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Caracara Mexican Grill

4.3
860 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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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 tableside guacamole, great margaritas, mojitos and sangria. Specials are offered daily and happy hour is available Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm in our tequila lounge featuring 60 premium tequilas. Our dinner menu features traditional entrees including Iron Skillet Tacos and Enchiladas.
Special prix fixe dinner menu for $19.95 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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12 noon - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12 noon - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(516) 777-2272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Daniel Mendoza
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Catering
We offer a catering menu for you to pick up as well as full catering and service staff for your home or private venue.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prospect Street
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Parking details
Street Parking and Municipal Parking Lots behind restaurant (Field 2) and across the Street.
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Public transit
LIRR: Ronkonkoma line - Farmingdale stop
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Entertainment
Please check website for occasional live music in tequila lounge including live jazz.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 860 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Father’s Day

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We were seated promptly for our reservation. We were able to sit outside which was nice and quieter than inside. The service was good. The food was good. Overall a solid dining experience. We will be back again

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was excellent and the service was five star! Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food was good in general. Great guacamole and the Citrus shrimp were plentiful and tasty. The fish tacos were over battered, fried and came out cold. The biggest issue was that the drinks are absolutely watered down. When I complained to the manager, he brought over another watered down shot. Two shots and no effect of alcohol. This kind of dishonesty is a bad mark on what could be a decent place. Too bad.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My go to Mexican restaurant
I love the iron skillet tacos
Green salsa
Guacamole
Drinks
All great!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Server on point. Knew his job, and did it well. Food was delicious and fresh, as it is every time we dine there.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Was disappointed with our experience this past weekend. We ordered the tableside guacamole which was tastless and the preparer dropped the avacado and also didnt scoop out all of the flesh. The main course was super salty and had more sauce on the plate than food for the actual entree. we were also there to celebrate a special birthday which was not acknowledge. For an expensive meal for two, I would have expected a better experience and better food. We will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Well, apparently there was a "miscommunication" with our order in the kitchen.

Understand, I didn't complain or ask for compensation but still..
The manager/owner came over apologized profusely , bought us a round of drinks and desert.

That is how it should be done...look things happen, it wasn't really even that long a wait.
The fact that they apologized and comp us some items, without me even asking was the right thing to do.

Food was great, server was pleasant and helpful.

I'll be back!

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Great food but the lighting is very low, this has always been an issue

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

As always great food and service. Love the sangria and apps. Staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food, great drinks, friendly service

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Found this restaurant to be an excellent fit for a night out, food was excellent atmosphere was energetic lots of conversations going on. Definitely plan on going back

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Restaurant was so loud you couldn’t hear yourself think. The food was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fantástico! Fabuloso!
Caracara - great dinner with friends
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo! Our first time here. We all loved the food and service. We highly recommend this Mexican restaurant and will return!! Ole. Ole.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent Food. Great Service. Beautiful Dining Area. Love the Table Side Guacamole. Owners know what they are doing. Can't Wait to try out their new location in Northport when it opens. It will be closer to my house.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I have been going to Cara Cara for at least ten years and it is one of very few restaurants where the food is just as good, if not better, now than it was 10 years ago. Tableside guac is delicious, and don't miss those braised short ribs. Cara Cara is always packed and you will have to wait, but it is worth it.Truly one of the best restaurants on Long Island. If you go once, you'll go again, I promise.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food here is great, its consistent and no matter what me and my wife order its always delicious.

My complaint is the noise level. There is no music playing, but its still the loudest restaurant I've ever been to. If your planning on going for a date, this is not the place. Me and my wife sat in the middle section (tables) and we couldn't hear each other at all, we consistently had to say "What?, huh?". I don't understand why its so loud.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Celebrating our anniversary and cinco de mayo, great food, great drinks, great service

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

When I try to describe CaraCara I run out of superlatives. Suffice it to say that this is the best restaurant on Long Island. I have never had anything less than Superb and the serving staff is the best I have encountered anywhere.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Cannot do any better. I visit this restaurant every time I am on Long Island on business. No matter when I visit or what I order the result is absolute perfection. This particular dinner started with outstanding tableside guacamole followed by my favorite entree pollo relleno. As always, service was awesome. Can’t wait to visit again.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Decor: Nice
Service: Very Friendly waiter
Food: Went with my family of 5. Everyone had something different and enjoyed it. Guacamole made at table side, very good. Mole very good. Something similar to a sweet potato mash - (Bonitio?) excellent, skirt steak very good. Nice kick to the jalepeno margarita.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Went to experience their restaurant week menu and we were't disappointed. Great meal, Great flavor. We were thoroughly satisfied.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Service was good, food was delicious. My only complaint was I was too full to finish it all!

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Came in for brunch. There was a party going on there - which was fine and not distracting but the service was really slow because of it. They said the kitchen was backed up. However at least two tables that sat considerably later than us got their food before us. I ordered margaritas on the rocks and specified no particular tequila. I was charged $12 a margarita even though the menu said $9. Food was not that good. I love this place for dinner but it was not great for brunch. Won’t be back for brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We love Cara Cara for dinner time. We decided to give it a try for brunch. We were very happy. I think instead of giving taco chips and salsa for the table at brunch. Maybe put mini churros on the table for brunch. But over all food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was amazing as usual! Everytime we go we try a new dish. Always great service . Waiter was very helpful in helping decide and also a big plus that he warned us of any allergies in a certain dish !!! Always a good time when we go here.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Lively upscale place with authentic food. Don’t leave without trying the carnitas.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Guacamole was very good but everythibg else was just “okay”. I expected a better flavor especially with costs being a bit on the pricey side. Did not taste truly authentic.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Awesome drinks and food! Definitely going back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food we ordered was excellent as always and the service was excellent. The place is not cheap but worth the special occasion dinner once in a blue moon.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went out on a date with my girlfriend this is a great place , definitely not a place for a first date cuz it’s loud but other wise the food is great and the service is great to , and on the plus side they make you fresh quac right in front of you and you get fresh chips also which are amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food - we got the seafood ceviche special, guacamole, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, sweet plantains.. rice & beans were interesting (they both could have used more spices/flavor) & then flan for dessert - the only things I would change is more sauce for the plantains (bc it was so good) & to keep the flan traditional (it was peach flavored-not bad, but not great) also jalepeno margarita and the Mexican Hefeweizen drinks were great, we’d definitely go again for some authentic Mexican, next time want to try the tamales :)
Service was great and attentive as well (think his name was chris)

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Absolutely delicious food! Fantastic service and beautiful ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food is consistently great here! The waiters/waitresses here are very attentive and always make great recommendations if asked. The peach sangria is amazing definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Girls night out was a great success! Food and atmosphere was great. The one man band unfortunately put us to sleep.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Took my best friend here for her Birthday. The staff was knowledgeable with excellent recommendations. The food was amazing had fresh guacamole made tableside over all amazing definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It doesn’t get any better than CaraCara. This trip was superb shrimp ceviche and wonderful enchiladas suizas. As always the service was perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Best restaurant on Long Island. Best table side guacamole on the planet. Also, just upgraded their already sensational chips and they are even better.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food, great service. Will return.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always an enjoyable evening. Food is very good and staff most professional and informative.

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