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El Palenque

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177 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1810
+1 808-622-5829
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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96 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Imagine going to Cabo and saying, "Hey, let's go get Hawaiian!" It's not hard to see where i'm going. That's not to say, this place is awful, because it's not but if you don't live here just wait until you get back home. Now, if Chi Chi's is the best your home town has to offer then eat here. Being... More 

Thank John C
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Very small but very good Mexican food better than most others in the area , no parking warning , would rate higher but when i went the service was a little slow for such a small place but the food is very good .

Thank manoatruck
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Thank goodness for El Palenque! Whenever we have a hankering for Mexican food, we go there. The regular clientele is made up of soldiers stationed at Schofield and Wheeler. The place is tiny and has only 6 or 8 tables. The decor is identical to what you would see in a mom-n-pop Mexican place in Texas. We have liked everything... More 

Thank hkbuck
Pearl City, Hawaii
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182 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I ate at El Palenque today with a friend after hearing several great reviews from coworkers. I was a little hesitant after trying horrendous Mexican food on island. This place, however, did not disappoint! I ordered a mixed plate of a beef enchilada and a chicken chimichanga,which came with a side of rice and beans and a salad. When I... More 

Thank Constantly T
Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Authentic spice and ingredients. Prices are fantastic for the proportion. Some of the friendliest staff on island. Stop reading and go try it out, worst case youll be full and out $10.

Thank boyd579
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Great food but not the best seating, only have 8 tables so if your party is bigger than 4 you'll have to sit at 2 different tables. If you love Mexican food you will enjoy El Palenque and their servers are wonderful.

Thank Dawn I
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 June 2016

The wife and I were brought to this restaurant by relatives that live nearby and it turned out to be the best Mexican restaurant that we had on Oahu; out of three total. The pork chili verde was delicious, and I asked for the hottest sauce they had, which was incredibly hot. Beyond Thai hot, but not quite Ghost Pepper... More 

Thank jarmstrong27
Bergen, Norway
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I live for Mexican food and there are different types of Mexican food. Sometimes I want that American type and sometimes I want that home style traditional Mexican. I have been going to El Palenque for years and it never fails to satisfy my craving for authentic Mexican. A tip: because I am so dang needy I tend to order... More 

Thank rialoha
Baltimore, Maryland
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Came to this little hole in the wall for lunch. Food to me was tasty and fresh. I really enjoyed the Guacamole. Real fresh and yummy. The salsa was too hot for my taste buds. The service was fast and friendly. I will return and try something new. When the food is freshly prepared you don't mind being adventurous. The... More 

Thank Dee Dee T
Honolulu, Hawaii
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117 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I was very impressed with the taste of the salsa, and the food porsupuesto! I am half Mexican so I think I know Mexican food when I taste it. I ordered the mole platillo, it is a very tasty mole, not to be confused with mole poblano. The serving are extremely big, so come hungry. My friend had the tamales... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1810
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Wahiawa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-622-5829

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