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El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://elpatronla.com
  • Phone: (818) 643-3033
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Eddy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday: Mariachis 9-11

    Saturday: Live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Burbank & Ventura
  • Public Transit: Reseda and Burbank, Ventura and Reseda
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large Parking Lot in back
A word from El Patron Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
El Patrón is a lifestyle restaurant
inspired by the belief that eating well can be a daily indulgence
our Cali-Mex style menu is one with integrity
comprised of the freshest, seasonal, sustainable & organic produce
and proteins
delivering the pride, intensity and history of the region
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "They had us waiting for an hour for our food they didn't even come to ask if we were okay so we got up and left"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I always get the Short Rib Chili Colorado. The meat is very tender and there is plenty of food. Sometimes the service can be a little slow, but they are friendly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We ordered off the menu, although the buffet looked good. Great chile relleno, rice and beans the usual. Carne asada quesadilla was excellent. Bean dip to start was tasty. Server was terrific."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went here twice this week. Notable was the Chile Relleno. Fresh, flavorful, and presented well. The side of veggies were tasty and buttery, as was the rice."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "El Patron has fast become one of our favorite restaurants. Our young children love it and the food is incredible."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My friends and I went to El Patron for lunch, as we were craving Mexican food and I've enjoyed El Patron before, but our experience this time wasn't up to par. The restaurant ran out of avocados (not joking) so we couldn't get table side guacamole service. Then they forgot to give us silverware. Then they brought my friend the wrong tacos. And finally, after offering to comp the tacos, they initially still appeared on the bill. The staff couldn't have been nicer, and the food was good, but there were way too many mistakes. How do you run out of avocados at lunchtime when you're a restaurant known for table side guacamole? Someone was asleep at the helm. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service we came for Mother's day and when something wasn't right you made it so will always come back to enjoy your bean dip "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had reservations for 8:30 and checked-in at 8:25 when the hostess found our reservation and told us to just hold on a few minutes. We checked in again at 8:50 about ready to leave. The other hostess found our reservation again and said just a few minutes. 5 minutes later the hostess called another name for 2 (we were for 2) and I stepped in to ask her what was going on. She seated us immediately at least. The service was slow and food was fine. The price of margaritas is the only positive aspect I can find about this place. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Menu was very interesting and had a lot of items that we want to go back and try. The food came out quickly, hot and flavorful. The homemade tortillas were delicious. The server was way too busy and the restaurant wasn't even full! We will be back to try the food and hope the service was just an off night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were in the area to go to another restaurant that had a long wait so we ended up here. We were glad we did! The menu is not traditional "Mexican" food but has some interesting and elevated choices. We were happy with our meals, were seated promptly and the margaritas (also interesting) were great. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "we came to the restaurant in december for the first time and were happy to find a new mexican place to call our own. we brought a friend this weekend and saw that the menu had changed considerably. it seemed much smaller, more limited and not as appealing. it is apparent that they are going for a different look and feel. i believe they have missed the mark. it no longer has the appeal of a family restaurant.with familiar options. they fancy themselves to be more upscale and current with dishes such as fried pork skins as an appetizer. good luck. with poor service and the menu changes...we will not be back any time soon. too bad though...the chips are freshly made and delicious. but chips alone does not a successful restaurant make!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Service was good, food was good, margaritas were good. Indoor/outdoor restaurant. Decor was nice, not real high end, but nice."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I'm from AL, and we don't have many places with "authentic" Mexican, but this place hit the spot! Our waiter was very friendly and helpful, as was the rest of the staff. The food was delicious; everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Their margaritas were great too! If I'm ever in the area again, I will definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We hoped to have a great New Year's Eve, but instead we spent $220 for a very unpleasant experience. We were told they had a "New Year's special" for 4, 8 or 12. It was six of us so we got the special for 4 and two of us ordered from the regular menu. It was $130 for the special. which consisted of two appetizers, a dessert, and a glass of cheap champagne. $130 for this! The appetizers were supposed to be a choice of beef, chicken, or potato taquitos, but they did not have any potato or another choice. The menu had a "vegetarian" section, but when I ordered the vegetarian soup, I was informed their menu was changing the next day, so they didn't make the soup any more. The fish was dried, the meat hard, the service bad! Left by 11."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "my husband and i have been looking for a new mexican restaurant... and i do believe we found it! i had noticed el patron recently and we went there on sunday night. it was very good. the chips are freshly made...you can see it for yourself at the women hard at work making fresh tortillas! they offer vegetarian bean dip along with the regular one which has chorizo as an ingredient. very delicious! there is a vegetarian menu as well . the only downside was the margarita which we ordered... it was a strawberry blended cocktail and we sent it back as it was bitter. we stuck with water and ice tea. i would try a drink again next time though. hopefully it was a fluke! the place is clean and bright and open and welcoming. enjoy!!!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "One of the things we like the most about El Patron's is the service. You never have to wait for anything. The food...always delicious. Be sure to order the guacamole, they pull up a cart next to your table and make it right there in front of you!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The service was terrible. There weren t any wine glasses. The fajitas were stuck to the skillet."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "There were 4 of us. We had 2 pitchers of margaritas (rocks) & the pitcher was 90% full of rocks(ice). So they tasted strong but had little flavor other then alcohol. I asked for the "grilled" fish tacos and two were fried. And they served white rice. Huh? And I had maybe 1 tablespoon of black beans. Such small amounts of the cheap sides was not expected. The chicken fajitas had very little flavor. The chili Colorado had good flavor but grisly. Our waiter even told us he didn't want to bring us our 2nd basket of chips cuz he didn't want us to fill up and not eat. ?? Surely with $50 of margaritas alone we shouldn't have been told this. And lastly, if you come Friday night you need to leave by 8:10 or you won't hear a word over the band."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My daughter told me about this place. I have driven by it a million times. We met for dinner and the place was awesome. The food was delicious, the service was great and I loved the restaurant."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The whole party had an incredible time with amazing service,food and fun! They really know how to make an event super special!"
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "El Patron has become our Mexican restaurant of choice. The menu gives a wide variety of choices and everything we have had on the many occasions we have been there has been very good. The margaritas are excellent and there must be at least 20 varieties. We usually make an Open Table reservation and it is always honored on time no matter how many people are waiting."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Great ambience and Mexican food. I enjoyed my blended strawberry margarita. Great for birthdays, get togethers, or just to hang out at the bar."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "El Portal returned to Tarzana with a totally redesigned room but retained the very high quality of its offerings. This iteration has integrated the bar into the restaurant rather than treating it as an outpost or service bar. The range of offerings will satisfy most tastes and their prices are quite reasonable. Service was excellent but perhaps a bit too fast. We were in and out in less than one hour and, although we wanted to relax and sip our margaritas the food came out very quickly."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "I must have gone on screaming kid night, because there were several kids with ear piercing shrieks, which were disturbing to say the least. That aside, I have been here twice and both times were just okay. The vegetarian fajitas had lots of veggies, but at least a third of it consisted of potatoes which I don't like in my fajita. Yes, the fajitas were reasonable at $13, but I have had much better at Sol y Luna. The decor is pleasant, but not as nice as Sol y Luna. Most of the items on the menu are reasonably priced, but they do have several specialty dishes which are pricey."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We went the first week of this restaurant's opening, and we did not like it. We decided to give it a second try a day or so ago, and we were delighted. We made a reservation through OpenTable without a hitch. Seated outside in front of a TV (Dodger game), which was great. True, the whether was just great, but so was the good and service. They served us two separate packages of corn tortillas and they stayed hot throughout our dinner, and we even took it home. Best tasting tortillas I ever had. The fajita was as good as I have had and the portions of everything were too much -- I will order less in the future. Come enjoy a nice evening of service and food."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "El Patron is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Valley. Kid friendly and terrific food. Especially like how they make the guacamole right at your table."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Reminiscent of those home cooked East LA Wednesday night flavors in the '70s, combined with 21st century conversation and a Modelo."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "The food tastes fresh and homemade. I would DEFINITELY come back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "The food is great, although every time I order a virgin piña colada they always serve it differently. The last time is was more watery than usual and no cherry :( but still a good restaurant. Just beware that since the bar is the heart you might hear a lot of profanity from the bar clients, hard to enjoy dinner with them. Go with groups of friends to have fun but not much as a dinner spot for couples and families."
    Dined on 6/17/2013
  • "El Patron has become our favorite Mexican restaurant. As busy as they are, they honor a reservation promptly. The service is not rushed, but it is attentive. And, most important, the food is well prepared."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "We live 5 minutes from this place - the best Mexican food in the Valley hands down. Amazing dishes - so flavorful! Even the tostada salad is wonderful. Be sure to try the Conchita Pibiil - it will change your life."
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "Servers were great on top of everything from menus to what we needed. Noise level in Bar area much too loud to talk. Food was great everything came out hot and tasty."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Good food, good service, great atmosphere. Mexican band was there on Friday night. Very fair prices."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "Our second visit to this Tarzana Mexican restaurant, and I enjoyed the food. We had guacamole made at our table to start--very good-- and I had chicken mole enchiladas, which were excellent. Large portions, too. My wife had a beef tostada, which she thought was good. She ordered flan for dessert, which I liked more than she did, but we weren't very hungry at that time. I also like their horchata drink; I would try this restaurant for some very good Mexican food."
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "We went on the 3rd of May when the Cinco de Mayo celebrations were just starting. We were taken care of in a very professional way and the food was excellent. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "Great ambiance, but the food is not great. There are definitely better Mexican restaurants out there."
    Dined on 4/23/2013
  • "Great, flavorful Mexican food...fabulous fajitas, guacamole, fish etc. Oh, those magaritas!!!"
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "The restaurant looked great upon arrival with outdoor patio dining and mariachi band playing. However, food was not good. The chicken in my chicken taco was so chewy and tough that it tasted like it had been microwaved many times. My son's steak burrito had very little steak, and massive amounts of rice (filler) that had a strange flavor. My daughter ordered the taquito appetizer with everything on the side. Nothing came on the side so they offered to fix it. It took over 15 minutes before her food was returned and my son and I were done eating. Hate to say it, but it's hard to mess up Mexican food. We won't be returning despite the fun atmosphere and great patio dining."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "El Patron has become our go-to Mexican restaurant. Good food, margaritas and easy to park. Also, we do not have to wait to be seated. (They take reservations!)"
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Food was great - Service was wonderful - Restaurant looks great!"
    Dined on 4/1/2013