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El Portal Mexican Grill

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12598 Mountain Mesa Rd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9721
+1 760-379-2779
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Jackson, Wyoming
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3.5 stars for good food but we were not happy with the carne asada. Typically carne asada is flat meat, full of flavor. The carne asada served here was a thicker, tougher meat that lacked flavor. Get that right and the score goes up to 4.5 😊 Service was good, atmosphere good though the lighting is pretty bright (a pet... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Good, basic Mexican dishes. Not fancy, but comfortable with good, friendly service. Their chili verde is excellent. Located directly across the road from Lake Isabella in Mountain Mesa.

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Thank pjb422017
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Not a gourmet Mexican restaurant, but they serve great tasting food in abundant quantities. I personally dare you to try to finish a whole burrito grande! Full menu includes everything that most people would expect on a Mexican menu. We eat there frequently, if the tells you anythinh.

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Thank Bill D
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

friendly, casual place where locals gather. food is freshly made and served hot. This is a regular stop for us when eating out.

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Thank DonnaZ28
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

I love this place!! always busy . . but always get a table, I live in Orange Co and come up here every other month and always make a trip for dinner or lunch here... the owner is bomb, always on top of everything... the Chili Rellano is what I always get... these are awesome!! Great cook and service, NEVER... More 

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Thank Stauder F
California
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291 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

This is not a fancy place and is simply decorated, but the food is good. I had the vegetarian quesadilla and it came with a large dollop of sour cream. It was very good and filled me up. The complementary chips were excellent. The salsa was very watery, but it had good flavor and wasn't too spicy. Service was very... More 

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WOFFORD HEIGHTS
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

There is nothing we have had that we wouldn't have again. The staff is friendly and accomodating. We have had take-out and eaten in as well. We always make it a point to stop here when we are in the area for lunch or dinner.

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Thank Kelly L
Caliente, California
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

The El Portal Mexican Grill in Lake Isabella IS CLOSED PERMANENTLY. If you want to go to an El Portal, you'll have to get back on Hwy 178 and take it East for about 7 - 8 miles to Mountain Mesa --- You'll see it on the right just as you get into town.

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Thank Alan P
Downey, California
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

We love this restaurant for a number of reasons. In the summer, nice and cool. Comfy booths. Winter? It can be windy out, but not in here! Only the smell of good food blows around inside, and lots of stories. The decoration or design is really cool too. Lots of seating, and room for big groups by combining tables. Prices... More 

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Lake Isabella, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

We are locals and eat at El Portal regularly. Our daughter loves the chicken quesadilla, our son loves the shredded beef burrito (wet), my husband loves the chile verde pork burrito (it is pretty spicy all on its own), and I think their chile rellenos are some of the best I've ever had. The rellenos are small, so order more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12598 Mountain Mesa Rd, Lake Isabella, CA 93240-9721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Isabella
  • Phone Number: +1 760-379-2779

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