El Coyote
El Coyote

El Coyote

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elcoyotecincy.com/
  • Phone: 5132325757
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Southwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Five Mile Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from El Coyote
El Coyote has been family owned and operated for over 28 years in Cincinnati. We serve the region's best margaritas, steaks, chops, and Tex-Mex food. Come join us and bring your family and friends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
El Coyote reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)great for outdoor dining (13)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (2)romantic (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • make booths wider
    cincybirderVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been here several times and I love el Coyote. Only complaint I have is the amount of space in the booth. The seats have a strange edge on the end, the booths are very narrow in width, with both of these items it makes it difficult to get in and out of the booths. I'd rather sit at a table than a booth. food is great, keep up the great work with the pork chop dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Comfort Food
    C2Dine
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had been about three years since I dined at El Coyote and it was as good as I remembered. The Pork Chop was excellent and their award winning mashed potatoes and mac and cheese didn't disappoint. While it's not fare that I would eat everyday, thus the three year hiatus, it was fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 11
    robb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We recently went to El Coyote with our family. The food was great, able to enjoy a fun dinner with 11 folks. Overall an exceptional experience. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service, Fair Food
    TomW
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We all had Tex Mex. Servers were just right...prompt, attentive, and non-intrusive. Good margaritas. Unfortunately, concensus of the group was "I have yet to have a memorable meal at El Coyote." Maybe the higher end food is more notable, but with a name like El Coyote, you'd expect the Tex-Mex to be very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disgusting...Not what i remember
    klktbearVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is not the El Coyote that I have loved in Anderson for years. The food was disgusting, uneatable & bad flavors/smell. My daughter would not eat their cheeseburger due to having a weird taste. We tried the award winning appetizer of crab stuffed mushroom caps and it was visually unappealing, smelled & tasted horrible. We were not offered anything in its place. I got the chicken quesadilla; the chicken was not seasoned & had a slight smell. In my opinion, it was chicken & beans from the night before. My mother had the chili relleno with pulled pork and the pork was in chucks & not tasty. The best part of the night was the chips, salsa and margarita half pitcher. They need to relook at mgmt., chef,.to bring this restaurant back.
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  • Thank you...
    OpheliaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    ... for a great dining experience! Our group had a great time. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • server was too busy
    timc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Server was too busy not a manager in sight our food too forever lots of big parties. The queso was a bit grainy. The fajitas were good. I was overall disappointed had heard great things and had higher expectations
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  • somewhat disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The server was great and the Chicken Empandas did not disappoint. Plenty of seating however the booths were so uncomfortable we asked to be seated at a table. Rooms were on the dark side, just a little more lighting would be appreciated. The ladies bath room was unpleasant!!!! Needs a total update. Too small. With just one other person in there we felt crowded and on top of each other. The ladies room is the reason I would not recommend or go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great food needs renovations though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love tho food, it never fails to be very god. The restaurant needs a HUGE makeover, it has been exactly the same for way too long!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best chops EVER!!!
    ElCoyoteFan
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've been on earth for 65 yrs and can honestly say El Coyote's pork chops are the best I have ever had. What a find!! And if you haven't tried the mashed potatoes yet they are worth the trip alone. Excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's been awhile!
    GMax
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It had been several months since we last dined at El Coyote. This time we brought another couple and just had a great meal and service was excellent. We need to come more frequently.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stuck in the 80's
    Rcgm1976
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went there because we had a coupon which should have been our first clue. It was like we were stepping back in time. The food was bland and decor was seriously outdated. The margaritas were good but significantly overpriced. We expected Gordon Ramsey to walk out of the kitchen and shut it down
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  • Stick with the pork chops
    cincybirderVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My friend and I have been here several times. We tried the prime rib special for the first time. We asked the server if it was a standing rib roast vs a cut and heat. She wasn't sure what we were asking but said it was a standing rib roast. It was clear when we got the dish that it was a cut and heat and it didn't have much taste to it. We both regretted ordering it and we'll stick with the pork chops next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Great as always, service OK!
    John
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food is always very good and typically we have the same servers (Willy or April) who are very good. Unfortunately not this evening. We waited to be greeted by the server and then she rushed us to get our food orders. Our bar drinks took for ever to get and finally had to flag down Jim the owner to get them. Definitely not what we are accustomed too when dining there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bowl of cheese...8 bucks?
    cosmokramer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Overall good dining experience. A couple of things though. I ordered 2 enchiladas. I had to dig through the lettuce to find them. I didn't really want a salad with my meal. That being said, they were good. Secondly, I love your nachos and salsa. My wife is not a big fan of salsa, so she asked for a bowl of queso dip. I get the bill and it's $8.00...for a bowl of cheese. OK fine if you want to get me for $8.00 for cheese, but it reflected poorly on the waitresses tip. Not that it was her fault but I think you kinda screwed me on that one so you can apologize to her. If I didn't have to pay the $8.00 for a bowl of cheese, I would have given her more.
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  • Hoped for more
    disappointed
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My wife and I went there for our anniversary. We have heard very good things about El Coyote, and have been eager to try it. It was a disappointment. From the seemingly annoyed waitress, to the bland mediocre food, to the expensive SMALL drinks. It was a $50 meal that is worth about $12.50. We will never return to this restaurant. Save your money.
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  • Love this place
    HiTechAVS
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The chops are awesome. The salsa is my favorite...we always bring some home!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 272 reviews are from the El Coyote reviews archive.
  • lukewarm
    lmcrVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was once a hot spot and now it is lukewarm. The food is still okay. The service was okay. It was empty on a weeknight. The atmosphere is better in dim light.
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  • Gluten free
    JFlo1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I know many people who people love El Coyote, but honestly I think it's ok. We went because they kept advertising a "new menu". I didn't see much of a change, and it's kind of pricey. I will return for beverages with friends, but not necessarily for dinner. My daughter has a food allergy and the best thing is that they have a dedicated gf menu.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great time!
    foodmama
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a party of seven for dinner, three kids. Food, atmosphere and service were good. The margaritas are THE BEST!!! We always know it will be good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The macaroni and cheese that is one of your signature items was served cold.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 16th Wedding Anniversary
    luvmyhubby
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I had wanted to go to El Coyote for a long time but our closest friends, who are real Mexican food fans, told us that El Coyote's food was more "TexMex" and they weren't interested. They actually kind of curled their noses up! Well, my husband and I finally decided to go it alone and boy were we ever glad we did. We went to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary, but didn't tell anyone at the restaurant. And there was really no need to! The food and the service were perfection without any additional efforts. Would go back in a minute and would definitely refer friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and could be Great
    Bill
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food is excellent and the place is always full; but, we just get the feeling that there are a few too many tables arranged for maximum seating and not for great ambiance. The service is good but not great; a little perfunctory rather than really welcoming. More of a step up from Texas Roadhouse than a step down from The Precinct.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sardines in a can
    2dinefor
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food was good. But very tight quarters so it was loud. Margaritas were good and I like the new menu size!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group outting
    Melissa
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went out to dinner to celebrate a bday. With reservations we were seated right away on a busy Saturday evening. We all ordered steaks and though pretty tastey I would get something else next time, it was a little pricey for what you got. Good service, good food, lots of kids, busy environment.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    MrsC
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We ate Mexican food, and all the ingredients tasted fresh. The margaritas were delicious. No matter what you order, the mashed potatoes are a must-have side dish! Our only complaint was that our booth was not comfortable. No cushions, the seat was shallow (so only half of your thighs rested on the bench) -- and we are not large people. Bigger people should avoid the booths!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A tad salty
    Irish
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    We had a large group and most really liked their food. I ordered the pork enchilada and it was very salty. I don't know if it was the pork or the sauce. I ordered some sour cream to make it palatable. The margaritas were 1/2 price and very tasty. Our server was very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stuck in the Seventies
    Montgomery
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    My wife bought a CincySaver for El Coyote, so we could try a new place for dinner. Based on the online menu's prices, I expected a more formal setting. Instead, it was like taking a time machine back to the 70's. The decor was very "Old West" and the cigarette machine in the vestibule was a turn off. Overall, the food was good (if very overpriced) and the service was friendly, but we don't plan to return. This was at the State Road location.
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  • El Delicioso
    Dlman
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Wife and I went on a Thursday evening and were seated immediately. Kinda wanted to sit in the bar a little but what the heck. The reason for traveling to the "other side of the world" was my wife's birthday and it's one of the few places we know of that serves steaks Pittsburgh style. I had the Halibut Yucatan, "Grilled with spicy Cajun seasoning with sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers on a bed of tex mex rice." My mouth is watering as I type. As for the margaritas, well they get the wife's seal of approval. I highly recommend El Coyote in Anderson Township.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for our first Valentine's dinner. The food was outstanding and the waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend this neighborhood staple!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Completely Awesome!
    Live2Dine
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This restaurant is the best on the planet. Make sure you order their mash potatoes, have some margaritas and indulge in their awesome salsa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food;Atmosphere varies by room
    CarolynRVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We've eaten up front other times, and atmosphere was very good. This visit, we were stuck in the back room just before 3 long tables of older people arrived about 5:30 pm. Front room was not busy, but we had waits to order, to pay and between. People arriving in bunches were disruptive, greeting others and deciding where to sit. Servers insisted they fill tables 1-by-1 rather than where they wanted, which made them unhappy. One female server in particular, loudly shuffled back and forth dozens of times, not really doing much except watching other people set tables. Her shoes and clunky walking was loud, and very annoying, because she wasn't actually doing anything. Next visit we will ask to sit anywhere but the back room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luckily, we had made a reservation
    ybnormal
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Luckily, we had made a reservation as there were quite a few people waiting to be seated. We arrived 6 or 7 minutes early and after a quick check to make sure our table was ready, we were seated. Our server was quick to appear and take our order for soft drinks while we looked over the menu. She was very attentive throughout the entire meal - clearing dishes, letting us know that the entrees would be coming out very shortly, checking to make sure we were satisfied with everything... She showed up at just the right times and just the right number of times. She had a very nice personality (I wish I could remember her name) and added to the experience. Steaks were prepared as ordered and very good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tight fit
    Booboo
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We have been there several times this is our first bad experience there was 4 of us I reserved a table I don't like having dinner in the bar area too loud, and the table was too small. Our food was not hot overall it was not a good night!!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient and Enjoyable!
    Reds2BengalsVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    It is the best restaurant in Anderson Township and offers a very good selection including the best Mexican and very good steaks and ribs.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food, service and pricing
    Holly
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The food, service and pricing were outstanding. The entire experience was delightful and we will return again and soon.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Consistently great food.
    4Storys
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    For our out of town guests - El Coyote is a Cincinnati favorite and a must do, every time. Their menu has something for everyone and everyone left happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good portions
    FlyByeVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We always go early before the rush, so it's quieter than later on a Saturday night when the place is packed. The food was really good, the portions are generous and our server, Luke, was great. This is a regular spot for us and our favorite place for chicken fajitas. I highly recommend them!
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  • El Coyote is superb. I always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    El Coyote is superb. I always enjoy coming to this restaurant whenever in the greater Cincy area
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great re-visit, as expected!!
    wdkl
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Haven't been there for some time, but experience was great. Friends in party had not been there before, and enjoyed food, service, and overall experience. Will go there again, hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.