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“Updated Review” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Patron Mexican Cantina & Grill

El Patron Mexican Cantina & Grill
Ranked #33 of 198 Restaurants in Hemet
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Hemet
Level Contributor
43 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Updated Review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

In July of 2012 I reviewed this restaurant and gave it an Excellent rating. Since then they have made many changes....some better than others. They have added a Sunday champagne brunch going from 10:00 to 2:00. On the plus side, they have very good chili verde, chili relenos, cold salmon, freshly made corn tortillas, and chicken enchiladas. I have usually had very good, attentive service by the friendly wait staff. I miss Lety though. Since having her beautiful baby girl, she's not around much.

On the down side, for some reason they continually put out dried up spaghetti with practically no sauce at the brunch. In all the times I've eaten the brunch, I have NEVER seen a dent made in that spaghetti! The salad greens are always too wet no matter if it's during the brunch or an individual salad order. The selection of salad fixin's is pretty non-existent. Wish they'd put out baskets for the tortilla chips so they would't slide off my plate.

I'm also unhappy that a customer can only take advantage of "Taco Tuesday" if conforming to the restrictions. You must be drinking in the bar area, you can't get them to go, and they are only available during certain times of the day. I have had issues with the owner in the past about his misleading advertisements and "bait and switch" practices.

Even with these gripes, it's still one of my very favorite restaurants in town or out!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank L M
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English first
1 review
“Horrible!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Are Easter dinner was ruined The service was horrible slowest service we have ever had the food was under cook and had No flavor it was so loud it took 45 mins to get are food and it took 20 mins before anyone even came to take are order i will not be returning and im going to pass my experience on to others very saddened that a once great place to eat and enjoy has gone down hill on a windy day.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank countrymommy42
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Simi Valley, California
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Restaurant in the east end of the valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food, great service, EXCELLENT Margaritas, Sunday brunch, wide variety of dishes and a superb happy hour. Decor is comfortable with booths and tables and spacious bar.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bill R
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Hemet, California
Level Contributor
69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Margarita's to Die For”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

The food here is pretty much mexican standard fare. They are popular for their happy hour appetizers and half priced margaritas. The margaritas might be half priced, but the restaurant has watered down thye tequilla. Be careful, they can sneak up on you fast.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank murrob35
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Hemet
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116 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good crowd means fun is happening....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place always has a good crowd. There is local entertainment, karaoke nights, and a full bar. The food is good and taste home made. The bar area can get a bit loud depending on what is "happening" at the time....but never boring.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank TravelmamHemet
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