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El Paragua

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-2873
+1 505-753-3211
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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Walden CO
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

-all they need is your continuing support. Great Margaritas, wonderful entrees, delicious desserts. Just a block off Highway 68 through town, ample parking, welcoming service. We would have to agree with johnnyknox, if this isn't your favorite New Mexican restaurant in NM it has to be in the top three.

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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate lunch here. Was not disappointed. Had the luncheon plate with beef taco, chili renello, and a bean tostada. Partner had BLT. Quaint setting. Our waitress had worked there since a young girl. Gave us a personal history of the place. Oh, great ice tea too!

Thank Savvyric
Santa Fe
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85 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going to El Paragua for over 25 years. It was always one of our favorite places to take out of town guests. We have not been in several years until last night. Boy, has it gone down hill. The cheese was not melted in my son's quesadilla. We sent it back. It came back with melted cheese... More 

Thank Randall B
knoxville tn
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ambience, preparation, quality are like nothing I have experienced anywhere else in NM. I have eaten here multiple times over the years and they are consistent. It has such a "step back in time" feel when I enter and is a great place to take a date with it's natural romantic setting. Everything I have had as far as... More 

Thank johnnyknox
Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I frequently travel through Espanola on the way to visit my father in Southern Colorado. This restaurant offers incredible, southwest charm in this historic building. There is a beautiful tree in the parking lot that should be enjoyed. We love the food, great salsa, and sopapillas!

Thank joeinazyes
Hyderabad, India
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108 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

awesome food, vegetarian friendly. enchiladas were great! there was some kind of deep fried bread (similar to Indian Puri) it was too good. good service too.

Thank Samarpak
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we walked in and saw two regulars sitting at the bar with beautifully presented and fabulously aromatic plates we knew we had arrived. The waiters we're quickly at our table and we had time to absorb the genuinely unique dining spaces. Every thing you have read is true so stop by relax and enjoy well cooked, spiced... More 

Thank Nancy J
Denison, Texas
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Chips and salsa perfect Sopapilla's are to die for. I ordered the sopapillas with shredded beef, the server also brought out plain sopapillas with honey and apricot preserves. Server was friendly and kept our glasses full. I wish this place was near my home-I loved it!!

Thank aDoriable
Loveland, Colorado
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I had the relleno chalupa plate with a vodka martini, all well prepared. My spouse had tacos, also very good. Service was great. The atmosphere was charming. No complaints at all.

Thank Rosesonata
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were staying in nearby Velarde and excited to find such an atmospheric and delicious restaurant to spend the evening! We're vegetarian and were thrilled with the veggie tacos - the best I've ever had! Full of flavourful and well-cooked assortment of veggies. These were our first sopapillas ever and they were delicious, as well. Lovely service and a beautiful... More 

Thank Rachel C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 603 Santa Cruz Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-2873
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
  • Phone Number: +1 505-753-3211

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?