Caracara Mexican Grill

4.5
929 reviews
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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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k
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, skirt steak, and salmon we both great options. Service was so very good

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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Caracara came highly recommended to me, so my expectations may have been too much. Place was packed, noisy. Service was ok, pretty sure our waiter never said his name, or that of the girl training with him. Food was typical Mexican (which I adore) but I was looking for something more authentic. Place was pricey for the quality & experience.

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MS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

i have been here multiple times. have always been happy with the food. this time my wife and I shared a fresh guacamole and a ceviche for appetizers. guac is always good here and the ceviche was tasty as well. We both tried the mahi tacos and both liked them.

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LI
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I HAD A VEGETARIA ENCHILADA IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! EVERYONE ENJOYED THEIR MEALS. DEFINITELY WILL BE BACK SOON!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Danny was awesome. New about everything on the menu and suggested really good meals. We will for sure be coming back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was great and their prices are very reasonable. I think this was the second or third time I’ve been there, and it’s always been a positive experience. If you’re in the area and in the mood for Mexican, you can’t go wrong with Caracara.

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good as always. I highly recommend. The service is excellent

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great shrimp ceviche as appetizer. My favorite entree Pollo Relleno was even better than it usually is and that’s sensational! Service was superb as usual. Best restaurant on Long Island.

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb! CaraCara never lets me down. Fantastic ceviche! Super paiella and perfect chips. Best service anywhere.

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Took all good things off menu. Cold food and small portions. Big departure from the staple place we always went to.

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HW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good service, food and value. Will see you again.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE is usually a nightmare at any restaurant BUT we greeted by a super friendly hostess and seated promptly. The waiter was prompt and attentive considering the crowd. The food was EXCELLENT and the tequila list was from heaven! Dessert and hot chocolate were fantastic. Will definitely be back! Thank you for the great experience!

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NF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience, as always. The Sangria was delicious, as well as the chicken empanadas, enchiladas suizas, and chicken relleno. The service was very attentive and friendly. It’s such a nice spot to get upscale Mexican cuisine. Lovely place. It’s certainly a special restaurant not only for me and my family but for the surrounding Farmingdale community as well. Please experience this wonderful restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.

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S
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole cannot be beat. It is delicious! I would say the best on Long Island !!

I had lobster tacos and they were amazing!! It is very loud, but the food is great. They charge extra for everything(mango, avocado and jicama)

I would still highly recommend!!

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CH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Every since my girlfriend and I returned from our trip to Mexico, we’ve been looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant on the island. We figured we try out Caracara. The food was very delicious. But the tamales were too sweet and that being an open face gourmet tamales was not what we expected. The red sangria was okay but the star was the guacamole. Very fresh and tasty. We plan to come again to try out other dishes on the menu and look forward to returning again soon. :)

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we visited CaraCara in 2 months. The food is delicious as are the cocktails, and the staff is very attentive and friendly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was fast. No complaints, very good dinner

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V
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I ate here for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. From the drinks to the appetizer, entrees, and dessert, everything was delicious. We really loved the rollitos, carnitas, and churros! Our waiter was very nice and attentive. The one reason I did not give it the full five stars is because it seemed as though we were being rushed out. Everything, including the check, was brought to us in under an hour, which wasn't ideal. But I would still return whether for another date night or with a group!

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T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great drinks a little pricy though

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational! Particularly great guacamole and the normal extraordinary service from the whole staff. Best restaurant on Long Island.

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was thinking about the fantastic ceviche all day and it lived up to my expectations and then some. The pollo relleno was the normal spectacular and the service was perfect. Could not ask for anything more.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Husband and I took his parents out before they moved away. The restaurant was perfect for a nice quiet family meal no one had to raise their voice we were all able to speak at a regular volume. The food was delicious and was served shortly after placing our order. The waitstaff was very attentive to water glasses never making it empty and dishes were removed promptly. Will definitely be coming back very soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome guacamole! Very good service

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I go here all the time. The food is great. It was restaurant week and they ended it early so it was a bit disappointing that I could not order from that menu.

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DO
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was over seasoned but still not bad. Service was attentive. But it was my wifes birthday, they came over with a plate of churros with a candle & a sombrero...they put the hat on my wifes head, said happy birthday & walked away...it was awkward & funny but seemed rushed and bothered to have to do it. We both were like "wtf"...o...k.

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F
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks, food, service and ambiance were absolutely outstanding. Everything about Caracara was impressive. Even though two of the four of us arrived early, we were seated at our reserved table immediately. We were blown away by how fantastic everything was, from the frozen margaritas, to the mojitos, to the warm chips and fresh guacamole made tableside exactly to order, to our perfectly prepared and delicious main entrees. Our server, Alex, was awesome! He was professional, friendly, and attentive without being obtrusive. We absolutely loved it, have already recommended it to friends, and will definitely be back! In fact, I can't wait to go back. What a find!

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great table made guacamole, friendly, prompt service. Always great.

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K
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable food

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational as always. Wonderful ceviche! The carne asada was the best I have ever eaten. As usual, the service was fantastic. Best restaurant on Long Island.

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Best chips on the planet!! Superb ceviche followed by outstanding pollo relleno! Add to that a sensational crew of servers and it just doesn’t get any better!!!

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been there a handful of times and enjoyed it everytime. The Guacamole is a must order everytime. Staff is exceptional and food is fantastic

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to CaraCara with a friend we dinner. We started at the bar for happy hour drink, which were good. We moved to the dining room for dinner. It has a great atmosohere and all the staff was friendly and attentive. Table side gauc is delicious as was the carne asade I had for dinner.

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EI
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Upon walking in the front door there was an odor of some type of cleaning product. The hostess stand is past the bar, so it is awkward to find if you have never been there before.

Servers were young and inexperienced and not too friendly.

Food was fair-ordered the nachos as an appetizer-extremely salty. Would definitely not return.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A few of us decided to eat before seeing a movie. The guacamole made at the table was outstanding, as usual. We all had some form of soft tacos- fish, chicken, pork. Great. Plus it was Happy Hour so a pitcher of sangria was half price. Wonderful place!

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expensive for portions ..food was not hot...quac was good

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! As always! Superb ceviche and excellent carne tampequena. Perfect service and the best chips on the planet!!! Can’t wait until my next visit.

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MC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was bland... got the fish tacos. Waiter was great.

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J
Philadelphia
334 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never less than spectacular! My favorite restaurant on Long Island! Sensational ceviche! Great chicken fajitas! Perfect service. The BEST!

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious!

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