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About El Camino - Priority Seating
Louisville, KY 40206
El Camino is an authentic Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. The ambiance of the restaurant is fitting for a Latin environment, setting the mood for a great meal to come. The chicken enchiladas are a house specialty, as is the taco salad with all the fixings. Each meal at El Camino is served with chips and salsa to further enhance your taste buds.
With tiki cocktails forming the basis for happy hour, El Camino is a great place to gather with friends and colleagues after a long day at the office. It has plenty of appetizers to fill up even the most ravenous of eaters, with a range of beers and wines also available for order.
Mexican, Hawaiian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We made reservations, we asked for a quieter table as it was our anniversary. When we arrived we were told our table was not ready yet, no problem, we were OK waiting for a nice table. After a 20 minute wait (during which 5 others were seated)we were seated at a booth up front at the entrance right in front of bar...loudest spot. FOOD/DRINK was AMAZING. Service was erratic and slow. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner but, we're underwhelmed by rest of experience. Definitely make a reservation on weekends, place was packed. Just don't expect your table right when you get there because you had a "reservation"...
The food was great, the service was great, and the drinks were great. The Brussels Spouts salad was delicious. My only complaint is that the large table they chose for our group had a large outdoor fire pit in the middle, which made it very hard to carry on a conversation across it.
Soon as we walked thru the doors and told them my name they took us outside and seated us!!! First time to come here and they were having a pig roast, for free!!! And a free movie and this occurs every sunday!!! They're drinks aren't for my taste cuz I'm a girly girl and they didn't have any sweet drinks. But my husband liked his drink!! Waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks.
This is an excellent foodie find in the Highlands area with its Mexican inspired decorations and laid back atmosphere. They serve up some mean tacos that I can personally attest to. Last night, we went for for the weekly pig roast followed by a full buffet of ready-made items to make excellent tacos. Along with the roast pig, there was a mixture of onions and cilantro, black beans, and multiple sauces. Fun and delicious! I'll definitely be back for more!
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