El Portal Restaurant

4.4
170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Offers authentic Mayan and Mexican dishes along with weekend live entertainment.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday; 10:30 am - 3:00 pm; Sunday; 11:00 am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday; 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Tuesday - Saturday; 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Sunday; 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
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Phone number
(626) 795-8553
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
El Portal is ready to serve you at your home or private site, we offer full catering or just delivery. Please contact us with any more questions.
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Entertainment
Mariachi"s on Friday and Sunday night Romantic guitarist and singer on Saturday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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LP
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Staff is very accommodating drinks are great food is always perfect.

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BH
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely dinner for eight on the outside patio. Food was tasty, drinks were good, service was very good also. We were looking for some good Mexican food and that is what we got!

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ND
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good. Lively environment. A little pricey for basic mexican food.

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KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the trio. Loved all but the tamale. Good service.

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L
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere
Food came out (too) quickly
Would go back

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MW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

1st impression excellent! Loved the outdoors seating, live marachi singers, service and awesome tasting food.

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OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Portal is a fantastic restaurant.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Portal is a great Mexican and Aztec restaurant. Margaritas are good and it's close to the Pasadena Playhouse. Management and wait staff are friendly and service is great. Highly recommend.

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ED
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family friendly, outdoor dining, and great food are just a few of the highlights.

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CO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice My son and me loved it very much. The people there very friendly. I would go back

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J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I celebrated my 55th birthday here with my hubby, daughter and very best friends! El Portal made it special. I got to wear a sombrero and enjoyed my free dessert. Although I didn’t have margaritas, those who did claimed it was really good! We will come back here on our next visit.

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B
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped here for a pre theater dinner. It was wonderful as usual. Friendly and attentive staff. Feels like family to me, and I love my family!

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EM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and fast service. They were great with the kids too!

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HW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Not really good or tasty food, I ordered machaca & it was pretty tasteless, I left feeling that I paid for something that it wasn't good & of it, I didn't finish it & I was still hungry afterwards. Won't go back.

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S
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waiter kept pushing specials, not appreciated. Had to tell him three times that I wanted Carnitas , not chicken. Ordered flour tortillas, he brought corn way before meal was brought. Had to take back. When I got the flour was surprised at the bad quality, should have been fresh, handmade. Instead, they were small, tasteless (supermarket quality) and burnt around the edges. Cadillac Margarita was ok, not handcrafted, usual mix used. May go back but not at all inpressed

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EC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love El Portal. They specialize in Yucatecan food but have all the usual Mexican specialties. We very much enjoyed our dinners last Friday night. Service excellent. I thought it was too cold for a margarita so enjoyed the Spanish wine - much better wine than most Mexican restaurants serve. This was excellent. We took some home so had another meal the following day for lunch.

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p
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I LOVE this restaurant. One of my favorites. The service is fantastic, the food is so delicious. I think it would be almost impossible to be in a bad mood at this restaurant. The ambience is that upbeat.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place, but not thrilled about the “complimentary “ postcard photo and then the up selling of framed photographs. Music is nice too, but not the expected tipping. If they want these treats to add to the ambiance, just increase the prices and include it gratuitously.

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C
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place for some Mexican good. Service was prompt and the ambiance nice. Definitely will be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Some of us had not seen each other in years.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The emphasis is on Yucatan cuisine, although the menu is complete in offering everything you would expect of a Southern California Mexican restaurant. I particularly like the cochinita pibil.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with my 92 year old father inlaw. Service, food and drinks were all fantastic. Outside seating was perfect with the gas heaters, very accessible for a walker.
Thank you

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for great friend. Excellent service always! Good food and company! Love this place

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had made a reservation for a busy Friday night, and when we arrived the table was waiting for us. We were going to the Pasadena Playhouse, so appreciated not having to wait at all. The food was exceptional!

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TD
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were top notch and reasonably priced. Had table ready on time. Will definitely go again.

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CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to El Portal several time and love the food service and atmosphere. Unfortunately this visit was not up to par. Two of us got sick this time so I cannot give a satisfactory rating on this visit!

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KM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely Spanish restaurant in Pasadena. Great Margaritas and interesting food.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice ambiance, better margaritas very good service! This Pasadena restauarant is one of my favorite Mexican eateries!

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K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edgar is wonderful. Sitting at the bar we had excellent service and the food was delicious.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful homey place.

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AD
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant served flat draft beer and weak overpriced margaritas. Though food is tasty and well prepared, the prices exceed those of other comparable Mexican restaurants. In addition, we have dined there twice in the past several months and not received credit on Open Table for our visits.

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiance was nice, food was good

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L
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed it. Went to a event at Civic Center, it was a short walk through a nice neighborhood, and fun to be in Pasadena..

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K
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been eating at El Portal for years and really enjoy the food and ambiance, plus it's very convenient when going to the Pasadena Playhouse. Their flavor pallet is milder than the hotter Baja spices in most SoCal Mexican restaurants. I love them both and having the additional variety is nice.

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AD
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent and flavorful; however, margaritas were watery and grossly overpriced at $13 a pop. Service was adequate.

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MG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We go about twice a month so it’s one of our regular spots. Casual, good food, good service, good drinks, and run by really nice people. It’s like going to see family at this point

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V
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was not flavorful. Even the salsa was beyond mild.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was some of the best Mexican food I have had in the Los Angeles area. Also, reasonable and very close to the Pasedena Playhouse.

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MT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time here and we sat outside; nice patio for outdoor seating. Good service and food, some live music (but not loud). Loved it.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time! Our server Morena was outstanding. The other staff members were helpful and friendly. Food was delicious.

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