About El Camino - Priority Seating
El Camino is a monument to the beach towns of Southern California, and SoCal surf culture in particular.
* This restaurant uses a Priority Seating style of reservation. Priority Seating means that your party will go to the top of any wait list when you arrive at the restaurant, and you will be seated at the first available table that will accommodate your party when your full party is present. To make a traditional reservation for a party 8 +, please call us directly.
The kitchen prepares truly authentic Mexican street food from scratch. The bar does artisanal tiki drinks. And, our large vinyl collection of surf music from across the eras, spins on the turntable around the clock.
Mexican, Hawaiian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
El Camino - Priority Seating Ratings and Reviews
Food and cocktails were great as usual h ...
Food and cocktails were great as usual however our server was very sarcastic and mocked my husband several times. He took away from our dining experience a little bit.
Normally a very good experience, somethi ...
Normally a very good experience, something was off with the a/c unit and it made the experience a little miserable because most of us were sweating. Also, the bill did not match up with prices on menu, was a bit confused about that. The drinks were good, as usual.
Didn't require the priority seating for ...
Didn't require the priority seating for brunch on Father's Day, but nice to have the option just in case. Service and food are always great. Love the laid back atmosphere outdoors.
Street tacos, tiki drinks, local beers, ...
Street tacos, tiki drinks, local beers, all well executed and well chosen. We arrived a little earlier than our reservation, no problem. Asked for a different table, no problem. Our server was really friendly, drinks were well made and the food was terrific. We will definitely return.
This restaurant offers plenty of outdoor ...
This restaurant offers plenty of outdoor seating and if you're not up for that, you can sit by the open garage door and get the feeling of being outdoors, while staying under cover. Now, onto the food, which was amazing from the chips and mucho guac, grilled shrimp dish, and the kitchen sink burrito. As a vegetarian, I was grateful and very satisfied with the kale and black bean taco with the side sweet potatoes. The server was helpful, friendly, yet unobtrusive.
We dined on a Friday evening. The restau ...
We dined on a Friday evening. The restaurant was busy. The priority seating worked very well and provided us with an excellent outdoor table. Our food was prepared very well and we enjoyed the experience.
8 Michiganders dined at El Camino and we ...
8 Michiganders dined at El Camino and we all thought the food was outstanding!! Fun place, lively atmosphere, cool décor! We loved it!
Great creative food experience!
Great creative food experience!
Just way to expensive for drinks and not ...
Just way to expensive for drinks and not enough food choices!!! Doubtful we will go back due to that!
Recommend using open table for this hot ...
Recommend using open table for this hot spot! Need to reserve a few days ahead for a busy Friday night. Food was great and red sangria delicious- not your run of the mill sweet stuff. Music selection got a little strange and loud during dinner but that wouldn't deter me from future visits.
Mother's Day Service Lacking
I've been to El Camino many times, and on occasion I experience less than stellar service, but otherwise am generally satisfied. However, on Mothers Day I was really disappointed in what seemed to be a lack of preparation on the restaurants part. The service was really slow and very unreliable. We had maybe 3-4 different people wait on us over the course of our meal. It took quite a while to even be greeted, took extra time to get our drinks and general table service was really lacking. The guy who initially said he was our server and that he would "be right back" ended up not taking our order and only really showing up towards the end of the meal. I didn't really know whose service I was tipping, as there were so many different visitors and the service was so poor. I'll let this one slide, but there is no excuse for that kind of situation, especially on a known high holy day in restaurant culture.
Our server Robin was outstanding, funny ...
Our server Robin was outstanding, funny and personable. Food and drinks were great. We had the queso, guac, and a variety of tacos. Could not have had a better Cinco de Mayo experience!
The music was way too loud.
The music was way too loud.
I wanted to love it
I've been to this establishment about 3 or 4 times and I've never been overly impressed. The service on my last visit wasn't good at all. I asked for a Maker's and Diet. I'm born and raised in Louisville and I'm not tourist dummy. When I got my bill the drink cost me $16.00 that's outrageous for even markets like New York. I couldn't find the server so I asked the bartender what the deal was. He informed me that it was a special Makers the bar ordered and it has a premium price. I had never heard of such a Maker's besides the 46 and Cast strength versions. I would have never added diet coke to a premium bourbon. I think it would have been nice to know this as I was ordering. I'm not sure I will go back. There are much better places with similar fair and better service and prices.
The food and service at El Camino was excellent!! We had a wonderful evening on the patio and enjoyed trying at least one bite of just about every taco on the menu.
El camino is awesome! I think they have ...
El camino is awesome! I think they have one of the best wait staff in Louisville.
Tacos are exceptional. Just keep in mind ...
Tacos are exceptional. Just keep in mind they are small. The pork was a little too fatty for me as an entree, but it had a nice flavor. Guacamole and sauces with chips were great. Waitress was helpful. Not overly friendly but very efficient. No complaints. Love this find for a causal and great place to eat.
great birthday experience
I brought 8 of my friends from out of town here for my birthday. We had priority seating but still waited about 30 minutes to get a table. Not a big deal for me since I was drinking alcohol out of a tiki cup! The service was great. Our server was incredible and even got me a birthday shot. We ordered one of those giant alcohol bowls to share (recommend 3-4 people if you're actually trying to drink). Food was delicious! Really fun place to bring guests.
Extremely slow on a Thursday night. While food and service was good, only 5 tables at 730pm. Never picked up. Hopefully this restaurant survives.
Very cool place. I was immediately seate ...
Very cool place. I was immediately seated while waiting for a friend. Hostess kept her eye out for him and sent him my way. The staff was very friendly and the food was good. The tacos are priced right. The rest of the menu seemed overpriced to me.
So. Much. Fun.
Went in for a pre-bachelorette party dinner. The food was amazing. Robin was super attentive and made our visit memorable. The drinks were great, and came out quick. Can't wait to go back and try other tacos!
We always have a good experience here, t ...
We always have a good experience here, the tacos are delicious and the wait time for food is unbelievably short; definitely a place to go when you're super hungry.
Always a fiesta
This lively Mexican restaurant serves up delicious cocktails, memorable meals wrapped in a Californian vibe that shouldn't be missed ... especially if you're trying to escape the winter blues. Highly recommended!
Delicious food. Good value for the a la carte tacos! Nice drinks list but pricey. Interesting atmosphere. Overall highly recommended.
Great service with an engaging and atten ...
Great service with an engaging and attentive server.
Will be back!
Got the salmon & the guacamole. They were both amazing!! Highly recommend this restaurant. The margaritas are delish too! Can't go wrong here.
Interesting and unique drinks, food was good and atmosphere was very nice.
Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday brunch. The server was very knowledgable about all of the dishes. Everything was fresh and the flavors were outstanding. We tried the chips and 4 salsas for an appetizer with our bloody Mary's. My friend enjoyed the Rancheros and I had the Chilaquiles. Both dishes came out hot and delicious. We will definitely be back.
Service was quick and the staff was extr ...
Service was quick and the staff was extremely accommodating, the food was great.
Scores high marks in all categories
Many Mexican restaurant choices in town. This one great one. Good: Menu offers up a great variety of unique flavors. Service for me has been friendly to very friendly. Interior atmosphere is almost impossible to beat and the decor is uber-groovy! Caution: Like many popular restaurants, it gets crowded and there can be a hefty wait.
Excellent food & vibrant, unique ambiance
The moment we arrived, the scene was set for a relaxed and upbeat dinner. Cool SoCal vibe makes you feel instantly in-the-know on the local food scene. Extensive rum, mescal, and tequila cocktail list, good beer selection. Mucho guac a must. Awesome tacos, salmon, half chicken, and salads. Great service.
Loved the pig roast. Thank you!!!
Loved the pig roast. Thank you!!!
Friday night 9/18/15
The food - tacos were good, the salmon was very distinctive and savory. The drinks - daiquiris an run and soda were also noteworthy. Service - waitstaff, bar and kitchen were surprisingly slow given indoor seating was not full.
The brunch menu is indicative of the unique style that El Camino has. Food is very good and portions are generous.
Great food & ambiance!
First time @ El Camino; invited by another couple. Phenomenal food and ambiance...arrived @ 7pm & left @ 11:30pm. Staff was superb and all worked as a team; very courteous & friendly. Recommend as the place to go (and stay) on a Friday or Saturday evening with friends and / or family!
Enjoyed brunch, have a smaller menu but several good options. Flexible with special requests.
Portions are very small
Portions are very small and flavor inconsistent from each visit. Nice atmosphere but not a value.
It was our first visit to El Camino, but we love the Silver Dollar. We got a great table inside looking out to bardstown. We told our server we were not in a hurry and we were not rushed at all - very nice! The guacamole was the best in Louisville, in my opionion. The chips were freshly made and our tacos were great. We will go back.
great food, bad table
The food was wonderful. We booked the priority seating on Open Table. We were seated promptly however we were sat at a high - back and my date was wearing a dress. Also, the AC dripped onto our table. Everything else was great.
We love going to El Camino but the waiters there always seem put out when you ask for something. It's like I am dealing with the high school version of myself, except the servers are not in high school, and I am paying to deal with them. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere, snooty servers. A real deterrent.
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