Caracara Mexican Grill

4.4
880 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 880 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything was AMAZING as always!

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1.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Delicious every time

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Amazing as always!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

Large group, so it was a tight table. Waited a bit for the reservation - but happily grabbed drinks at the bar. Food was decent. One meal was inedible, but was returned and replaced at no charge. Very happy and will be back.

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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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