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El Monte Grill - Fort Collins

4.2
363 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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About

Flavors of the Southwest, Mexico and Central America are expertly combined with only the best Steak, Chicken and Seafood.

All cocktails are prepared with classic techniques, fine spirits and fresh juices. Try the Esteban- an El Monte exclusive of lime juice, mint and gin, served at a chilly 28 degrees.

Try our made to order guacamole presented from our open kitchen.

Happy Hour 7 days/week with cocktail, beer, wine and food specials.

Allow us to take care of your next event! We have a banquet room that holds 15-60 guests. Great for all events from business presentations to rehearsal dinners.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday 3 PM to 10PM
Friday and Saturday 3 PM to Midnight
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Phone number
(970) 372-1869
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Boothe
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Private party facilities
Suite 327

We are proud to host everything from intimate private parties to business meetings or wedding rehearsal dinners. We offer everything from appetizer buffets to three or four course dinner’s custom tailored to fit your guests' appetites. Suite 327 is the perfect destination for your next special event with accommodations between 15 and 49 guests. Add in some inventive and creative food, handcrafted cocktails, and inviting atmosphere for lunch or dinner and you have Suite 327…

For more information, please contact
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Private party contact
Lorna Applebee: (970) 980-7480
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Catering
We cater on a case by case basis. Please call the restaurant for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
College and Prospect
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Parking details
We share a parking lot which has over 100 spots.
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Public transit
Future development will have the Mason Street corridor at our back door.
RTD bus stop with-in 3 blocks.
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Entertainment
Thursday- Ladies Night, ladies enjoy half off their cocktails.
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Special events & promotions
Rent suite 327 our banquet room for your next party!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BeautifulButUnderwhelming (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

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.

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Cowboycork (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

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.

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Donnhp (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

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.

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cpreview (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

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.

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vipLocalfan (Denver)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2015

We love El Monte's Happy Hour menu and stop in often for guac and soft tacos. Tasty and nicely presented.

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vipFoCOGuy (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2015

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.

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vipBeachgirl (Denver)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

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.

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great (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on July 2, 2015

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.

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Wyobreeze (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on June 13, 2015

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.

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Tortuga (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

Loved the creative menu including custom guacamole, mixed drink menu, fish tacos., plus corn tortillas outstanding!

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shannon (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2015

We had a great time at El Monte, food and drinks were wonderful. We went early for Happy Hour and were pleasantly surprised by the prices and the selections- $1.50 tamales were wonderful and the Esteban is a great drink- mix of mojito and margarita. Server did a great job and the owner even stopped by our table to make sure we were doing well. Great place!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

We eat here often. The food is wonderfully prepared, beautifully presented, and amazing to eat. Our experiences here have always earned top ratings. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and they have remembered us each time we've visited since the first time. We recommend this place to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

Where we love to go for consistent, wonderful food.

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TBonMtnAve (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

Entertaining some out of towners staying at the Hilton. Great last minute decision. Visitors very impressed. Always a good experience.

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FocoFoodie (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

Great meal tonight and perfect service. The spring menu really lightened up the food. Lots of fresh veggies. Our server Rachel was wonderful and attentive!

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Yummy (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2015

i tried the Estaban (and I do not drink Gin) and I loved it!! Will definitely try that again. We love their classic guacamole with the homemade tortillas. We split a beet salad and I had the carne asada and my husband had the pork and pineapple tacos. We ate well! We were in and out in 45 minutes-crazy fast, but ok. Our waiter was friendly and oh so helpful. I am now trying to recreate the Estaban at home! Great meal!

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Nelly (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

This was my first visit to El Monte and I definitely plan to go back! The cilantro lime salsa and exotic guacamole were flavourful and delicious. Service was on point and the restaurant is a great local spot with downtown ambiance. They also offer one of the beers from Black Bottle Brewery, which is next door. El Monte has a great happy hour. This restaurant is a great find.

The only drawback that a couple of friends have mentioned about coming to this restaurant is parking-students from the nearby flats also use the car park, so apparently parking can be an issue. There is a MAX bus stop across the street, which might be an alternative for some.

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vipexuberant (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2015

Very good, light interpretation of Mexican food. Rating the food very good for what the restaurant is striving to accomplish. The place for Mexican in Fort Collins.

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DrJones (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

The food was great and so was the service. There are some great drink choices that are very unique. First we ordered the tequila flight and the bartender actually came out to explain and describe each tequilas to us (very cool). Then we got to pick the ingredients for our guacamole appetizer (would be cool if they made it in front of you but they dont). They give you some interesting options like strawberry or mango. For dinner we ordered the Carne asada tacos and the fish tacos. Both of which were excellent. The portions were great and it was very tasty. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant and I plan on visiting again. The atmosphere is great but the tables are very close together. It was not as much of a authentic Mexican restaurant feel as I expected but it was still fun. I'm from Greeley and it's worth the drive for a dinner date.

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