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Bar, Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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0.2 miles from Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service and food was delicious. My husband and I ordered the triple meat fajitas for 2 and they were great. A lot of steak, chicken and shrimp and less onion and green peppers. The chips were warm and not greasy and the salsa was...tasty. I don’t like tomatoes so we requested them on the side, thinking of the chopped tomatoes that come as a topping for the fajita. The waiter had the grilled tomatoes that accompany the green peppers and onions done separately as well. I did not expect that :). The only down side is that they don’t have margaritas, we ordered beers instead. Our waiter was very attentive and nice. We tried No Way Jose the night before and actually ended up leaving before we even ordered our entree, this is our new “go to” place for Mexican food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The mixed fajitas were good. The chicken in the enchiladas was dry and didn't have a lot of flavor. The mole sauce on the enchiladas didn't have a lot of flavor either. I would go again.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First night dinner. Sadly disappointed. Food was bland, chips and salsa - salsa lacked flavor, like they poured tomato sauce in a bowl and brought it to the table. Drinks - disaster well.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022

My husband and I visited this place after our trolley driver suggested it. We are so glad we did....It was awesome!! We were also able to park for free across the street because we were going to this restaurant. We had the fajitas for two...with steak, shrimp, and chicken. It was really good!!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 13, 2022 via mobile

Prices have gone up and food quality has gone down. We asked for queso dip for chips and we were charged $6.99 for a small bowl! The Margarita tasted like watered down limeade served in a small water glass. The draft for Dos Equis was...not working. Our waitress never did get our orders right and was never available. This place is too expensive for the quality of food and service.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 8, 2022 via mobile

The food was fantastic! I’m in Gatlinburg on vacation with my husband and 2 children, ages 11 and almost 9. I’m also here with my in-laws. We got plenty of chips and salsa before the food. It’s a good size place, and we didn’t have...a wait. It was close to 8pm on a Wednesday. I ordered the steak chimichanga, it came with rice and beans. The steak was absolutely delicious. Other people in my party ordered fajitas, taco salad and tamales. Everyone said the food was great!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

Pretty good, fresh Mexican food. Service is also great as well! They have a vegetarian menu. I’m from texas so I wouldn’t say this is authentic but it’s good. The salsa was really tasty. A little on the pricier side however this is a tourist...town so no surprise there! Parking can be hard but that’s everywhere in gatlinbuegMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022

Cold nachos. Nasty canned chicken. No liquor license. Food came out fast (probably due to microwave oven)! Terrible.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 5, 2022

We had 17 people in our party. We went early so we would miss the crowd. GREAT service, food and drinks. The big celebration was for my brother's 80th birthday party. At the end of the meal we had a celebration of my brother as...the wait staff put a big sombrero on my brother's head and sang Happy Birthday. The icing on the cake was when the smashed whipping cream on his face..surprise to us all and oh so fun...we all laughed so hard. Highly recommend this restaurant...great food and fun.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

The food was exceptional. Authentic mexican at ita best. The menu is extensive so it will suit anyone. I highly recommend this place

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 1, 2022

I stopped by here for dinner while visiting Gatlinburg. Food was average. Service was slow but they were friendly and trying to be helpful. I did not go back and I would not go back

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 6, 2022 via mobile

Great food. We loved the warm chips and salsa. We shared the fajitas for 2 and it was a huge portion. Nice change of pace since it is down the strip away from the crowd. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 15, 2022

My husband and I are locals and we have ate at many of the local restaurants. Our go to Mexican restaurant was not doing delivery so we decided to try El Sonador after reading reviews. WOW! We are so glad we ordered from here. The...food was by far the best Mexican food we have ever had. The prices were very reasonable and the portions were great. Highly recommend when you're in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 7, 2022

Was denied service because we have a service dog.. that is trained for epilepsy. Tried to explain what the dog was for and laws on discriminating against service animals... management still refused us entire. I'm trying to find out a contact for owner. To let...them know that there staff needs to trained on discrimination.... Will never recommend this place... 8 days in the smokey mountains and every business was great all except this one!!!!!!.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 20, 2021 via mobile

Could not wait to go back (as it had been 2 years). The service was excellent. The food... fantabulous!!! Want hot sauce, just ask (and it is warm). Will be back!!

Date of visit: December 2021
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I just went back and checked my review, it was 5 stars. Look at another review, theirs was 1 not mine.
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EL SONADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND GRILL, Gatlinburg - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Order Online Food Delivery - Tripadvisor

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Yes, El Sonador Mexican Restaurant and Grill offers takeout services.

El Sonador Mexican Restaurant and Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5