Had a great time. Chose El
Had a great time. Chose El Monte for a birthday dinner with a friend. The food and atmosphere were great. Best of all, I felt like we had time to sit and chat and enjoy our meal and drinks without being or feeling rushed - as I was with a friend I had not seen in a while.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious & the service was very good. The guacamole is as good as anywhere. The steak & enchilada was outstanding. The wine selections are very limited. This is one of our favorite casual dining spots.
3/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food, service and atmosphere
Food, service and atmosphere were all very good. Waiter was very knowledgable and helpful.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and flavors --
Great food and flavors -- Not your typical Mexican food, but REALLY yummy!! Great flavor combinations.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The El Monte Grill has become
The El Monte Grill has become my new favorite restaurant in Fort Collins. True, we were there for dinner at the start of a snow storm so the restaurant was pretty quiet. Made for a great evening: attentive, friendly service but not obtrusive. And without a doubt, some of the best food I've had in a long time. Flavors and textures wonderfully balanced.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic High End Mexican
Best "Real" Mexican in the Fort. Some of the food here is straight out of Mexico City and regional mexican cuisine, with a Fort Collins twist.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
GREAT GLUTEN-FREE MEAL!
Our dinner at El Monte was remarkable. Lots of great gluten-free choices, excellent service, splendid cocktails, very accommodating to our 10-week-old niece. Our hostess even "comped" one of our desserts. SO THOUGHTFUL! We'll be back.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first visit to the El
Our first visit to the El Monte was for Mother's Day breakfast/brunch. We sat on the patio and were delighted with the quality of the service and the fare. We will definitely return in the future. We would be classified as food snobs, not mean food snobs but, we appreciate wonderful food and great service...... our hats are off to the El Monte in Ft. Collins.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
NIce new ethnic dining
We enjoyed the varied menu of south of the border foods.
Very nice decor and good service.
I would go again!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always enjoy the unique food at El Monte. I was concerned though when we arrived because there were two very large parties celebrating high school graduation. Not too worry. Madison took very good care of us. Food & drinks were top notch.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service, Great Food!
Very unique twist on Mexican and very tasty! Service was excellent and they did a great job accommodating food allergies.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food & service
Unfortunate location but consistent food & service
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food - Patio Not So Much
I would highly recommend this place for indoor dining only. The outdoor patio is too small and crowded and the smell of gasoline from the gas station across the parking lot is at times harsh. However, inside is exceptional. Great decor, great ambiance, along with great food will make a very enjoyable night.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at El Monte. We will be back but hope that we get a different waitress or the one we had is in a better mood!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great meal. Will be a regular
Great meal. Will be a regular place for us to eat.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Check weather before using patio
Our dining experience was wonderful except for a few acts of God who must not have made a reservation. When we arrived, both patios were bustling and we elected to sit inside since it was cooler. Then the skies opened and the patio diners got soaked, their dinners got soaked and the place mats flew to Kansas. The result was an over-crowding in the inside since the diners still needed to eat. El Monte handled it well and with the minor exception of having a much longer wait for our drinks and refills, it was a great dining experience. I will return!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why don't I get points for
Why don't I get points for almost every restaurant I go to. I don't understand your system.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful for out-of-towners!
We visited Ft. Collins over July 4th weekend and had a wonderful experience at El Monte. The drinks were strong and tasty (they even substituted vodka instead of gin in a drink with no issues); the ceviche special was fresh and tasty; and the entrees were wonderful. We would definitely go there again!
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed sitting out on the deck. Food was wonderful as usual, but we really enjoyed sitting out on the deck. Restaurant can be a little noisy, which is fun somwtes, but it was wonderful to sit on the deck with friends and talk comfortably.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Strawberry Mango Guacamole!
I have been to El Monte three times. The first was when they were new and it was so-so. Then they changed up their menu and really got into groove. My second and third times were wonderful. The food is excellent even for people with gluten-intolerance. The service was very friendly. We left feeling we had experienced more than just eating a meal. We made new friends.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great time
Outstanging food & a pleasant 1st time experience! The only problem: one of our main course meals was completely forgotten. Then the wrong main course was given to us, but we eventually we were refunded completely so no bad feelings. Can't wait to go back!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your ordinary Mexican food!
El Monte is something different. The menu is fresh and interesting. Everything from the fresh warm mini corn tortillas and great salsas to their signature cocktails is tasty and thoughtfully done. They recently started serving lunch, and they have a great Happy Hour menu.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The guacamole was amazing and the shrimp tacos were divine. A wonderful overall experience.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Carne Asada or Carnitas?
I've eaten at El Monte twice lately, both times ordered the Carne Asada tacos - which are delicious. Both times, the wait staff have brought me the Carnitas - which is the pork version. Either I'm not enunciating, or they're not listening - or both, but it is a terrible waste if the two get mixed up and patrons send back food that has to be tossed.
Otherwise, El Monte is a great place. Good menu choices, good service.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the shrimp tacos & guac
No cheese-smothered tex-mex here, than goodness. Creative menu items, the emg guac & shrimp tacos are excellent. I can't comment on the brunch or wine list because I've never been here for lunch or ordered wine. Service was excellent until it dropped off a little bit at the end of our visit. On our previous visit last summer, both the restaurant & bar were extremely busy, crowded, & noisy. During this visit on a chilly soggy night, the tables didn't fill up until 7:15 or so, and it was much more quiet & pleasant. EMB is one of our favorite places in Ft Collins - hip AND family friendly, good food.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service. Food was fresh
Great service. Food was fresh and with lots of flavor. Not typical Taco Bell good. Nice find . Will without question be back
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still good, but could be better
Returned to El Monte Grill after a being away for 5 months. Food is still most authentic interior Mexican in Fort Collins, but service had slipped. Still recommend house margarita over so-called top shelf. Remember, this is real Mexican food, not Tex-Mex (or that horrid New Mexico stuff).
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be going back again...
We ate here for dinner once 3 years ago and had a great dinner but that was the last week before they remade themselves and changed the menu. We kind of forgot about the place but went back two nights ago and had great food. They've done something with the decor too, as it was really nice in there (not quite as barren as it was 3 years ago). I can recommend their classic guacamole and the shrimp enchiladas. Unlike their sister mexican restaurant in town, we were able to get a bottle of decent wine. Margaritas just don't do it for everybody, so it's nice that they have good wine and other drinks as well.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, excellent service. We'll definitely go back again!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating a friends marriage
We had an amazing server and the food was phenomenal. Everything we ordered was delicious, although my favorite was the chile relleno. I typically would never order this, but it was so unique I tried it and it paid off!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our family really enjoyed
Our family really enjoyed the experience. Will go back!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Attention to detail...
El Monte is consistently great. Quality food & drink. Good friendly service. And with dishes with an excellent, fresh unique flair. Can be a bit noisy, but that's ok. Scrumptious. Delightful.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not just another Mexican restaurant
We love El Monte. In a town full of tex-mex, El Monte stands out. Their menu is different and delicious, their cocktails imaginative, and their custom guacamole tasty and fun. I am particularly fond of their roasted chile rellenos and their soft corn tacos. We love that they are again doing lunches.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food. Fresh made guacamole, killer chocolate cake. We had a group of 7, each with a different entree and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM