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El Portal Restaurant

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695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
+1 626-795-8553
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon 10:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 10:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone's food was outstanding and very reasonable. Good tequila menu and excellent service. Outside seating was great. Bar is cozy.

Thank threegirlsdad
Calgary, Canada
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149 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has a lot of outdoor seating which is nice on a warm evening. The food is nothing special; it's okay, and that's about it. The service is quick and friendly. And it's handy if you are going to a show or concert in the nearby Pasadena Civic Auditorium or Playhouse.

Thank gettingandspending
Sugar Land, Texas
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243 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having grown up on Tex-Mex, El Portal's dishes have a different flavor. Due to this, probably have a bias with this review. Frankly, just was not the taste we prefer, thus only an average rating. We dined on the combination plates, tacos and enchiliadas. Adequate, but not the best. Pricing a bit more expensive than accustomed to in our home... More 

Thank Shuttrrbug
Rochester NY
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We enjoyed a nice dinner with a selection that is a bit different from your typical Mexican restaurant. The pork specialties were quite tasty. Friendly servers but they didn't seem to know much about the food.

Thank rstev3
Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and i have been going to El POrtal perhaps once a month for a few years now. We love their cadillac margarita. The ambience is very nice also. The current musicians are much better than those a year ago. Service is prompt and efficient. The food is good but not outstanding; I like marinated meat in fajitas, and... More 

Thank Victor Z
San Marino, California
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious margaritas! Get a double. Yucatan pork specialties never disappoint. Shrimp enchiladas a favorite. Indoor/outdoor dining. Mariachis on some nights and some nights guitar music. Great waitstaff. Close to shopping and the playhouse. Nice desserts. Flan and bread pudding and many others. Always delightful.

Thank Mel526
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Friendly service, pleasant atmosphere, excellent, sweet tortillas and rich black beans, even wandering guitarists, but when they put the sombrero on the birthday boy, I knew I was in just another good Mexican restaurant. Yes, the menu is Yucatecan "influenced," but not enough fish, too many shrimp, and, as usual, "sizzling" fajitas, soupy enchiladas, etc. Gazpacho, especially this time of... More 

Thank David S
Pasadena, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a nice, comfortable restaurant located in the "Playhouse District" of Pasadena. I eat there several times a year and the food has always been quite good as is the service.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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223 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Great to see Yucatan influenced Mexican Food. I had the Yucatan Trio: Cochinita: Pork Marniated in Achiote, Poc Chuc: Thin Slices of Pork with a really nice Chutney and a Chicken Tamale. My Wife Enjoyed her Chicken Taquitos. The Chips and Salsa was a highlight of the meal too. There Mango Flavored Iced Tea is very good....The decor is lovely... More 

Thank cookbookguy
Santa Clarita, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were informed about El Portal by dear friends that live in the area. It lived up to their description, and then some. Our server, Hugo, was exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable about the contents of their menu, and made the perfect recommendations when asked. We were impressed by the ambiance, the service and we look forward to returning soon.

Thank SomeLawyer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-8553

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