Caracara Mexican Grill

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Caracara serves authentic, upscale Mexican food in a comfortable setting. Couples, families, and singles will feel at home in our dining room or tequila lounge. We are open seven days a week for lunch/brunch and dinner serving table-side guacamole, great margaritas, mojitos and sangria. Specials are offered daily and happy hour is available Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm in our tequila lounge featuring 70 premium tequilas. Our dinner menu features traditional entrees including Iron Skillet Tacos and Enchiladas.
Special prix fixe dinner menu for $23.95 offered Sunday - Tuesday. Meatless Monday dinner specials offered every week; Wednesday night we offer half-priced sangria pitchers and bottles of wine to all dinner guests and Thursday night is ladies night in Tequila Lounge after 7pm. For a light lunch enjoy our salad and sandwich offerings as well as The Caracara Express Lunch Menu. Comfortable bar booths available as well as outdoor seating in season.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for my daughters 21st Birthday. There were 11 of us. Service was very good. Food was terrific. Really enjoyed it.

RF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Over all we had a very pleasant experience however we all felt that in some aspects, it was lacking. We all assumed that salsa would come with the pre-appetizer chips however this was not the case. We all felt considering other mexican/latin restaurants that it is customary to provide dipping sauces or a plain salsa. I inquired about queso blanco for the chips but the waiter informed me that there was none however when the appetizer nachos came to the table, they were covered with queso blanco. Other items that fell short were the plantains, no one at the table cared for them. The tortilla soup was "strange" in that we expected something else, instead it was more of a puree poured onto pile of ingredients in the bowl. I felt that the chef may not have been feeling good that evening as food lacked the gusto we felt it had when we had our first dinner at this establishment.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food and service. High quality

DT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guacamole was delicious! Tamales great! Drinks good! Service terrific!

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The guacamole was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Great service and fun atmosphere.

EG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was okay. Appetizers were wonderful. Food was average on the dry and bland side. Drinks were fine.

g
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was fair. Dinner for 4 with a bowl of Guacamole was $115. In my opinion too pricey for soft tacos and guacamole. I won't be back,

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service was great

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on Long Island! I never miss a chance to visit CaraCara when i’m In the area! This evening the ceviche was superb as was the paella. Best service you can find anywhere.

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST TABLESIDE GUACAMOLE ON THE PLANET! Everything they do at CaraCara is awesome but especially the guacamole. Also, the serving staff is absolutely top notch.

KD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was okay but there were so many flies. We were constantly swatting the flies away and could not enjoy our meals.

B
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The service was amazing! We all enjoyed our meals. However the place is currently having an issue with fruit flies.We spent most of the night swatting them away. The manger sent desert over even though we said we did not want it. We dine there often via Opentable reservations, at the bar and walk in. We were disappointed in the pumpkin beer as well. We left very disappointed in this evenings experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a large group for Saturday brunch. The food was good and service was great.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, although the rice and beans was not a favorite. I wish the music was louder so you can not hear the other customers conversations. service was amazing.

NE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service, all our entries and drinks were very good. It was little noisy, but got quieter later. They didn’t rush us to leave after we were done, one thing I appreciate the most.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great food was great as well as the drinks!

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid food and service as always.

DM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Twice the service help picked napkins directly off the floor and placed them on folks and plates.

They do not clean the table. Bean, rice chips and mics food for messy Mexican food dishes dope on to the table while we eat. The waitress and bus boy egnored it even with we ask to clean the table. (They removed our water glass which we were still using). When desert was brought to the table it was placed directly into the beans and chips. The plate was not even level do to the food it was on. When we move it the food was truly unpleasant. If the was a standard inexpensive Mexican restaurant we would have cleaned it ourselves, but this is reportly an "upscale" Mexican restaurant and the lake of training and professionalism makes our return unlikely.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great service. Great food. Great atmosphere. Our waiter James was wonderful. The side table guacamole delicious!! The iron skillet carnitas!!! My new favorite! Thanks for the recommendation James!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food and service were abysmal

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town quests with us... they were most impressed with the ambiance, the menu uniqueness, the quality of the food! Another win win for CaraCara.

J
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our niece from Greece ! What a great time
Food was fabulous, she even forgot her sweater Peter brought the sweater all the way to garden city !
What a great guy what a great restaurant 😊
Trella!

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been to Caracara Grill twice and loved it both times. It has fast become our go to for upscale Mexican. Highly recommend.

RJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

First time there, definitely will be back again. Nothing fancy but a solid neighborhood restaurant that delivers on what counts, good food and service.

DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The drinks and food were great

e
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cara Cara is never a disappointment. The staff is friendly, attentive and aims to please! The food is always delicious and the portions are good sized. One of our favorites!

BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun evening! We all loved our meal and drinks! Service was great too! We’ll be back soon!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant. Definitely get the guacamole made at the table. Very tasty

ML
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food. Loved our dinner.

LE
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to see Tony and Peter, the proprietors of Caracara, again. This restaurant continues to be a great place for excellent food and service. The flavors of the food are fabulous. Their frozen margaritas are the best!
Caracara is definitely a place to go if you are in the mood for a great meal.

JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you like Besitos in Huntington or Roslyn, you will really like it here. The manager is from there and he has taken the best of their menu items and tastes with him. Get their Natural Margaritas. They are not too sweet and delicious...with salt, of course. Their Tamales are excellent. I wasn't as taken with their enchiladas. The sauce was very tomato-ey and bland. They have the best table-side fresh-made guacamole, period (and I have had that at Rosa Mexicano. It is better here.) Unlimited rice & beans with your orders. Chips and salsa, too. The noise level is fairly loud, but this is not a romantic dining experience, it's a vibrant Mexican restaurant...what you expect. Overall, a good fun night out with friends or with your partner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this place! Homemade guacamole made tableside was really nice! All our dishes were very good! Will return!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive and the atmosphere relaxing. I especially liked the sizzling tacos because the cheese melted on to the skillet. Maragaritas were tasty but small for the money. I would definitely try this restaurant again!

P
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Caracara! The food, the service and the location.

AG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience at Caracara. The service was awesome and the food amazing. This was our first time and we will be back. Red Sangria was delicious. I don't have anything negative to say!

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequently visit this awesome establishment, however, tried the tortilla soup for the first time and it was super! The carne asada was perfect as always and the service was impeccable. Can’t ask for anything more.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not what we exprvted

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant on Long Island comes through as usual. After several weeks away from the area due to other travel I couldn’t wait to visit CaraCara. As always the shrimp ceviche was spectacular and my favorite Pollo Relleno was perfect. The service at CaraCara is always spot on and this was no exception. I anxiously look forward to my next visit.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent as usual.

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