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“Loved the fresh salsa and margaritas”

El Paraiso Family Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 40 Restaurants in Buena Vista
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Colorado
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283 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
“Loved the fresh salsa and margaritas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

I dined at this restaurant three times over the course of two short stays in Buena Vista... We'd planned on dining at Casa de Sol, but they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so all the better for us. If they'd been open, we might never have stumbled upon El Paraiso.

My spouse proclaimed El Paraiso's salsa the best he's ever had...fresh, spicy, excellent. The chips were very good too, barely salted (if at all) which is exactly how we like them.

On each visit I had the cheese enchiladas with green sauce, which were cheesy and tasty. On one occasion, they were not heated as well as I'd have liked, but otherwise, no complaints.

We found the service helpful and friendly,although during the quiet late afternoon hours, the staff do tend to gather along the stairwell and chat and laugh loudly amongst themselves, which struck me as a bit unprofessional. However, we barely noticed the noise after a couple of killer margaritas :)

Speaking Spanish absolutely isn't necessary as mentioned by another poster, but a bit of Spanish certainly adds to the ambiance of a Mexican Restaurant, don't you think?

  • Visited April 2012
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Buena Vista
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“better speak spanish”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

as a local it's ok, a little pricey for mushy food but it does have some flavor.

Visited April 2012
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“A Lovely Surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

This was our first visit to El Paraiso Family Restaurant in Buena Vista, CO.

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Buena Vista
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“All Around Great Mexican Restaurant Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Beginning with the warm and friendly greetings of the staff which was quickly followed by chips and homemade chunky salsa the experience got off to a great start. Their generous and excellent Margaritas are adorned with a flaming citrus slice. Their special El Paraiso dinner for two is a fabulous platter featuring grilled steak, chicken and shrimp wrapped in bacon resting on a bed of grilled vegetables, accompanied by another plate of beans, rice, guacamole and salad. Everything is fresh and appealing. Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!

  • Visited February 2012
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“Great Service, Food, and Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

My family and I stopped by to try this new Mexican Restaurant for dinner It was great! As soon as you walk in you're greeted by great music and friendly staff. The restaurant is large but cozy and they have a nice back patio, which is where we sat. When we ordered our margaritas we never thought they would show up with "flaming" margaritas. It was unexpected, and the margaritas were so tasty. The food was delish, and the service was very good. Definitely great option to go to for good mexican food!

  • Visited August 2011
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