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El Jefe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711
+1 302-894-9000
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Middletown, Delaware, United States
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133 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First the pros: The food was hot. The portions were huge. I had a coupon it didn't cost me a lot. Now the real stuff . Upon arrival we were served dish of chips and salsa. The chips appeared homemade that were excessively salty. The salsa was mildly spicy. Not my cup of tea. We ordered chicken burritos Tex-Mex. They... More 

Thank Herbert F
Newark, Delaware
Level Contributor
28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is s great place for a nice lunch that will not leave you hungry. A varied selection is offered on the special lunch menu at very reasonable prices. The service was friendly and quick but not rushed.

1 Thank ken462016
Level Contributor
58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

My wife loves Mexico food and we have frequented this restaurant for a few years. No more! Last week she found a 1/2 inch long, 1/8 inch thick piece of metal in her taco. Thankfully she didn't swallow it.

Thank J. Roy C
Dover, Delaware
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192 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Stopped in for an early mid-week dinner using a Groupon and was impressed by the quality of the food and the friendly service. The usual Mexican and Tex-Mex entrees, prepared with care. The star was the excellent salsa and wheat flour chips. Prices are in range for this sort of establishment. Family-friendly deals for the kids.

Thank DelMarVaJohn
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I used to go here all of the time but will not go back again. While the salsa is really good, the food has gotten more expensive. The service is so-so. They began up charging for basic proteins that are not more before. But the real reason I won't return is based on principle - if you pay cash, they... More 

Thank Santorini06252009
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner. Ordered frozen margarita to start out the meal. Was watered down and couldn't even taste the alcohol. Sent it back for a margarita on the rocks. Just as bad. The El Jefe fajitas, guac, salsa, and chips were good. Wouldn't return based on the margaritas...$6 for watered down maragitas ruined the good food.

Thank RJK0826
Newark, Delaware
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Stopped in for the 1st time this past weekend for late lunch. Chips were warm, the salsa was just a bit tangy, and the quacamole was fresh. All tasted homemade and were delicious. Menu was pretty straightforward, traditional Mexican fare. Had the pollo a la tampiqueña, grilled chicken, onions, & peppers, which came with rice, refried beans, & choice of... More 

Thank Tiki-Bobby
Newark, Delaware
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

We had 5 people in the group. We were hoping to have a few drinks and then dinner. The music was way too loud in the dining area. We asked the waiter to turn down the volume and was told the volume could not be adjusted. There were several families with small kids. It was impossible to carry on a... More 

Thank David E
Level Contributor
58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

We weren't impressed having lunch here a year or so ago. Dinner tonight was much better. Good menu selection. Food was tasty. Service was excellent. Music was playing a little bit loud.

Thank J. Roy C
Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

I loved being in Newark visiting students and having the choice of Quesedillas, Guacamole, and more – this was amazing. The inside was everything I’d expect a Mexican restaurant to be and represent, the food was authentic and delicious, and the service was perfect. For at least five of us, the price was crazy reasonable – the music authentically Mexican,... More 

Thank HarryBrake72

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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, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 302-894-9000

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