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El Portal Restaurant

695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
+1 626-795-8553
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“mole” (6 reviews)
“pork” (8 reviews)
“black beans” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be one of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever eaten at. I particularly love Yucatec style of Mexican cuisine which isn't easy to find in the U.S. I ordered the Yucatan Trio which has the both chicken and pork samplings cooked in...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank theycallmekacey
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My 2 favorite dishes are the chicken wrapped in a banana leaf and the pork with mole. On weekends they are mariachis and the margaritas are really good sized.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chrisinpasadena
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Best Mexican I've ever eaten. Great food, efficient waiters, packed patio, beautiful evening. Couldn't ask for anything more. El Portal is sort of hidden off Colorado St. Take the time to find it.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank PAT S
Reviewed 1 July 2018

They have a very nice menu with authentic Mexican food. The bar is good and all prices are reasonable.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Gene G
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Wow! The food is excellent at El Portal. My friend had her post wedding celebration here. It was a small party of 25 and they had a buffet. The bride and groom are vegetarians. No problemo! Cheese enchaladas, chillies relleno and the most incredible black...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Peglegbbh
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

This restaurant has authentic, delicious Mexican food. Nestled in an alley down from Colorado Avenue, it has lovely outdoor and indoor seating, great service, and even female mariachis on Sunday nights!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank myriamgbst
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Miami is not known for its Mexican cuisine other than a few good places in Homestead. I have spent a fair amount of time in Denver at some good dive Mexican places and a great dive in West LA. But Pasadena is not a dive...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank GreyTravelor
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

El Portal sits hidden away in an alley off of Colorado Blvd. it is delicious, has great waiters, and the ambiance is perfect, especially if you decide to sit outside. We went for lunch, sat outside, and loved it. The quesadilla I ordered was the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank myriamgbst
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Very cool and amazing! Good food, and kind staff. Very mexican tradizional. Tacos and mexican eggs superlative. Modello beer, top.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank mauriziotoni
Reviewed 11 April 2018

My husband and I had a romantic getaway in Pasadena. For dinner we were fortunate to discover the El Portal Restaurant for dinner. (We parked for free on Colorado Boulevard.) The brick courtyard was charming, and there was live music for entertainment. The inside of...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank AlaskaCA
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
10:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2149
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-8553
  • E-mail
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