El Camino - Priority Seating

El Camino - Priority Seating

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://elfreakingcamino.com/
  • Phone: 5024545417x
  • Hours of Operation:
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  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Hawaiian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • 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
El Camino - Priority Seating reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (50)hot spot (35)fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (32)good for groups (31)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (7)special occasion (7)scenic view (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Great tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We spent few years in Texas eating the best tex-mex there is. This place is our new favorite outside of Texas. You don't go here for drinks, you go for tacos and chips with salsa, and to hang out with friends. El Camino nails it. Good food, good service, good fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland Food
    Momwith2Kids
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So, I read the reviews before I booked a table of six here. Yes, I went anyway. I took the advice re: drinks and stuck with wine instead of opting for anything off the cocktail list. I tried three different tacos - all were as bland as they could possibly be. Dumping hot sauce on them couldn't save them. I ordered the Pescado, Barbacoa, and Pork Belly. Never. Again. My entire table was greatly disappointed by the food. A couple people ordered the cocktails - which were good but were gone in four sips. Price tag for appetizers, dinner, and drinks for six people $240. I wish I could get my money back -- would have gone to El Mundo instead. THE ONLY good thing I tasted was chips and guac app - which was still average at best but better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had dinner with our college daughter Friday evening and enjoyed our experience at El Camino. Food and service was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grab a great meal
    Sophiacooks
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had brunch and it was delicious. The only regret was that on Saturday afternoons you do not get the full menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Michael
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Outside seating and the "garage door" openings to Bardstown Road are great. Being in the heart of the Bardstown Road corridor is fun - as you get to people and car and motorcycle watch. The food was very good. My wife and I enjoyed guacamole (very good) and grilled corn and crab (very good) appetizers. Portions were generous and reasonably priced. We each had a selection of the tacos - again quite good. We ordered martinis - perhaps a mistake at a Mexican themed restaurant. They were a bit on the small size, and pricey. The folks at the table beside us had margaritas and also expressed surprise at the size and cost. The waitress who served us was engaging, informed and efficient. My only negative comment was the volume of the outside music.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful first experience!
    CarmendAbo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Four of us dined at El Camino on a Friday night (7-ish). The décor and atmosphere remind me of a favorite Mexican/California restaurant in Redondo Beach. Our server was very personable and very informed about the menu. I thoroughly enjoyed the guacamole (best I've had anywhere) and accompanying salsa. The mussels were not as fresh as I like (and a little tough), but the flavor was still good. I was crazy about the tacos - one beef "street vendor style" and one grilled tilapia. They were abundantly flavorful and nicely sized to try them in multiples. My favorite part about the meal was the "tres leches" cake. I first had this dessert in Venezuela and was in heaven. The version as El Camino blew that out of the water!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muy Bueno
    Sierrabeth
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This place is great...it was our second time here. We will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Excellent
    mnl430
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was so excited that I finally got to hear what the hype is all about - El Camino definitely does not disappoint. Their guacamole is heavenly as well as their baja fish taco. The servers were knowledgeable and cared about our experience. Cocktails are small but supreme in quality. Definitely returning. After all, it's El Freaking Camino!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunday dinner at el camino
    lbjgarner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    In the past, I've been disappointed at the amount of Guacamole provided when I order Mucho Guac, but this time, there was plenty--which makes me think El Camino has responded to complaints about Mucho Guac not being so Mucho for the price. Also, in prior visits, my cocktail has been mostly ice, not reflecting the cost. This time, my drink was very good. My son and I both order the Enchiladas Suizas, which were filled with a squash that very much resembled potatoes--it was starchy without flavor and we will not be ordering that item again. I prefer my enchiladas suizas to be filled with cheese and spinach or rice/almonds/raisins. The El Camino ones were bland and heavy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nalley
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was very poor, food and drinks were over priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • El Camino
    Luvinlifewtheluvofmylife
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sad drinks. Food was good and staff tool care of the bad drinks. How tough is a mojito and a margarita?
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in the Highlands
    jeffm333
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    El Camino has a terrific location on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, and is in the middle of all the action. The ambiance of the restaurant is terrific from the great outdoor dining and bar to the indoor seating next to wide openings along the sidewalk. The inside bar is very big with plenty of seating for all sorts of characters. The food is outstanding, yet a little pricey in my opinion. The waiter suggested a scallop appetizer that wasn't on the menu, and we were not disappointed. The drink menu is extensive with cocktails (overpriced), beers, wines and tequilas. This is a very popular place based on the number of people that were in the restaurant. I rate this restaurant Excellent on location and ambiance, but bring your wallet!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first time at el camino! I went with a couple of friends. Food and drinks were fabulous, but the service was horrible. Our waitress took a very long time to greet us and another waiter took our drink and food orders AND brought them to the table. He was great, so I'm going to give el camino another chance and hope we don't get the same waitress. Our waitress filled our waters once and we had to flag her down from across the bar to get our check and again to pick them up, as she was clearly too preoccupied flirting with other customers to close out our bills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was great
    Diningtime
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food quality. Your brunch is fantastic. I think better than dinner. Dinner is a bit $$$$$ for just some tacos chips and a drink. I'd love to visit more because I love it but seems too expensive just to come and hang on the great patio. I love the restaurant. I had hoped when it opened that it would be a regular hangout for cocktails but the me u and pricing didn't allow that but I'll absolutely be back. Great place and brunch was none if not the best I'm town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicest staff and waiters
    Bart
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, ample portions, and the waiters and waitresses are just the nicest people.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    netops07
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Drinks were good, food was okay. Our waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Staff
    LoveLo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The bartender and waitstaff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Great cocktails and atmosphere. We will definitely return soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    JTweeder
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quick lunch
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good but noisy even at lunch
    Fresh
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax setting with upscale food
    AnneMarie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cold food
    Steve
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Cold food and slow service after 10pm. Server spilled food, new food was cold and did not feel well the next day.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun night out for dinner
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Camino Louisville
    mofreshlocal
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining!
    lookingforsomethingnew
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance great; food good
    FoodMaven
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the El Camino - Priority Seating reviews archive.
  • Completely let down :(
    Photodude
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bartenders Save the Day!
    casinocuisineVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Fun Place
    Sea2scape
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Camino
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Will not return. Waiter was overbearing & pushy. Black bean soup was barely warm and drinks were outrageous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Queso Fundido
    iluvfood
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great Queso Fundido. Just had tacos but can't wait to go back to eat the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CoupleofFoodies
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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"
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After 8
    Relax1Dine2
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant and delicious
    Wendrellica
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    wfoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Mexican food!
    georgia
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hipsters abound!
    AdaK
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food always great, service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still got that new car smell
    SurprisedEyebrows
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.