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El Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
+1 909-337-9529
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
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Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Lake Arrowhead, California
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been to Papagayos for quite some time and now I remember why. We started with a couple of margaritas. They were good, but nothing to brag about. When we were served the chips and salsa we found the salsa to be average at best. The salsa is just ok. It does not taste like homemade but purchased... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Every time I come here, it is fun, tasty, and pleasant! I love this restaurant. The waitress is always helpful. Though they get very busy and loud..it doesn't take away from the experience. The food is delicious to boot!

Thank AprilJFree
Phoenix, Arizona
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501 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Have been here several times when visiting Lake Arrowhead over the years. The food is always average , the service is always average.. nothing special about either, but people seem to like it anyway. I have high hopes each time because the decor is so neat inside and the design so unique. This is the last standing building from the... More 

Thank northernk
Lake Arrowhead, California
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Papagayos has been around for over 30 years and is always a great place to stop for Mexican food and super margaritas... During the summer they have an outdoor patio overlooking the lake where you can just enjoy the lazy summer nights and chill with margaritas. Fun place!

Thank dagmarsabat
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The food is wonderful and authentic tasting. Not greasy. One order can be shared by 2-3 people. Even their kids meal was big. Excellent service. Wonderful view of the lake. Walking distance to the saddleback inn. Very nice and cozy.

Thank Ayah E
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I were spending some time in Lake Arrowhead, and were looking for a place to eat. Papagayo's sounded good, so we went to the village to eat there. The decor looks cool, and it is pretty busy there. But our table was sticky, a menu was covered in salsa, and the food was ok, nothing special. If... More 

Thank Ethan J
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

This is the best Mexican I have had in a very long time. And I've had access to some of the best in Orange County and LA. I will always plan a night out when up in Arrowhead just to eat here.

Thank CarolWilcox
Santa Clarita, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The food was great. Service was a little less than attentive but overall it was a friendly, reasonable, yummy place.

Thank Holly T
Vancouver, Washington
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144 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Didn't see to many places to eat at Lake Arrowhead so picked El Papagayos and enjoyed the food and staff.

Thank Bruce B
Bigfork, Montana
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A fun place for lunch or dinner. Great margarita's, fun atmosphere. Good service and the food is very good!

Thank Judi E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28200 Highway 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-9700
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Arrowhead
  • Phone Number: +1 909-337-9529

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