El Patron Cantina

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Since opening in 2012, El Patron Cantina has become the most popular Mexican restaurant in Chester, Virginia. This is NOT your typical Mexican Restaurant.
What 42 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent restaurant with the very best Mexican dinners and appetizers at a more than reasonable price. We hosted 10 people with adult drinks and the total bill came to $156. That can’t be beat for the high quality ingredients. The guacamole salad, prepared fresh at the table was the best ever tasted. I love mole sauce and they put it on my entree upon request. We will go back again and again - worth the 25 minute drive from our home. So happy we had this recommendation from friends. We went Thursday as we understood that weekend reservations were filled at the time.

D
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! The food is good, the service is great. The staff was so nice, and they were constantly tending to our needs. Our group was very satisfied, and everyone had a great time! The owner is a very Christian man, and I love what he is doing with this restaurant!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend El Patron Cantina to a friend or co-work. Excellent service and prices.

RC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Disappointed. They did not have our reservation from Open Table. They sat us on the bar side way in the back where it was noisy and like we weren’t good enough to sit in the dining room. Our food was disappointing. My grilled chicken was dry and my daughter’s Cuban wasn’t very authentic. We would not return or recommend it.

SD
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good! At first there was no atmosphere then the music started.

SD
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to go. The food and drinks are always great! Service too! This time I believe one of the owners brought out our food and chatted with us. He also brought samples of drinks for us to try. It really stuck out to my husband and I. It just made the experience that much better.

DM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes;,there were 11 of us & they gave us complimentary guacamole - it was delicious. Had a fun time.

AM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner and drinks. We had wonderful appetizers. The wait staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We will be back

DM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed everything. Had an issue with the restaurant not knowing our reservations were booked on-line and was confirmed on-line. They did not have our reservation at all. Fortunately, one of our party members of 17 was there early and was able to get staff to set up the table for 17 rather quickly. Really appreciated the quick attendance to this. Manager did not know of our reservation so not sure where the issue was. Overall we had a great time.

L
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

It was 2 of us and we sent 3 entrees back. Menu changed, must be new Chef. Food was horrible. The fajitas were cold. We will not be going back and this use to be our meeting place. Meeting half way. The wings were great but the rest was down hill.

LP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, wait for food was very reasonable, and drinks came quick and were never empty

RF
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Location did not have a good way to view the registration. I had to provide them with number as well as meeting them know that the reservation was made through Open Table. After situation was cleared, the service by the servers was excellent.

L
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly, efficient, and trying to do everything to please us!
Our food was good, drinks were chilled to perfection, and we were able to have time to enjoy being together and catching up!
We would definitely return to El Patron!!!

B
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been regulars at this restaurant and have always been treated like Royalty here.

JR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's 63rd birthday & did a luncheon for about 18 people appx @ 2pm on a Saturday & we all had a fantastic time . The food was excellent, margarita swirl was on point with great taste, the service from all staff were great, courteous & attentive. Special thanks to mr jose luis, & mrs veronica, carolina, jessica, the cook & all staff. I would recommend this place & its family oriented

FJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, company, food and server....had a wonderful evening!

AC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom for her birthday and we had never been there. It was great.

R
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was horrible! The food was not authentic Mexican food. I have had better...

SD
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the margaritas were as big as my head. Service was super fast. Food came out almost too fast. Will definitely go again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place in this area to dine for Mexican food. Great food, friendly waitresses, and energetic atmosphere.

TS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed our experience, I would recommend . I really like the frozen Mango magaritta. My dinner was delicious and the staff very friendly and attentive

CI
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service as usual. This is our go to place for business lunch as we can get in and get out quickly. Our server was exceptional!

VF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, I got the chicken and avocado tacos. I’m not a beer drinker, so the bottle beer happy hour special was a no for me on Tuesday nite. I’m a cider drinker, they didn’t have any, so I got a moscato wine. Food came out pretty quickly. Service was just ok. Server did know the menu, however I feel there should have been 2 servers since we had about 9-10 people in our party. We were there for about 3 hours, and no one tried to hurry or rush us out, which was awesome. I’d Revisit

T
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration
Awesome table and attentive waiter
Food was excellent
Sangria was not

G
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warning! No sombreros on a customer's head without their
permission!

DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only way to eat authentic Mexican Food, no more Taco Bell!

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the food and the atmosphere. Its a great place to eat at.

B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent this place at least every other month. We have always enjoyed it and have a special relationship with the owner, and wait staff. Plan to continue in the future.

J
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My family loves trying new Mexican restaurants, so we decided to dine here. The food was average, the restaurant was cold, and the service was simply poor. No drink refills and no chip refills until we had to hunt down our waitress. Our waitress barely cracked a smile and it seemed like we were an inconvenience. Wouldn’t go back as there are other restaurants with better service and food.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

-Our server never introduced themselves
- salsa was good
- margarita was warm when it got to the table and clearly a or made mix that was tossed into a glass with ice
- food was not good, below basic

R
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friends birthday and enjoyed the meals and drinks. definitely a higher standard Mexican Restaurant. Food was delicious and quick. The margeretia were great

c
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy our meal here!!! Bravo

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food had excellent flavors. My enchiladas were over cooked & the chip dip w/cheese & chorizo was cold. The staff was great. I will try it again just not on Friday night.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They were not prepared for Cinco de Mayo, which was a bit shocking because they were the only Mexican Restaurant in the area and it was May 5th. They didn't honor the reservation made on Open Table because they were slammed, they ran out of glasses, they appeared understaffed, and food was below average to average. Place may not be that bad because it was suggested by a friend so it may all be a reflection of being totally prepared for Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.

OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Limited parking for how many people were there. Quick service. Good food with large portions but a little pricey.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food for food value. Worth driving across the county for.

RO
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites and what makes it great, is the staff. It is always great to be recognized by the staff, they are always friendly. Food comes hot and fast.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We got to El Patron for our 8pm only to find it closed. A little disappointing. They should not be taking reservations if they are closed! Usually a good experience with them though.

RO
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good hot food served by great servers who are attentive to your needs.

Z
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, Wonderful service. The food taste authentic and temperature was perfect. I enjoyed the ambiance. Visiting the area on business and will visit this location again.

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