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Welcome to Lago!

About Us


Our Story

“LAGO” is the Spanish word for “Lake”. Located right off the lakefront of Lake Pontchartain, in Mandeville, LA, we are aptly named. We specialize in authentic Mexican dishes that use the freshest ingredient available. Menu items are made fresh daily, including our homemade salsa and guacamole.

Some of our favorite dishes include the Molcajete (pronounced Mol-cah-hay-tay), which is a bunch of grilled meats served in a traditional stone bowl. We’re also known for a our seafood, quesadillas, authentic tacos, South of the Border entrees, & numerous Lunch & Dinner combination plates. There’s a little something to satisfy everyone’s tastes at Lago!

We’re locally owned & operated by Jose Rangel and Martin Velasquez. Jose and Martin immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacan, one of the Southern-most Mexican states. Michoacan, in the native tongue, means “Place of Fishermen”, and is well known throughout Mexico as an important producer of fishing & seafood. It is their love of the water and seafood that attracted Jose & Martin to Southeast Louisiana.

We hope you will come to visit us soon. We look forward to serving you and your family!

Community Commitment

We're Local

Lago’s takes great pride in its strong ties to the local community, actively engaging in various outreach programs and initiatives. From sponsoring local events to collaborating with nearby businesses and schools, we are dedicated to nurturing a sense of togetherness and supporting the community that has warmly embraced us for years.

Nurturing Local Talent

School Sponsorships

At Lago, we love our vibrant Northshore community. We proudly sponsor local bands and schools, such as the FHS Crimson Band, to support and nurture the artistic and educational talents of our young residents. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has embraced us for so long, fostering a harmonious environment where everyone can thrive.


Birthday Celebrations

Celebrating your birthday at Lago Mexican Restaurant is an experience filled with authentic flavors and warm hospitality. Our vibrant ambiance, coupled with our mouthwatering Mexican dishes and signature cocktails, creates the perfect backdrop for a memorable celebration.

Customer Reviews:

"My family eats here almost daily. The food is delicious."


– Rhiannon Moore

"Always consistent. Great food. Fun for quick lunch or dinner with friends"


– Clancey Powell

"Highly recommend this family restaurant. The street quesadilla is a guilty pleasure."


– Nathan Pierce

"Great experience! You have to try it!"


– Blaire Tsang

"Mexican experience with personal touch."


– Virender Ajmani