Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina is a chain of Mexican restaurant based in Southern California. It is a casual and relaxed neighborhood restaurant which was founded in Pasadena. Most of their restaurants are located all over Southern California.

acapulco-2Their menu is typical Mexican food; appetizers, tostadas, ensaladas and soups, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, mariscos and desserts. The drinks include margaritas, tequilas, beer and tropical drinks.

We went to their Atwater Village location, Atwater is a district of Los Angeles located northeast of downtown LA. The restaurant has typical Mexican motif with vibrant and bold colors of yellows, oranges and reds.

I had the carnitas which came with Mexican rice, refried beans and a salsa. Carnitas is very popular dish in the Mexican cuisine. Carnitas literally means “little meats” which is braised or roasted pork. The traditional way of cooking carnitas is simmering the meat in a slow heat, seasonings usually includes salt, oregano, bay leaf and crushed garlic.

The meat is really tender, juicy and well seasoned. Most carnitas are usually dry but not the one I had. The Mexican rice is fluffy and not clumpy and also savory. The salsa is very good too and went well with the carnitas.acapulco-3

The service is a five star; the server is very friendly and attentive. The food was served 10 minutes after the order was taken. Food portion is huge you don’t have space for the desserts which I am sure are also great.

Acapulco may be a chain restaurant but their food is very authentic Mexican with great service and it is highly recommended. I have been going to Acapulco for years and they are consistently good.

The restaurant has closed several locations recently due to financial difficulties. The original restaurant located in Pasadena is one of the locations that closed.

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  1. They are good Mexican place they they are financially struggling, some locations have closed.

    Their gigantic margaritas, blended or on the rocks are the best.

  2. Acapulco have got a decent buffet set up at lunch time, so for one low price you can have your fill of beans, rice, quesadillas, tacos, fruit, and grea6t salsa and Margaritas. I spacifically like tacos and rice with their complimentary chips and salsa on the table. The wait staff are friendly and very attentive.

  3. I love most Acapulco locations. Great food and the salsa are wonderful. The wait staff friendly are friendly, great food.but do not believe that the food is worth the prices. I would not go unless I have a coupon. the place has a huge parking lot so that will not be an issue. Overall a great place to have dinner with friends or large groups and share, they have great happy hour .

  4. Their margaritas are the bomb and so huge. Their restaurants are quite pretty some are newly remodeled. Great outdoor patio, nice looking bar, very light and bright indoor dining. Their food isd a very good representation of Mexican cuisine.

  5. Awesome Mexican restaurant for families. I love the chile verde, the pork is really flavorful snd very tender. Comes with rice and beans not so mush a fun of their rice it is dry hope this is a one time thing. Margarita is really cool, they are huge.

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