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El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
+1 909-337-9529
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Loma Linda, California
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

The food was pretty OK, not that special but good and filling. On the expensive side but not bad for the location. Great view of the lake out the window, though, and great service.

Thank msdebra007
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in Lake Arrowhead for the weekend to help with our grandkids while our daughter and her husband attended a wedding. Our first night there we didn't have the kids so we decided to check out the surrounding area. We came across the shopping villages and restaurants surrounding the lake. There were several options but we decided to try... More 

Thank SusanRickR
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The service was awesome, Very good Mexican food and the Margaritas are killer good. The bar is a great place to meet and greet. Saluting your girlfriends birthday.

Thank Carole E
Corona, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Not a lot too choose from at a very badly underutilized and mismanaged Lake Arrowhead Village so this was a pleasant surprise. We arrived between crowds at about 3:00 pm on a Friday so it wasn't real busy and we were seated immediately. Our waitress was very nice and helpful and spent a lot of time talking with us about... More 

1 Thank MilMascaras
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Papagayos has been in Lake arrowhead for 30+ years- the Village location is it's second housing. It's good, standard Americanized Mexican food. You don't come here expecting incredible Mexican food- but the service is great and last night I enjoyed the Enchiladas Rancheras. And I know their burritos are enormous. It's one of the best choices in the Village, hands... More 

Thank rsmmama
Carlsbad, California
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I have been going to Papagayos for great Mexican food over 30 years. Since they have moved to the "Village" at Lake Arrowhead the meals and service has only gotten better. Last week I had the chicken wrap with an ice cold beer after a 10 mile hike. It was a heavenly combination. I really like their tostata grande plus... More 

Thank LaCostaKeith
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

You want an authentic Mexican food taste so Good that you are not satisfied with one plate You got to get more and more !!!! No brainer If you love Mexican food then this is it !

Thank Kamyar C
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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243 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

My family and I had lunch here on 22 May and it was fine but no more than that. Tacos, enchiladas and taco salad were our entrees and they were all tasty. The service was good and the bill, for a party of five, was reasonable at $86.

Thank Faxon B
Palm Desert, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here for my husband's birthday. The service and food were great; the margaritas, the best. I had chili verde which is one of my favorite Mexican dishes, and it was wonderful.

Thank Linda B
La Quinta, CA
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We have had both breakfast and lunch at this lovely restaurant and have enjoyed both experiences. Lovely views of the lake from some tables and now an outside area is also available when the weather is sunny. A welcoming basket of chips starts you off. We decided not to have chips with breakfast and instead ordered from what we thought... More 

Thank Nitrobrune

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Arrowhead
  • Phone Number: +1 909-337-9529

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?