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“Could have been more enjoyable...”
Review of El Capitano

El Capitano
Ranked #100 of 410 Restaurants in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Didsbury, Canada
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80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Could have been more enjoyable...”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

We came here on the advice of our taxi driver, and probably would have missed it entirely if we had just been walking by on the street.
The décor is open air under tarps, and we had a table by the beach, after sunset.
The food and service was good - My husband loves seafood, so quite enjoyed his meal. I'm not a seafood person, but was still able to enjoy the tortilla soup and chicken fajitas. Our complimentary appetizer was chips served with a tasty chipotle salsa and queso (which is somewhat like fine cottage cheese in texture).
Unfortunately, what made this dining experience highly unpleasant was that they permitted cigarette smoking right at the tables... even being outside, the breeze blowing it around was enough to trigger an asthma attack for me, and I was unable to finish eating my meal.
Also somewhat annoying were the vendors trying to sell stuff or coerce you into a timeshare presentation. There was a musician who went around to tables offering to play music (for a 50 peso fee per song).

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Cary F
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  • English first
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Loved it! Beautiful evening dining!”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We told our cab driver we wanted to go for seafood somewhere, and he recommended this place. We absolutley loved it!
The selection at this place was awesome, and all the food was so delicious! The menu is a bit hard to read, but you can rest assured that you will have a wonderful meal and experience, and the service was excellent.
Pricing is very reasonable: one of us got the "lobster" which was actually 2 lobsters all prepared and served with rice and veggie sides for about 200 pesos.
We were dining after dark and the weather was so mild and thesound of the water was so nice!
Before we left they made sure we had some Cervezas to go with us as we walked back to our resort along the beach!

Visited February 2014
Thank BeckyBeeWhoTravels
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesome food and service”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

The food is amazing fresh seafood. You can sit at a table on the beach while you eat. Vendors do come and go. But while we were there maybe 3 came and left when we said no thanks. No hassle at all. It was an awesome experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Devin V
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530 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Terrific Tortilla Soup”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Lovely location on the beach, viewing Isla Pajaro and Isla Venedo. Pleasant, efficient service. Scrumptious tortilla soup, tasty squid "chicharon". We visited El Capitano for lunch and were very satisfied.

Visited December 2013
Thank Richard289
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Prepare to be accosted during your dinner”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Our taxi drivers recommended this place. Whether they really like it or have some other motivation, we'll never know for sure. The restaurant has an awesome beachfront view of the ocean and Deer Island. The food and service were average. Prices were average for the Golden Zone. What we'll remember most about our dinner was the thirty or so beach vendors that interrupted our dinner. We expect this on the beach, but not to such a degree while at the dinner table. The worst was a Mariachi band who came unsolicited to our table, and played 2 songs. We gave them 50 pesos (about $5) but they demanded 200 pesos. We said no, so there were some words, and they finally left. Meanwhile, the restaurant staff stood by and did nothing. Afterward we discussed this with our waiter who appeared to be the manager or owner and he said this was not the first time for this problem, but I wondered why the staff ignores it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mark R
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