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El Pastor

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2010 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713-1218
(608) 280-8898
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
friendly staff and very attentive, food is a mix between very good to good enough

I have dinner there it was OK nothing special, I did not like the enchiladas but every thing else was good. The staff friendliness make up for the whole experience

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
TravelMe2020
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Illinois
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

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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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136 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank ML1702
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars 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 

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Thank Picklegirl11
Rochester, Minnesota
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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?

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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 

Iowa City, Iowa
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I have dinner there it was OK nothing special, I did not like the enchiladas but every thing else was good. The staff friendliness make up for the whole experience

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Thank TravelMe2020
Westbury, New York
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The place is ok to eat at, it was clean and the staff was nice. The food was good and the portions were fine too. I would go back and eat there again.

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Thank Lump3302
Evansville, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I've been going to this place for over ten years, and they always deliver a great meal. My favorite dish is 'The taste of Mexico'... No distracting sauces, just classic Mexican food you can taste and enjoy. The chicken enchiladas verde are very good too.

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Thank Amlarson
Madison, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The food is fresh and authentic. Food is not cooked ahead of time. The taste is wonderful, very flavorful. The cost is reasonable with large portions. Have ate here several times and have always had an excellent meal.

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Thank ML1702
Milan, Italy
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It's a very simple and easy going restaurant. We were the first clients of the evening, nevertheless the food took a quite long time to come, but this could also be a good sign meaning the food is fresh. The music is mexican as the atmosphere. The waitress was accurate and present. Chips with the spicy sauce were good. I... More 

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Thank 28Sara28
Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The owner, Lino, is a great guy and always greets us when we come in. Sometimes, Hugo is there playing Spanish music or even a mix of Elvis and Neil Diamond. Nonetheless, the real reason to be here is the food! It's natural, fresh, and not frozen. It's delicious every time. I order the quesadillas or the tortas, while my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2010 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713-1218
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 280-8898

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?