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177 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1810
+1 808-622-5829
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11:00 - 15:00
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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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Pearl City, Hawaii
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175 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank boyd579
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Earth
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Bergen, Norway
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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154 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

I've had take out from this place a few times because I used to work near by and never really cared for it. There are much better Mexican restaurants on Oahu and I wouldn't recommend this place to others. The carne asada my friend and I had was like eating thick beef jerky. It was dry and tough with no... More 

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Mililani
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

Small, hole in the wall, nothing fancy, no bright lights or sparkly chandeliers but the food was awesome!! Tasty Mexican food in good portions! Kinda pricey for Mexican food (especially if you're use to cheap Mexican food in Cali) but portions are descent and bottom line, the food is good! Even though it's kinda hard to find parking, I'll be... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Tried the place because we avoid chains and like to try local places. My daughter and son-in-law both liked their meals very much and said they'd make the drive to go again. She had a chile relleno and he had mole. I had a taste of each and they were flavorful, as was the SAUCE part of my pork verde,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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?