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Marty, thank you for such great and descriptive review. Good choice! Next time you visit, feel free to request the chile relleno with cheese. Your wish is our command! We will see you next time you’re in the valley for another round of delicious authentic Mexican food and excellent service. More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

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

Hi Anna. Thank you for such an amazing review. We take much pride in our consistency- especially with our delicious authentic Mexican dishes. You should come more often! We'll see you soon. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

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

Hey Eddie! Here at Palenque Grill, it's all about attentive and prompt service. Thank you for taking a few moments to leave us with your great review. We look forward to having you back soon! More 

Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

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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371 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

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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
Brunch, 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
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 78501
  • 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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