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El Camino - Priority Seating

El Camino - Priority Seating Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://elfreakingcamino.com
  • Phone: (502) 454-5417
  • Hours of Operation: See Restaurant
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Hawaiian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Camino - Priority Seating
El Camino is a monument to the beach towns of Southern California, and SoCal surf culture in particular.



* This restaurant uses a Priority Seating style of reservation. Priority Seating means that your party will go to the top of any wait list when you arrive at the restaurant, and you will be seated at the first available table that will accommodate your party when your full party is present. To make a traditional reservation for a party 8 +, please call us directly.

The kitchen prepares truly authentic Mexican street food from scratch. The bar does artisanal tiki drinks. And, our large vinyl collection of surf music from across the eras, spins on the turntable around the clock.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Every time we are here, we have a blast! The food is delicious, the atmosphere is great, and the service is solid. Thanks for a fun date night."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "had lunch here on a hot day so ate inside. the hemingway dacquiri was refreshing to start. we got the chips and dip. the chips were addicting and the guac and salsas were great. we tried all the tacos too. our favorites were the pork and fish. wish we could've gone for dinner too."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very good lunch of chips and dips, tacos and the shrimp sand. Everything was great except there was too much bread and too little shrimp on the taco. The cod taco wasn't as good as the pork carnitas."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The setting was laid back, the service was excellent and the food was very good. The food was prepared to prefection with a chef touch from a upscale restaurant. This is a must return to venue."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Cold food and slow service after 10pm. Server spilled food, new food was cold and did not feel well the next day."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We have been to El Camino several times for dinner. It is a fun place to eat, The ambience inside is a lot of fun, with the old Mexican wrestling movies projected on the wall and the day of the dead theme decorations throughout the place. The outside seating is great. One note, you may wan to call the restaurant and ask for outside seating. Food wise -- we have tried several of the entrees and they are well prepared. However, with Louisville such a foodie town, you can get equal or better entrees other places. The street tacos, however, are little bits of heaven, unique to the restaurant and very reasonably priced. Get several of those instead, a good bowl of soup or other appetizer, and some great drinks and life is good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "El Camino is an eclectically designed, rough and tumble Mexican style restaurant with front windows that open wide to the sidewalks of busy Bardstown Road in the Highlands. Diners have the choice of eating indoors on two levels, or outdoors on a spacious patio when the weather is fine! Our server was friendly and ready with suggestions when we had questions about the drink menu. Food was fresh and different from typical Texmex fare; similar to how you might make it at home, if you had the talent! We enjoyed the energy of El Camino."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My party of four loved El Camino. The tortas were excellent and the guacamole is to die for! My husband ordered the pork with grilled kale and he loved it. Our table(outside) was ready when we arrived. Our server Megan was friendly and quite efficient. She really knew the menu too! Margarita was yummy, but pricey. Definitely had a fun evening and we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were with a group of 5 celebrating 2 special occasions. The food was good, but there was a mistake made in my order. I had requested the jalapena aioli to be on the side rather than in the shrimp tacos. This was not done, and I could not eat it due to the spice. However, the server placed an order to the kitchen to correct it and had it put in a box to go home. We had theatre tickets, so we had to leave. She also took it off our bill. I was very impressed with the correction of the problem."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good ambiance. Inconsistent food quality. Bland salsas. Way too expensive/small portions. Service was attentive but didn't communicate very well because the fish in my entree was substituted with another type of fish without letting me know. I would not have ordered it otherwise. Drinks are completely full of ice and are grossly overpriced for the amount of actual liquid in them .. but house drinks were good except the standard margarita was bland and the salt on the rim was powdery. I paid $50 after tip AND discount for miscommunication about the fish and I walked away let down considering the hype of this place. In the end I feel as if it's just another gourmet-wannabe dive glorified with trendy makeup and location."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Excited to try El Camino for the first time, I used OT to secure priority seating! At arrival, we were quickly seated inside at a mid-level table overlooking the bar. Great view and totally renovated from Avalon! We had plenty of time to look at the decor because after sitting there for 10 minutes, no one approached us or even looked our way. Hmm? Still wanting to experience the food, we moved to the outside bar "unescorted," where we were quickly greeted, provided menus and served. This is what we expected from the beginning. The queso fundido (with chorizo) - awesome! Tacos (barbacoa and pastor) - on point! Also, it's amazing how the old surfer films just draw you in! Despite the arrival experience, I'll be back - outside that is!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Totally enjoyed the creative menu and good drinks at El Camino. We ate at the large bar (our choosing) the bartenders were very accommodating . We enjoyed the Roasted Corn with Crab, the Pescado and Kale and Bean Tacos and the Baby Back Ribs. The tacos were smaller so you could try several and reasonable. All very yummy and presented well. The Ribs were fall off the bone tender and enjoyed the wonderful pork flavor with out ton of sauce. You could tell they were fresh and a good cut of meat. We will definitely return - all staff friendly, welcoming, in a casual funky environment. This is the type of restaurant we want on BTown Road! Quality, creative food that makes you want to try it all!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Will not return. Waiter was overbearing & pushy. Black bean soup was barely warm and drinks were outrageous."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great Queso Fundido. Just had tacos but can't wait to go back to eat the entrees."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The main complaint was the food. The $26 1/2 rack of ribs literally had the texture of jerky. The server recommended them after they became a fixture on the menu after derby). The pork belly on the tacos had no sear or texture and had very poor flavor. Reminded me of a version i had purchased in a box from Trader Joe's. The taco tasted like a handful of cilantro on a corn tortilla. The server, while very nice and capable was being pulled to assist outside because the patio was being "slammed". I will say the horchata was delicious (heavy handed on the cinnamon but that is how I like it) and the beans both refried and the pintos with pork were rockstar. My comment to my wife as I was leaving "Next time we'll go to Hammerheads""
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "On a nice night if you eat a little later than most during the week like I do. It's a great place to go have a bit and enjoy the vibe. The staff is always great and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The crowd tends to be young, matching the energy level, but the food quality brings in people of all ages who are looking for a good meal. Just watch out for the chips - they are very addicting!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the price fantastic. I was surprised about the quality level of the food for the price. I travel across the US for business and tho was the best high quality farm raised So Cal food I have had. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and service are always spot on! The menu is extensive and delicious. And the space is huge, so there is rarely a wait for smaller groups. My favorite neighborhood place!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Fabulous food, terrific waiter. Only problem was noise level became unbearably loud towards the end of our dinner cuz the speaker over our heads was broadcasting the sound of some dumb movie on the bar tv. Suggest restaurant only project TV volume over the bar itself & not subject the other diners who are trying to converse ."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was good. The tacos weren't overpriced--$3-4 per taco, and two was enough for me with a chips/dip appetizer. Drinks were pricey at $10 for a small, if tasty, rum drink. Basically this is the Bardstown road version of my favorite local Mexican spot the Sante Fe Grill: real Mexican food but with the Bardstown Road hipster spin. And although I'd heard that it was really loud, we sat in the front window of the restaurant on a nice night when the whole window/wall was opened up. So the sound wasn't as bad as I'd expected. I'd recommend going when you can sit in those front seats or outside on the patio if you'd like to be able to hear your group's conversation."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • " El Camino quickly became one of my favorites. Love the menu and atmosphere. On Friday night, I brought my out-of-town company here for dinner and drinks after highly recommending the spot. We were very disappointed to experience very slow service throughout the entire evening. Used priority seating, which ended up taking 3x as long to be seated as was estimated. I can give the benefit of the doubt here though because we did ask to wait for the patio. Aside from that, however, the dinner service was extremely slow! It was reminiscent of the very first time I had been here which was one of the first nights it was open, which I didn't hold against them as it was then a brand new and busy place. This time, it was inexcusable. Disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The place has been open for less than a year and is still a hot spot for many Louisville patrons. The food is very good, the place is loud because of how full it is. The service was adequate, we found out our server was new so I won't take points off for that. Overall a positive experience."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at El Camino. The food was good. Some a little too spicy. Both meals we we were greeted with very sombre waitresses who gave the impression they would rather be anywhere but there. My kids actually like the place so we may go back, but then again may not."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "It was another great night at El Camino. The service was excellent and the food was great. We took friends with us and used the call ahead service through Open Table and it was flawless. The restaurant called on Saturday afternoon to ask us to confirm our call ahead reservation. We walked in at 8 PM to a crowded bar and packed restaurant. We gave them our name and were seated right away. Our wait staff were attentive and seemed happy to be there. To their credit, as busy as it was, we weren't rushed in and out. It is within walking distance of our house and I can see us hanging out there when the weather turns warmer. So happy it is in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went with a party of 8, we were seated between a large screen television and the speaker for very loud obnoxious music. We could not hear each other speak. The food was very spicy, food was forgotten, service was sad. Glad I went so I can cross this place off my list. Nobody in our party plans on returning"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was good, spicy and different. If you dont like spicy foods you may need to ask for something non spicy. Drinks were very good"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "For the price the food was overrated. We ordered an appetizer and finished the chips with lots of salsa left over. We were not offered more chips. I ordered the sea bass and was brought the entire fish - head, skin and all. I didn't mind but would have probably ordered something else off the menu had I been told because I wasn't in the mood for that type of entree."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The service was slow although there was an apology and a comp'ed desert."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Poor servce, under poured drinks I don't mind paying for an expensive drink, but when I order a margarita and the glass is half full! Food was just ok I would not go back or recommend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I love eating out but I have to be really careful with my gluten sensitivity. There were lots of great options for me and I appreciated the grass-fed, local meat selections on the menu! We had margaritas, which were outstanding and made by a hard-working bar staff. Great, spirited ambiance with a diverse mix of people all having a great time. We will definitely add El Camino to our list of regular stops!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "...is their answer to a margarita, and you should definitely try it. I did appetizers and tacos, and have no complaints. Their Pork taco was awesome!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Louisville is becoming even more and more known for food, and not just bourbon. El Camino's food certainly does not disappoint. A great little restaurant in the heart of the Highlands. I can't wait for it to warm up so my wife and I can return to enjoy the great outdoor seating they have arranged."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved the fish tacos, the guacamole, and the salsas. The drinks are a bit pricey but still very good."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Disappointed by the food and that it took 45 min to get a table even with "priority" seating. The food at taco luchador is way way way better and you don't have to pay the ridiculously expensive prices. It's a good place for drinks, but even those were ridiculously expensive. They could do better, but until they do, I will not be back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Everything about the decor is spot on. I felt like the experience and vibe of the room was an integral part of my dining. The food was delicious, reasonably priced and very fresh. I can't wait to go back in warmer weather to enjoy the outside patio area."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Loud. Seated in Barbie size booths next to the bar. Half the night, people's coats, purses and elbows were on our table. Booths not made for adults with legs, let alone 3 people. 15 min for water to arrive, off she went again. 15 min later order drinks and apps. Food is average at best, way too spicy (Mex food does not have to be hellfire & damnation), drinks were less than average and way over priced. $115 later we were pushed out of booth by the bus boy. Apparently we didn't spend enough to justify lingering over the rest of our drink. I have never visited Silver Dollar and have no desire. No qualms at spending that kind of money on good food - but this wasn't that. Caters to hipsters who want to be seen and apparently have no taste buds."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Third time in recent months. I've tried something different each time. Never disappointed. Frozen Margarita on the other hand - not so much - and $9.00"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere is lively and noisy. The menu has a great selection of traditional Mexican food and modern Latin cuisine as well. Prices are very reasonable $5-$25. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I loved the vibe & decor. The drink prices are more in line with Chicago or other metro city prices but are equally unique ... and strong. Of note, the ice "cubes" are hand cut from large ice blocks which adds an artistic touch to each drink. Queso Fundido was a great starter - the chorizo is a must add! I had the Cochinita Pibil (Berkshire pork shoulder roasted with achiote in banana leaves) - it was amazing and enough to share as an entrée or additional dish for the table. A definite redo."
    Dined on 1/9/2014