El Coyote

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El Coyote has been family owned and operated for over 28 years in Cincinnati. We serve the region's best margaritas, steaks, chops, and Tex-Mex food. Come join us and bring your family and friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as usual!!!

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vipNancyH
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best margaritas in Cincinnati. Enchiladas Houston always a favorite.

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kristink
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were blown away this first time we went, so mai our expectations were high, but we had 7 in our group and only 1-2 would say the food was above average- same for the service.
With Tex-Mex being a specialty, I expected more up for an enchilada & burrito than contents simply wrapped in a tortilla
Mine at least has a small amount of melted cheddar on it.
A friend enjoyed the pork chop & my son enjoyed a steak (sirloin?)

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vipbirthday
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - great service- great time

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ErinM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience, We sat outside and the server was great with her recommendations. The food was delicious and their margaritas are terrific.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and felt good about the safety measure in place.

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PeggyM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience, excellent social distancing and service.

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DianeP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and margaritas. A gem in Anderson Township.

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GeorgeM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. We have been going for years and noticed that the last few years the quality of the food was not as great as before. I am happy to say that the food was much improved this visit.

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vipGeeJay
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was a birthday celebration for my father in law and his twin brother. Food was very good, service was good although a little forgetful with ordered items. Had to remake two drinks. Recovery was positive.

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VirginiaK
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I ordered the black bean and corn salad with grilled chicken. It was ok. Nothing to brag about. Waiter forgot the dressing. Hardly any black beans or corn in the salad. No tomatoes. So basically lettuce (and it was mostly iceberg), some carrots, and a lot of chicken. Not that good and way overpriced for what I got.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual!!

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JoDal
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I Had ordered the margarita shrimp and they were not cooked but cold and tasteless. The sauce for them did not come until I asked. It was disappointing! Not what I would expect for that price! It was more like I was at Friday's!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was excellent. The salmon was perfect! Large portion sizes. I had to take the mashed potatoes home because I was so full! Their salsa is always the best! Great place to eat.

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vipJulesB
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Fathers Day with the family was a bit disappointing. Not very friendly service but ok. All 6 of us had mediocre meals at best. I’m sure they are struggling with turnover in this current Covid environment but none the less the food was not up to our expectations. I personally had seafood enchiladas that gave me a stomach ache.. tiny scallops and cheap small shrimp. My hot slaw was swimming in dressing and burnt my tongue it was so hot. Several in the party had steak/shrimp fajitas and steak wasn’t the best-chewy. We like to support local but doubt this place will last.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service is always great.

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RachaelR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great as always but some food came out a bit on the cold side . In their defense it was a busy day since reopening and it was Father’s Day. The handling of the reservations, takeouts and walk up was shaky at best. Should have had a better plan maybe with more signage and greeters. All in all El Coyote is my favorite

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vipBrenda
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Best pork chops in town! The mud pie is also outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

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vipOuttolunch
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Coyote is one of our favorite restaurants! It’s worth the drive from Mason. The food is always good and you get a ton of it!

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PaulaC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Let me start off by saying we love wale coyote. The food, service, (minus the host who was a tad rude when we got there this time) and feel of the restaurant is one of our faves. The entire quarantine my husband was craving your porthouse steak. He ordered it (along with two other people we were with so yeah 3 porterhouses came to our table) medium rare. It came medium well to nearly well. And since when we arrived we were told by the host that we needed to be done by 6:50 for the next reservation. Umm ok.... the waitress thought that was rude too. The salsa was the bomb but the chips were like the ones we by for basketball game nachos... served in paper boats. Tacky. The plastic cups...weren’t the same size as the normal glasses. You have to do dishes anyway why plastic cups? We were just very disappointed paying $46 for a steak and the entire evening was one disappointment after the next. Don’t get me wrong we’ll be back we love it so much and everyone has a bad or off day. I just hope this isn’t the new normal or your going to be getting a lot of negative feedback. Normally when we come we’re in a group of 10 or more. I’d appreciate if you addressed these issues.

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KevinN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service, very clean. Will return..

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good just not as good as it was before the COVID stay-at-home order.

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Stevie
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Emma our server was fantastic!! She was so fun but very professional. And your bartender makes great Cosmos!!

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DaveK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Even under the pandemic requirements they found a way to make the experience personable. The food was outstanding as always and the service was good. We felt safe dining in the environment and will be back soon.

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Rhvg
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a date night and someone recommended El Coyote. We made reservations and the hostess told us to go inside and find our seat. There were no open tables. Another hostess told us to grab the table to the right in the dinning room, again no table and no one would seat us. Finally a kind server directed the hostess to lead us to our table. We ordered orange queso and the Texas twister margarita per many recommendations. The margarita was very syrupy. Sub par margarita at best. The queso was terrible. It tasted like cheese wiz that was reheated 15 times a day for a week. It was glue and absolutely disgusting. The chips were Kroger brand tortilla chips but they did warm them up for us. We ordered the coyote, the pork chop and macaroni and cheese per recommendations. The pork chop was fine, nothing special but edible. The coyote was scraps of fatty chicken and steak over rice with terrible queso poured on top. We only ate two bites. The macaroni was mushy noodles covered by the same gross orange queso. We ordered side salads that were really good. The homemade ranch and croutons were yummy. We actually ordered another salad bc we couldn’t eat any of our meal. They didn’t charge us for the salad, the queso or the macaroni and cheese and our bill was still $120. We expected to pay as much for a decent date night spot but Taco Bell would have been much cheaper and has far more quality food.

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Wolfie
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in nice atmosphere. Social distancing practiced. Service excellent. Friendly gathering place.

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vipNancyH
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time being inside a restaurant after Covid closures. Server was AMAZING! Margarita's were incredible as always, and food was exceptional El Coyote has always been in my list of five favorite Cincinnati area restaurants, and Saturday's service, drinks, and food are the reason why.

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vipsschin
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food and drink. Best Tex Mex in entire Cincinnati region

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RickR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice evening out with the wifey. Get the pork chops!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating out since the virus started. It's always been my favorite, but this was like heaven on earth! I missed their margaritas so much, I actually drank two. The steaks are always done perfectly. They took all the proper precautions for social distancing. Still my favorite local restaurant!

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LarryK
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience. The gentleman that seated us was so friendly. Had a great server. She was on top of everything. The food was great. It was a very relaxing and pleasant evening. It was our first time there and we will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but seems there has definitely been a price increase

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DHUD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was very dark in the restaurant, took a little while for eyes to adjust

Food and service was excellent!
Got the filet, so juicy and tender. Tried the hot slaw was very good. Husband got mashed potatoes he loved them

So full, could not eat dessert

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For a Tex Mex/Steak place, food was very bland. The apps, queso and salsa...amazing, entrees...tasted like eating at an old folks cafeteria. If you offer blackened steak, should be blackened with bold flavor. Fajitas, had the combo fajitas - Steak and chicken, how can fajitas be bland???

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food excellent

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JanetS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to El Coyotes for over 30 years. It is a great local restaurant/bar with a wonderful vibe. The food is out of this world good. Try the pork chops, steaks, carnitas - all fantastic. The mashed potatoes are amazing as is the mac and cheese and the carmelized apples. Even the salsa is unique to El Coyotes. My husband and I eat here on average 3 times a month. All other restaurants are measured by our favorite, El Coyotes.

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vipsschin
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Did not disappoint.

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PaulaC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite off the beaten path restaurants!

TK
TimK
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took some friends to dinner. They enjoyed the food and service

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El Coyote offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 232-5757.

El Coyote is rated 4.4 stars by 772 OpenTable diners.

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