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El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant

160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
+1 970-586-4377
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“chips and salsa” (29 reviews)
“burrito” (26 reviews)
“pollo” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
££ - £££
160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This restaurant looked like one of those "hole in the wall" good restaurants from the outside, with little ambience but the expectation of good food. Not the case. The Enchillladas and tacos that we ordered had almost no flavor (not sure how that can happen...More

Thank Randy J
Reviewed 25 September 2016

First visit and we all had great meals. Enchiladas and Chile Rellenos were delicious. The service was good. Restaurant was crowded- always a good sign. Will def. return.

Thank kcm53
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Went looking for a good Mexican food place and this was recommended. Glad we went as the enchiladas, tacos, and tamales were delicious! Several tables near us had fajitas that made me wish I had ordered them although what I had was really good. Staff...More

Thank 321USAtraveler123
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We ate here on our last day at Estes Park. It was very good Mexican food! Good chili rellenos and enchiladas! The restaurant isn't fancy, but the food was excellent!!

Thank Txcardinal
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Recommended by our Hotel as the local's favorite. The food was just average and the service matched. The best thing was their top shelf Margarita which was about 5 tiny glasses out of a shaker and was outstanding.

Thank rllbol
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This restaurant is Mexican, all right. The entire staff is Mexican, and pretty recently arrived from the accents. Our waitress struggled with English, so I struggled with Spanish trying to ask how to say "Ice Tea" in Spanish. This was great fun. The food is...More

Thank MnVan
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The most authentic Mexican food we've had in Estes so far. They have a large menu and extensive margarita menu as well! We had the fajitas and chile rellenos. Delicious! And our waitress was so very sweet and very helpful. The location is just outside...More

Thank L L
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Ate here twice: shrimp enchiladas then chicken enchiladas. Shrimp was firm with good flavor, served in a smoky red-green sauce combo. Chicken was marinated (not chopped chunks like so many inauthentic or Tex-Mex places). An unscientific scan of other patrons' plates and reactions, especially to...More

Thank JBlue1962
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We really enjoy that this place is "off the beaten path" -- When restaurants in town are crowded, El Mex-Kal always has a spot for you and a smile to go with it. Good chips and salsa, nice view of the mountains, efficient waitstaff and...More

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 1 September 2016

The chili relleno was the biggest I'd ever seen and made with a fresh poblano pepper. The cholupa was as big as the plate and stuffed with a generous portion of meat. The salsa is very good. The regular margarita was very ordinary and rather...More

Thank Tracy M
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Response from EstesLass | Reviewed this property |
Ditto to the other answer: the best option is to call the restaurant directly.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-586-4377
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