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El Sombrero Patio Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-3222
+1 575-524-9911
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 20:30
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A weary traveler finally arrives at her destination only to have to begin the search for food she can eat. Thankfully my cousin knew of this place. If you need detailed lists of ingredients you need to call early in the day. Thankfully they were able to tell me what oil they used, and how they prepped the food so... More 

Thank wenrich2011
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98 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This was our first visit and we will return. We especially enjoyed lunch on the patio with excellent and friendly service. The gorditos and the El Sombrero tacos were very good and are well recommended. Prices were competitive, the menu enticing and the food very good.

Thank MontanaTzar
Busan, South Korea
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170 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

I like the atmosphere at El Sombrero although it's almost always crowded when I'm there (usually for lunch). This time around, we hit it after finding out that the line at Nellie's was too long. I was really craving some gorditas, and El sombrero stepped in to fill the void. Service was friendly and relatively fast considering the lunch crowd.... More 

Thank Nelson P
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here and the food was amazing!!!! By far my favorite place to eat when in Las Cruces!! There red enchiladas are incredible !!! I've also had there rainbow enchiladas which are red, green & sour cream and they were all really tasty! This place draws a big crowd if you have lunch or dinner here your prolly going... More 

Thank qsmom
Las Cruces, NM
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I'd like to give this place 5 stars because I'm a regular and loyal customer. It's been awhile now that I notice the level of service dramatically declines evenings and weekends. I've come to the conclusion Ana Alicia or (Lucia?) is keeping this place from shutting down. Without her the food is not as good, the service is terrible! I've... More 

Thank roadtripinn
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

I've been going to "The Hat" for years and it is typically my first or second restaurants when I visit LC. The have great combinations (number 5 is my favorite), great rainbow enchiladas. Parking is a bit tight, but you can park across Espina. Come a bit early or you will have to wait for 10 minutes or so. It... More 

Thank TheFinanceProfessor
Dallas, Texas
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The Mexican food was very good. The location is not overly large, but the service was good and we were able to get a large party in and out in a timely manner on a Saturday evening. The nachos are good (and huge) and the rolled tacos are also good.

Thank Brad L
New Mexico
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216 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This was a really great place to eat. Recently they hired new staff and the service is not as good as it had been in the past. I have been there several times and my order has come out incorrect quite a few times. They blamed it on the new kitchen staff. I was there this evening and was pleased... More 

Thank Madison8582
Columbus, Ohio
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

In my opinion, El Sombrero has always been one of the best Mexican restaurants in Las Cruces. This quaint and beautifully quirky casual roadside eatery serves up a fun dining atmosphere. The menu is diverse, delicious and priced well. The ambience is a perfect fit. Try their lunch and dinner specials or just go for it off the menu. For... More 

2 Thank Judah H
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I am writing this review as a complaint. My wife and I have eaten here numerous times after discovering it several months ago. The food is great, that is not the issue. They have daily specials during the week and that is where the problem lies. We went there last Friday before 1 PM and both ordered their enchilada lunch... More 

2 Thank jarbra15

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 363 S Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-3222
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Las Cruces
  • Phone Number: +1 575-524-9911

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