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El Sombrero Patio Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-3222
+1 575-524-9911
11:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Wed 11:00 - 20:30
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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280 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure we wanted to wait 30 minutes for seating for 7 people but WOW! This place puts other Mexican food places in Cruces to shame! The salsa has some kick and everything else followed suit. Be prepared to wait if it's a Friday night. You'll be glad you did!

Thank Teresa R
Keller, Texas
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156 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This has taken over the top spot in Las Cruces. The salsa is by far the best (Chopes is 2nd). The chips are fresh, service is great. I get the combo #3 Red with an egg over easy. Just excellent. Rellenos are very good and my mom had a fajita burrito smothered that she loved. If veggie is your thing... More 

Thank KellerWags
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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406 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great local mexican restaurant that has been serving up great New Mexican cuisine for decades. It is my favorite spot for chile con queso. The food is very reasonabl y priced and they have specials every night of the week. Also, the waitors are always on their game. This is the real deal and I can recommend.

Thank Funtraveler2014
San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

A weary traveler finally arrives at her destination only to have to begin the search for food she can eat. Thankfully my cousin knew of this place. If you need detailed lists of ingredients you need to call early in the day. Thankfully they were able to tell me what oil they used, and how they prepped the food so... More 

Thank wenrich2011
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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This was our first visit and we will return. We especially enjoyed lunch on the patio with excellent and friendly service. The gorditos and the El Sombrero tacos were very good and are well recommended. Prices were competitive, the menu enticing and the food very good.

Thank MontanaTzar
Busan, South Korea
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170 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I like the atmosphere at El Sombrero although it's almost always crowded when I'm there (usually for lunch). This time around, we hit it after finding out that the line at Nellie's was too long. I was really craving some gorditas, and El sombrero stepped in to fill the void. Service was friendly and relatively fast considering the lunch crowd.... More 

Thank Nelson P
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here and the food was amazing!!!! By far my favorite place to eat when in Las Cruces!! There red enchiladas are incredible !!! I've also had there rainbow enchiladas which are red, green & sour cream and they were all really tasty! This place draws a big crowd if you have lunch or dinner here your prolly going... More 

Thank qsmom
Las Cruces, NM
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

I'd like to give this place 5 stars because I'm a regular and loyal customer. It's been awhile now that I notice the level of service dramatically declines evenings and weekends. I've come to the conclusion Ana Alicia or (Lucia?) is keeping this place from shutting down. Without her the food is not as good, the service is terrible! I've... More 

Thank roadtripinn
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

I've been going to "The Hat" for years and it is typically my first or second restaurants when I visit LC. The have great combinations (number 5 is my favorite), great rainbow enchiladas. Parking is a bit tight, but you can park across Espina. Come a bit early or you will have to wait for 10 minutes or so. It... More 

Thank TheFinanceProfessor
Dallas, Texas
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The Mexican food was very good. The location is not overly large, but the service was good and we were able to get a large party in and out in a timely manner on a Saturday evening. The nachos are good (and huge) and the rolled tacos are also good.

Thank Brad L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-3222
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Las Cruces
  • Phone Number: +1 575-524-9911

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