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Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant Interior

It all began in the summer of 1989, when entrepreneurs James Young, Chuck Anderson and Dirk Rambo opened the first Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant in Amarillo, Texas. The founders’ goal was simple. To open not just a restaurant serving delicious, made-from-scratch Mexican food at every day prices, but a place where guests of all ages could come together to experience the unique flavors, along with the art and culture of Mexico – all in a casual, comfortable setting.

Nearly three decades later, with 39 restaurants located in 13 states throughout the nation and more openings planned for the future, the success of Abuelo’s has surpassed the founders’ original dreams.

Each Abuelo’s restaurant is designed as an open-air Mexican courtyard with a mix of both modern and traditional Mexican decor.

We love to talk about our made-from-scratch dishes, each one made from the heart and crafted with pride from Chef Luis Sanchez’s family recipes. We use only the freshest, finest ingredients in all our dishes from our scratch-made salsas, sauces and sides, to our hand-rolled enchiladas, traditional TexMex items and unique House Specialties.

At Abuelo’s, our team members have an incredible sense of pride in everything we do, from the food we serve to the gracious hospitality we provide. On each visit, we’re happy to “welcome you into our home” and our passion ensures you have a great experience each and every time. It’s this dedication to our food and service that has secured Abuelo’s ranking as the #1 Mexican Restaurant in America since 2006 by consumers, as published in the nation’s more respected consumer rating magazine.

The Abuelo’s story is simple. Extraordinary flavor, impeccable service and memorable experiences – plus every day value.

Abuelo's Executive Chef Luis Sanchez

Executive Chef

Chef Luis Sanchez

"I love to re-create recipes from our past, recipes from our families and from our friends."

It's true! Abuelo's Mexican Restaurants makes everything fresh daily. Chef Luis Sánchez tells us why and explains his passion for made-from-scratch cooking at Abuelo's.

See Chef Luis Cook