About El Patron Restaurante Mexicano

Steeped in a culture rich with history and customs, El Patron, a family owned restaurant, serves traditional Mexican dishes such as Tacos, Enchiladas, Burritos and Fajitas alongside house specialties such as Pork Chop Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Carnitas Michoacanas. We feature over 70 different tequilas and a number of signature margaritas in addition to a full beer, wine and liquor bar. Food is probably the most important element of Mexican culture. It is often said that "cuisine is culture" so join us for that incredible experience of eating homemade Mexican food.



12167 S. Apoka Vineland Rd.
Orlando, FL 32836
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
535 and Palm Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 238-5300

Website:
http://www.elpatronorlando.com/

Catering:
We can cater for a group of 10-200. Menus available upon request.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Patron Restaurante Mexicano Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.0

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4.3

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
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Good for a Date (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
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Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We ordered a vegetarian tacos (3 tacos worth $15). The menu sounded delicious but what we got was just tortilla with boiled potato, literally 2 pieces of peppers(which they call as rajas) and few drops of peanut sauce on it. I have never had a Mexican dish with just boiled potatoes and peanut sauce.

The vegetarian Casa Mexico was $8 which included a big chunk of lettuce with corn and raw onion sprinkled on it. Way too expensive restaurant and not good food at all. Extremely disappointed.

They have got good reviews just because they give $5 off to write a review for them.

The only thing good was the service and staff there.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was very good. But the food was served lukewarm, like it had been sitting in the kitchen for awhile. Good mole sauce on enchiladas but otherwise 'average' food. It was 'OK' but not special. I used to live in Tucson so my standards are high. We will still return in the future to this restaurant. Overall we enjoyed our meal.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Table was ready on time. Manager greeted us. Chips and salsa were excellent as was queso. Chicken and steak fajitas both very good. Returning tomorrow night with large group.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was good and service was fine. It's kind of loud. When it was time to pay, server just wanted my credit card without showing me a bill first. To see it I would need to look at her little hand held computer. So paying was a little odd, but we would go again, but next time maybe pay cash after we see the bill.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent, authentic Mexican food and friendly, superfast service. Actually went there again for their lunch buffet a few days later - great selection of very tasty food!!

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Nice food .. it was quite empty so would like to visit when it had more atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Spicy, Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were in vacation in WDW with friends and decided to try this place after reading its reviews, which we have found are not necessarily a guarantee for a good dining experience. We showed up slightly before our reservation time. They managed the reservation well since We were greeted and seated immediately. The margaritas and Cuba Libre drink specials were perfectly prepared and the food was very tasty and well presented. Host and staff were friendly, polite and attentive. We will definitely dine there again on our next visit to WDW.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our server was fun and funny. Food and cocktails were great!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

First time visit, easnt impressed with the food selection. The buffet was to hot the food was over heated. Recommend as a fast to go meal but not for a special occasion.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Really good food! Best fresh guacamole I have had in a long time.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

When in the Orlando area, we always make a point of eating here. It is always delicious whether ordering from the regular menu or choosing the buffet. Service is outstanding too.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great variety of authentic Mexican trees tacos. Mexican street corn yummy. Fresh hot churros.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food, great service. I would love to go back. Food is large portions so it's worth the price. Go try it and have fun.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fun, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent service, good food, fun for all. Very much enjoyed the black beans instead of refried.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was really good, freash guacamole was awesome as well as the churro's and fried ice cream

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Not organized, chaotic, waitress dropped glass that broke on floor 6 feet from us. Only 2 place settings and utensils for 4 of us, restrooms unusable, waiter could not be found in 20 minutes of waiting

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had a very nice evening there, grabbing a bite to eat. Food was very delicious and more than enough. Authentic Mexican cuisine. Montserrat was taking care of us and was very nice, quick and fun to talk to. Although it was a very busy night, she was very patient and explained us the menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2017

My family of 6 and I enjoyed our mid-week visit to El Patron in Orlando near Disney. It was our first visit. We enjoyed nachos, marguerites, fajitas burritos. The food was indeed delicious and the service very friendly. Found the place via the Yelp app which identified it as two dollar signs in terms of price ($$) out of four. I would categorize it more as $$$ as the prices were inflated. Perhaps to be expected given the location. If you don't mind spending a few more bucks on your dinner, this is a nice option for the family.

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Drinks were ok, the red sangria tasted as if there was tequila in it. Guacamole didn't seem to be freshly made. Server was pushy, not only with us but other guests. Entrees were large and very tasteful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was really good but the restaurant did not take time to clean tables after people leave. So through out your whole meal you were sitting next to dirty tables. Not just one many. The service was average. The hostess was busy texting so she had no reason to pay attention as there was a queue of people waiting to checkin for 10-15 min. Overall it's worth a visit only for food and bargain margaritas.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent food

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great Mexican food and great service. Some of the best Mexican food I have had north of the border

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Authentic Mexican cuisine. Some of the best I've had and I'm from Chicago which had some great Mexican restaurants.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Food was very good and margaritas are even better!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The drinks and food were enjoyed by everyone in our group.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Boise)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The food was actually really good however we got stuck at a table behind the bar and was kind of forgotten. In the hour and a half we were there we had one drink re-fill! To me that's kind of crazy, it also took 45 min to get an extra plate for our daughter. It being late at night we kind of gave up on this place and just grabbed our check and left. Food was good for what we ate, but they really need to work on the service!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The service was slow and poor. We constantly had to ask for drinks to be refilled and question where our food was 3 times before dinner arrived. The quality of food was average .. defiantly not worth the wait and staff service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The hostess brought samples of tequila and free hats ...they were sweet. The server was excellent. Food terrific. Delish salsa and chips gratis.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food and drinks were excellent start to finish. Service wasn't great but it wasn't that out server was not good it's that he seemed to be one of only two for a very busy restaurant. But we will most definitely go back next time we are in Orlando!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Food and drinks were fantastic! And the service was very attentive. Our $5 mojitos and margaritas were full strength and quite tasty!.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I didn't get to have an experience because when I got there, they had no tables available for me. The hostess kept blowing me off and didn't give me an answer, then she offered a table for 6 people and my party had 12. She left again for 15 minutes and no answer so i got upset and left the restaurant. I made this reservation with a month in advance. they could have saved my table but decided not to to pack the place up.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great fun on Cinco De Mayo. The live performer was one of the best I have ever seen.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

3 for 15 taco deal and $5 margaritas was awesome. Tacos were delicious and margaritas were great too. Service was good, fast. Food was acturally delicious and I'm very picky on margaritas and tacos. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We came here twice on a recent trip to Orlando. Great tacos, chips, salsa, and drink specials. The service was very spotty and it took us a long time to get our food, but when it did come out, everything was tasty. Would recommend going when it is not too busy, otherwise, you'll be ignored and will wait for a long time.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very fast service and good food we had a large party with three children under the age of 5. The wait staff were understanding took our order fast and the god was out quickly. It really makes a difference when kids are involved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Some of the dishes were cold as we were a table of 14 people but they should be prepared for that. We were not only large group there. Food was very good though otherwise

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Food was ok, service was the worst I've ever experienced. In addition to messing up our order the waiter disappeared and never came back. The rest of the staff tried to fix the mistakes but they didnt overly care either. We never got refills on drinks and even the bill was difficult to get.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Very fresh food - ate there twice in three days on vacation we loved it so much.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Amazing!!!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Good food, especially the guacamole. Not a fan of corn tortillas; would rather have flour tortillas for my tacos

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