Honestly, I really just wanted the food to be better. It wasn't bad per se, but it didn't blow me away either. It was just...okay. We had the Queso Fundido for an appetizer and it didn't have all that much flavor. All I really noticed about it was that it was hot and oily. And they don't give you nearly enough tortillas (not chips) to eat the queso. I had the Shrimp Enchiladas which again, was extremely oily and really only tasted like the big mound of sauteed onions and bell peppers that they put on top. My husband had the Roasted Relleno and even though he said it was good, it wasn't good enough to make him want to come back to eat it again. The atmosphere here is awesome and the service was good, we just wish the food was better. I don't think we'll make the effort to visit again any time soon.
Since I believe they are owned by the Owners of The Rio, why can't you get a Rio margarita?
I had the House Marg, and didn't care for it.
Excellent, friendly service and fresh and yummy Oxacan cuisine. Believe the chef studied under Michael Bayless who also assisted with the menu planning. Go here you will not be disappointed.
This is our fourth or fifth visit to El Monte over the past year - and while the others have been pretty good, this was the best. We had the Roasted Relleno and the Shrimp Enchiladas for dinners and all was excellent. The service was much improved from past experiences and we went away looking forward to the next visit.
Very interesting menu and delicious food. The meal started with salsa and tortillas. The tortillas were freshly made and delicious. We were expecting fried chips and instead they were simply warm tortillas. I had a pork chop with a roasted chile rellano. Excellent!! My husband and I are moving to Fort Collins and we will return to this restaurant.
We love El Monte's Happy Hour menu and stop in often for guac and soft tacos. Tasty and nicely presented.
We had patronized El Monte ever since they opened and had come to love the place - good value for the money, good staff (albeit sometimes slow on drinks even when the restaurant wasn't jammed) and tasty vittles (customizable guac is a favorite). Then came chef changes and concomitant menu changes, a lot of which took us to places we didn't wish to go, and so we visited much less often. Well, they have rediscovered some of the items we long-term patrons really valued and brought them back, and we're happy to put El Monte back into the rotation! To any folks who may have abandoned El Monte while they have wandered in the wilderness, they are worth a try again.
When we arrived they didn't seem to be expecting us and there were plenty of open tables but it took them a while to figure out where to seat us with three people involved. They thought there were more in our party than two even though no one else was waiting. Margaritas were great. Baked relleno with quinoa excellent.
We had a 630 reservation for 6 people. After waiting for 10 minutes, we were seated. After 30 minutes and numerous attempts to get someone's attention, we were acknowledged by wait staff. Finally received water and ordered all at the same time. Waitress said there was a misunderstanding as to who our server was...food is delicious and the Esteban is the bomb. We will be back, just not any time soon.
The restaurant is pleasant, very clean, and well appointed. We were sat at a U shaped booth that was great as we had a view of the bar and could easily talk. The guacamole was very good. Fresh, well mixed and traditional in style. Great beginning. The shrimp enchiladas were impressive. Again, fresh shrimp and the sauce was bright and tasty.