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El Palenque

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177 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1810
+1 808-622-5829
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank goodness for El Palenque! Whenever we have a hankering for Mexican food, we go there. The regular clientele is made up of soldiers stationed at Schofield and Wheeler. The place is tiny and has only 6 or 8 tables. The decor is identical to what you would see in a mom-n-pop Mexican place in Texas. We have liked everything... More 

Thank hkbuck
Pearl City, Hawaii
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178 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I ate at El Palenque today with a friend after hearing several great reviews from coworkers. I was a little hesitant after trying horrendous Mexican food on island. This place, however, did not disappoint! I ordered a mixed plate of a beef enchilada and a chicken chimichanga,which came with a side of rice and beans and a salad. When I... More 

Thank Constantly T
Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Authentic spice and ingredients. Prices are fantastic for the proportion. Some of the friendliest staff on island. Stop reading and go try it out, worst case youll be full and out $10.

Thank boyd579
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Great food but not the best seating, only have 8 tables so if your party is bigger than 4 you'll have to sit at 2 different tables. If you love Mexican food you will enjoy El Palenque and their servers are wonderful.

Thank Dawn I
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

The wife and I were brought to this restaurant by relatives that live nearby and it turned out to be the best Mexican restaurant that we had on Oahu; out of three total. The pork chili verde was delicious, and I asked for the hottest sauce they had, which was incredibly hot. Beyond Thai hot, but not quite Ghost Pepper... More 

Thank jarmstrong27
Bergen, Norway
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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

I live for Mexican food and there are different types of Mexican food. Sometimes I want that American type and sometimes I want that home style traditional Mexican. I have been going to El Palenque for years and it never fails to satisfy my craving for authentic Mexican. A tip: because I am so dang needy I tend to order... More 

Thank rialoha
Baltimore, Maryland
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Came to this little hole in the wall for lunch. Food to me was tasty and fresh. I really enjoyed the Guacamole. Real fresh and yummy. The salsa was too hot for my taste buds. The service was fast and friendly. I will return and try something new. When the food is freshly prepared you don't mind being adventurous. The... More 

Thank Dee Dee T
Honolulu, Hawaii
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I was very impressed with the taste of the salsa, and the food porsupuesto! I am half Mexican so I think I know Mexican food when I taste it. I ordered the mole platillo, it is a very tasty mole, not to be confused with mole poblano. The serving are extremely big, so come hungry. My friend had the tamales... More 

Thank gusano1
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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161 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

I've had take out from this place a few times because I used to work near by and never really cared for it. There are much better Mexican restaurants on Oahu and I wouldn't recommend this place to others. The carne asada my friend and I had was like eating thick beef jerky. It was dry and tough with no... More 

Thank Lopaka M
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

Small, hole in the wall, nothing fancy, no bright lights or sparkly chandeliers but the food was awesome!! Tasty Mexican food in good portions! Kinda pricey for Mexican food (especially if you're use to cheap Mexican food in Cali) but portions are descent and bottom line, the food is good! Even though it's kinda hard to find parking, I'll be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1810
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Wahiawa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-622-5829

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