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El Palenque Mexican Grill

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Mexican, Southwestern
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951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
+1 716-446-9206
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Buffalo, New York
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want decent, authentic Mexican, come here. The food is delicious, the portions plentiful, and the prices are extremely low. The *only* downside to this place is that the service is leisurely, so this isn't the spot if you're in a rush. Also, for most of the waitstaff, English is a second language. I did mention the restaurant's authenticity,... More 

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Thank Erin M
Dorking, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even when it is busy the staff are attentive. The free nachos and delicious chili dip are a great touch while you wait for your food. It's all freshly made with fresh ingredients so it's no fast food but it is worth the wait. Ample portions and great authentic flavors as well. This is NOT the mass produced rubbish that... More 

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Thank Jules S
Buffalo, New York
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96 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

They have a "vegetarian menu" but it includes items prepared with chicken stock. Rice beans and sauces are NOT vegetarian. Will never eat here again after finding this out.

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Thank Misspickyeater
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I have to be in the mood to eat Mexican food, and when I want Mexican, I go here! They're not pricey at all, have large portions, and has nice wait staff. The menu is a little tricky to understand if you're not well versed with reading Spanish or are just unfamiliar with the dishes, but they're all tasty! I... More 

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Thank Sara S
Buffalo, New York
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Real mexican good, great price. The nachos were free and the portions were huge. Do try the fried ice cream, it was something new that I had never tried

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Thank srinaith
Orillia, Canada
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127 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

On another trip to Buffalo we had the good fortune to go back to this restaurant. Always a joy to eat here. The service in good but the surroundings are getting a bit worn, reminds me of a restaurant in Mexico. The food menu at lunch is fast and tasty and they have Modelo on tap now.

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Thank chuckrcm
Buffalo, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

The place was nasty and disquesting.... The waitress was very rude.... Did not get what ordered.... Did not eat food and still wanted me to pay...... I asked for tacos with sour cream and they wanted 2.00 extra for the sour cream and a 1.00 for the salsa.... The glass the drink came in was nasty n dirty....

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Tonawanda, New York
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican Restaurant in the area... Great food and portion size... Great drinks too! I have eaten there many times... Great service... Family ran so they got it down!

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Thank jgraf77
Buffalo, New York
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Food here was tasty, but the presentation wasn't exactly pretty or appealing. The margaritas were very yummy though!!

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Thank Mimi O
Orillia, Canada
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127 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a lunch here on Sunday Dec 6 after some shopping. The atmosphere is OK but the food and service are excellent. We don't have any Mexican restaurants where we are from so every time here i try to have something different. I have yet to be disappointed. I like that as soon as you are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 716-446-9206

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?