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El Papalote

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Grill, Pub
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Manuel L Barragan y Sendero, Monterrey, Mexico
12:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The specialty here are tacos, one thing to take note, if you are in any place of Mexico the tacos will be always soft, is not like the american crispy taco, you can choose from different kinds of meat, beef and chicken, and shrimps too, be careful if you order "the machos" because it has "chile piquin", is very hot,... More 

Thank Tu mero papa i
réaumur, France
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92 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

The restaurant is decorative merely but very well. The waiter brings you a plate of tacos (very good but a little spicy!) which let you enough time to place your order and expect the arrival of your food. As in lot of this kind of restaurant you'll find mainly meat's dishes, I personnaly choiced a pork one and it was... More 

Thank Denis85_9
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152 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014 via mobile

I saw a lot of reviews comparing this place to Chili's. I don't see that as the case at all. This is a taco place, but the combinations are endless. I wish they had one in the US. It would definitely be better than Chili's. I'm not a price shopper and maybe it is a little expensive, but the quality... More 

Thank Michael B
Franklin, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

As one reviewer put it, this place is the Mexican equivalent of Chili's ( a standard U.S. franchise chain restaurant). It is just an average restaurant that offers no stand out experience. I have had worse, and I have had better. Seems clean enough and the staff is super attentive and friendly. The food is just "ok". I will say,... More 

Thank KBRB2013
Charlotte, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

The food is good, for foreigners traveling to Mexico, it is a safe bet with loads of flavor and authenticity. Years ago, it was absolutely delightful. This company has expanded from one restaurant to a dozen or so and I believe the attention to detail may have slipped a bit. As some of the other reviewers have stated, it is... More 

Thank Adrian G
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

This is what I call a Mexican chillis. The food it's ok, I can get better food on a least expensive restaurant . Do not order any cocktails, they don't know how to make them, either too sweet or very sour.

Thank Manuel P
San Antonio, TX
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2013

The place was really close to our hotel and for somebody coming from the USA it is reasonably priced. The Cabo Fish tacos were excellent and the variety of salsas were awesome. Our boy had a hamburger with French fries and he really enjoyed it. The portions are pretty big but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I shared the... More 

Thank Jesus V
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

While the costs may seem high to some people, remember that you are next to the airport so prices generally are a bit higher. With that said, the selection was plentiful as they have a somewhat large menu. I elected to try the flat steak, arrachera style, and it comes with two sides so I went with a baked potato... More 

Thank Mlodzik
Monterrey, Mexico
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

super high price for less than average quality tacos. Find something in the street if you want authentic.

1 Thank Charles C
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

Great hamburgers and tacos. Beef´s real good. We ordered some for an event and everyone loved it!

Thank Jorge_Rincon

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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
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Grill, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manuel L Barragan y Sendero, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Nuevo Leon  >  Monterrey

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