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“Not excellent....but very good”

El Paraiso Family Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 42 Restaurants in Buena Vista
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed January 30, 2014

I haven't been to too many Mexican restaurants I'd rate as "excellent"...as I'm a big fan of Mexican cuisine and, therefore, somewhat picky. But many rate as "very good" and El Paraiso is one of those. Not outstanding...but very good...probably the best Mexican in Buena Vista. The food is really good and the service is extremely friendly and attentive.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Our first visit to El Paraiso was a success. It lives up to it's claim to have "Authentic Mexican Food". The building is nothing special but clean and a fireplace in the entry is welcoming. We were greeted and seated immediately by "Alex" who also took our order. We enjoyed their happy hour with a $5 Flaming Margarita served in a beautiful tall glass. It was very good and a great value.
The salsa is excellent. I ordered the taco dinner and it came with rice beans, lettuce shreds and 2 smallish tacos (1 chicken, 1 shredded beef), which seemed handmade. Very good and surprisingly filling. My husband had 2 tacos al a carte and was very pleased with it. He had 1 fish and 1 shredded beef. It came with a generous dollop of sour cream and slice of avocado. We plan to return.
Good value and friendly, helpful service.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stopped in for appetizers and drinks with friends. The staff was extremely friendly, the atmosphere was welcoming and the seating was comfortable.

The margaritas were delicious and they have a great happy hour specials. The salsa has to be the best I've had in a VERY long time!!!!

I will definitely come back when I am in town.

Thank ORourkies
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a neat little restaurant on the main highway south of the only traffic light in Buena Vista. The waiter/host was most gracious and convinced us the nightly specials were really good. The salsa was good but the specials were just ok. The chicken tacos were overcooked including the taco shells but still had a nice flavor. The fried fish was ok and was accompanied by some nice roasted veggies, sliced avocado, tomatoes and sliced onion.

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Thank Bill D47
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

On our return trip to El Paraiso, we knew we would not be disappointed. As soon as one enters this restaurant, you are greeted with a smile and prompt seating. The salsa and chips are wonderful and one's orders arrive in a timely manner. Real Mexican food is served and wait staff is always there to help you if needed. Making sure the customers are enjoying their food, our waiter was efficient and congenial. This time we sat outside on the back patio and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. This seating is highly recommended. Yes, we will return once again when we are in the area.

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Thank mdm0929
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