Caracara Mexican Grill

4.4
896 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 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 896 People Are Saying
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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
307 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
7 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
307 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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ML
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you love Mexican food, you will love the food here. Service was also excellent. The guacamole was superb. Made at your table

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food was outstanding got a table at the time I needed was seated quick everything A+++

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We’ll be back!

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food and drinks!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This place USED to be good but they raised their prices tremendously. The food is good but not worth the amount of money they’re now charging. We sat for a good 15 minutes before anyone even took our drink order. It seemed like the wait staff was very unorganized. I don’t think I’ll be dining here again.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tableside Gauc delicious. Service very attentive. Chicken tacos good. Great place to meet up with friends

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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local restaurant that does top notch Mexican. Tasty speciality drinks. Guacamole made to order at the table. Wait staff is friendly and fast.

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OT
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the branzino special which was superb. My guests enjoyed their selections as well. We all enjoyed the peach sangria which was particularly refreshing on a hot August evening. The food was so good and filling that there was no room for dessert!

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JE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Spent my birthday celebration with my family and enjoyed the kind service, food, and overall atmosphere. It was a weeknight so quieter than our previous weekend visit when we were served at a table in the bar area. Mine and everyone's food was delicious including the table-side guacamole prepared by our server. Water refill did require the attention of our server even though our glasses were visibly empty. Pleasantly surprised with a sombrero on my head and birthday song when our churros with a candle came to the table.

Last, I've supported the strawless movement for many years and I'm usually clear to the server that I don't want a straw in the glass. However, looking around the restaurant before ordering my beverage it appeared straws were intended more with children's cups so I did not make the request for our drinks to be strawless. Unfortunately our sangria glasses arrived with straws in. I will continue to be clear with my request for a strawless in the future.

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BF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food and the service were great at Caracara. I recommend the tableside guacamole, it was delicious!

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T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caracara is my favorite Mexican restaurant. I dine here often and bring lots of friends. My favorite dishes are the iron skillet tacos and the camarones tropicale.

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J
Philadelphia
307 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant on Long Island. I am a frequent diner at CaraCara and they NEVER disappoint. This particular evening the town was packed because of a street fair. As one would expect CaraCara was extremely busy as well. Despite that everything was superb and the service was perfect. Can’t wait for my next visit.

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J
Philadelphia
307 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! My favorite restaurant on Long Island. The best serving staff anywhere. Every time I am in the area I make sure I visit as many times as possible.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. If you're looking for Mexican flared food with an upscale vibe (but reasonable prices) this is the place to go!

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance, friendly wait service and all around good food. The table side guacamole prep is pretty neat.

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JL
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is consistently good, great service and good food. We always return when we feel the need to eat Mexican food, it is the best!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was very bland and lacked flavor. Tableside guacamole was the only good thing about oue night. Very disappointing and will never go back !

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HA
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love caracara. The food, drinks, and atmosphere is amazing.

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BC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dead on a Monday night. Food was good but not spectacular. Good, but not great.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING as always!

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JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall service was bad. Steak was over cooked. Not impressed.

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H
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great restaurant. Love the guacamole appetizer!!!

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time

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B
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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J
Philadelphia
307 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CaraCara never disappoints me. It is the best restaurant on Long Island. I never fail to visit when I am in the area on business. This visit was highlighted by absolutely sensational tableside guacamole. As always, the service was perfect. My only complaint about CaraCara is that it isn’t closer to my home so I could dine there more often.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caracara is my favorite place to go for any special occasion. I’m never disappointed by the food or the service. The Peach Sangria is also my favorite drink to have.

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J
Philadelphia
307 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on Long Island! Best most creative menu! Most attentive staff. Love every visit there.

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GJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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DV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

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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T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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