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L & J Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
+1 915-566-8418
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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El Paso, Texas
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Any establishment that includes in its history being a place where soldiers from the nearby installation could come to buy bootleg liquor should be interesting. L&J is unique in El Paso, but these days it serves excellent "border" food in a busy, friendly space across from an historic graveyard. It's always crowded, but the service is fast, and tables turn... More 

Thank 590Bryan72
El Paso, Texas
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Super cool place to eat. They say it is haunted. The food is very good also. speedy service and friendly staff albeit they were very busy.

Thank vickiepingo
Amarillo, Texas
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473 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a "must stop" if you're visiting El Paso. Historic and authentic, L&J will give you a taste of old El Paso. It is very popular, and you should expect a wait no matter when you go. The food is authentic and excellent, but it is pricey too. I had the chili con carne, tortilla soup, and red and... More 

Thank TrueTexasTraveler
Farmington, Michigan
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I were in El Paso to visit family who took us to L&J on our first night in town. This was a great place to have our first dinner! The food was great, the beer selection while not large does the job, and the service was not only quick but also attentive! We will return for another... More 

Thank Dave H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this place through Trip Advisor reviews while visiting El Paso on vacation from Ohio. The staff was friendly and the food was outstanding. Too much to eat it all! Went on a Monday late morning, parking was a little tough but we found a spot and got right in, no waiting. Super good cinnamon coffee, and we ordered... More 

Thank Missy S
Palm Harbor, Florida
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were only in town for a day and a half so we had to get our fill of Mexican food. Went on TripAdvisor and found the top rated Mexican restaurant and it did not disappoint! The green chilis and the Mole rock! Very reasonable but it would be worth it at double the price!

Thank Mike M
Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Mexican food...great service...everything was wonderful ...if You are in El Paso do not miss! We had the green chili chicken enchilladas ...which were the best ever..and steak tacos ....would like to come back for a week and try everything ! Not expensive

Thank Debi T
El Paso
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we have been visiting L & J Cafe for over 35 years, I can honestly say it is netter than ever. They have expanded, moving the kitchen and offices, while addind two more dining rooms, hiring much more staff and refurbishing the whole restaurant. It looks as fresh as the food. Speaking of the food, it is the best!... More 

Thank rfbreton
El Paso, Texas
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

L&Js is a local legend restaurant in the heart of El Paso. Some know it as "The restaurant by the cemetery." If there is one negative about L&Js it's that it's small and can get very crowded during lunch. However, good atmosphere good Mexican food and I enjoy there Chili Colorado.

Thank austintexas1193
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Initially turned around and left since I couldn't figure out where to find the hostess stand. Decided to give it another try several weeks later. Finally found a place to check in after making my way past the bar. Glad I gave it another shot. Good food.

Thank Alicia H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3622 E Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903-4421
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  El Paso
  • Phone Number: +1 915-566-8418

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