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El Paragua

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-2873
+1 505-753-3211
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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Denison, Texas
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chips and salsa perfect Sopapilla's are to die for. I ordered the sopapillas with shredded beef, the server also brought out plain sopapillas with honey and apricot preserves. Server was friendly and kept our glasses full. I wish this place was near my home-I loved it!!

Thank aDoriable
Loveland, Colorado
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had the relleno chalupa plate with a vodka martini, all well prepared. My spouse had tacos, also very good. Service was great. The atmosphere was charming. No complaints at all.

Thank Rosesonata
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were staying in nearby Velarde and excited to find such an atmospheric and delicious restaurant to spend the evening! We're vegetarian and were thrilled with the veggie tacos - the best I've ever had! Full of flavourful and well-cooked assortment of veggies. These were our first sopapillas ever and they were delicious, as well. Lovely service and a beautiful... More 

Thank Rachel C
Durango, CO
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

First of all, having grown up in the Southwest, I am very particular about Mexican food and I love this restaurant! From the wonderful, funky, eclectic building that has an entry area with a cozy fire going in the wood-burning stove and a cottonwood tree growing through the roof to the consistently good Mexican food, it is a wonderful place.... More 

Thank hermosaDurango
Albuquerque NM
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I have to admit they make the best Spanish rice. I love their fresh up to date Northern New Mexican fare. The atmosphere is lovely. The service excellent. They make you feel welcome. The largest sopapilla ever was served with fresh apple butter. Thanks again.

Thank lovely_lora
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Great Mexican food (spicy!), good service, reasonably priced, and decent location. I have had the enchiladas, tacos, red and green chile plates and all are great!

Thank bzaldo
Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Finally got out to El Paragua and was so pleased with the experience. Our server was very attentive and kind. Food was excellent! Enjoyed the sopapillas very much. We'll be back!

Thank Kelly D
New Mexico
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

El Paragua is charming and authentic. The wait staff are polite and responsive, the food is authentic, the portions generous. A great choice if you want to experience New Mexican cuisine in a cozy atmosphere with an old-time feel. Good margaritas, good draft beer choices. And a quirky parking lot with an atmosphere all its own!

Thank BeingVerb
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122 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on New Year's Day and were given dinner menus. We asked for lunch menus and were told that only dinner was being served. Hmmm. We did not want to eat that much for lunch. We asked about splitting an entree and were told there would be a $3 split plate charge. When... More 

1 Thank Winger07
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Most of us ordered the Award Winning beef tacos and loved them. Our niece ordered the passado which was also wonderful. Of course the sopapillas were well worth the wait. Thank you.

1 Thank GBgal1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-2873
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
  • Phone Number: +1 505-753-3211

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