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El Patron Mexican Grill

4.3

3438 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 937-9971
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Photo of Christina B Christina B
Mar 9, 2022 4

The food was great. The server was very attentive. The drinks were on point. We enjoyed this place. Good spot on a Tuesday night

Photo of Millie Chapman Millie Chapman
Feb 7, 2022 5

This place is by far the best Mexican food I have ever had!! I have tried other places in the Triangle area, but this place takes the cake. And the consistency of how good the food is every time I order, is outstanding! The queso and salsa alone is great!

Photo of Teyonna Downing Teyonna Downing
Mar 9, 2022 4

Came here for Taco Tuesday with a couple of friends. The service and food was AMAZING. I don’t even think our entrees took 15 minutes. The portion sizes are so big, I let out a “damn!” in front of the waitress when she brought our food to the table 😂 The chips were bland and the salsa was too runny/didn’t have much flavor, but everything else made up for it. Great drinks too. I’ll definitely be back.

Photo of Juan Navarro Juan Navarro
Jan 22, 2022 5

LOVED the Food & Service. The MACHO BURRITO - Carnitas (PORK) was Excellent❗️The ASADA (Steak) platter was fresh and a great portion. The Music playing complemented the food perfectly. The waitress was attentive and communicative. Born and Raised in Los Angeles …Will return with the family again. My #NCCU crowd needs to visit! @COACHJUANN

Photo of Derrick Carpenter Derrick Carpenter
Jan 29, 2022 5

I think this is THE BEST place for Mexican cuisine in Durham. I am obviously not from Mexico, so my perspective is very much of a typical East Coaster, but I love coming here. Have been for years. In the photo is the ACP (Arroz Con Pollo) with flour tortillas. They always serve free chips and salsa, after being seated at your table. Courteous, friendly, warm, festive, and efficient. The staff here makes you feel like family. This is why after 8 years of living in Durham, I only come to El Patron for their great Mexican food.

Photo of Anna Mae Louise Anna Mae Louise
Jan 16, 2022 5

If you want to support a local business, go here. The staff seemed very appreciative that we came in and we had the best service. Everything came quickly, the homemade guac might have been the best I’ve ever had, the drinks were amazing. Don’t think I’ll be going anywhere else for a while!!

Photo of Madison Daniel Madison Daniel
Dec 28, 2021 5

Ordered the steak street tacos and the birria tacos and they were SO GOOD!! Good proportions and great flavors. I will be coming back very often!

Photo of Adel Daas Adel Daas
Nov 16, 2021 5

I like this place, the staff are nice and you don't have to wait long time..

Photo of Laura Quinn Laura Quinn
Nov 19, 2021 5

Excellent margaritas with quality ingredients. Excellence in Mexican fare. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Mary Moorefield Mary Moorefield
Sep 1, 2021 5

Really fast service. Food was out in just a few minutes.

Photo of Chase Martin Chase Martin
Sep 15, 2021 5

Wonderful peaceful patio experience! And solid lunch prices

Photo of Jessica Johnson Jessica Johnson
Aug 26, 2021 5

This is hands down the best Mexican food in Durham. The smoothies are great too!

Photo of Michelle Ellis Michelle Ellis
Aug 14, 2021 5

Love the tacos de Birria! Such great flavor and a more than generous serving. I have never had anything bad here! Be sure to stop by and enjoy!

Photo of Zeila De Andrade Zeila De Andrade
Jul 15, 2021 5

The taste food : delicious Customer services : good I recommend that place.

Photo of Donald Reynolds Donald Reynolds
Jul 16, 2021 5

This was greatest freshest food!!! I want one near my house!! Will go the extra distance just for El Patron!

Photo of Dona Braswell Dona Braswell
May 27, 2021 5

Had the enchilada verde lunch special. Delicious and great price. Definitely coming again.

Photo of David Chang Villacreses David Chang Villacreses
May 11, 2021 4

They have good Hispanic music on Saturdays. Food was good overall. Unlimited chips and salsa and refills.

Photo of kattie mcdonald kattie mcdonald
Apr 3, 2021 5

The food was so good and the service was awesome. Will be visiting again real soon.

Photo of EMS Life EMS Life
Mar 26, 2021 5

Great food when i went there. I love Mexican food.

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Sep 6, 2018 4

Cleanliness: Tables were clean as was the entire dining room area. Bathroom had been neglected a bit and smelled heavily of urine. Food preparation was taking place without gloves on, after staff had scratched their faces or wiped sweat from their foreheads. I noticed this while looking through the kitchen doors while waiting to pay my check. Service: Was awesome. Our waitress was pregnant and still working very hard to give us drink and chip refills. She was great. Quality: Your typical Mexican restaurant dishes, like fajitas that come out on a sizzling griddle, chori-pollo, shrimp tacos, etc. Not entirely authentic, but good. Price: Wonderful prices and big portions! I would say this is the best part about this place. $0.99 cent Taco Tuesdays? Incredible offer and price! I will definitely make this my local go-to Mexican restaurant.

Photo of Eliza rivers Eliza rivers
Mar 12, 2021 4

The food is very good, but they need to fix those restrooms, that's the only thing I don't like.

Photo of Mark P Goodman Mark P Goodman
Feb 18, 2021 5

Fresh, authentic, delicious! I love coming here!

Photo of Chris Allan Chris Allan
Dec 9, 2020 4

Good food. Very affordable. Taking extra steps to do contactless payments. All staff wear masks properly at all times that I could tell.

Photo of Sunserrea Johnson Sunserrea Johnson
Nov 18, 2020 5

Great service went Wednesday for the margaritas had a quesadilla it was all perfect!

Photo of Steve Humphrey Steve Humphrey
Sep 25, 2020 5

The very best salsa, tortilla chips and chile rellenos in all of Durham. Friendly service, reasonable prices, and a large menu.

Photo of Billy Davis Billy Davis
Oct 6, 2020 5

Great food, good prices, great staff! Highly recommended

Photo of Jàson Shambley Jàson Shambley
Sep 18, 2020 5

My favorite mexican restaurant!! The best food.... Best fish taco I ever had

Photo of misti sealey misti sealey
Sep 1, 2020 5

I enjoyed my food there margaritas was also good😍

Photo of Lauren Rindner Lauren Rindner
Jul 3, 2020 4

I’m very picky and it was very good high quality food. Guac was not included although I requested it and there was an unidentified oil all over the bag, very messy need to package to go orders better

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Sep 6, 2018 4

Cleanliness: Tables were clean as was the entire dining room area. Bathroom had been neglected a bit and smelled heavily of urine. Food preparation was taking place without gloves on, after staff had scratched their faces or wiped sweat from their foreheads. I noticed this while looking through the kitchen doors while waiting to pay my check. Service: Was awesome. Our waitress was pregnant and still working very hard to give us drink and chip refills. She was great. Quality: Your typical Mexican restaurant dishes, like fajitas that come out on a sizzling griddle, chori-pollo, shrimp tacos, etc. Not entirely authentic, but good. Price: Wonderful prices and big portions! I would say this is the best part about this place. $0.99 cent Taco Tuesdays? Incredible offer and price! I will definitely make this my local go-to Mexican restaurant.

Photo of Jimmy Goodwin Jimmy Goodwin
Jan 1, 2019 5

Really good food and excellent service. The street tacos aren't listed on the menu. You have to ask for them and they are with it.

Photo of Laura Hayden Laura Hayden
Feb 22, 2020 5

Awesome! Never expected such quality from this little gem located in run down strip mall. Fresh delicious authentic! Best in Durham. It's not hip to look at but so good. Margarita was also fresh and delicious. So glad the Chinese restaurant across the street, our usual Saturday go to was closed.

Photo of Gilberto Alicea Gilberto Alicea
Jan 24, 2020 5

Small from the outside but very roomy inside with outside patio. Decor and lighting fit well. Had the Caldo de Pollo (chicken soup) which was delicious. Daily drink specials with plenty of parking.

Photo of 祖创 祖创
Dec 23, 2019 4

The restaurant is closed from 22nd to 25th, but google stupid map doesn’t know smh

Photo of Marc Montoro Marc Montoro
Nov 16, 2019 5

Went there for lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant, specifically the kitchen, we’re very clean. They used fresh lime juice for their margaritas, accommodated the extra requests for our dishes and served food right off the grill. And the service was awesome! Worth the visit.

Photo of Rusty Spivey Rusty Spivey
Sep 23, 2019 5

The family wanted Mexican food after a long day at Duke hospital. The food and service were really good.

Photo of M. Steelman M. Steelman
Sep 11, 2019 5

Very nice restaurant. Excellent service. Food was very good and large portions.

Photo of Paul Stivers Paul Stivers
Sep 24, 2019 5

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who's into authentic Mexican food. The Ambiance is wonderful and the wait staff is very helpful. Reasonably priced food with nice sized portions.

Photo of Jonna Boyda Jonna Boyda
Oct 4, 2019 5

Got the steak street tacos... really great! Chicken quesadilla was also good. The prices are reasonable and the service is quick. The closing time is wrong. They close at 10 pm, NOT 11!!!

Photo of Arianne Leslie Arianne Leslie
Aug 20, 2019 5

Great food and great service! Will be back!

Photo of Robert Baldwin Robert Baldwin
Aug 7, 2019 5

One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Durham. Their margaritas are better than most.

Photo of John Bowman John Bowman
Jul 5, 2019 5

Excellent food and generous size servings.

Photo of Kristen Burch Kristen Burch
Jun 27, 2019 5

This was our first visit and we really enjoyed our food. The service was super-fast and excellent and food tasted great.

Photo of Chris Kowal Chris Kowal
Jun 25, 2019 5

My go to Mexican place. Excellent Sincronizada, my lunch favorite. Service and food always very good!

Photo of Dean Haz Dean Haz
Oct 19, 2018 5

My favorite thing here is the street tacos. It's a sign on the window but it's not on the menu unless you ask. They're extremely cheep and very delicious. The service here is fantastic and you get complementary chips and salsa which is always nice

Photo of Brent Ingram Brent Ingram
Apr 2, 2019 5

El Patron is one of our favorite Mexican spots in Durham. They do taco Tuesdays and always have drink specials. Their street tacos from the grill are always our go to!

Photo of Bob Baldwin Bob Baldwin
Nov 4, 2018 5

Well prepared Mexican food from a fairly standard menu. I really like their chili rellenos. Good prices on street tacos. Taco Tuesday is great. All staff there has been friendly and fun to interact with.

Photo of Matthew Clark Matthew Clark
Feb 1, 2019 5

The staff were extremely nice and helpful, and the food exceeded my expectations! I will definitely be going back.

Photo of Joseph Beal Joseph Beal
Apr 5, 2019 3

First off my waitress was excellent, my drink was never empty and that is very important to me. The food was okay. I'm picky when it comes to Mexican food and since moving to Durham I haven't found anything mind blowing. A little over priced for the quality in my opinion. I will probably not be returning to this place.

Photo of David Davis David Davis
Feb 17, 2022 5

Enjoyed the #1lunch combo. Had the deluxe burrito tonight and it was outstanding.

Photo of Tim o Tim o
Jun 14, 2022 3

So I'm having to go back and adjust my orginal rating from a 5 to a 3. Food is still very good but compared to similar restaurants near by their prices are much higher across the board! Service was excellent onelce again. Their "specials" are a joke IMO. Asked what the specials were today(Tuesday) was told 3 birria tacos for 13.50 and a large margarita type drink for 13.50.

Photo of Tim o Tim o
Jun 18, 2022 4

So I'm having to go back and adjust my orginal rating from a 5 to a 4. Food is still very good but compared to similar restaurants near by their prices are much higher across the board! Service was excellent onelce again. Their "specials" are a joke IMO. Asked what the specials were today(Tuesday) was told 3 birria tacos for 13.50 and a large margarita type drink for 13.50.

Photo of Traveling The World Traveling The World
Jun 21, 2022 5

Mexican owned restaurant that has a beautiful vibe. Went there for dinner and I was seated promptly. Service was excellent. Had a spicy jalapeño margarita and shrimp chimichangas. The margarita was amazing. The chimichanga was perfectly spiced and was delicious.