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Palenque Grill Expressway 83

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606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
+1 956-994-8181
11:00 - 23:00
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Bemus Point, New York
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Average food. Would go to many other places before coming back here. Nothing special. Food over cooked or soggy.

Thank johnnyfrank66
Edinburg, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is way overrated.......ordered the tripas tacos $18 wit no sides..corn tortillas were half filled...better off going to a local taqueria.service was good though

Thank aurelioaleman
McAllen, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite meal here is the beef ribs. Three huge ribs with plenty of meat and tortillas, rice and fresh tasty beans Mexican style! Warning: this meal probably could feed two!!! Plan to be spoiled by the waiters and occasionally here mariachis, but they too have their own music. Good for family, moderate pricing. Good Value. Great for a Birthday... More 

Thank danielhH2753LF
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Daniel! What a great recommendation. Our ribs are truly tasty. Yes sir, our restaurant is the perfect spot to celebrate any special occasion. Thanks for your review! Until next time. More 

McAllen, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food and grilled meats, Palenque Grill is the place to visit and recommend. The food is delicious, not expensive, and not cheap either. Just right for the budget. The service is also commendable and location is excellent. Will recommend to friends and relatives.

Thank Elsa G
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We're the perfect spot for authentic Mexican cuisine, especially on the grill. Thank you very much for your recommendation, Elsa. We appreciate your review, and can't wait to have you back! More 

Boerne, Texas
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226 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good, service was great, and portions were huge. We had no wait. Plan on spending $15-30 per plate. This restaurant is a cousin to Taco Palenque. The environment is nice and the presentation is also good.

Thank fquinter
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We appreciate your great review. Yes! Our portions are definitely filling. We're happy to hear that you were pleased with your dinner and the atmosphere. Thank you! We'll see you soon. More 

Edinburg, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Mexican food with a great atmosphere. The staff was very attentive and very kind with my two young children.

Thank EAC1223
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. We can't wait to have you and your family back for another lovely visit. Thank you! More 

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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here several times and have thoroughly enjoyed the service, the hospitality, the food, along with the festive music. Granted it's been a year since I've been, but I had high expectations. The food was average and the beef fajitas were the most disappointing, extremely tough. I did enjoy both the charro beans and the refried beans. The whole... More 

Thank Dora T
PalenqueGrill, General Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Dora, we’re sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations on your latest visit. Our goal is to assure that you and your loved ones leave with a great experience. We would love to hear your feedback, if you could please send us an inbox with more details on your visit we would appreciate it. We hope that... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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218 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Cons: The beef in my beef fajitas ($22) was VERY tough. No green peppers. Pros: Very kind and attentive service. Great straight up gin martini Fantastic warm chips and wonderful dip appetizer, free. Loved the rice and side of warm beans, very tasty and soothing.

Thank travel963
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry to hear that your fajitas did not meet our high standards. We hope that you can come back soon in order for us to serve you our delicious fajitas properly. Offering excellent service is a priority. Thank you for your review, we hope to have you back soon! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Well this restaurant came highly recommended from our hotel. They even gave us a ride so we ordered a margarita and a whiskey sour while we waited for our food. So I ordered the whole fried red snapper and it did not disappoint. The chips with bean dip and salsa kept us occupied. Please visit if you are in town... More 

Thank Freda B
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Hi Freda! We're happy to hear that you gave us a try. Oh yes! Our fresh, top quality sea food is truly delicious. Thank you for your great review and wonderful recommendation. We hope to have you back next time you are in town. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

First time at Palenque Grill. I have to say we loved the chicken Palenque bowl. For the price I really wish they offered hot sauce and a drink.

Thank Cynthia G
PalenqueGrill, Guest Relations Manager at Palenque Grill Expressway 83, responded to this review

Cynthia, thank you for checking us out! Glad you enjoyed it, our dishes are prepared with ingredients of the highest quality. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope to have the pleasure of having you back soon for another visit. Thanks! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 E Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78501
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McAllen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-994-8181
It is 1974 when Juan Francisco "Pancho" Ochoa begins his journey into the restaurant business. It initiates a wonderful family tradition, with the UNIQUE TASTE of great Mexican food. On January 6th, 1975 Pancho creates "El Pollo Loco" concept in his small hometown of Guasave, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In 1980, this concept becomes the first Mexican restaurant chain to go go across the border, opening its first store in Los Angeles, California on Alvarado Ave. and 6th St. Pancho's passion continues in 1986, when he creates a new and innovating concept in Mexican food. On July 1st, 1987 he opens the first "Taco Palenque" with a distinctive quality, UNIQUE TASTE and good service that quickly developed and gained a good reputation throughout South Texas. On July 31st, 2005 Pancho and his son Charles, with the support of their family, open Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas. The Ochoa family introduce Flerida Ochoa's (Pancho's wife) family recipes, creating a menu with excellent dishes of Mexican culinary traditions. On behalf of the Ochoa family, we thank you for visiting our small piece of Mexico. We are delighted to be able to serve you now in Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.

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