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Palenque Grill Expressway 83

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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
+1 956-994-8181
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11:00 - 23:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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218 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cons: The beef in my beef fajitas ($22) was VERY tough. No green peppers. Pros: Very kind and attentive service. Great straight up gin martini Fantastic warm chips and wonderful dip appetizer, free. Loved the rice and side of warm beans, very tasty and soothing.

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Thank travel963
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear that your fajitas did not meet our high standards. We hope that you can come back soon in order for us to serve you our delicious fajitas properly. Offering excellent service is a priority. Thank you for your review, we hope to have you back soon! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well this restaurant came highly recommended from our hotel. They even gave us a ride so we ordered a margarita and a whiskey sour while we waited for our food. So I ordered the whole fried red snapper and it did not disappoint. The chips with bean dip and salsa kept us occupied. Please visit if you are in town... More 

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Thank Freda B
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Freda! We're happy to hear that you gave us a try. Oh yes! Our fresh, top quality sea food is truly delicious. Thank you for your great review and wonderful recommendation. We hope to have you back next time you are in town. More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time at Palenque Grill. I have to say we loved the chicken Palenque bowl. For the price I really wish they offered hot sauce and a drink.

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Thank Cynthia G
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Cynthia, thank you for checking us out! Glad you enjoyed it, our dishes are prepared with ingredients of the highest quality. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to have the pleasure of having you back soon for another visit. Thanks! More 

Austin, Texas
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124 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last week we had a business lunch here with 6 hungry folks. This was my first time and I have to say it was some of the best food of this kind I have ever had. Everyone had something different and everyone raved about the taste, variety, and presentation. The staff were available when needed and helpful/friendly. Whether it was... More 

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Thank Mark T
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Mark, we appreciate you taking a few moments to write us such a lovely review. Thank you for giving us a try! It is a joy to hear that your first visit with us was an enjoyable one. Yes, sir! Our authentic Mexican cuisine is truly delicious. Thank you for your review, and your recommendation. We hope to have the... More 

Missouri City, Texas, United States
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

This place is ideal for birthdays, dates, any special occasion like that. But I came with friends. It's semi-fancy and the prices are up there, but not too bad. The food is great. I had tilapia, which they had about three of four different choices of. The music playing in the background was nice. Just be sure if you're not... More 

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Thank Austin H
PalenqueGrill, Owner at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Austin. First, we’d love to thank you for giving us a visit. Our restaurant is perfect for any occasion, and we love when guests spend their special and memorable occasions with us. Excellent choice on the Tilapia fillet! We prepare our dishes with top quality products and fresh ingredients, glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking a few... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Wow... stopped in for a bite for lunch and didn't want to leave the delicatable experience. Their house salsa is perfection, and those being very adventurous should ask for salsa picosa as it's of this world of... habernero or piri piri. Don't stop at chips & salsa... 'cause their carnitas are fantastic. A taste of Mexico is an understatement. ...as... More 

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Thank Kenneth G
PalenqueGrill, Owner at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Kenneth, thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review! Your kind words reassure us and motivate us to keep up the hard work. Yes sir, our delicious authentic Mexican dishes bring out the true flavors of Mexico. We are very happy that you enjoyed your overall visit. Until next time! More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Had the chicken flautas and chicken fajitas. Food and service was very good. Both of these items were $14 each. Seems high to me. Restaurant was somewhat crowded so I guess everyone didn't agree with me on the price issue.

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Thank JP10354
PalenqueGrill, General Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Good choice on the chicken flautas and chicken fajitas, they’re amazing. We take pride in preparing our authentic Mexican dishes with fresh ingredients of the highest quality. We’ll see you back for another amazing dinner. Thank you for your comments! More 

North Texas
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Advertised as Pacific Mexican food so a little different from what we are used to in Texas. The complimentary chips, salsa, and bean dip were all very good. I ordered the carretoneros, corn tortillas filled with diced sirloin, cilantro and chopped onions. They were very good, 4 came with the order which was more than I could eat. My wife... More 

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Thank Marty6080
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Marty, thank you for such great and descriptive review. Good choice! Next time you visit, feel free to request the chile relleno with cheese. Your wish is our command! We will see you next time you’re in the valley for another round of delicious authentic Mexican food and excellent service. More 

Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We first tried Palenque back in October 2016 for dinner and we LOVED it! Staff is super friendly , service was fast and precise BUT the food is what really made us love the place! So we came back again , this time for lunch and we were NOT disappointed! Staff still very friendly and on spot and the FOOD... More 

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Thank annarod66
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Anna. Thank you for such an amazing review. We take much pride in our consistency- especially with our delicious authentic Mexican dishes. You should come more often! We'll see you soon. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Very cool place to go have a sit down meal. The staff had food out quickly that I could tell. I sat at the bar and the bartender was able to get my food out to me quickly. Good eating experience. Food was nice and hot as well.

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Thank Eddie P
PalenqueGrill, Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hey Eddie! Here at Palenque Grill, it's all about attentive and prompt service. Thank you for taking a few moments to leave us with your great review. We look forward to having you back soon! 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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McAllen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-994-8181
Description
It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey into the restaurant business. It initiates a wonderful family tradition, with the UNIQUE TASTE of great Mexican food. On January 6th, 1975 Pancho creates "El Pollo Loco" concept in his small hometown of Guasave, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 1980, this concept becomes the first Mexican restaurant chain to go go across the border, opening its first store in Los Angeles, California on Alvarado Ave. and 6th St. Pancho's passion continues in 1986, when he creates a new and innovating concept in Mexican food. On July 1st, 1987 he opens the first "Taco Palenque" with a distinctive quality, UNIQUE TASTE and good service that quickly developed and gained a good reputation throughout South Texas. On July 31st, 2005 Pancho and his son Charles, with the support of their family, open Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas. The Ochoa family introduce Flerida Ochoa's (Pancho's wife) family recipes, creating a menu with excellent dishes of Mexican culinary traditions. On behalf of the Ochoa family, we thank you for visiting our small piece of Mexico. We are delighted to be able to serve you now in Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.

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