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“Strip Mall Surprise” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Los Portales Mexican Grill

Los Portales Mexican Grill
Ranked #756 of 1,983 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
NYC
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Strip Mall Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were just staying overnight in Jacksonville, it was late, and we were hungry. Someone in the elevator of our hotel was carrying in Chinese takeout and we commented on the aroma. He said the restaurant was just around the corner, but there was also a Mexican restaurant right there. We found it, and got there -- in a strip mall with three or four other restaurants -- about an hour before closing. We really had pretty low expectations, but we were totally surprised. Even the salsa served with the chips was outstanding. Hotter and much tastier than most. The food was excellent, tasty, fairly priced. I'm not a Mexican food expert, so I can't say much about authenticity, but it had much more distinctive flavors than most Mexican food I've had. Service was great. We would definitely go back again.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Titusville, Florida
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good, Nothing Special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

It is located in a Mall and certainly not fancy. The food was good, rather bland for Mexican. Everything could have used more spice. You do not get a glass with a bottle of beer. Service was good and everything looked clean. Lots of food for the price.

Visited June 2014
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
121 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Local Mexican Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

There are a lot of Mexican / Tex-Mex places to eat in and around Jacksonville. This one should be at the top of the list. The food is great, the staff is friendly and attentive and you certainly can't beat the price for what you get. It is located very near St. Vincent's Hospital and may not be as convenient as others on Southside/Tinseltown area, but it is certainly worth the extra 5 minutes to get there.

I particularly like the way they serve the salsa in a decanter with enough that you don't have to ask for more before the chips are gone.

Yes, go here, it's worth it

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Authentic Mexican & Friendly Staff!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Found this gem on TripAdvisor and we were happy we did. We eat Mexican just about everywhere we go and I'd have to say that this ranks up there with the most authentic Mexican we've ever eaten. For me, the tamal is one of the tests for great Mexican and this was one lovely tamal! House margarita's for $1.99 were just OK, but you can upgrade to a top shelf for $6.75, which is still a great price for a top shelf drink. Enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delicious Mexican food, great colorful atmosphere, fast service and all day Happy Hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

We felt amazed that even though the restaurant was packed last night, we received our drinks and meals very quickly. The Dos Equus on tap is outstanding! If you order the Happy Hour Martguerita, you may ask for an extra shot of Tequila in it if you like it a little stronger. We are regular customers of Los Portales for five years now and the food has always been consistently authentic and excellent! My favorite is the Chicken Sinaloense (covered with queso and mushrooms); hers is the #10 Vegetarian combo. Most entrees even come with a small salad topped with guacomole and a half slice of fresh, ripe red tomato. It's a great restaurant for everyone and the prices won't break your wallet!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 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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