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“Tom O”
Review of El Paragua

El Paragua
Ranked #1 of 48 Restaurants in Espanola
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Tom O”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

After an spending all day fly fishing on the Rio Grande in New Mexico, we decided to stop in Espanola, New Mexico and have an early dinner at a restaurant we have passed by on our many travels through New Mexico. It's in a rustic stone built two story structure located on a main road leading out of Espanola towards Chimayo.
Inside it's a warm cozy restaurant with one of the friendliest staff we have ever encountered. They were constantly filling our water glasses, taking away dirty dishes and just being warm and friendly.

For dinner, we decided to eat light and share an entree plus have a drink. We split a frozen Sangria margarita which was plentiful and delicious. They also served fresh chips and a great mildly hot salsa. We selected the Pollo Mexicana which is one half a chicken served with outstanding beans, fresh warm tortillas and a de pico sauce. Because we were splitting dinner, it was an extra $4.50 which included a 2nd salad and a 2nd sopapilla. Why have desert when you can have a deliciously cooked sopapilla with fresh honey. Yummm.
There was nothing we could find wrong with our meal and even took home part of our chicken there was so much food. We even ordered a soft drink with the meal and the total price came to only $42.00 which included a 20% tip. Would we go here again? Without hesitation. I'm glad we found a new restaurant that is so good and only 20 minutes from Santa Fe.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Best Northern New Mexican cuisine in the state.”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

You can't go wrong with any of the dishes here. The Enchilada Atencio is one of my personal favs.
In readng other reviews of this place, I disagree with the statements of overpricing. I think it is middle of the road. I prefer to sit and relax here with a margarita, rather then go to a taco stand type place where there is no atmosphere. Granted the place could use a little spiffing-up, but that is some of the charm. Try the steaks, superb.

  • Visited April 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good food but pricey”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We were expecting to sample some true northern NM food, but the food was a little bland and the chile was not hot. The service was so-so. There were 8 in our party and we all felt the food was just ok and a little expensive.

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

This was a horrible experience! The hype of El Paragua is overrated and extremely overpriced! C'mon beans and rice is dirt cheap! They turn their entrees into a 25$ dollar s***y enchilada. Service is so so...the place is a dump that severely needs to be cleaned! The angry atmosphere begins with a rude bartender. Do family a favor and avoid this place like the plauge!

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Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Thanks, but no”
Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the history of the building and restaurant, but that was about it. Found it to be over priced for ok food and average size portions. Went to McDonald's to fill up after dinner. I like spicy food, but found an underlying lack of flavor Beneath the spice. Service was efficient but impersonal.

Went to a small place in a strip mall down the main hwy about a mile the next day and it was much better in flavor and price. Can't remember the name, but it was in a small strip shopping center on the right as you head toward the casinos and up the current of the river. It was know for its Tortugas and we found it on yelp. A real local place. Had paradise or Rainbow in the name maybe.

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