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“Water...please, water...”

El Norteno Market & Deli
Ranked #501 of 1,945 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: US$ 1 - US$ 20
Cuisines: Deli, Mexican
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We visited El Norteno and were quickly seated in their lovely outdoor back garden. The hostess took our drink order and not realizing they served beer we ordered soda and tea, several minutes later our actual server came out carrying beers for another table which peaked our interest. When she came to our table asking if we were ready to order we asked if we could have beer instead of our original order. "No problem..." She then took our order and we waited patiently for our meals and beers. Our glass of water quickly went down as we enjoyed an order of guacamole with chips and a small (6ounce container) of good salsa. Once the chips were gone we eagerly awaited our entrees and... Our beers. After TWENTY minutes, our patience grew to concern. After 25 minutes, our concern grew to irritation. After 30 minutes without seeing ore server (any server for that matter, she was the only one working serving 7 to 10 tables) or irritation turned into THIRST... Water..? Please..? We ended up leaving before the meal was served and offered to pay for the guacamole. We never saw the beers and are imagining them driving somewhere in the great Midwest, having escaped the restaurant... Needless to say NOT returning.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I just adore El Norteno!!! The owners are so very friendly & gracious & they take such good care of their very grateful customers. The food they serve is authentic & so very carefully & beautifully served. It is one of my most favorite restaurants in the area & their patio is a profusion of well tended blooms that so reflect the beauty of this gem. I Highly recommend to one & all!! Gracias & Ole!!!

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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Just moved to the neighborhood and so happy to find El Norteno! Clean place, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Beer list is a little weak, but the food more than makes up for that. Awesome and quiet patio, too.

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Delicious food and fabulous service! Definitely will return when we are in Minneapolis! The tamales were awesome!! Even bought salsa to take home and enjoy later. Beautiful and shaded outdoor seating.

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Thank Nancy G
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Great food and the atomosphere feels like your in a small town restaurant that is family owned. Great warm chips and salsa as starters

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Thank bhallenberg
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