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Abuelo's

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934-1964
+1 865-966-0075
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11:00 - 21:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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981 reviews
640 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have eaten at various Abuelo's for over 24 years now. We have been to this location at least 20 times over the past year. The service here is definitely hit or miss. More often that not the orders are messed up. Lately everything has been much spicier than normal. I absolutely love their pineapple cilantro salsa. I will keep... More 

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Thank SmurfySmurfette80
Cancun, Mexico
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As all Mexicoan restaurant you'll get plenty of food. Staff is very friendly. Food is good options for how spicy you like it. Various dishes to choose from.

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Thank Sylvia E
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your great experience! We hope to see you soon. Thanks, Mike Codner, GM More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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99 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. But the night we went, not sure who had the off nite, our waiter, the cook, or the manager that never came when requested. We received 3 out of 4 meals without requested modifications. These are modifications requested & achieved in previous visits. Not this night. We'll be back as I... More 

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Thank soundtrvl
AbuelosManagers, Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We would like the opportunity to look into this. If you could please send your contact information to paigew@food-concepts.com, we would like to contact you directly. Thank you. More 

Sevierville, Tennessee
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Abuelo's is pretty smart. Seemingly a step above the majority of Mexican restaurants in this part of the world. Big portions, 3 kinds of salsa to go with your chips, onion/cilantro cup for some fancy topping. You will get a pretty glass to hold your Especial that will make you feel like your at someone's house. Big house. Feels like... More 

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Thank Barista90
Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Food was good. Service weak. Felt like we were seated in a gymnasium. Lousy atmosphere. Large platters; tables the size of card tables.

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Thank Rfkemp
AbuelosManagers, Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We're sorry your visit was anything less than amazing. If you could please send an email to paigew@food-concepts.com with your contact information. We would like the opportunity to contact you directly and make this right. Thanks. More 

Lenoir City, Tennessee
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280 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Abuelo's is definitely upscale! Every dish we have ever chosen has been superb. Especially like the "senior" choices...good food, good prices.

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Thank JOBEEGONE
Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Try the fajita chicken nachos, guacamole, trio of salsas with fresh homemade chips, fried jalepeno bites and the hand shaken Margarita.

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Thank sheri1967
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

What great recommendations! Thanks for the outstanding review. We hope to see you soon! Thanks, John Volpe, GM More 

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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We met friends here before we went to the movies across the street (regal pinnacle). The food was good (average) but several friends recommended it so I expected better. The service was excellent - our waitress answered everyone's questions and made recommendations.

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Thank Barb M
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the service you received, however I wish our food would have impressed you a little more. Which menu item did you order? I would love to recommend one of our Tex Mex favorites for you to try next time that I think you will like. If you're willing, we... More 

Jefferson City, Tennessee
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203 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Heard a lot about this restaurant. On a Monday night at 8 P.M. it was busy. Waiter took drink order immediately. He noted he was not our waiter but she would be there shortly. We gave him a drink order with request for cheese dipping sauce. Waitress finally came. Said they had been slammed. She took order. We asked about... More 

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Thank Ruth Y
AbuelosManagers, Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback on your recent visit. If you could, please send us your contact information to paigew@food-concepts.com -we would like to contact you directly to learn more about your experience. Thanks. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing food, awesome restaurant and atmosphere. Beautifully decorated and our waitress was off the charts good! Our new favorite Mexican restaurant 😊

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Thank Michelle N
AbuelosManagers, General Manager at Abuelo's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your great review with us. Hope to see you back soon! Thanks, John Volpe, GM More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11299 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934-1964
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-966-0075

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