Love This Restaurant!
We love everything about this restaurant! The food is so fresh, and not the typical Mexican food, the service is quick and friendly, the atmosphere is great, low lighting, love that! The owners are beyond nice, very genuine, sweet guys! Try this place, it's so worth it!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Cinco de Mayo
But also great on a normal night. It was packed and loud for the holiday, but what Mexican place isn't! The food was greatand the drinks are amazing! Service was good and on top of it!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Saturday night dinner
Food was great! Service was great- friendly and attentive!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love dining at Caracara. Their food is always superb and I am a huge fan of their jalepeno cucumber margarita! Their salsa verde is the best I have ever had. Their empanadas of the day are delicious and I absolutely love their chicken tamales!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed the various dishes. Our party of four ordered a variety of items and no one was disappointed. Prices were reasonable and the service cordial, attentive and efficient. Only caveat was the noise level which, on a Sunday evening, was at times very distracting.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my third visit to
This was my third visit to CaraCara. Each time it keeps exceeding the previous excellence. This restaurant is awesome! I'm just sorry I don't live in that area so I could visit every night.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yum yum yum, delicioso!
Sorry to quote Backpack from Dora, but it seemed apropos. We've been here a number of times and the food is generally spot on, the drinks are good and service, although it falters a bit when they are very busy is generally good enough. Good atmosphere for a big group, very fun.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
New find you must visit
We were pleasantly surprised , you must dine here. Table side guacamole, food fresh and tasty. If you are looking for a good margarita -this is the restaurant for you. We are Besito fans and found this restaurant to turn ou heads and take notice. Service is very good and personable. We highly recommend.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good Mexican Food
This restaurant reminded me of a California Mexican restaurant because the food was fresh, delicious, and more on the healthy side than many other Mexican places. I had the fish tacos which were lightly breaded and not greasy at all. The guacamole was made tableside by our excellent waiter. It was delicious. I compared this restaurant to another well known restaurant on LI with high quality Mexican food. The food and Sangria were just as good but the prices are more reasonable. I would definitely recommend and will return.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food Good, Service Eh This Time
We eat here regularly - this time the restaurant was very warm, service was very slow but the food as always - EXCELLENT!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Mexican Cuisine
Caracara is absolutely the best Mexican restaraunt I have ever been too. The food is delicious, the service it great. We didn't have to wait long for our dishes and that's with the place being absolutely packed. The noise is a hit to deal with but it does not take away from the experience if enjoying your meal. The prices are perfect for every course. A definite must-go.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service!
My boyfriend and I went to the restaurant for one of their prix fixe menus and the food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. They have a great tequila list as well. I would totally go back!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took my boyfriend's mother out for her birthday dinner and it was great! It was a Tuesday night, so it was a bit slow, which was great! We had one on one attention and our waitress was great! She made great recommendations and the food was excellent all around. The drinks weren't bad either :-) This is one of our favorite places!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food & great service
we were hesitant about trying a New Mexican restaurant but we were Very quickly pleasantly surprised. All food was excellent, best empanadas ever! The person that i dined with kept saying that food was so good for at least a day after. The place was very noisy but at least you know that everyone was enjoying themselves. Prices were fair and the wait and bus staff were very friendly and on top of things.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been here a few times. Please
Been here a few times. Please make reservations, you will need it. The table side guac is fantastic. We always order a double. Also check on the empanadas - always different but good. Good food and service. Can't miss with this place with ample parking in the back.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome! I wish I lived closer.
Awesome! I wish I lived closer. I travel to this area and make a point of dining at CaraCara every time. The enchiladas are incredibly tasty with wonderful sauces. The chips are fresh and excellent. The guacamole is the best I have ever tasted mixed fresh at your table. The service is perfect, attentive and knowledgable and not afraid to make a recommendation. Clearly the best Mexican cuisine I have found.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep coming back again and again!
This is my favorite restaurant on Long Island! Service is prompt and friendly; they are always ready to bring you more drinks or chips without feeling like they're hovering. If Tony is in, he goes out of his way to greet us by name and sometimes gives us free tequila shots. The drinks are fresh and and reasonably priced (cucumber jalapeno margarita is like drinking summer with a kick!). I have gone through every meal on their menu and have never been disappointed: favorites include the tableside guacamole (get it EVERY time), pollo relleno (generous amount of mushrooms) and the alambre asado (great char flavor on the meats). The food is always delicious, but it is the service that keeps us coming back.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We very much enjoyed our time at Caracara -- the food was delicious, the ambiance is great, margarita was fabulous! Will definitely be back
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress Lerie was by far one of the best. She made us feel welcome and had vast knowledge of the food. We had a lot of questions so her being able to answer them without skipping a beat was outstanding! We go out every weekend and visit a lot of restaurants and the wait staff can make or break your experience. Lerie mad it great. The atmosphere was what you would expect of a mexican restaurant fun and vibrant. If i had anything negative to say it would be i wish the place was a little larger, other than that it was outstanding!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never misses
This restaurant never misses a beat! Each time I have visited the experience exceeds the previous outstanding experience.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale Mexican food- delicious
Caracara offers a varied menu with Mexican food that isn't on every Mexican restaurants menu. Sure you'll find the usual fair but all with a twist. From the table side guacamole making cart, to the tequila menu, caracara has something for everyone. The service is outstanding, the decor is hip, with 6 cool portraits of Frida Kahlo on the back wall. A lot of time and money went into renovating this once local bar and grill, and it has paid off. Caracara is a great place to try.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - we love the imaginative touch given to the empanadas and entrees. The vegetarian enchiladas were super good as was the mixed tacos entrée. It is always a pleasure to dine there.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relax and have fun
They don't rush you here so that's a good thing. Love the table-side guacamole! The margaritas were awesome! The skirt steak was delicious! It's not the cheapest Mexican restaurant around but it is worth the price!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table side Guac!
Went to Caracara on a whim at 9pm. Got there, sat down in 5 minutes and ordered drinks and table side guacamole, which I highly recommend to anyone who eats here. I had the sangrita, which is a mix of sangria and frozen margarita, and the issue was the tequila overpowered the sangria. Food wise, they had no entree salads which was strange so I ordered the appetizer caracara salad (with mango, jicama, tomaotes, pomegranate vinaigrette) and I asked to add grilled shrimp ($7 for 3, and they were pretty small so not really worth it). The salad came out and it really was a small handleful of lettuce with a couple other things, I would never recommend it. My second drink was a lime/berry mixed frozen margarita, which was very good.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, festive atmosphere. Love that they make guacamole table side!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Affordable and very good mexican food. Guacamole made at the table and is fabulous!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Party of 8 treated GREAT!!!
OMG....To be treated like a queen on your birthday is just the bonus added touch that made a special night even better!! Us and 3 other couples all went out to celebrate my birthday and knew from previous wonderful experiences here that we would not be disappointed and we also knew that we would also turn some great friends onto this place as well, since we have talked about it before!!
Words can not do any justice to the quality of the service, food and staff for our party...treated like a queen, my friends are still talking about our dinner experience from last weekend!!
Must gets: the calamari app, the guac of course, braised short ribs (melts in your mouth..)OH, and the peach sangria or the organic Partida Margarita!! YUM!!!
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good authentic food and lively
Good authentic food and lively atmosphere. Waitress did a nice job providing a "birthday dessert" for one member of our party. Look forward to my next visit!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican Food At Its Finest
From the service to the food CaraCara is one of the best restaurants I have been to, believe me you won't be dissapointed.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thia was my sixth time back at cara cara. I brought a girl on a date and we had a wonderful time. Great food, great music, and awesome sangria! I will definitely be back soon
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best LI Mexican on Open Table
Regrettably, there aren't very many good Mexican restaurants on LI, and none on Open Table. Thus, when you have no competition, it's easy to be the best. And Caracara has some very good qualities going for it. However, my taste is more for classical Mexican and this restaurant most definitely isn't. Still, when there are no other reasonable choices, we keep going back to Caracara, although to a great extent it's by default.
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is delicious. The service is great. Jimmy the waiter is wonderful. So helpful and friendly. I give this restaurant 5 stars !!!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
They had live music which was awesome! It is quite noisy but being younger it did not effect my dining experience! The outside seating is great to have as an option. I would dine there again.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable Night Out
My husband and I reccently checked Caracara out for the first time and we were very pleased with the experience. The owner greated us and was very friendly. Our server was very attentive, helpful and honest about his opinions (which I value), without being annoying. The food was a nice surprise and the drinks were delicious! We are planning on going back again this week!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always on point !
As always, food, service, place...consistent and consistently good from start to finish !
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Mexican Heaven
Took my wife and our two young sons here for my wife's birthday. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. The atmosphere is wonderful for a romantic evening or a quiet family dinner. Not exactly a sports bar for Super Bowl Sunday but there is also a bar in the front that looked to be nice for a drink or two while watching a game. The food was delicious and perfectly portioned. The staff was friendly and efficient, accommodating but not pushy. I highly recommend the empanadas as an appetizer and anything with chihuahua cheese. For about $20 more than we'd pay at a chain like Applebee's or Fridays, we had a way more elegant and delicious dining experience. We will definitely be returning for seconds.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good time
We're never disappointed when we come to CaraCara. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I were pleasantly surprised! We'll recommend it and we'll be back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good upscale Mexican food!
We really enjoyed our experience. The food was delicious. There are a lot of great appetizers on the menu. The guacamole was delicious and we had the empanadas which were fantastic. Everything tasted fresh. The seating is a little tight if you don't get a booth and I found the chairs small although my husband said he was fine. The margaritas were good. I would definately go back!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service, food, and atmosphere is still as good as day one when they opened. I will back soon!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
First timer at this restaurant, had a special of scallops with on a butternut squash surround that had wonderful flavor. Would surely come back to try more great food.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate there at the spur of the moment and were not disappointed. The food was very good, the service was outstanding and the decor was warm and inviting. The tableside guacamole was very, very good as were the mussels. The chicken quesadilla was crisp but not burnt. My only (minor) disappointment was the salsa. Too small and not enough flavor. However, we'll definitely be going back.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Goof Service and Solid Service
Had a very good Mexican (very authentic) meal here with a business colleague... service was very good, as well... highly recommend.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and atmosphere!
Service was outstanding! I had the short ribs--succulent and delicious! Definitely will return.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Caracara over Besito any day
I used to go to Besito all the time, Caracara has a much better vibe, same quality of food and more competitive pricing. Our waitress was really running when we were in but she was completely pleasant and on top of the table. Even the bus boys were really good, which I find atypical lately. Hands down best Mojito I ever had. Don't change a thing!
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Server was nice and friendly gave us suggestions. When they didn't have an entree i wanted the manager came over and apologize and said we are sorry. Ambiance was awesome and good for my date. Peach Sangria was great too
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I selected this restaurant while on a business trip based on open table reviews. It turned out to be a great choice for a non-chain restaurant. Will definitely go again as there are many other items on the menu that I would like to try!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although I'm a regular here (with my son[s] or alone), this is the first time I went as a couple. So confident am I in the food quality, service, ambiance and entertainment, that I picked Caracara to meet a blind date. The Queso Fundido with Chorizo is to die for. Technically an appetizer, it's filling enough for a meal, especially with the chips and salsa. I can't say enough about it. My date enjoyed it too! The band "White Chocolate Revue" is fabulous as well.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dined with Friends
Had a very nice experience at Caracara. The food was delicious. Everyone in our party loved the Guacamole that was made at the table. The drinks were great. We all loved the Sangria. All six of us loved it and we would all go back.
Thanks for a wonderful evening!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have to say , restaurant is nice the staff is friendly and the food was excellent I'm deffinetly going back..
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM