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“Nice lunch on the lakefront”

El Puerto Mexicana Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 43 Restaurants in Fox Lake
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Batavia, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice lunch on the lakefront”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 via mobile

We wanted to sit by the lake and enjoy our lunch. We were not disappointed. The service was great and food very tasty. If you want a good view of the lake ask to be seated in the room off to the right.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Steve S
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Wheeling, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Feels like you're on vacation!”
Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

Celebrated Cinco de Mayo on the patio! Service was excellent. Recommend the Ultimate Margaritas and the yummy .

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank janmac50
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Fox Lake, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great food, great drinks, great location....you won't be disappointed.”
Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

We love this place. The food is very, very good and the margaritas and pina coladas are excellent.

The food is authentic and very flavorful. The chips, salsa and guacamole start off very well and the dinners are superb. I tend to lean towards either the burrito ranchero suiza or the chicken enchiladas, while my wife loves their veggi quesadillas. We occasionally will split a chicken and beef fajitas dinner but no matter what we order, we've never been disappointed.

We've also never had a bad drink. Whether frozen or on the rocks, the drinks are always perfect. The regular margaritas with salt or the fruit margaritas with sugar, they all hit the spot every time. On mother's day, the moms in our group really love the pina coladas in a coconut shell.

One note, during the summer when the boat docks are full and the patio tables are all taken, don't expect to dine and dash. They get very busy and on summer nights on the weekends, the service can take a while. Not necessarily a bad thing, just don't be in a rush. Have some chips and salsa, a pitcher of margaritas and enjoy the evening. The food will come out piping hot and be excellent for sure.

If you have a chance to go by boat, do it and enjoy a great evening. We do and we love it.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank bass-fan
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Lake County, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Authentically Prepared Mexican Food”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

This restaurant does a very good job at offering authentic Mexican Cuisine. My bowl of chicken vegetable soup, served in a very large bowl tasted great, had a lot of vegetables, and contained two whole stewed chicken wings! The other 7 members of our group were also very satisfied with the food as well as the prompt service.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Larry J
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Great food- relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

My family loves this restaurant. The wait staff is very attentive and the food is great. I love the arroz con pollo and so does my 2-year-old. They have a fabulous mole sauce for their enchiladas, as well. The restaurant is right on the water which allows for a fabulous view, but also makes the restaurant busy in the summer months. If you want quality Mexican food, visit El Puerto.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank ssmorse
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