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About Caracara Mexican Grill

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.

354 Main Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 777-2272

Website:
http://www.caracaramex.com/ordereze/default.aspx

Entertainment:
Please check website for occasional live music in tequila lounge including live jazz.

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.

Parking Details:
Street Parking and Municipal Parking Lots behind restaurant (Field 2) and across the Street.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Mendoza

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Always willing to consider all requests.

Caracara Mexican Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (19)
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Fun (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Spicy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Romantic (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Seasonal (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This Resturant is a gem with Great food!! And good service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this place. Food is delicious. Great for families, date night, & groups. Always accommodating & fantastic drink menu

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food , great service and great atmosphere.
Win win!!
Our go to spot. Must try.

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·Dined 6 days ago

lousy experience, my enchalada mixtas was oversaturated with sauce that made it a mess and ineditable. My daughter had tacos with ground beef which were plain and tasteless. The chips were way too salty

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Guacamole and margaritas were exceptional!!
Very loud!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

Caracara is definitely one of the gems on Main Street Farmingdale. Food is always fresh and delicious and the Margarita's are yummy. We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a really enjoyable experience at CaraCara Grill the other night. The food was delicious. It was hard to choose what to order. I appreciate that the menu lists which dishes contain common allergens.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a nice dinner there 12/16/17. Good empanadas followed by a cracklings pork skillet dish. We didn’t order dessert but they gave us some churros with dipping sauces that were really good.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I hadn’t been here for a while but went for lunch this last Saturday with family. The menu was not as large as dinner but the options they offered were really good. I have to say I haven’t had a bad meal here since they opened.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Sensational!! As usual the ceviche was spectacular! Tonight I tried a menu option I had never had before Enchiladas Mixtas. It was awesome!! As is always the case the service was perfect. When I talk about CaraCara I run out of superlatives.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Mex food here is excellent. My food had a bit too much onion for my taste, but all other meals were well liked, especially the short rib.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Best restaurant on Long Island. I am a frequent diner at CaraCara for good reason. Everything is excellent. Tonight’s ceviche was superb. For my entree I enjoyed outstanding pollo relleno. As always, the service was impeccable. Can’t wait until my next visit to CaraCara.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Decent mexican

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Caracara has done it yet again, exceeding expectations. I took a small group of close friends out for my wife’s birthday. The staff was great on top of our tables needs. I can’t say enough about the food, it keeps getting better every time we visit. You are never rushed through your meal, you can relax and truly enjoy dining the experience. Peter and Tony, way to go, you guys do it right. See you in a few weeks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was excellent. Food, drinks and service were all great! Love this place. Will be back for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always great service. Everyone who works here is friendly and well trained. Food is consistantly good. If you like Mexican food you must try.

Tags: Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Caracara is a different type of Mexican restaurant
While it has several of the traditional items they menu includes many more creative dishes. The food is excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. There was a large, loud table of people that were way too drunk.. but it had nothing to do with the restaurant!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

First I would like to state I am lactose intolerant and a vegan.
Being the menu is not vegan friendly I asked my waiter which dinner I should order that can be tailored to my situation. He suggested a meal and he assured me there would be no cheese or cream in the dinner.
Well, I was sick for 2 days and found out there was cream in the salsa.
So my suggestion is if you are a vegan or have any other food allergy this is not the restaurant for you.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and service as usual Never disappointed

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and atmosphere are wonderful here. We always enjoy coming here for a great meal with friends!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I love this place! The food and drinks are amazing, it's def. a great place for a night out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fair service. Sat us and forgot about us even though it was practically empty. Plenty of staff on hand. No excuse.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Best tableside guacamole ever! The entire serving staff is extremely well schooled on making super guacamole. As always, the carne asada was superb.

This is clearly the best restaurant on Long Island.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My favorite restaurant on Long Island. Superb ceviche! This time I had the fantastic paella. Awesome. Best serving staff around.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service was great and the food was good. The restaurant itself was a bit too tightly packed. Your chair was constantly banging your neighbor's.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Cara Cara could be the best non slop Mexican food around this area. The food is always fresh. The waitstaff is well trained and efficient and friendly. Management is hands on. It’s an overall good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My kid loves it, and that's saying a lot considering he's the worlds toughest food critic. My wife and I also enjoy it thoroughly. The meals are authentic and flavorful. Hasn't ever been a disappointment in the 4+ times we've gone here - and we will go back again and again. The food is fresh and the meals are comforting but creative. Tableside guacamole, not only is a feast for the eyes (especially for our little one!) but also a journey of flavor for the palate. Portions are hefty but not tough on the wallet. Britany has been our best server so far, though, everyone is patient, kind and attentive.

What a great find!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Spicy, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Caracara was a delightful dining experience. The entrees were delicious and the presentation of the entrees was very tasteful. I had the Carne Tampiquena and it was delicious and the portions were very filling for a very reasonable price. They even had my favorite tequila Don Julia Anejo which is not easy to find in restaurants or bars.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

tried the table side guac, asked for spicy - sadly it had no kick whatsoever. Main courses were very slow coming out, and when they did it was clear that one entree had been forgotten and the other three had sat under a heat lamp. Meat was cold while the boniato (mashed white sweet potatoes) had a browned crust on top. Maybe the kitchen was just having a bad day but overall it was a disappointment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My wife and I for no particular reason celebrate our wedding anniversaries with Mexican cuisine. We were looking for a new place and decided CaraCara was worth a shot.
We were not disappointed. The waiter was attentive and helpful with recommendations. I liked the homemade guacamole but would have used something other than wooden spoons to mash and mix. It was tasty but some of the ingredients got left on the bottom of the bowl. Also, I would have like more salsa served in a bigger bowl. Spooning it on the nachos was not what we were used to doing.
Overall, food was delicious with generous portions. Their house cocktails would be worth the drive. I highly recommend CaraCara, you won’t be disappointed. We plan on becoming CaraCara regulars.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Amazing experience, awesome service. Defenetely a go back for me

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Not upscale at all! Guacamole table side was the nicest part of the night! Food was mediocre at best!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Service was slow despite the place being virtually empty. We ordered table side guacamole spicy and it was the blandest guacamole I've ever tasted. Entrees were mediocre at best but highly priced for the quality of the food. Won't go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I will go out of my way to dine at CaraCara. Fantastic food! Great service! Can't ask for more. Best restaurant on Long Island.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was a little too loud for any conversation.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Amazing food I like the mojitos and service was quick

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Love the red sangria. Helpful and friendly wait staff. Food came out quickly and very delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Delicious Sangarita- mix of sangria and margarita we had enchiladas- they were ok- nothing special. Nice restaurant- ok if you're in Farmingdale and want Mexican food- just don't have high expectations

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Been here many times. Tonight disappointment. Had reservation, relatively quiet, requested to sit in one of two open booths-denied. Requested to sit in out of the way two top, denied. Sat at two top soon sandwiched between party of 4 with cute baby and party of 6. Open tables everywhere. Food not as good as previous visits. Ugh. Becoming tired of the whole restaurant experience. Eat at home. Spend money on life.

Tags: Casual
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