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El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar

4.2
4.2
460 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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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Menu

Botanas y Apertivos

  • Empanadas de PicadilloCA$12.00

    Spiced ground beef, onion, patatas, tamarind habanero

    • Guacamole & ChipsCA$14.00

      • Brussel Sprouts con Valentina*CA$13.00

        Peanut, sesame, pickled onion

        • Quadruple Dip Festival* **CA$19.00

          Guacamole, mole, pico de gallo, pineapple rojo salsa, house fried tortilla rounds, pinwheel crisps

          • Smoked Queso Cauliflower FundidoCA$16.00

            Chipotle, smoked cheese, roasted cauliflower, pico de gallo, charred cauliflower florets, tortilla rounds, pinwheel crisps

            • Patatas BravasCA$13.00

              Feta, green onion, chipotle aioli, cumin aji salt

              • Poblano Popper* ^CA$13.00

                Pomegranate, queso, buttermilk lime crema, candied walnuts, crispy corn

                • Chasca Street BowlCA$14.00

                  Corn, chipotle aioli, pepita, whipped queso, pickled pineapple jalapeno salsa, baby tomato, fried tortilla rounds

                  Ceviches y Tostadas

                  • Scallop Ceviche^^CA$22.00

                    Fresh cucumber, pickled chilis, corn, habanero tamarind glaze, tajin shrimp chips, pico de gallo

                    • Crab & Shrimp TostadaCA$18.00

                      Shrimp, cucumber, chipotle aioli, pickled chilis, pickled radish, gooseberry, chickpea pops

                      • VampiroCA$12.00

                        Half taco / half tostada, charred beef, charred chili peppers, aji aioli

                        • Napa Valley Chicken & Bacon TostadaCA$14.00

                          Chilled spiced chicken salad, crispy bacon, cabbage, pomegranate, gooseberry, cucumber, celery seed

                          Platos Principales y Los Tazones

                          • Cast Iron Steak ArracheraCA$26.00

                            Queso poblano mash potato, charred veg on a hot cast iron skillet

                            • Cast Iron Seared Scallops & Pork ChorizoCA$26.00

                              Adobo rice, achiote pineapple rojo, guacamole, cilantro

                              • Chicken EnchiladaCA$23.00

                                Shredded chicken, smoked & whipped queso, achiote pineapple rojo, roasted mixed seeds, buttermilk lime crema, side beans & rice

                                • Seafood EnchiladaCA$26.00

                                  Crab, shrimp, cod, pepita & mixed seed topping, verde cream, tajin shrimp chips, side beans & adobo rice

                                  • Los Tazones (Bowls)CA$21.00

                                    Chicken, Crab n Shrimp, or Steak Adobo rice, pepitas and seeds, peanuts, greens, radish, cilantro, lime, verde cream, beans, avocado, tomato

                                    • Crispy Chicken Mole* **CA$24.00

                                      Queso poblano mash, sesame seed, charred zanahorias

                                      • Lamb Leg Birria (Lamb Stew)CA$18.00

                                        Shredded lamb leg, tortillas, buttermilk lime crema, charred pepper salsa, guacamole, adobo rice, beans, roasted veg

                                        Tacos

                                        All tacos are served on a corn/wheat blend tortilla

                                        • Braised Molasses Al PastorCA$14.00

                                          Marinated pork, pineapple jalapeno salsa, whipped queso, fresh greens

                                          • Beef Bulgogi*CA$15.00

                                            Slaw, pickled chili, pickled onion, sesame, peanut

                                            • Beer Battered PescadoCA$16.00

                                              Pineapple jalapeno salsa, orange ginger mezcal aioli, slaw

                                              • Charred Brussel*CA$14.00

                                                Black beans, pico de gallo, walnuts, chickpea pops

                                                • Chicken VeracruzCA$14.00

                                                  Pepita crumble, buttermilk lime crema, olives, capers, charred tomato & peppers, feta

                                                  • Braised Lamb LegCA$15.00

                                                    Tamarind habanero, charred peppers, cilantro, buttermilk lime crema, fresh greens

                                                    Food Truck

                                                    • HamburguesaCA$14.00

                                                      6 oz Beef brisket patty, pickled poblano relish, queso, fresh greens, aji aioli

                                                      • MolleteCA$15.00

                                                        Open-faced sandwich, guacamole, charred steak, smoked queso, aji aioli, pico de gall

                                                        • Torta de ChorizoCA$12.00

                                                          House-made pork sausage, buttermilk lime crema, poblano relish, pico de gallo

                                                          • Cali Club QuesadillaCA$16.00

                                                            Chicken & bacon, pico de gallo, aji aioli, fresh greens, queso

                                                            • Smoked Queso Steak QuesadillaCA$18.00

                                                              Steak, peppers, onion, pico de gallo

                                                              Acompanamientos y Vegetales

                                                              • Adobo RiceCA$4.00

                                                                • Zanahorias (Charred Carrots)CA$9.00

                                                                  Agave glazed with Mexican oregano, whipped queso & mixed roasted seeds

                                                                  • Queso Poblano Mashed PotatoCA$5.00

                                                                    • Charred VegetablesCA$10.00

                                                                      • Ensalada de PepinoCA$8.00

                                                                        Serrano mint dressing, baby tomato, baby cucumber

                                                                        • Brown Butter Black BeansCA$4.00

                                                                          Lime zest, brown butter, onion & cumin

                                                                          Postres

                                                                          • ChurrosCA$12.00

                                                                            • Spiced Date CakeCA$11.00

                                                                              • Coconut Banana FlanCA$12.00

                                                                                Last updated: March 4, 2020

                                                                                What 460 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                4.2
                                                                                4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                                • 4.3Food
                                                                                • 4.1Service
                                                                                • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                • 3.9Value

                                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                                88% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                  SeanN

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  The foods are freaking amazing!!! Definitely worth a visit!!!

                                                                                2. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Toronto

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                  Food was alright: revised menu led to mixed feelings. Brussel sprouts were a hit with everyone though. Cocktails were great, but as it got busy service got slower and slower. We were told as soon as we walked in that we had to leave in 2h because of another reservation; it came across as very poor service to a planned reservation.

                                                                                3. L

                                                                                  Lovefood

                                                                                  Calgary

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Every time we go up to Edmonton from Calgary we pass this restaurant and it has intrigued me with its very bright sign. This time I did make reservations for my sons birthday. Food was amazing, the service was just fine. The only thing was the music was a little on the loud side and we really had to talk very loud to one another to be heard. Other than that will definitely go again.

                                                                                4. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on March 4, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Our waitress was amazing! We went in to check out the new menu. Everything we tried was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

                                                                                5. G

                                                                                  Gina

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                  No comments. Not enjoyable. Will not return again.

                                                                                6. BF

                                                                                  BlaiseF

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                  Lack of service. The new menu items were a disappointment and not appropriately priced

                                                                                7. d

                                                                                  dina74

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Excellent service! Delicious eats!

                                                                                8. DO

                                                                                  DwayneO

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great food. Friendly service.except didnt like the part where hostess told us our table was booked after us and and we had 90 minutes to enjoy our appetizer and dinner.seemed rushed on a Saturday night where we wanted to go out and enjoy the evening. Other than that great place.

                                                                                9. JP

                                                                                  JessP

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  35 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  35 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Great food. Will be back. Pricey, but awesome.

                                                                                10. LM

                                                                                  LizM

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Tacos were amazing and the margaritas were even better! Our server was attentive, pleasant and quick...even though the place was packed and she was super busy.

                                                                                11. TD

                                                                                  TanaD

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                  Food and service was great! We look forward to returning when the patio is open!!!

                                                                                12. CM

                                                                                  ChaddM

                                                                                  Saskatoon

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  Great place for food and drinks. Had the tacos as recommended by locals. Tacos look small, but are actually quite filling. Service was a little bit slow and disorganized at times, but food and drinks came promptly once ordered. They have daily specials which is always nice as well.

                                                                                13. A

                                                                                  Alexa

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  If you want incredible Mexican food with a variety of options, El Cortez is your place! Not only is the food fantastic and well prepared, but the ambiance is unique and vibrant! If you go to El Cortez, you’re sure to have a great evening.

                                                                                14. A

                                                                                  Adriev

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  We both were a little disappointed in the quantity or our order. The taste was great, I liked the beer you served and the waiter was honest and polite way to go there

                                                                                15. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                  Service was poor per usual. They need more staff and she seemed disinterested in general. Plus the tequila menu was all faded and split on. Food is very average

                                                                                16. KH

                                                                                  KwonH

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                                  Loved the Margarita served, and the aesthetics of the tequila water jug. The table reserved ended up being right by the door and a large window which was pretty cold but thoughtful of them to provide a heat lamp in one corner. The tacos were okay - but I wouldn't order again as there were only three small tacos for $15. The flour tortillas were tough in a not so good way, and mushroom chorizo didn't have much flavor to them at a price of $15 (no mix and match).

                                                                                17. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                  Super loud Food was great but smaller portion than expected One meal cake after everyone else’s by about 15 min

                                                                                18. RW

                                                                                  RonW

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Had the tacos and there were smaller then expected for the price. Everything else was great.

                                                                                19. JP

                                                                                  JanPhilip

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Buddy’s birthday. Wanted tacos and margaritas.

                                                                                20. HM

                                                                                  HayleyM

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The service was absolutely incredible! I made the reservation as part of a birthday surprise for my boyfriend, and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate my plans to ensure the surprise was next level. And the food and drinks were incredible, as always!

                                                                                21. AC

                                                                                  AnnaC

                                                                                  New Orleans

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 6, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great ambiance, good food, and fantastic service! El Cortez is one of our favourite places to go for a meal out with family and friends.

                                                                                22. DD

                                                                                  DaveD

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Another great experience at El Cortez! The restaurant is one of our favorites as it offers wonderful food, a funky ambiance. HIGHLY recommended!

                                                                                23. K

                                                                                  Karma

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on February 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                  This was an average food experience with a pricy menu. A $15/$18 plate is worth ~$8-$12. I had the carnita tacos - the pork was tough and the tacos were appetizer size (3 for $15); we had a few dip appetizers of guacamole and salsa - $15 for a small dish of dip and small bucket of chips. The service was slow and the noise level is high.

                                                                                24. LC

                                                                                  LisaC

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 31, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                                  The service was a little slow, but overall it was a great experience.

                                                                                25. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 26, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                                                  Service was slow, took a long time to order drinks, server came around ever so often. Food was great. By the end of the dinner our server could not be found. Had to find someone to ask for our bill. At the end would not recommend going on a Saturday night, during the week most likely a better time?

                                                                                26. JP

                                                                                  JanetP

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 23, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We’ve been here a few times and we make sure when we are in town we go. The margueritas are excellent and the food is wicked good. The decor is amazing - really eclectic mix. We love this place

                                                                                27. P

                                                                                  Patrick

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 15, 2020

                                                                                  overall2food4service3ambience1

                                                                                  Made a reservation a week in advance for a group of 4. Ended up getting seated right next to the door in -40 degree weather. One member of our group was extremely cold the entire time. Staff were not able to accommodate us moving to a different table. I expect this service as a walk in customer, but being given the worst table in house after booking a week ahead of time was unacceptable. Food was good and service passable.

                                                                                28. K

                                                                                  Kat18

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                  The decor of the bar was very cool to look at observe. The drinks were decent (had the same margarita for the night) but did take a long time to receive the drinks. The waitress was very nice in apologizing for the long wait, but it did take 15 minutes for the first drink. The food was okay. Very spicy tacos to the point of not being able to finish the last one of the three. Guacamole was okay but didn't have much flavour. But their chips were tasty! They have good drinks but be prepared to wait awhile for them.

                                                                                29. LP

                                                                                  LiaP

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  First time going, it was an amazing experience! We enjoyed our drinks and food. This is now my favorite restaurant.

                                                                                30. RK

                                                                                  RichK

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 8, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Taco Tuesday is the best thing ever! Food is excellent, service was great and friendly!

                                                                                31. DP

                                                                                  DanP

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on January 5, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  Great service, and a very large selection of tequila.

                                                                                32. K

                                                                                  Kiya

                                                                                  Ireland

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great ambience, food was OK. Fish taco’s were nothing special, very minimal in flavour, filling & portion size. Was hoping for something a little more creative. Some cauliflower bites had a bit of uncooked batter in some of the larger pieces, but were super crispy & yum on the outside! Chile’s rellenos batter coating tasted a bit of burnt egg and a bit soggy, however the actual pepper stuffed with cheese inside was delicious and had a bit of a kick to it. Redneck poutine was really good. The server was very friendly and attentive.

                                                                                33. A

                                                                                  Alyssa

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The lady that served us was the best!! Short Blond hair around 30. First time there and so much enjoyed everything

                                                                                34. RO

                                                                                  RoshellO

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  Our server was wonderful ! I want to say her name was Kylee . She had short white hair and wore a red top. She was attentive, knowledgeable and funny ! Thanks for a wonderful evening !

                                                                                35. KH

                                                                                  KymH

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Everything about this place was great! The food was delicious, staff was friendly, prices were great, and the atmosphere and decor was deadly!!! Absolutely loved it!

                                                                                36. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on December 29, 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                  Our server was very slow and disappeared for extended periods of time ... food was great, ambience is fun

                                                                                37. TB

                                                                                  TheresaB

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 28, 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Delicious food! We shared the cauliflower which was very tasty! We also had fish tacos and shrimp tacos which were both delicious! Attentive service. The food arrived quickly. Will definitely return.

                                                                                38. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 22, 2019

                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                  My only critique would be that if you are open for brunch, maybe have a brunch menu option as the dinner food can be quite heavy first thing on a Sunday morning. It tastes great, but maybe a bit too early in the day for it. The guacamole also tasted store bought. I think it would be harder in the winter to get the ripe avocados to make it in house, so it makes sense but a heads up would have been nice as my guest and I didn’t really eat it since it tasted right out of the bag. Great service and awesome atmosphere!

                                                                                39. PB

                                                                                  PerryB

                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 20, 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Awesome food and staff

                                                                                40. A

                                                                                  Alana

                                                                                  Edmonton

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                                  overall2food3service3ambience3

                                                                                  Food was good, but not filling. Very small portions for the price. Suggest a side dish to go with it, be it rice, fries, salad. Very loud, and disappointed the churros was not available. Was looking forward to trying them out.

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                                                                                El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 460 OpenTable diners

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