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El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler

44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler, Ariz. started back in 1982 in Bullhead City. Since then, the restaurant has gained a reputation for quality, authentic Mexican food, and multiple restaurants have opened throughout the state. The award-winning restaurant offers many menu items that will quickly become favorites.

If you're stopping in for lunch, try the Donkey's Choice, which includes your choice of taco, flauta, enchilada, aquitos, quesadillas or mini-tostada. Favorites, like nachos, can also be found on the menu at El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, as well as soups, salads and wraps. If you're planning on throwing a party for a large group of people, ask about the El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina's Desert Rose Catering Company that's perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and more.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch and Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 802-5770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Anthony Serrano
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Private party facilities
Host your next event at El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler and make your gathering one to remember. The attentive staff and skilled chefs will ensure your are completely satisfied, leaving you eager to return and celebrate all over again.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (866) 704-1480
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Cross street
San Tan 202 & Gilbert Road
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2016

Four of us went for dinner. Three ordered Margaritas I asked for mine without salt. All three came with salt.. Second one person ordered ground beef burrito and she got chicken burrito. Third asked for a side of sour cream. Never got it. Our waitress seemed a bit preoccupied .

vipDave (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

Strange city, looking for a true Mexican meal. Found it at El Palacio! Arrived early, so we took advantage of happy hour margarita's - very good! That was just the start - they have a salsa bar - help yourself and mix and match. Again, a nice surprise. Carne Asada beef tacos were excellent as were the pork tamales. Try their own Mexican chicken soup - it came in a large bowl - homemade and very filling - YUM.

DisplacedAZNative (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

We were looking for a 'new' Mexican restaurant to try out while visiting family in the Valley (our go to is Tia Rosa's in Mesa but wanted to branch out a bit) and chose El Palacio based on recommendations from various dining apps. The staff was certainly attentive and helpful - I give them high marks for that; however the food itself was a bit disappointing. Ground beef Chimichanga instead of shredded? Salsa verde with little taste or texture beyond mashed tomatillos? Maybe we set the bar too high with our 'go to' Tia Rosa's but for the money, ambiance, and all around experience of a quality neighborhood Mexican restaurant El Palacio didn't meet our expectations. For a quick lunch or drink in the bar it's probably passable but it certainly isn't somewhere I'd take friends or family to on a regular basis.

vipDeidreJune (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2015

We love this place! Truly a neighborhood gem, the staff here always make us feel right at home. Emily, Lauren, and Renee make our visits extra special. They have the best Gold Cadillac margaritas in town!-1/2 price on Mondays :) Their menu has an amazing variety of options not often found in your average Mexican restaurant. I particularly like their seafood soup. They have excellent carnitas rancheras as well . Makes Mondays something to look forward to!

tacosrgreat (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2015

We frequently visit this restaurant for its good food,great friendly service and the relaxed atmosphere. The wide variety of specialty dishes makes El Palacio a step above the others. We also have used their catering services for a few special occasions and we're very delighted with the generous portions.
Taco tuesday is always a great excuse to get together and catch up with friends for an inexpensive meal.
Thanks for being in the neighborhood.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on March 19, 2015

The restaurant was just ok. Our server had too many tables and we were off in the corner so he didn't get to us much. The kids burgers were overcooked and hard. Kids did not like them. The adult meals were good but it would of been nice if they would of came with a knife.

ISpeakTheTruth (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 26, 2015

Good place for a Mexican dinner for the family. Decent food and good service. Prices slightly on the high side, but for the convenience of just driving a mile or two for dinner with the family, I would recommend this place.

vipQusie (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on February 24, 2015

This was my first time dining at El Palacio, and I took my teenaged sons. Even though there was a large group waiting for tables, our reservation was honored and we were seated immediately. Chips, two types of salsas and a bean dip were brought out as soon as we sat down. All were good, but we especially liked the bean dip, which was quite a bit better than the usual Mexican restaurant fare. Our drink orders were taken and filled quickly. Then when we began ordering dinner, things went downhill. For some reason our server, although very friendly, contradicted what we wanted, and practically insisted on changing our order. My son wanted the appetizer taquitos and she told him he get them from "the grill instead of the appetizer version." My son acquiesed, as did I when my fried machaca burrito was changed to a chimi - "same thing, but better" according to the server. My other ordered the seafood tostada. The food took forever to arrive, during which time we finished off the chips and salsa and our drinks (refills were slow at this point, too), and just sat there waiting. When the food finally arrived, it was barely warm, the taquitos were grilled - not "from the grill," whatever that meant, not crunchy and swimming in grease, the tostada was a plate full of mostly lettuce, and my chimi was full of stuff that would not have been in the burrito I wanted to order. It was a decent chimi, just not what I wanted. Overall, I would try again and just INSIST on ordering what I wanted to order, and I think I might be more satisfied. But even that wouldn't fix the greasiness of my son's food, the lukewarm temperature of my food, or the fact that the seafood tostada was lacking seafood.

Featherman (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2015

Went primarily because of their involvement with Eat ur Art Out but have been there before and have always loved their food, service and portions. Had friend from Chicago and all three of us enjoyed it greatly. Posole was excellent - was able to contain myself and bring half of it home!
Fruity margarita prices (non happy hour) were explained well to ladies but they ordered and enjoyed them a lot.

JohnsonBoys (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

Great service. Great food. I have a large family and they were able to fit us well. Very nice bar for visiting in and watching sports. Kids enjoyed trivia. I have had lunch several times and was able to get in and out during my break. Mexican Flag is my favorite and my kids like the fajitas and tacos. Keep up the great work!

vipKNM418 (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

Pictures looked to be a little different than in person. Food was decent and service. Didn't win me over to go back

vipHeavyMetalMeatHammer (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

The maiden of authenticity has been sacrificed upon the altar of mass appeal. The highlight of the visit was the sangria: seriously, one of the best renditions we've had in the Valley. The albondigas was good; so were the machaca enchiladas. Considerably less appetizing were the tamales and the chicken enchiladas. And forget the chile relleno. No flavor, no heat, just a mushy green thing encased in a half-inch layer of batter and served at room temperature. Full marks for our server, though; he did a good job. Perhaps we should have asked him why the allegedly spicy salsa accompanying the pre-dinner chips tasted like kimchi.

JackHammer (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Some friends of ours gave us gift cards and told us this was a great Mexican restaurant. We moved to Gilbert 3 years ago and had never eaten at El Palacio. We loved the self serve all you can eat chips and salsa and the food was really good too. We will be back and bring more friends. Chris our waiter rocked!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

El Palacios has one of the best salsa bars in Arizona. We frequent this restaurant at least once a week and typically have a great experience. We love the e-club and the group trivia. Although the service is hit or miss, the salsa bar has us coming back week after week.

vipEmily (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2014

This is by far the best Mexican place in the East Valley! They have incredible street tacos, which they have on weekly special for very reasonable prices- order as many as you want with whatever protein you want (plus, you can mix and match). My husband's hands-down favorite dish to order is the "Mexican Flag." You get three enchiladas, one each with red, queso, and green sauces to mimic the flag. It comes with beans and rice, plus unlimited chips and salsa (they serve you a couple, but have a whole salsa bar with many choices that you can help yourself to). A very casual restaurant that is super kid-friendly and their patio is dog-friendly too! We love eating here!