El Paraiso Restaurant

25252 Jeronimo Rd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630


  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Free Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
El Paraíso is a Salvadoran restaurant in Lake Forest. It prepares sit-down platters: aromatic soups of chicken, beef or cow's foot with about four different squashes and potatoes; nicely grilled meats; and yucca sancochada, a golden, chewy version of the tuber doused with lemon. But no matter who's ordering what or working where, everyone who comes to El Paraíso forks through at least two chewy, sweet pupusas, the Salvadoran griddle cake that's the sole unifier of the fractious Central American nation.

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  • No. 52: Huarache de Carnitas at El Paraiso
    Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. by Niyaz Pirani

    A meal at El Paraiso feels as if you're a guest in someone's home. The same staff is always there and always hard at work in this Salvadorian kitchen no matter what time of day, forming pupusas, shredding cabbage for curtido and pou...

  • El Paraiso
    Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 12 a.m.

    Photo by Matt OttoAmongst the well-manicured lawns of Lake Forest, in between rows of suburbia and the ceaseless traffic of El Toro Road, is El Paraíso, a sweaty, loud, unkempt Salvadoran restaurant that outdoes any Santa Ana...

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