El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

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348 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
ABOUT EL CORTEZ LOCATED JUST OFF WHYTE AVENUE, EL CORTEZ MEXICAN KITCHEN + TEQUILA BAR IS A CREATIVE COMBINATION OF ARRESTING DÉCOR, CULINARY ARTS, FINE TEQUILA AND CRAFT COCKTAILS. El Cortez specializes in traditional Latin food with a modern twist, tantalizing tequilas and delicious cocktails. Our thoughtfully curated menu encompasses everything from tapas, to entrees, to gourmet street food & tacos, to nuevo latino fusion dishes. We are one of only 9 establishments in the world certified by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (The Tequila Regulatory Council).
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Was good little patio. Think this place would be great for happy hour with their happy hour specials. Or Tuesday for taco Tuesday.

Back patio was great, inside would have been less great.

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WW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Bartender amazing. Very knowledgeable. Waitress great. Not a good spot for kids. Lots of noise.

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BD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Worst service I have had in a long time. The restaurant wasn’t even half full. It took an hour and a half from ordering until our food arrived to our table. There were 4 of us there, and they brought over TWO drinks on the house to apologize for the wait... what are 4 people supposed to do with 2 drinks? What a joke! Will NOT be going back any time soon!

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T
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another great meal at Elcortez! Always friendly staff and delicious food!

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BB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Portions small, prices high.

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LS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

It was okay. Very loud though and we were there early on a Thursday night

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My Enchilada was amazing. Prompt and good service. The music was a bit loud, but the atmosphere was great.

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JA
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff, great food, great vibes! Love the atmosphere and how well we were treated!

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TP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed that we were served Tostidos tortilla chips and a couple of homemade potato chips. I have eaten at many Mexican restaurants, and I was always served homemade tortilla chips, so I was very disappointed. I can make the same Tostidos and pico at home.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks were significantly overpriced. Quality of food was ok but not worth what they were asking at regular price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure eating here!

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j
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My friend and I throughly enjoyed our brunch at El Cortez. It was my friend’s first time there and she was very impressed. Both the food & service were excellent and we both plan on returning again. The only downside that prevents me from giving El Cortez a 5 Star rating was the ambience. The staff chose to play loud rap music at a Saturday brunch. There were lots of families with young children in the restaurant at the time and some the songs were not not age appropriate for little ears.

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AM
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Top notch joint. Excellent food, with an extensive tequila menu, if that's your thing.

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c
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food but found us asking of a lot of things and the drinks were quite expensive

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks and atmosphere were awesome! We will be back.

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SG
Edmonton
56 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Although the food and drinks were good and the service was fine, the noise level and energy level of the restaurant is a little off putting as you can hardly hear your own table conversation. Definitely for the younger crowd. But a fun place for Cinco de Mayo💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

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c
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Really nice restaurant/ bar. The environment is fun and busy, and the food is really great. Went for my birthday and loved it. Also good for pictures.

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M
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Jenna was fantastic. She was attentive and helpful with menu suggestions

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ST
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Our first table was incredibly uncomfortable. Flat metal stools with angled edges that dug in after a few minutes. We requested a new table and they gave us a very comfy booth. The staff were all very sweet and friendly. The music was too loud for even our yelling to qualify as conversation. I wish they could have incorporated even A LITTLE BIT of Latin music in the mix for a better Mexican restaurant experience but hey...I like Snoop and Gaga as much as the next person. It just would have been nice. The food was tasty, but portions were small. Even after a starter and entree, we left hungry but we were anxious to go somewhere were we could hear each other. I'd definitely go again if I were with someone I didn't like or if I wasn't very hungry and couldn't get in anywhere else.

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

exceeded expectations food and drinks were spot on.

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KI
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was nice! It was a little bit loud and some of the drinks were a little expensive, but overall a nice experience!

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c
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely setting, great food. Music in the restaurant was way too loud, especially given there is a DJ downstairs who can provide music at full volume if thats what you are looking for.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, food was excellent and service was first class. We will be back.

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DN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Really kind of average in every way. Good just ok, drinks good, service was fine.

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T
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was taco Tuesday 1/2 price which was great, otherwise I don't know if I would pay full price, otherwise not bad tasting, but my friend asked if any were spicy and she said that none were, and my friend is not able to have spicy food, it bothers her. The only one was the fish taco that was not spicy. The corn was very good.

It was very loud and hard to talk to my friends.

I may try it again

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LJ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had to take a star away for the store boughten nachos, but everything else was fantastic. Great ambience, great service, and great tacos!

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BM
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambience great, our server was just awesome. Both tacos we tried were excellent! Lots of stuff to look at, a bit noisy for this old gal though.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

ambiance is nice however portion of food per dollar and quality is not there

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Had a reservation, quickly seated. Waitress was great. Helped us with Our choices as it was a first visit. Chips salsa and guacamole were amazing. Fresh! We had enchiladas and quesadillas. Delicious....Amounts were worth the monies. Ate the next day for lunch as well. We will be back!

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K
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and had a great time. Love the cauliflower appetizer and the tacos are always yummy

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TT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve been here before and raves about it but this time I was disappointed. I requested a booth and we did not get it so I asked when one became available if we could move, the hostess said yes. But as many booth became free she never came to move us. We had to sit at a high table with horribly uncomfortable shallow stools. It was stuffed in a corner under a speaker and tv. No cool or comfortable. My food which I normal love my beef came out extremely rare and I only eat well done so I didn’t eat my quesadillas. It was a disappointing dinner which makes me sad because I usually love this place.

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere for birthday celebration. I was hoping maybe there would have been something offered free as part of birthday celebration.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I love the food at El Cortez, however the service we received Saturday night was awful. Our waitress was virtually non-existent and it took us over 20 minutes to even order our drinks - we had to flag down another waitress. It took about 60 minutes to finally get our food. There was bugs on the seat that we were sitting at. The manager was kind and did give us a discount for all of the troubles, but all in all I was just really let down.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The appies were Delicious, my tacos were just ok, tasted like they didn’t have much flavour and needed more toppings. It was super loud, not a place you go to have much conversation- we could barely hear each other.

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LM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh and tasty. Lots of flavor without being too spicy. Only complaint and it is minor is it was cold in the restaurant.

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BB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the beers tasty, our waiter amazing, and atmosphere very cool, but the music was so so loud we left and went to another neighboring bar for one more drink because we couldn't hear each other talk.

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PL
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome meal! Everything was amazing! The Carnitas Al Pastor are to die for! Would highly recommend El Cortez and we will definitely be back very soon!

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and drinks! Great social atmosphere too!

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