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110 Astro Shopping Ctr, Newark, DE 19711-7254
+1 302-894-9000
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11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I used to go here all of the time but will not go back again. While the salsa is really good, the food has gotten more expensive. The service is so-so. They began up charging for basic proteins that are not more before. But the real reason I won't return is based on principle - if you pay cash, they... More 

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Thank Santorini06252009
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner. Ordered frozen margarita to start out the meal. Was watered down and couldn't even taste the alcohol. Sent it back for a margarita on the rocks. Just as bad. The El Jefe fajitas, guac, salsa, and chips were good. Wouldn't return based on the margaritas...$6 for watered down maragitas ruined the good food.

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Thank RJK0826
Newark, Delaware
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Stopped in for the 1st time this past weekend for late lunch. Chips were warm, the salsa was just a bit tangy, and the quacamole was fresh. All tasted homemade and were delicious. Menu was pretty straightforward, traditional Mexican fare. Had the pollo a la tampiqueña, grilled chicken, onions, & peppers, which came with rice, refried beans, & choice of... More 

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Thank Tiki-Bobby
Newark, Delaware
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We had 5 people in the group. We were hoping to have a few drinks and then dinner. The music was way too loud in the dining area. We asked the waiter to turn down the volume and was told the volume could not be adjusted. There were several families with small kids. It was impossible to carry on a... More 

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Thank David E
Level Contributor
53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

We weren't impressed having lunch here a year or so ago. Dinner tonight was much better. Good menu selection. Food was tasty. Service was excellent. Music was playing a little bit loud.

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Thank J. Roy C
Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

I loved being in Newark visiting students and having the choice of Quesedillas, Guacamole, and more – this was amazing. The inside was everything I’d expect a Mexican restaurant to be and represent, the food was authentic and delicious, and the service was perfect. For at least five of us, the price was crazy reasonable – the music authentically Mexican,... More 

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Thank HarryBrake72
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

Great chips and salsa, if you like heat ask for the salsa verde. The food is very good and it is not pricey.

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Thank KT J
Newark, Delaware
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015

Great: Salsa, it's hot & spicy which goes great with the chips. Hot sauce I requested with the enchiladas was pretty amazing. Although it wasn't really that hot, there was a ton of flavour and the heat sneaks up after a while. Server was very nice, helpful and gracious. Good: Enchiladas con Cangrego, crab enchiladas did have lump crabmeat which... More 

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Thank Tony C
Bear, DE
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

I've been here a couple of times, and it is pretty good, but I've had better for much less cost. Don't get me wrong, they are not that expensive, but for what they charge, it could be bettter. Service has been okay, place has nice decor and has been clean during my visits. My favorite dish at this retaurant (can't... More 

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Thank Timothy P
Leesville, Louisiana
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

I have been to sooooo many " authentic " mexican restaurants and I always get beef enchiladas with the regular red sauce that comes pretty standard at every mexican place. At El Jefe the "red" sauce was so dark it was almost the color of chocolate. I even asked the waiter are you sure this is the red sauce?? My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 Astro Shopping Ctr, Newark, DE 19711-7254
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 302-894-9000

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