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El Palenque Mexican Grill

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
+1 716-446-9206
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Today
12:00 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having lived and worked in Mexico I can rate this place with some credibility. If you don't like authentic Mexican fare, then this probably not the place for you. Go to a tex-mex place where you'll probably be happier. BUT, if you like authentic Mexican food, and are on the north side of Buffalo, this is the best I've found.... More 

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Thank Thom R
Buffalo, New York
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have been here a number of times - enough to have a favorite meal (El Vaquero Especial) and to start craving El Palenque's homemade salsa. The menu choices, while vast, are well organized. You'll be able to get your Mexican favorites or find some new ones like I did. The food is tasty, ample and well prepared. The wait... More 

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Thank Bobinku
Buffalo, New York
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Worst Mexican not only in Buffalo but probably Upstate New York. Also, the place is super dirty. Go to Chipotle or even Taco Bell over this place!

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Thank Buffalo1983
Buffalo, New York
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

It's sometimes said that once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and thrice is a pattern. Well, I've now concluded that there is a pattern involving eating at El Palenque, and it's not a good one. Over the past year-plus, my wife and I (both appreciators of Mexican cuisine) have had three meals there. Each time we've come away... More 

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Thank Ron_Sipos
Toronto, Canada
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1,080 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 503 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Once we arrived at our hotel, we were quite hungry. We decided to go to a Mexican Restaurant. After all, Mexican restaurants serve quite quickly. We went to the El Palenque. The parking lot was quite full, a good sign. We entered and saw many servers. We waited to be seated and waited. We asked the clerk that was in... More 

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Thank Robby G C
Buffalo, New York
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you want decent, authentic Mexican, come here. The food is delicious, the portions plentiful, and the prices are extremely low. The *only* downside to this place is that the service is leisurely, so this isn't the spot if you're in a rush. Also, for most of the waitstaff, English is a second language. I did mention the restaurant's authenticity,... More 

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Thank Erin M
Dorking, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Even when it is busy the staff are attentive. The free nachos and delicious chili dip are a great touch while you wait for your food. It's all freshly made with fresh ingredients so it's no fast food but it is worth the wait. Ample portions and great authentic flavors as well. This is NOT the mass produced rubbish that... More 

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Thank Jules S
Buffalo, New York
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96 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

They have a "vegetarian menu" but it includes items prepared with chicken stock. Rice beans and sauces are NOT vegetarian. Will never eat here again after finding this out.

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Thank Misspickyeater
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

I have to be in the mood to eat Mexican food, and when I want Mexican, I go here! They're not pricey at all, have large portions, and has nice wait staff. The menu is a little tricky to understand if you're not well versed with reading Spanish or are just unfamiliar with the dishes, but they're all tasty! I... More 

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Thank Sara S
Buffalo, New York
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Real mexican good, great price. The nachos were free and the portions were huge. Do try the fried ice cream, it was something new that I had never tried

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14226-2009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 716-446-9206

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