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El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant

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160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
+1 970-586-4377
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Tucson, Arizona
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263 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Stopped by for mexican food. The service was a little slow and the server dropped one of the entrees, making the second entree late. Wound up getting it to go, which made for tasty leftovers. The servings are generous and food tasty. Overall, I would go back if I am in the area.

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Thank Richard H
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

We read rave reviews about this restaurant and was looking forward to authentic Mexican fare. However, it was just so-so for us. As it's all a matter of personal taste, that shouldn't stop you from trying it. The place filled up after we arrived, so a lot of locals frequent it, as well as tourists.

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Thank mdl955
Gallatin, Tennessee
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

I've eaten a lot of Mexican food, but this was unusual. The salsa was OK, but more like a sauce - very runny. Chips were good, not greasy at all. What was different for me was that they used a lot of cheddar cheese instead of a white cheese. Taco and enchilada weren't very good. Service was OK. It was... More 

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Rugby
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130 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015

Having read some of the reviews on rip advisor for this restaurant I really wasn't sure about trying it but I really shouldn't have been concerned it was fantastic. The staff were really friendly with big smiles, the chips and salsa were awesome and the portion sizes were huge. We both had the mixed fajitas, there was so much meat... More 

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Thank Martintracy
Memphis, TN
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here on a Monday evening. The restaurant was only about 1/3 full but the service was slow. The chips and salsa were good, my margarita was tasty and my husbands beer was cold. We split an order of fajitas. It was more than enough for the two of us. Not the best I've had... More 

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Thank SusanOMemphis
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

Only saw one actual server at lunch on a busy Friday at noon. He clearly couldn't keep up as we didn't see him again from the time we ordered food until after we had finished and waited another 15 minutes for the hostess to walk by (she actually delivered the food to the table) The food was very bland and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Was staying at hotel across the street. Was looking for something close. I was not expecting much. Great experience started when I walked in. Was greeted with a huge smile. I got there a few minutes after lunch menu time was over. No issue.....wonderful young lady took my "lunch order". I got the lunch burrito. It was simply great. Going... More 

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Thank Jay H
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

OMG - why this place doesn't already have five stars is crazy. I grew up in CA. Living in RI, I've really missed good Mexican food. I eat it every time I visit family in CA. I had no idea I'd find the BEST Mexican food in CO! I'm on an extended conference trip hiking in the mountains and staying... More 

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Thank Judy V
Drake, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

I live in the Drake Estes Park area, and this is my go-to lunch spot. The chicken carnitas are just amazing. Hector is always on top of it when we come in. Service is always quick and polite. Don't hesitate to give them a try!!

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Thank Joshua L
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Stopped in this little hole in the wall on a whim, and was thoroughly disappointed. The food was edible, but that's really the only positive thing I can say. Atmosphere was terrible, food was overpriced,and the wait was a little longer than I would have liked. Take my advice and if you see this place just keep on driving.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?