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“Mexican done right”

El Patron Mexican Grille & Cantina
Ranked #517 of 801 Restaurants in Tallahassee
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Jacksonville, Florida
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Mexican done right”
Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

El pastor tacos may Not be in the menu but you need to ask for them. Loco taco salad and salsa sooo fresh and delicious. 2 for 1 margaritas? Come on, heaven. Wish we had this in Jacksonville

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Tallahassee, Florida
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117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“I'm a salsa snob”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

For me, the quality of the salsa defines a Mexican restaurant. For that reason, El Patron gets high marks. I read the rave reviews about the salsa which tipped the scale in wanting me to try the place. The salsa is fresh and alone, reason enough for a visit. The food was fine, also fresh and flavorful and reasonably priced. Service was great, attentive and friendly. It's a restaurant on my regular rotation now.

  • Visited October 2012
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West Palm Beach, FL
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fresh salsa is addictive!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Fresh cilantro and tomatoes make the salsa at El Patron worth coming back for again and again! Great lunch place - the prices are terrific, nice atmosphere, the service is very friendly and the food is yummy. One caution - the guacamole is extremely hot and spicy. I love guacamole but couldn't eat this stuff - after the first taste, my mouth was on fire, my eyes were watering and I broke out in a sweat. They need to tone it down some and save the habaneras for the dishes that are supposed to be hot.

  • Visited August 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Terrific ambience, great service, good Mexican”
Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

We went to this restaurant about 6pm on a Friday evening. The restaurant was pleasant to the eye when we arrived, bright, clean, cool, and friendly. The immediate service was terrific. We had a two year old and the service understood this and kept us active. They had a two for one drink special and the drinks were delicious and not skimpy on the tequila. We ordered a chicken burrito and it was ample and the chicken fresh and very good. We also ordered a two person fajita with chicken, steak, and shrimp. The shrimp in particular was large and outstanding. The kids meal was bigger than expected and the two year old ate well. Overall this was a pleasant and satisfying experience especially the bill. For everything, only $44.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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131 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“The best Mexican so far in Tallahassee”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Been so disappointed with Mexican restaurants and finally tried El Patron, and it was good, not excellent but considering some of the bad ones we have tried we will definitely be back. Stuck back off the road, you have to look for it or you will drive by, guess that is why we have never been there in the last 1 1/2 years. Service was good, but only 6 tables were occupied at 2 on a Saturday afternoon.

Our heart is still at Abuelos (chain and we don't like many chain restaurants) not one in Tallahassee, but this will have to do till we travel to a bigger city.

  • Visited July 2012
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