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Serving California Mexican from family recipes that have been passed down through generations in our family. Enjoy your favorite meal and drink from our bar. Enjoy favorites such as burritos, enchiladas, chile rellenos, fajitas with your margarita of choice or Mexican beer.

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Located in Historic Downtown Shakopee
American Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Mexican Restaurants, Steak Houses, Seafood Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, Family Style, Mexican, American, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes


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Will L.



Pablo's Mexican Restaurant did a fabulous job catering our rehearsal dinner. They took care of every detail from presentation to clean up.




Every time I visit this place the staff is rude. I have been talked down to and interrupted. Train your staff better Pablo's! Food is ok, a little overpriced. Not that authentic and I can get better chips and salsa and a better quesadilla at Chili's.



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I Love this place

Pablo's happens to be my favorite Mexican place to eat! I love the Chile Rellenos and the Carne Asada Tacos are fabulous! This place needs to market their salsa, I would eat it everyday if I could, it has so much flavor. The extra hot salsa is a bit spicy for me, but if you add a little to the mild it is out of this world! Now that they make their own chips, it is perfect!



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I really like the new chips at Pablos !

I have been eating at Pablos for the last 5 years. I have always had great service and great food. The only thing that was missing was a great chip. They started making their own chips. I have alway's liked there fresh salsa, and these chips really go good with it. If you haven't been there since they changed their chips, you will want to go try them.

Lady Jefferson


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I went to Pablo's the other night with my friends to celebrate a birthday. Missy was our server. She was awesome! I had the Carne Asada Tacos and they were wonderful. And I can't stop eating those dang chips either!



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Have the Shredded Pork Chimichanga with Enchilada sauce

I just had lunch at Pablo's and had great service from Missy the waitress. I usually get the ground beef enchilada's and love them. Today Missy talked me into the shredded pork chimichanga with enchilada sauce. It is the bomb. Don't forget to try the Margarita's also. They are very reasonably priced.



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Minnesotas best Mexican Restaurant

Pablos is a family owned business since 1986. Their food is made fresh to order and thrown in the oven(the plates are sooo hot you can't touch them), obviously not microwaved! Try the Mucho Grande and add one of their new sauces, Chlie verde is awesome! The handshaken blanco margarita is to die for, I could live off those!



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frozen tex-mex at best!!!


I wish they actually had grown adults working here. Their staff consisted of 16 year old kids, not sure if anyone working was over the age of 20? We went because of good ratings from people, and a coupon because we just moved to the area. From previously living in the cities where the mexican restaurants are actually mexican! Extremely disappointed the food had absolutely no extra flavor added, and tasted like mostly frozen product. The sampler plater is the best laugh! Don't waste the money on it, barely worth it with half off coupon.


Our waiter was actually pleasant. He was timely and upbeat, only forgot to bring extra salsa to the table, but was pretty on key other then that. It was kind of ironic when he finally asked if everything was tasting ok, and my boyfriend responded,""Average, at best."" The waiters response back was,""Thats to bad, im sorry."" In a chipper upbeat way, kinda weird like he has heard this before and its just like a broken record to him.

Over all save your time and money and just drive down to El Toro which is not much father, still in Shakopee.

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Best Mexican food ever!!!!

I absolutely love Pablo's!!! There spicy beef is out of this world!!! All the food is totally mouth watering and there dinks are very big and good! This is a wonderful place to eat and not expensive at all! Have to give it a try! I am so happy I live close!!!



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Not the Best Mex Place in the Metro

I've been to many Mexican restaurants in the metro including El Loro in Savage, Burnsville and Crystal, La Casita in Roseville, Azteca in Burnsville, Baja Sol Cantina in Eden Prairie, Chula Vista in St. Paul and Don Pablo's in Bloomington.

Pablo's in Shakopee was recommended by my friend's co-worker but I do not know why. It was by far the worst Mexican eating experience I have ever had. Obviously people who like this restaurant do not go out much at all!

I could cook better Mexican food at home! I ordered the enchiladas and the meat was profusely salty and re-fried beans were cold and really salty and crusty. They both seriously tasted like frozen mex dinners you get in the store. We came at the normal dinner hour, not like it was right before close. The chips and salsa were blah--I have eaten much better ones at the other restaurants listed above. There were four of us eating and we all had to agree that our food sucked. I left over half of my meal on my plate and I never do that since Mexican is usually my favorite type of food.

If you do want the best Mexican in the Metro go to El Loro in Savage. I have been there countless times and I am always satisfied! This is what traditional Mexican food should taste like!!!!! It shouldn't taste like a TV dinner!!!



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HUGE margaritas!!

Wonderful wait staff, we had a very friendly waitress and the food was 100% perfect! I ordered the biggest Margarita ive ever seen (almost embarrasing)
overall this is a great family place.



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Not the Great restaurant it USED to be!

Been going to Pablo's over 13 years, last 4 years food quality / menu changeing, good items disappearing, overall experience becoming disappointing. Last night, 7/30/08 for wife's birthday, was last straw. poor service, I don't care attitude, obviously kitchen management poor, we won't be back. Was GREAT for 1st ten years however.



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Friendly service. Good drinks.

The food was good, it just tasted good, but it almost tasted like somebody that was good making mexican food invited you to eat at their house more than restaurant food. Salsa was great. Service was nice also. Good drinks. Good value.



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Best Mecican Restaurant in the Twin Cites Area

I've been working at Pablo's since August of 2007. The food is to die for. That may be bias, but the reason i wanted to work there is because i loved there food. I highly recomend this place, and ordering a ""Mucho Grande"" Thats a buritto, enchilada, taco, and rice or beans. I'm a cook and I can tell you that we always use clean plates and stuff. We also get many comments about how clean the restaurant is. There are three things I don't like about Pablo's. The small work space the cooks have, The insanely busy Friday, and Saturday nights, and the size of the restaurant. We get more and more successful each year, and the restaurant cannot grow any more. To sum things up this is definately worth a shot. Generally the people that don't like Pablo's just aren't fans of mexican food.



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Ho-Hum, not worthy of the hype

I'm new to the Twin Cities and I was looking for a mexican place that could become my favorite while I'm staying here. After looking over the reviews on CitySearch I decided to give Pablo's a try. My girlfriend and I ended up there on a Saturday night at around 8:45 pm. The parking lot was not well lit, and there was maybe 10 people in the place. Once inside it took the staff about 3 minutes to realize we were there. Once seated our waitress provided us water, 2 cups of salsa and some stale chips that tasted like they had just come out of the bag. We ordered one of their very large burritos and a combination platter, all chicken, with a taco, burrito, an enchildada, and rice. The waitress had to come back and ask if I wanted rice or beans.

The food arrived hot, but the large burrito that other reviewers found to be good was more lettuce than anything else. The tea was flat, thankfully the rootbeer I ordered on a whim was good. The decor of the place was kitschy, I wondered if the Corona beer guy left most of his marketing materials there and they used it to add ambience to the place. I hate to be negative but this is not a place I would recommend. I've ate Mexican food in many places and tried many variations...this was...just underwhelming, and IMHO not worth the drive from anywhere in the Twin Cities to try. Look elsewhere.



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Best Mexican food - worth the drive

This is by far the best Mexican food around. It's worth the drive to experience it, too. It's gets a little crowded on weekends but definitely worth the wait. Everything I've had there is good. And the staff is so nice. Give it a try, I think you'll enjoy it.



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Pablo's never fails to be great

We eat at Pablo's VERY OFTEN because it never fails to be a good experience for everyone. It is very family-friendly and great for large groups. The food is wonderful - I highly recommend the chile rellenos and tortilla soup. The salsa is so fresh-tasting and you can buy containers of as take out (so the menu says - and someday I will do this). The staff is always very welcoming, accommodating, polite, and speedy. Also - get a ""cactus margarita"" - I am hooked on them!



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User review by kchellse

I had heard a lot about how great the shredded beef burrito was and it did not disappoint. What was disappointing was half way though the meal one of the employees decided it was time to vacuum the dinning room! It was an hour before closing and there were 5 tables still eating. I could not hear my wife the rest of the meal!

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