El 42 Cantina

4.9
28 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
El 42 Cantina is a Mexican cuisine themed restaurant and cocktail bar (21 and over only, please). The place offers a new touch of Mexican cuisine on American shores. With large windows that take in the scenic beauty on the outside, the interior of the El 42 Cantina is kept largely true to the Mexican theme.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 28 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.6
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JessicaH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have been wanting to try this spot! Made a reservation and got in early. It’s certainly a lively spot. The music is fun but a bit loud. It was hard to hear my friend talking. Not the best Mexican food I’ve had in my entire life, but I liked my tacos and margarita!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Jessica! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit with us! I'll talk to our team about turning the music down a bit in the future!

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Happish3D
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Everything! This is a #1 for us on the Eastside. Have the elotes! Margarita are the best! No mix here, real stuff!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We're honored to be your #1 restaurant on the Eastside!

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SophieV
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought my husband was crazy when he said he wanted to order a burger at a Mexican restaurant. I have never been more wrong in my life. We have traveled all around the world eating hamburgers and the burger at El 42 Cantina ranks in the top 5, maybe even the top 3. We will be back.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much, Sophie! That is indeed some high praise. I know it does feel strange to order a burger at a Mexican place, but they are just so good!

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NoelF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for have a drink, the food is really good, the servers are great!! I had a great time definitely I will come back!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Noel! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. We will see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much! We're happy to hear that you had an amazing time with us, as always!

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MamaR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love El42. The Streetery has been a lot of fun this year. Hoping Issaquah will do this again next year without COVID! Food and drinks are always excellent and servers work their butts off. Can't wait until they get their new section opened up.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We're glad that you were able to join us for the Front Street Streatery! We're hoping that they extend it into the future as well!

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EricD
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the sidewalk and had a great time. The food, drinks and service were great. I can definitely recommend the scratch margaritas, the guacamole and the carne asada.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for the review, Eric! Those are all solid recommendations!

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BryanH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, drinks, and food!! Can't wait to go back

El 42 Cantina
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for the review, Bryan! We can't wait to have you back!

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KellyP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food choice and quality and great selection of drinks, as always.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to write in a review, Kelly! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us.

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vipDarryl
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great vibe, outstanding service, and exceptional food..

El 42 Cantina
Responded on September 25, 2020

Thanks for the review, Darryl! We appreciate you taking the time to write in!

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Erin5466
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Mexican food in downtown Issaquah. The inside dining option is very small, but they are doing a great job with added outdoor space

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the review, Erin! We're glad you enjoyed the extended outdoor dining area!

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klgalla
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El 42 Cantina continues to do a great job following new guidelines for safety. As always, the food and service was outstanding. We will be back again and again!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We're glad that you always enjoy your time with us, and that our guidelines for safety don't go unnoticed. We'll see you soon!

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NickG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef burrito is the best !

Also, closing down the street for outside tables is a great idea.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much, Nick! The beef burrito is a solid recommendation!

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BELEastside
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setup outside at Streatery

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much! We're glad that you got to join us for the Front Street Streatery!

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MarkyMark
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing local restaurant - staff is helpful and engaging. Food is great - ask for the nachos !

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, Mark! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us!

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Kerry
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is the best mexican food around and Anisa is the most amazing server!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much, Kerry! We are truly grateful to have Anisa on our team. She is an absolute gem!

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TOMB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a cheap place to eat, but tasty with solid bar and wait staff. Good spot.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The outdoor seating was thought out pretty well and provided at least 6 feet social distancing between tables. I felt pretty safe. Staff was friendly, polite and quick.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad to hear that you felt safe while dining with us.

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Kyle
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margaritas and Mexican food around! Love what they've done with the streatery in downtown Issaquah. I feel very safe at here, Jak's, or Sunset Alehouse

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much, Kyle! We're honored to serve up your favorite margaritas and Mexican food! It's great to hear that you feel safe in each of our restaurants. That means the world to us!

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NinaC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you everything was awesome. Stuff is friendly, clean, yummy food.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Nina! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit with us!

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klgalla
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food, drinks and service. Joe and his team are our favorites!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much! It's good to hear that you always enjoy our food, drink, and service! We're lucky to have such a great team. We're glad they're your favorites!

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NicciL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always super great service, awesome staff! Thank you!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Nicci! We're honored to have such a great team, we're glad you think so too!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat there! Great food, good drinks, and beyond friendly and accommodating staff. I have never had a bad experience.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much! We're happy to hear that you always enjoy your time with us!

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AndyS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The different salsas are a big hit. They didn't have the plantain chips when we were there that we normally get.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for leaving us a review, Andy! We're glad that you enjoy all of the different salsas we offer!

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ralphy
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks every time. Service was great and the place felt safe and clean.

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the review, Ralph! We're happy to hear that the food, drinks, and service were all great! Most importantly, it's great to know that you felt safe!

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MackMurph
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the best time here! Staff is so friendly, food is bomb and the drinks are great!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, Mack! We're glad that you always enjoy your time with us!

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markc
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They have done a nice job with the seating arrangements with the covid rules.. Felt very comfortable. Waitress was spot on.
Food was great and plentiful.
I will definitely be back!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much, Mark! We're glad that you felt comfortable during your time with us. We'll see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot and great food. The Chupacabra and guacamole are the best!

El 42 Cantina
Responded on November 15, 2020

Thank you so much! Those are both great recommendations!

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FAQs

El 42 Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 369-4772.

El 42 Cantina is rated 4.9 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.