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El Portal Restaurant

695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
+1 626-795-8553
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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Mexican, Latin
$$ - $$$
695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE FOOD here is so terrible that I just cannot recommend it. And for some reason, it stays in business. My one benchmark is the tostada. This place has the worst tostadas. Lettuce that is wilted, burnt tasting salsa and lousy chicken. And the waiters...More

Thank WendyS58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're up for some Mexican and very hungry then this is the place to go. The portions here are huge. The food was good, the wait is a little longer then anticipated but I was with a larger crowd.

Thank lovenewyork1993
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outdoor courtyard patio dining, mariachi band some eve nights, great drinks, good menu,. Very filling & parking BUT U Pay for parking. Long time classic favorite Mex diner.,

Thank spacetourist
Reviewed 23 January 2018

We had dinner here, a party of 10. our table was waiting for us when we arrived, service was great. upon ordering, we had pitchers of margaritas served right away. and our food was delivered in good time. The whole family agreed that the best...More

Thank KAlisonH
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Cheerful atmosphere with strolling Mariachis or a Trio performing. It's a nice place for small family celebrations such as birthdays. The food is excellent and it also includes some creative regional specialty dishes. Great service with very polite servers. Even the valet parking attendant was...More

Thank DigDougLA
Reviewed 6 January 2018

This place is amazing! We were introduced to it by friends who live there and frequent El Portal. We visit it each time we are in town. The food is AMAZING, the service and atmosphere are great.

Thank Vette96drvr
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Very good Mexican food, meaning that there are good examples of classic "Mexican" and also other local dishes from regions within Mexico. I have found recipies here that I have never seen before. Parking is tight when busy but contrary to some other reviews, you...More

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

First I have to say shame on this restaurant for not providing acceptable parking for the handicapped. I dove two elderly ladies with walkers and had to pay $10.00 even with a handicap placard on a Thursday night at 5:30! Food is bland to average,...More

Thank Traveler29105
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Last night I met a group of people at El Portal, where Portal means an opening between two worlds. Here is a great place to bring your family, or a date one on one. Spanish Music is always playing and they have wonderful tasting food...More

1  Thank David N
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We enjoyed the standard Mexican dishes here, as well as a salmon entree. The sangria was very strange--it tasted like Cointreau (orange liqueur) without wine. Very close to the Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman's bookstore. There's reasonably priced parking behind and on adjacent streets.

Thank jerseyjazz
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-8553
  • E-mail
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