8324 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 231-5140Add Hours
El Palenque Restaurant
El Palenque Mexican Restaurant
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American
Price Range : Average
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08/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Loved the papusas. I have heard of their papusas butd finally made it there today. Wow, it was just great!
They were so gracious and talked me through the pauusas options. Funny thing, I never even saw the menu, I orered on their recommendation and was delighted.
07/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The cheese pupusas was pathetic (chicharon pupusa was okay). Tamale was okay.... nothing we had was great, just okay to bad items.
Also, I was quite surprised to see an almost empty restaurant on a Friday evening.
Maybe, I can't appreciate authentic (if they can be called so) mexican/salvadorian food.
02/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We ate there last night. My boyfriend surprised me with a giftcard for Valentines day but we wanted to go last night to have a better experience.
When we walked in, only a few people sat in at this restaurant so it was quite and romantic. We were greeted by a nice gentleman who served us chips and salsa. Delicious!
We ordered the S3 plater which serves 3-4 people for 32.00. It comes with 8 plates. We had to move to a different table. haha.
Everything was wonderful! It was my first time having Salvadorian food, and it will NOT be the last time. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food selection which made us feel very special.
This restaurant is one of the best we have ever been to. The drinks were also amazing. We enjoyed our experience very much.
There are half off coupons right now if you want to try this place. 25.00 giftcard for 12.50 on the 1080 the fan site. PortlandPerks.
GREAT GREAT GREAT! Recommend to friends and family.
12/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've lived in El Salvador before... And these guys have the best Salvadorian food... The pupusas are the best!!! We also had their Guatemalan enchiladas... Wow. Best I've ever had. My kids enjoyed the food as well, Cheese Pupusas and mexican tacos... everything about this place is great. We're ready to go again!!! I recommend it to all my friends. If you haven't been to El Palenque, it's time!
I have a heads up about the kind of cuisine. My Fiancee is from El Salvador. So I was able to ask his opinion on the food. The food is very similar to the food from his hometown. The main difference is the freshness. But that can be said for any restaurant that is far from its roots. I personaly found the food wonderful and the service adequate. I have had better but the better one has closed. For the lack of buisness and wrong location. But I have been back to El Palenque and will certinly go back.
08/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I stumbled upon this restaurant when looking for take out. I loved it! It smelled terrific inside and the owner was very helpful and pleasant. The owner is clearly very proud of his heritage and food. I got three entrees (the pork with verde sauce, chicken flautas and carne asada) and they were all delicious, as was the mint and onion guacamole and pupusas. While I waited, the owner Joseph (he was my waiter, but I assume he was the owner) treated me to a special corn bread and I tried a really good orchata. I had a lot of fun learning about Salvadoran food and being delighted by these new tastes. I have traveled a lot and this felt like a quick trip to Salvador. Enjoy!
05/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Total letdown. Bad service and expensive items on the menu. The food is ok at best and definitely not worth the price you pay. I hope everybody keeps going here though. Leave the great inexpensive Mexican and Salvadoran food for the rest of us.
I really have to question anyone that has anything good to say about the menu here. What can you expect from a city that votes CHA CHA CHA best Mexican food in Portland?
07/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I have been going to El Palenque since it opened and every time the food has been fantastic! The owners and staff are always friendly and remember our favorites dishes. The Carnitas Pork is a must have! Whatever the occasion, party, romantic dinner, or just lunch, they are prompt and the food is perfect. For my Husbands' birthday dinner party they even surprised him with a special birthday cake, and made sure all of our guests were treated like family. And I must mention, El Palenque has the best chips and salsa in town. We love this place!
11/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
God bless the soul that created the Papusa. I have been to this place 3 times and I still can't bring myself to order anything else. Don't get me wrong, the menu is amazing. They have an entire page of guac dips and a world of other great sounding dishes but the Papusas, oh the papusa and all its cheesy black-beany goodness!!! Our server never mentioned, luckily the kitchen staff clued us in: put the cole-slaw stuff on top if the papusa...don't eat it on the side. Oh, and the house margarita is great!
*Frequent Lunch card (buy 8 lunches get one free)
07/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
2 of the 3 times my partner and I have been to El Palenque we've found bones in our food, and I believe the third time we didn't find any bones because all we ordered was the spicy guac. I just don't understand paying more than I would at Chevy's for a meal with bone shards in it. If they had been whole bones, say a boned chicken leg, I might not be opposed, but both occasions the bone shards were in a wrapped food vessel (burrito and enchillada). I know Chevy's is by no means authentic, but at least when I pay seventeen dollars for a meal I don't gnaw into bones. The guac is awesome though, there's many different choices, and the S.A. hot chocolate is decent but not overly spicy. Pretty much anything that doesn't have bones.
06/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Stick to the Salvadoran platters, guacamole and Mexican hot chocolate and you will be happy you went. Leave the more ""Mexican"" part of the menu - that's what taquerias are for. A platter for 2 with cheese bread, papusa, plantano and cream...that's all you need. casual atmosphere, take a while for the check to come so just be ready to relax.
01/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I am no snob by any means but you can go to most Mexican fast food restaurants in Portland and get better food than you pay more for here. I had fajitas with steak, it tasted like beef jerky that fell in the dirt. My date had enchiladas that looked and tasted like sloppy and cheap. Margaritas were too sweet...I won't go on. Normally I would not trash a restaurant but I searched citysearch trying to impress my girl visiting from NYC were the Mexican stinks, this place is rated 9.9 in Mexican by Citysearch! Come on people! I've had better meals at Taco Bell, I'm losing faith in Citysearh!
12/18/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Friendly and helpful service in this cozy little place made sure we will be going back again. We had questions about a few different menu items, and the server was very pleasant in describing the various dishes.
Live guitar music, playing softly, while we enjoyed our meal added to the overall experience.
With the exception of the margaritas, $6.99 for a 16oz serving was too high, plus a little more tequila would have been nice, the prices were very reasonable. Stick with a beer if you want alcohol with your meal.
The guacamole, salsa and warm fresh corn chips were fantastic. After we were done eating, we sat and listened to the music while finishing our drinks. Our server, (maybe the owner?), brought us a generous complimentary sample of their dessert-style cheese bread. It was warm, fresh and delicious. We will be going here again!
09/04/2005Provided by Citysearch -
El Palenque is a great, out-of-the-way restaurant if you want something other than standard or chain fast food. They offer Salvadorian fare (a rarity in Portland) and the Mexican dishes are delicious. The salsa is first-rate. Probably the best part about El Palenque is the great service you'll get. It's family-owned and the owner/manager/waiter/busboy is super nice and always willing to tell you something about the food or culture of his country.
07/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
First off I'd just like to say I don't like to write a bad review about a restaurant, but I recently had food to go from here. In the past I had eaten in the restaurant and a decent meal. This time I had the ""Salvadorean Double Combination"" with the cheese and black bean pupusa and the what was supposed to be the Chicken Salvadorian tamale. The pupusa was a big tasteless blob of dough, cheese and a few beans. The ""chicken"" tamale turned out to be a vegetarian tamale with four small pieces of carrot and three small pieces of bell pepper, wrapped in a thick glop of greasy cornmeal. This plus a drink came to $13. For half that I could've had three tacos and a drink at the Taco place on Bybee.
07/08/2005Provided by Citysearch -
El Palenque is not on the map yet so always a table to sit at. Of course service is limited so don't expect someone to be at your elbow waiting to fill your water (unless it is the owner, she's a sweetheart).
Besides lacking servers, the food is very good. Always happy to very very happy with meals - the guac is fabulous.
Not the top place in town, but very good and worthy of your business.