El Coyote

4.3
520 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 232-5757
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Five Mile Road
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
520 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
41%
Good
7%
Fair
5%
Poor
0%
4.5
food
4.5
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

with reservations we were put into a small corner booth, I even mentioned to the host do we look like little people, no response. the server seemed to be in a rush with everything.
the entres came while we were still eating our salads and we no room to move anything while the server stood holding the dinner plate, very awkward. asked for a box right away did not happen. my wife ordered the yucatan halibut way to spicy, covered up the taste of the fish.

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y
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server Grayson did a great job!
Restaurant was busy since it was 1/2 price Margaritas night!
Our foods were delicious and drinks very tasty!

Thank you-- good job!

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f
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. We were seated in a quiet section of the restaurant. Our server, Grayson, was excellent. Next time we intend to ask for her. She anticipated our every need.

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RE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Tables too close, people celebrating a birthday and it was so loud no one at our table could hear each other. Please let your servers know not to reach across the table over people's food.

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B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always delicious food and drinks at reasonable prices

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c
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, just didn't appreciate being leaked on from a rainstorm during dinner. Among the 4 of us, I had the lucky spot of sitting under a leaky roof. I did love the pork chop dinner, the mac & cheese and the applesauce.

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B
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Vegetarians beware. Not much here as they cook all their beans in beef stock. Even the rice is cooked in chicken stock.

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LC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The margaritas are the best around! Salsa reminds me of we we get in Mexico! Yum!

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y
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Jeff, is the BEST!
He seems to enjoy his job,
Is very polite and attentive!
I like sitting in the Back Bar area and he usually works this area!
He's great!!

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PK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We had not been to El Coyote in 20-25 years, and my wife wanted to go there for her birthday. The only things that have changed in all that time are the prices. Ouch! Very overpriced. Food was over cooked. The place was crowded but the service was prompt and attentive. It'll be another 20 years before we go back. Maybe by then they will clean up the place and find a place for storage besides the corridors.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Homemade chips salsa and guacamole. Steak and fish delicious.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food has changed for the worse over the years. Queso is lumpy/flowery, Ordered our normal pork fajitas, they brought steak out an told us that is their new pork. The bbq sauce was always he best in the months past it now seems to be store bought.

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GH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great, booth the four of us were seated at was on the small side and had a very bad wobble that was very annoying.

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K
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place. It's our favorite restaurant overall.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We arrived at the time of our reservation and were promptly seated. The waiter was very attentive. The 4 of us had different meals from the menu. 2 of us enjoyed our meal but the other 2 didn't.

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AJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring Break week for my 7 year old and my 3 year old. They both love steak and we thought it would be fun to take them to somewhere new and they loved it!

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E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent dining experience. Delicious food with great service. The filet was amazing!!

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service good food!!

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DB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from the second we walked in the door to the second we left. Fabulous margaritas and great food! Highly recommend the steaks!

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n
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful place, great food ! wonderful service ! Hate your parking lot ! Too steep !

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k
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Food always great service could not ask for better. Even when they are real busy.

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KW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and great food! I have been coming to this location all my life and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend the pork chops!

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LC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great atmosphere. I’m glad you can make reservations again. Love the outside, when it’s nice out. The reason we haven’t come was because I didn’t want to hang in the bar area with the kids. Now they are grown and loved it.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered the porterhouse steak. Was not cooked correctly & the server was a bit rude about the fact that I brought it to her attention. They removed it from my bill but it ruined the meal with my date.

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RR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We loved the food! The table next to us was VERY noisy and the server was a bit rude and stand-offish.

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S
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fun! Loved it!

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DB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food was great as always.

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A
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately for a 5:30 PM evening meal, the restaurant was packed. Service was marginal, two of six meals were burnt , and it wasn’t the best experience. Normally the food and service were above average. We will be back again to be Sure it wasn’t just a bad evening.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite local place to eat for special nights like date night. The 1/2 & 1/2 Margaritas are my wife's choice every time we go. I had the steak my wife had the seafood enchiladas. Both were outstanding. The side items were great. I love the loaded mash potatoes. The service was quick, friendly and very personal. Our waitress must really enjoy helping people.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The steaks and chops and ribs combo were excellent, as well as the mashed potatoes! Not to mention the best margaritas I have had in a long while.

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BM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We hadn’t been in a long time and I’m glad we returned! The food was outstanding. I’m glad we had a reservation because the restaurant was packed at 5:15 on a Saturday.

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DB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Service was spot on. Our waiter was fun and knowledgeable. He made great suggestions and was very attentive. Highly recommend especially for a group outing or a nice quiet meal.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love el Coyote and happy it is in my neighborhood. The margaritas are the best and the service is great. The food is yummy especially the steaks and quesadillas. I wish the chips were less salty. Their salsa is addicting. I recommend this place for any occasion.

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y
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This gathering was for a friends Birthday.
Our server was very good, foods were very good and tasty 😋 I brought half home!
Service was good-- course we were there on a Sunday night so not too busy!
Will return!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Coyote never fails to deliver a delicious meal and lively atmosphere. The food was served quickly and the server was on his toes the whole evening. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!
Great waitress!
Great ambience!
We celebrated my daughters birthday and had a wonderful time!
The food was outstanding and the portions were HUGE!

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k
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always get great food Brave Heart steaks as good as Jeff Ruby's Wonderful service. Always try to get Tiffany she is great.

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B
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good. I got the black bean salad. The service was good and it was a fun place to get together with friends.

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DB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu has so many great options and the portions are huge.

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A
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. It was unusually loud due to a large party seated nearby - likely a holiday celebration, so understandable...

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