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El Mercado

) #473 of 3,128 Restaurants in Austin ££ - £££ Mexican,
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
+1 512-477-7689
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  • Excellent20%
  • Very good47%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“enchiladas” (11 reviews)
“taco plate” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
££ - £££
1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
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Reviewed yesterday

The El Mercado has been in Austin way before I ever came to Austin, and it is still going strong. So one knows that the food is good no matter what time of the day or night you want to eat.

Thank 106cliffordw
Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn't look like much from outside, but once inside it opens up into quite a spacious restaurant that is very nicely and tastefully decorated. The smoked brisket enchiladas were excellent and the beans, for once no mere sideshow, are lavishly flavored with bacon and...More

Thank Erik L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good Tex-Mex. Say it again, good Tex-Mex! Three of us had business lunch and so getting the salsa and chips re-filled on each walk by was a big plus. Enchiladas are very good and prepared the authentic Tex-Mex way; chile relleno is roasted rather than...More

Thank CperiodLperiod
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The food was alright but the server Danielle was rude and b***** after we spoke with manager about a bill issue as she didn't understand the question about happy hour prior to us ordering drinks. When we paid she was so rude she throw the...More

Thank Travis J
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Nice atmosphere. Service is good and the food is better than average. Chips were a little stale otherwise ok. Worth giving it a try.

Thank diverpilot66
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed an enchilada, beans, and rice brought home by my daughter. It was delicious! I love the happy hours, the continuously served salsa and chips. The different specialty drinks are great and the beer is inexpensive. The waiters are eager to please.

Thank Gloria L
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went there for a drink during happy hours. The sign said that they served a food buffe for free during happy hours. The buffe was almost empty, just some sad left-overs. The drink, one of their signature Margaritas, was the worse ever - Tequila (don't...More

Thank Matgla
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch on a Saturday. I had the chicken burrito and my husband the breakfast burrito. Both were fantastic. I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank kansas_2003
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Almost as if you stepped into a restaurant in Mexico! It is an old established place with very good food.

Thank CAH6145
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Fantastic - as long as you buy a drink there is a buffet that is complimentary - the food is delicious

Thank yasminr73
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1702 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701-1316
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 512-477-7689
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