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“Won't be back to this restaurant!”
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Don Pablo's
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Seating, Waitstaff
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Won't be back to this restaurant!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Went for drinks and appetizers last year.we chose to try to sit in the bar area. First, there were only a few patrons sitting at the bar, but the bartender seemed stuck entertaining them as they were surely regulars. After 15 minutes we finally got someone's attention. She took our drink order; I believe it was a frozen margarita and a beer in draft. 15 mins later, the bartender brought them over since our server was now the one that disappeared. As I began to drink what I had ordered I noticed the glass was dirty on the inside: it was covered in someone else's guacamole from who knows when. Absolutely disgusting. We notified the bartender and he said he would pour another drink. 15 minutes after that he was back to entertaining regulars. It's at this point we just walked out. We won't be back.

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Helpful?
Thank Mario C
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18 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Food and Prices with week night deals.. Service Needs Help”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We got a flier in the mail advertising the week night deals at Don Pablo's and decided to try it out. On Monday nights they have all you can eat faijtas for $11.99 and on Tuesday nights they have all you can eat tacos for 8.99. Also, they have a gluten free menu which is important to us for my son. We went one week on a Tuesday night for the Tacos and the tacos, rice and all of the food tasted great and the price was perfect. Our problem though was the server. While he was nice enough, he was very slow at getting refills for tacos, drinks and getting our check. (despite the place being almost empty) Also he got things wrong more than once.. (husband asked for 2 chicken soft tacos and the waiter brought 1 soft and 1 hard, both beef as one example). We enjoyed the food though and the price was right, so we went back a couple weeks later for all you can eat Fajitas. Again, the food was great and for a wonderful value.. but again, our server left a lot to be desired. He was extremely slow, at one point we didn't see him for 20 minutes. Then he took quite a long time to bring our check as well. He also made mistakes, bringing wrong drinks, when I asked for a side of the corn side dish they have, he said okay and never brought it. If I had to rate this place just on food and prices it would get 5 stars.. rating based on service.. brings it down. Maybe the servers just both happened to have off nights the times we were there. We will go back and give them another chance, mainly because we like the food.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank pogoaddict4life
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Laurel, Maryland
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere for any occasion!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is a great place for a relaxing dinner, a meal out with friends, or a festiva grande (big party)! We always enjoy the food and we find the servers to be accommodating and friendly. We love sitting out on the patio in the warm weather season and watching folks stroll around the lake. This is one of our go-to restaurants. We are there at least once a month!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank idigspigs
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Level Contributor
23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Value! Great service!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Order the fajitas! Chicken or steak or both! Their fajitas are absolutely fantastic both for value and for flavor. The service is absolutely fantastic, you'll get chips, salsa, drinks within minutes of sitting down and they won't pressure you into ordering but once you place your order, even when crowded, they're on top of your order.

Daily specials every day of the week! Large Margaritas!

The bottom line is that this is the best mexican restaurant in Laurel. Forget Toucan Taco. This place is the best!

Visited October 2012
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Thank JBoraz
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Wilmington, NC
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good Mexican Food at Reasonable Prices”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

The fajitas were excellent with reasonably priced drinks. The place was not overly busy, we did not feel rushed and had very friendly service. Even the manager came by twice just to make sure that everything was satisfactory. Nice place.

Visited July 2012
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Thank OnTheGoInNC
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