El Papagayo

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 14 reviews )

5804 Marconi Ave, Carmichael, California, USA, 95608

Serves meat, vegan options available. Mexican food from different regions of Mexico, under current ownership since 2013. Still has a separate vegetarian menu which includes tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, tostadas that can be prepared with tofu, vegetarian chorizo (soyrizo), nopal cactus, potatoes, vegetarian ceviche, and possibly vegan cheese and sour cream upon request (ask - and let happycow know). Fresh salsas at the salad bar. Vegans be sure to specify. Open Wed-Sun 10:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Non-veg

Reviews (14)

First Review by adrianvette

Huge portions, full page of vegan options - Edit

This place is very popular.
Serves all you can eat nachos with vegan salsas.
Prices are very good and portions are huge.
The owner and her family are vegan.
Has a full page of vegan options.
Gluten free and soy free options.

Pros: Plenty of seating, Huge portions, Plenty of parking

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Love this place! - Edit

We've been dining here frequently for the last year or so, and we've never had any problems or an unsatisfactory meal. The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful with the vegan menu, gives great recommendations and ensures safe ordering with color coded pens specificity for vegan food. Everything we've tried so far has been a hit, the chimichanga is anyways a go to. Unlimited & help yourself chips and salsa bar.

Pros: Great service, Incredible vegan food, Fast service

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“Don’t Miss This 5-Star Foodie Stop!” - Edit

Wow... this place will fast become one of your regular "Foodie Stops." The cuisine is incredible and the place is so clean and picturesque that you will be telling all your friends and family, and yes even your esteemed work colleagues, about this fantastic place. Vege, Vegan, Vegetarian... or NOT, it just doesn't matter when you are talking about flavor. Vegans especially, will find it hard to be mad at these guys who also serve meat because someone in this establishment has to be Vegan with all the attention and special menu details they give to Vegan eating (Yes, that's Daiya Cheese you're eating there). We tried every vegan taco on the Wednesday All-You-Can-Eat-Tacos Special along with the most delightful rice and beans. The beans were so good that when I visit next, I'm going to ask them if I can hold the rice so I can have “double” beans. You'll just have to try El Papagayo for yourself because there is no way to do justice to the entire "Restaurant Experience" without giving your taste buds a first-hand experience. Try it... you'll thank yourself, for sure!

Pros: Amazing V-Food!, Fantastic Staff, Beautiful & Immaculate Place

Cons: No negative “Cons” at all!

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Five Star Rating for Vegan Menu - Edit

I love the food at El Papagayo. Rosa and her family make authentic vegan Mexican food. So many choices! On Wednesday nights they have all you can eat vegan tacos and rice and beans. Can't be missed!

Pros: Vegan Chili Colorado , Vegan Mushroom Rancheros , The beans and rice

Cons: none

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Best Mexican Food!!! - Edit

Hands down the best Mexican food ever! Service was amazing! Lots and lots of vegan options. Owned by a vegan family - please support this restaurant!

Pros: Many vegan options

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El Papagayo will not disappoint! - Edit

Oh my gaaaahd! I love El Papagayo! The restaurant is absolutely beautiful inside, the furniture is great, there are beautiful murals, the bathroom is even pretty! The woman who I assume is the owner (because she floats around the restaurant like a really helpful and welcoming hummingbird) is so nice!

The vegetarian menu has so much variety and is easy to veganize. There is no confusion about veganizing things either, they totally get it and I don't feel like I'm a hassle when I order here :] The first time I came, I order a taco plate, which comes with beans and rice, and there was cheese sprinkled on top. I apprehensively stared at my plate and hoped it wasn't dairy cheese because I had clarified when I ordered that I needed my food vegan and I didn't want to offend her by double/triple checking its vegan-ness (but I didn't want to eat dairy cheese either). So I sat for a minute and looked confused I guess and the lovely owner seriously walked right up to me, clapped me on the shoulder, and said "Yes, that's vegan cheese! We know vegans here, we love vegans!" How awesome! I dug right in and the food was delicious! I've been back multiple times since, most recently I got the mushroom enchiladas plate for dinner. With an included side of beans and rice it was my dinner and my lunch :) All the guys I've talked to who work there are really nice and helpful too.

-there are a lot of vegan options here
-they cook with a lot of delicious veggies! this isn't boring, vegan food
-the salsa bar is exactly what you want it to be (oooh is that mango in there? Damn that is good!)
-the staff is friendly and really helpful
-you get your money's worth
-They love vegans!!

El Papagayo is my favorite restaurant with vegan food outside of the midtown area, if they were in midtown they would tie for my first place (with Queen Sheba). Take the drive out there, vegans, they're worth it!

Pros: sweethearts, delicious food, lots of veggies

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Great food and nice place. - Edit

Wonderful veggie fajitas and enchiladas. Very kid friendly.

Pros: Great Food, Price, Relaxe atmosphere

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Super friendly, they love their vegan customers - Edit

This restaurant is pretty (colorful carved wood table tops, chair backs, picture frames), the food delicious and a great value, the staff super friendly! Just tell them you are vegan and they use vegan cheese and sour cream. Check out the photos :)

Pros: delicious, friendly, pretty

Cons: they also serve meat

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Amazing service and food - Edit

When I first walked in I was reminded of a traditional mexican joint, they had the soft music playing and the owner greeted us right away and said we had our choice of seats. Service was amazing, the salsa bar was exceptional and right away we saw a separate menu for vegetarians. My boyfriend and I are vegan and my dad is not and the vegetarian menu was easily adaptable to accomodate us. We decided to be naughty and got the chimichanga- out of this world, the flavors were complex and we subbed out guacamole, cheese and sour cream for avacado and a yummy sauce. We also got their ceviche toastada, I had to double check and make sure it was vegan because it tasted so close. My dad who is anti vegan ate some of my chimichanga because the portion was so large and he absolutely loved it. We are from Reno, and the owner thanked us for coming from so far and was very kind. Great food, I was extremely pleased to see a mexican food restaurant so willing to accommodate us veggies. I'll definitely come back whenever I'm heading into Sacramento!

Pros: amazing food, full of flavor, great service, great price

Cons: not open until 11

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oh yeah. - Edit

This food was fantastic.I had their vegan soyrizo burrito and it was large and in charge. Soo good.

I tried a bit of everything that night. The party I was with tried almost half of their massive vegan menu. Very good food, amazing service, definitely worth popping into. One of my favorites in town now.

Pros: excellent food, family run business, sweet people

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Great for vegan, vegetarian, and even carnivores! - Edit

Loving this place. They truly have something for everyone. Our carnivore friends liked the meat dishes, and us vegans and vegetarians get our own full menu with plenty of tasty and creative dishes. A must-go for vegetarians and vegans and pretty good for carnivores too...

Pros: Great vegetarian and vegan menu also, Good prices, Nice owner

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Great - Edit

Family-run restaurant, they're savvy to the ingredients and can tell you whether something has eggs, gelatin, milk, cheese, etc. A full vegan/vegetarian menu is available.

Pros: Nice people, Home-style food

Cons: Hidden behind a gas station

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Great for Vegetarians! - Edit

We went here for the first time last night and were pleasantly surprised at the extensive vegetarian options available and wonderful fresh salsa bar. We had a soyrizo taco and potato mole enchiladas and both were great. There was a great sear on the soyrizo and we would definitely come back. We can't wait to try the tofu tacos and faux ceviche tostada.

Pros: Extensive Veg Menu, Great Owner service, Delicious fresh salsa bar

Cons: Food is a little salty, Margaritas aren't fresh, Waitress who took order was confused

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My first time and looking forward to many more. - Edit

This place is absolutely amazing. We went for the first time last week after seeing the location on Happy Cow. They have separate menus with some vegan dishes, many vegetarian and a separate non-veg menu. They were most helpful explaing the veg items with sincerity. The food was delicious and well prepared. The family run establishment has brought there talents from the resort venues of Mexico and have made truly original dishes. The salsas are self serve and wonderful. The atmosphere is very nice and clean the interior has an open feeling.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: closed Mondays, closed Tuesday

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