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El Palacio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler

4.0
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Good for Groups (42)
  • Great for Lunch (36)
  • Neighborhood Gem (32)

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Tan 202 & Gilbert Road
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Devilicious1 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2014

We go here frequently for Taco Tuesday. they raised the price from $1 to $1.50 per taco but it's de worth it. You can choose shredded pork, chicken, or beef or ground beef. Free chips, bean dip and award winning salsa is served with your dinner. They also have beer specials and good margaritas for $4. My kids love to come here too.

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Larry (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

Roy is a wonderful and waiter and took great care of our needs

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MikeL (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

Had a great experience. Waiter was attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. We had a party of 7 and he accommodated us with separate checks and even a birthday dessert for one guest.

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vipSandra (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2014

A keeper for sure! Our group of five enjoyed everything we ordered. The chips are some of the best we have ever had! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined on July 26, 2014

Food was poor, lact flavor poor presentation, low quality. Restaurant was not clean, menus were filthy. Menus were filthy and stcking with salsa. Refried beans were soupy and more like gravy. Would not eat here again.

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vipdragonfly (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2014

We decided to use our open table credit and try El Palacio. The food was good and the server was friendly and efficient. The only thing I was very unhappy about is the bar drink description. I ordered the creamsicle martini hoping for something similar to the ice cream bar. It was basically super strong vodka and orange juice that even my husband said was way to strong. I sent it back for them to lighten up a little and it came back watered down vodka and orange juice. Next time I will probably just order a diet coke.

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vipAngela (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

We like eating at El Palacio because it has great staff & their food is very tasty. A bonus is you not only get chips & salsa brought to your table when you sit down, they have an "unlimited help yourself salsa & dip bar"! We've never had bad service as any server we've ever had is always friendly & attentive!

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vipdearpie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2014

We decided to try a new place, and checked what was available on Open Table first. This restaurant was in the general area of where we wanted to be. They sat us right away, bringing menus, chips and salsa. We ordered the taco salad, Ala Carte 1 (chili relleno and spinach and cheese enchalada) and a combo. ALL of the food was very delicious!! Our waiter was quick, however, he forgot to bring the extra sauces on the side for my husbands combo items. But overall, a very good experience with excellent food.

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vipMike (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on June 29, 2014

I can't really comment on the food or ambiance, as this restaurant did not honor the 9 PM reservation that my wife and I had. When we arrived a the restaurant shortly before 9 PM, the closed sign was lit up and the doors were locked despite there still being customers inside. Very unprofessional to not honor a reservation.

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vipAngela (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

My niece was visiting from NY & loves Mexican food, so we took her here to celebrate her birthday. Even though the waitress was new, she was very personable & made our dining experience fun! She even came out with a birthday dessert for my niece at the end of the meal!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

Had a group of 20 there for my birthday celebration. Awesome service and great god. No complaints.

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vipAngela (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

We have driven past El Palacio for a while now & had been meaning to try it, but never got the chance until the other day & we were pleasantly surprised. The staff was very friendly & our waiter was great. He stopped by our table before bringing another table their order to let us know he would be right with us & was extremely attentive. The food was very good & we thoroughly enjoyed dining here & will be dining here again in the future.

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CeCe (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

We stopped here on a whim for lunch one day and really enjoyed it so when friends asked us to pick the restaurant last Friday we recommended El Palacio. We love Mexican food and thought this restaurant had a good menu. The chili rellenos, which both my husband and I had, were a bit short on chiles and too long on dough. Other than that the food was good. the margaritas were very good.

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Tgirl (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised a great place was right in my backyard

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gone247 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Ease of obtaining table after rsvp on Open Table. Food was great and waiter was awesome. Atmosphere live and friendly

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