One of the finest Tucson Restaurants...El Parador's intention is to exceed your expectations by offering you innovative and authentic Gourmet Mexican ... More
One of the finest Tucson Restaurants...El Parador's intention is to exceed your expectations by offering you innovative and authentic Gourmet Mexican Latino Cusine in a lush, tropical garden with service that attends to your genuine care and comfort.
went to el parador thinking that the food as going to be the best
and was I wrong
I ordered the green corn tamales with rice and beans
never had i tasted bad food the tamales tasted like they were microwaved and the rice was still hard and crunchy!!!
My husbands food was bland and taste less
ordered a Cadillac margarita watered down and filled with mostly ice in a 6 oz cup for 8 bucks
and the waitress Becky was no good at serving!!!!!!
PEOPLE BEWARE !!!
THE FOOD IS NO GOOD AND TASTESLESS
NEVER GOING BACK THEIR AGAIN OR TELLING OUR FRIENDS TO EAT THERE
This place was hit and miss for me. The first time I came here, I tried the Prickly Pear Chicken (I figure that any tourist should have at least one dish featuring Prickly Pear when visiting Tucson), and it was a fabulous blend of sweet and spicy on a fair piece of chicken. The second time I visited craving the same dish, and suffered through an entirely different dish before giving up. Everything was off this night -- even the margarita tasted bad, and I've never had that happen. And finally, during this second night, I caught sight of a cockroach in the bathroom, which was the final touch for the night. The band promised to start playing within the hour, but I couldn't wait that long to get out.
The place looked great from the street.. Had the entire family come from out of town to meet at the establishment for a suprise b-day party for our mom... Asolutely the worst experience of my life-- this place sucks! The foo and service is horrible. Spare youself the problem and stay away from El Parador! Tucson has plenty of great mexican food- don't waste your time here!
Went here on a Friday night whim ... had driven by the place after work several times and thought it looked interesting. What we found inside was a brightly colored restaurant with a lot of curb appeal and little substance.
The wait staff who was serving the night we went for dinner was all high school teeny boppers. None of them seemed to take their job very seriously and the service was predictably slow and unresponsive.
My wife and I love Margaritas and thought that we would sample El Parador's ... since this is an essential Mexican cocktail we thought that they would do the drink justice. What we received was the worst tasting Margaritas we had ever had the opportunity to drink in our lives. I am pretty sure you could get better tasting Margaritas at just about any dive bar in Tucson. It seriously tasted like dish soap, Mr. T's Margarita Mix, and bottom shelf tequila. My wife and I never return anything ... just based on principle ... and we returned these drinks.
Oh....and the food...the food was also horrible. I ordered the carnitas w/ pork and my wife ordered the fish tacos. I expected the carnitas to be thinly sliced pieces of pork w/ onions, bell peppers, and spices. What I got was burnt pork chops with some spices on top covered in undercooked onions. I tried cutting the pork chops w/ a butter knife (since they didn't provide a steak knife) and I was woefully incapable of cutting through the stale swine. Even after asking for a steak knife cutting through the pork and chewing it later was a pain.
My wife said that the fish tacos weren't horrible ... but she also added that she had better at just about every Mexican food establishment in Tucson and probably would rate several Mexican fast food establishment's fish tacos over El Parador's (i.e. La Salsa, Rubios, etc...).
I don't know, if anyone is reading this and is looking for a restaurant to take their family that serves Mexican food you should try Rosa's on Campbell and Ft. Lowell. What you will find their is outstanding Mexican food at a good value. On the Border also provides above average Mexican fare with a more generic feel. I for one will be avoiding El Parador in the future.
The food tastes so fantastic,but it was the atmosphere that grabbed me. The bright colors and lots of greenery made the place feel so warm and homey. The food was served with flair! The servers were very friendly and helpful with their suggestions. We had guests from out of town and they really enjoyed the experience! We were so thankful to El Parador for being such a hit!
When I first set up the details for my wedding reception, it all seemed great. We reserved a room towards the front that had good ambience and an outdoor patio for smokers. Well, the day of my wedding they said they had to change the room due to an electrical problem! We got stuck in a generic room in the back that was brightly lit. Because it was bigger, our sound system came out muddy sounding, it was awful (we just turned it off). My husband (THE GROOM) had to keep nagging at them for EVERYTHING...even to get the food service started! They didn't prepare the kids meals I had ordered and the whole experience was LAME. What a horrible memory of my wedding reception. I WOULD NOT recommend them, even though their prices are very affordable. (The main reason I chose them.) They have awful service. (OH, and there ended up being NOTHING wrong with the original room we had reserved...I think they were just being lazy.)
Also, when I complained about everything afterwards, they told me t
Pros: The building is interesting, and I enjoyed learning about its history as an up-scale shopping center in the 50s. Friendly service, and an eclectic Tucson feel overall.
Cons: The food didn't do anything for me. Everything was nice looking, but very bland. The salsa didn't help, and seemed designed for the other lunching office-ladies filling the dining room. Might be good entry-level mexican for extremely timid midwesterners, but certainly not for foodies.
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