El Camino Mexican Soul Food - Mezcal & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale

4.4
118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
At El Camino, our guiding principle is to exceed our guest’s expectations in all areas – food, beverage, and ambiance – and create an experience that will arouse and excite our guest’s senses. As a team, we are inspired by the culture and the heritage of Mexico. To that end, we are passionate about bringing you an authentic experience not typically seen north of the border in chain restaurants.

We are committed to offering the freshest organic and local ingredients where possible, and we value local, artisan, indigenous and reclaimed offerings. We are even taking the not so typical step of making our own tortillas, sauces, and anything else possible from scratch. The list of craft cocktails is truly Mexican and includes house made sangritas, a curated selection of agave spirits, a diverse selection of craft and Mexican beers. In the end, it is all about sharing the food with the community of people who enjoy it. Viva México!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am
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Phone number
(954) 530-1188
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bernardo Carvalho
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th & 9th streets
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Parking details
Street Parking, Public Lot behind the restaurant
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Entertainment
Live & DJ
What 118 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We got seated right away - of course with Open Table it always is on time. Service was great - our server and other staff were right on top of things. The drinks were actually pretty good-margaritas- and the food was good with nice portions. The noise level is quite high - however you know that going in. Would go again - most likely for lunch on the weekend.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was great!

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2.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Third time here. The first was pretty good. Second people got sick. Third the quality of the food - greasy, poor quality meat, slouchy service - makes it a certainty I wont be back. Rocco’s again I guess

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Extremely to loud. We couldn’t hear across the table. Food was very good but you need to add a salasa like Rocos Tacos. The guacamole was great chips were great

We had one person that wasn’t there for our reservations so we couldn’t sit at our table. I did not like that. We could have sat and had drinks and appetizers.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Very good selection of items on menu as well as drinks. The quacamole was very good but for $10 they gave you a little amount in a big bowl. Ordered a $15 margarita and expected it to be in margarita glass. It was only in a little glass. Not worth the money but the food was amazing. Definitely make reservations and I would recommend to all. Very good.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great spot on Las Olas...food is pedestrian but the scene is fun... and the drinks are great.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great atmosphere! Awesome Mexican and great margaritas. Service was very good- offered great recommendations. Make sure you have a reservation as this place fills up fast!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Went to El Camino after work with some Co-workers for Taco Tuesday and $2 tacos!
Happy Hour deals on drinks are only available at the bar though so we spent some $$ on our drinks since we were seated at the table. Great menu! Great tacos! And great Brisket Nachos!
Server was attentive and quick with our drinks and food.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We made reservation ( we were on time). Hosted invited us to wait at the bar while table was ready. After 30 minutes we asked and she apologized that she forgot about us. Bar service was GOOD, loved the Spicy avocado margarita. Table service was good but nothing outstanding. Place is way too noisy specially for a monday night. Very diff to have a conversation. Food was average. Not much flavor. Guak was bland had to add salt, and hot sauce to try to spice it up but the avocado was fresh. Ceviche was not very good. Fish tacos were nothing great and the tortillas were very soggy. I would not go back here again. Maybe to have drink...

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Le service est impeccable. La nourriture très bonne. Très belle soirée

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

So looking forward to eating at this restaurant! Beside the music blaring & we were unable to have a conversation, the food was mediocre at best & quite expensive!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great atmosphere! Great service and great food! Will now become a regular and suggest it to all our friends! :)

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Went for the first time and enjoyed it. Drink and food is great. I will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

LOVED the food and our waitress!!

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Ray is the best server we've had on our trip. Great with suggestions. He was so friendly and kept our iced teas refilled even though it was Taco Tuesday and he was slammed. Never seemed put out by our question or requests. He shook my dad's hand and thanked us for our patronage.
Going on Taco Tuesday was a steal but we are happy we had reservations. We heard an hour wait quoted at 6:45 PM. Only downside is it is very very loud with poor acoustics but that won't stop us from coming back!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Food is good, service as well. Late on a Monday evening and the music was blaring way too loud. Ought to be some quieter tables.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fresh authentic Mexican food and exceptional cocktails!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great vibe and food but what made it the best was our server! Every recommendation he made was in point including the drinks!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great food service and margaritas

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Our waiter was Awesome & as always the food especially the guacamole!! In addition a hostess called the next day following up on our dining experience! Definitely a plus!!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Prices are good, everything was good but superrrrr loud.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

taco tuesdays at el camino are a MUST. $2 for incredible tacos? HELL yes.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Fantastic food and fun,

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Happy Hour Crowd was so
Loud it overwhelmed the dining room. Food was not seasoned and would not return

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Everything was very positive except for the noise level. We had a 6:15 reservation & the table was ready on time. Service was excellent and the food was very good.One comment from a family member was that the steak tacos were dry but everything else was great. We were seated in a booth with 6 people & the noise level was such that it was really hard to have any conversation with the people seated at the other end of the booth. No one was hard of hearing in the group.

A couple in our group had been there for lunch before & noise was not an issue. It seems like many restaurants play music which is nice but the louder the music the louder people talk, the noisier the restaurant.

The morning after our dinner I had a call from someone at the restaurant who was inquiring about our dining experience. Very nice personal touch.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was great...the enchiladas with the carnitas were excellent. The margaritas were also great. My only complaint was that it was really loud. Could barely hear the waiter and my family.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food and service was spectacular. Restaurant decor and concept was well done. A+

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Absolutely delicious food and drinks.

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Was seated in a booth with 6 adults and very uncomfortable, not enough room on table. Overwhelming loud noise level, drinks very skimpy, food mediocre .
Waitress was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great experience and quality

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great ambiance,drinks and music! Looking forward in going back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I love el camino. Their Mexican soul food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Delicious, great service, excellent and good price

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1.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Obviously they need more than one or two bartenders during happy hour. It gets so hot you feel like you’re going to faint and you have to yell at each other to have a conversation. Food is good. Delray location is better!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Walking into the newly renovated El Camino is a real treat, the restaurant is very well decorated and has a very fun vibe. The food was delicious (try the queso!) and the margarita's were great too. Everyone loved what they ordered.

The service was top notch and the manager came by to make sure everything was going well.

The only thing I would like to see would be a brunch menu, which I hear is coming soon!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We like every thing on the restaurant, the service, people, food and ambient.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The space inside is VERY loud and noisy. If the place is packed, and there is a large crowd at the bar, it will be difficult even to have a conversation at your table. Good drinks and basic Mexican fare - for a very reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Quick service. The temperature of the foot was perfect. Great selection of options. Great food.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The young man working at the host/hostess stand had no clue what he was doing. We had a reservation and he seated several groups who just walked up before us. I even had a text saying my table was ready and I showed it to him and he said to wait inside the door and he would get us when it was ready. Meanwhile he kept seating walk ins. My husband approached him and he said he didn’t see us ! We were standing where he told us to. We love El Camino , we frequent both the Delray and Los Olas locations . The first person you come to should be someone who leaves a great first impression, unfortunately he did not. The manager and our server ( Roger ) were more than kind!!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Better than Rocco’s Tacos

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