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2010 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713-1218
(608) 280-8898
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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143 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor and it was very nice. Very authentic Mexican food. We enjoyed the tasty food and great service. Recommended!

Thank TheGameCrafter
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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435 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not romantic by any means and the boxing on the television was actually annoying. Good service and outstanding fajitas with a good draft Mexican beer and excellent margaritas. They could lower the lights, get rid of the TV as the music is classic Mexican and quite enjoyable.

Thank Rockydogz1
Holland, Michigan
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Pros: Friendly, helpful, fresh food. Generous helpings. Relaxing atmosphere. If you enjoy eating "local" vs. chain restaurants, then I would recommend you go here.

1 Thank Robin N
Racine, WI
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

My Mom and I visited Friday night. I wish I had the name of the waitress because she was nice nice and helpful. I told her what I was looking for and she gave us a great recommendation. Both my Mom and I started with a margarita on the rocks with salt - very good. Then we both ordered the... More 

1 Thank jln40449
Lino R, Owner at El Pastor, responded to this review

I'm glad that you had a great experience at our restaurant. I'm looking forward to see you next time, we really appreciate your business. More 

Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016

Staff: very nice and professional. Food is so fresh. Because it is fresh it does take a few minutes to get your meal but not an excessive amount of time. Besides you have your cocktail and chips w/salsa, right? Been here many times before but went with friends for dinner today after work. They make great street style taco's, Enchiladas... More 

1 Thank cabusuttil
Central Wisconsin
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82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

El Pastor has a typical, small Mexican restaurant, vibe to it. Very simple seating area, Mexican decor and a soccer game broadcast in Spanish on the television. The menu has everything you'd expect in a Mexican Restaurant with several having some interesting twists to them, things that aren't seen at every Mexican restaurant - which is a good thing! For... More 

Thank La-Chica-Negra
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24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We were staying at a nearby hotel and needed some dinner. There was a winter storm warning going on and this seemed like the best option for our family. The chile relleno and tamale on my platter were fantastic! The pork taco was just so-so. Good service.

Thank FloofinSchnoof
Lino R, Owner at El Pastor, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feed back we really appreciate your business. Looking forward to see you next time you are in Madison. More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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133 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2015

One of our favorite places to eat. Service is always quick and friendly. The food is excellent at a reasonable price. Large portions.

Thank ML1702
Madison, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

I eat here often. If you want a cheap decent meal of Mexican food with no frills, this is it. The fish tacos are good, so is the steak burrito. Chips and salsa are authentic. Hot sauce is hot but not mind blowing. Wait staff is attentive. Take out is fast. The flat screen TV is irritating especially when bloody... More 

Thank Picklegirl11
Rochester, Minnesota
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2015

I've eaten here a number of times and always been pleased. This time was a big disappointment. Across the board the food (enchiladas & chimichangas) were extremely bland. Great service and generous portions, but this visit left me wondering if I should go back? Maybe just an off day since past visits were good?

Thank v2skate0910
Lino R, Owner at El Pastor, responded to this review

Hello v2skate0910, We’re glad to hear that you were satisfied with our wait staff in that we strive to provide the greatest service possible. However, we’re disappointed to hear that you were unsatisfied with the food you had ordered. Providing great tasting food in large portions is something that we take pride in. We hope that you mentioned the issue... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2010 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 280-8898

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