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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
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Price Range
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Neighborhoods
Dawson, Greater South River City, St. Edwards
Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Bars, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Latin American Restaurants, Party & Event Planners, Mexican & Latin American Grocery Stores, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Outdoors, Rehearsal Dinners, Fiesta

Price Range : Below Average

Pets Allowed: Yes

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jakugle

01/19/2012

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Overall
great experience

15 of us showed up last night, Wed, with no reservation, and we were cared for like old friends. Table was made ready quickly including super clean cloth napkins and silverware...a sign as to what is behind the kitchen door....clean.
Our server Rodney had all our names down in 2 minutes and was terrific......like he was actually happy to be there. The Chili Rellenos were unique and yummy...no breading, no deep fry, but a thoughtful combo of ingredients. They were beef and Rodney said the chicken version was also outstanding...I will get those next time. It is no wonder how this place has been there since 1957.
Also we found David Massey plays solo acoustic guitar on Wed nights, so that was a nice suprise. Mariachi is cool but I really enjoyed the guitar for background dinner music.

Texann

09/27/2011

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Overall
Worst Tex-Mex Food Ever

My husband took us out to eat at this place. First of all the service was terrible. It took forever for them to come to our table. When they finally took our order, we had to wait 45 minutes to get our plates. They screwed up one of the plates. The food was cold. We never went back.

Callis

10/03/2010

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HORRIBLE SERVICE

The food and the service was horrible. We went there for my brother's birthday dinner. The manager was rude the entire night. Our poor server had to wait on our party as well everyone they sat in the room we were in. The manager knew a big party was going to be there, but didn't staff our area very well. When the night was over we had questions regarding our bill and the manager was very put off by it. We got charge a 10% fee for linens we didn't ask for. When I complained about the lack of customer service the manager acted like she didn't care. Come to find out she was the owner's daughter. I guess she feels entitled and doesn't care how she treats her customers.

foodontherun

08/17/2010

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Overall
stuck in the bland 1950's

I'm amazed with the good reviews for this place. It has to be one of the worst Tex-Mex places in town. And it is not even cheap. In the 1950's , when Congress was the main road to San Antonio this must have been something. Nothing here is good. it starts with the chips which taste like they've been sitting out forever. the salsa has nothing going for it. It is the same for everything.
Tex mex cuisine has made great strides in the last 5 decades. Nothing about the food can elicit a good compliment.All our dishes were flavorless. I could pull a frozen Mexican dinner from the freezer and have the same.
maybe no stars would be a better rating.

Avg Joe

07/29/2010

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Overall
Good Old Tex-Mex

This is one of my favorite places for good old fashioned Tex-Mex and they make my favorite salsa. The food is hot and good. If you like good old fashioned TexMex, it's hard to beat this place.

MonicaER

03/03/2010

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Overall
Awesome Food...Fun Atmosphere!!!!

I had the dinner for my sister-in-laws bachelorette party at El Gallo, and it was an awesome experience!!! All the girls in our group were very impressed. We all had different items off of the menu, and they were all wonderful. They take reservations.....which was a plus since we had 12 ladies in our group. All of the other places I called would NOT take reservations. The service was great and we were entertained by Mariachis!!! The Tres Leches was AMAZING.....and I am a Tres Leches lover. I highly recommend El Gallo....We will eat there every time we come to Austin.

pamela1cam

10/02/2009

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Overall
THE BEST EVER!!!!

This restaurant has been our favorite for 20+ years!!! You can't go wrong with any of their menu choices. If your a hot sauce fanatic like me you will definitely not be disappointed. It's to DIE for!! All of their food items including tortillas and chips are hand made. The staff is very courteous and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The owners take pride in their establishment and it's like going to see family when we go there. Give it a try and don't listen to any negative comments on this blog. They have the BEST cheese enchiladas in all of Austin!!! You won't be sorry. Oh yeah...one more thing...they don't use any preservatives or MSG. IT'S ALL NATURAL and ALL HOMEMADE AUSTIN!!!!!

dkmaustin

02/07/2009

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Overall
A++ Cheese Enchiladas

As a native Texan, I have to comment on the person who said the cheese enchiladas are terrible. I'll bet that person is not from here. First, cheese enchiladas SHOULD be soft and creamy, not like a lump of melted cheddar. Melted cheese is a bit greasy and again, it should be. The combination of the gloriously soft and tasty cheese with the perfect chile con carne is the very, very best in town. The other food is great too, but nobody else gets the cheese enchiladas as perfect as El Gallo.
The service is friendly and prompt, even when they are very busy. I've been in many more locally praised and expensive restaurants in town where the service is both terrible and snobby at the same time!
This restaurant is a great value!!

stephericg

10/27/2008

Overall
Fish tacos to die for!

We absolutely adored the fish tacos here. We were brought here by a client who is a local in Austin and were surprised at how fresh and tasty everything was. the salsa was excellent as well, and there were many to choose from! The service was very friendly and typical Austin-like. Yum. I really wish we had access to fish tacos and salsa bars as good as this in Florida!

jlj247

05/02/2008

Overall
NASTY

Went to El Gallo last week didnt like the food.. I got food poisoning dnt recomend! I heard that they reused there hot sauce,chips and tortillas thats nasty I wonder if any one has gotten hepatitis C from that.

lahrlett

07/18/2007

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Overall
Great Go-To TX Mex Joint!

I LOVE El Gallo. Their chips and salsa are great. The salsa actually has a spicy flavor to it and it doesn't taste like a can of tomatos. I LOVE thier cheese enchiladas. They are greasy and cheesey and hot the way an enchilada should be. it is never crowded and the drinks are pretty good and cheap. The parking is great too!

123club

06/10/2007

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Overall
Good C&S, terrible enchiladas.

Good atmosphere. Good chips and salsa. However, the worst enchiladas I have ever had. Maybe other items are great but these are not (cheese, was more like velveeta). Rice was tasteless and burnt from being in the oven.

Wouldn't recommend with so many other great places to eat at in Austin.

ema288

04/14/2007

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Overall
Hooked on first bite!

El Gallo has quickly become my boyfriend and I's favorite restaurant. As a Hispanic, I can be very critical in regards to Tex-Mex and every Saturday my boyfriend and I make it a point to try a new TXMX restaurant for lunch. We came across El Gallo one Saturday and after our first bite of chips and salsa we knew we were hooked. They by far have the best chips and salsa I have ever tasted!!! It was a solid medium heat with the right amount of chunkiness. The waitress told us that they are both made in house every day. I was also in love with their Mango Margarita which tasted fresh and delicious. Since the first visit, we have been back countless times as our tastebuds are constantly craving their food.

risikio

04/12/2007

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Overall
Best Mexican Around

Ate at El Gallo last year when visiting Austin. Plan to eat there again this year on a return trip. This is the best Mexican restaurant and atmosphere I have ever been to. Nice, quiet, romantic, yet suitable for families with children. Staff was wonderful. Excellent service and even better food.

craftychick

01/12/2007

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Overall
Best House Margarita's

We go to El Gallo all the time and we just love it! The food is always consistent, the house margaritas are the way to go, the owners pleasant and the location and parking are always convenient . There is no shortage of mexican food in Austin, so it boils down to a matter of personal taste, but we really enjoy El Gallo - give it a try!

djwammyt

12/12/2005

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Overall
the best

I am a weekly regular there - it's that good. I rarely eat mexican food anywhere else, because if I'm going to eat mexican, why not just go to El Gallo? The cheese enchiladas are my favorite - they just ooze with cheese. And the queso is my favorite in town. The staff is really, really friendly, too.

redoak

05/25/2005

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Overall
great fajitas

The fajitas are really good. Beef or chicken are both great. Cheese enchiladas are great, too. The wait service is great.

jpuga

05/26/2004

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Overall
Chicken Chimichangas

The best I've ever tasted with it's white melted cheese mixed in with the chicken and deep fried, and all the trimmings.

lesly

11/06/2002

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Overall
Mmmm...good!

El Gallo is a perfect lunch venue. Their chicken tacos are to die for. Priced just right and easy to find (across from St. Ed's), you really should check it out!

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