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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 LouBeth C LouBeth C
Aug 10, 2022 4

This was my first visit & it was amazing!!! I highly recommend the chorri-pollo. Can't wait for my next visit.

Photo of Lyndsey Fought Lyndsey Fought
Jul 29, 2022 5

Phenomenal staff, clean atmosphere, great music, and even better food. We came for our tenth anniversary on a whim (on a small trip, we aren't from NC) and it absolutely did not disappoint. We got the fresh homemade guacamole which is $10 thinking it was a bit pricey but what you get is a very large amount of excellent guacamole. The food came out fast and exceeded our expectations. The waitress was wonderful. Great experience, definitely recommend.

Photo of Fort Polk LA Fort Polk LA
Jul 20, 2022 5

I judge Mexican restaurants by their pork dishes. And the enchiladas are the best I've had, in Durham.

Photo of Russ D (Rusty) Russ D (Rusty)
Jul 17, 2022 4

I got a couple enchiladas with beans and rice for lunch. They give you a basket of chips and salsa too, which were very good, so I left quite full. Appreciate that they have vegetarian options. Most of the taquerias and pupusarias around here do not. Overall better than a lot of Mexican restaurants in the triangle.

Photo of David Phillips David Phillips
Jul 14, 2022 4

Food was good. Service was fast. We had a party of 8 and they require a 20% mandatory gratuity for party's of six or more. Which is fine because some diners do not tip. I still give the restaurant a thumbs up because service was good and fast ant the food was made to order and very good.

Photo of Umesh W Umesh W
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.

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 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 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 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 David Davis David Davis
Feb 17, 2022 5

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

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 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 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 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!