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

4.5
236 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
What 236 People Are Saying
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HR
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been here twice and love it. The food is Mexican but if you do not want spice you just tell them. We have really enjoyed the guacamole as an appetizer. It's one of the best. Tacos and Fajitas are excellent. It's just a fun place, but it is noisy. We just tune it out.

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WA
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good but very loud

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R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, moderate prices. Always take you in at reservation time.. puntual

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MM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The chips are outstanding, and so was the service. The food is very good. There were four of us (2 couples) and the only thing we didn't like was the noise level. The waitress couldn't hear us, we couldn't hear her and forget about carrying on a conversation. We sat up closest to the door, so maybe in be back of the restaurant, the noise would be less. We were there at 6:30 on a Sunday.

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IT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, priced reasonably. My only criticism would be that it’s noisy.

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V
Miami
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for groups and sharing the large portions provided - Energetic noise levels not conductive to intimate conversations.

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EV
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. Decor inside was fabulous. Our waiter was attentive and friendly, however, he made one off comment that was offensive.

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LS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating my daughters 18th birthday with 13 of her friends Food and service were amazing. Great restaurant!!!! Highly recommend. Super fun atmosphere.

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A
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A night out with my parents as we just arrived in Florida for the winter season. Love the decor and ambiance and the food was very tasty. The two salsas served with chips were both balanced and flavorful. My favorite tacos were the barbacoa and crispy fish. Also, the pork belly was really different and loved the glaze on it. Our server was very friendly and efficient. She was so kind even though our family is not really big drinkers and we know sometimes that means we will never see our server again. This was not the case, she was very sweet and took our order without writing it down and everything was correct. Only loss of star was due to extremely loud music. I knew it would be loud and my parents are very fun for their age but we were screaming to hear each other. I get they want a certain vibe but just take it down a notch and I think a lot of customers may appreciate it! We will be back!

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J
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated immediately upon arrival and sat outside to avoid the noise. It was still very loud outside but not as loud as the inside. Very happening bar scene. The bar was 3 deep. Julio our serve was excellent. We ordered fajitas. The steak was a little chewy but the shrimp was tasty. The guacamole was very good. We decided to try the flan for dessert. This was the best part of the meal. It was the best and most yummy flan I have ever had. I would dine at El Camino again but definitely don’t eat there if you’re trying to have an intimate date or conversation. You will end up yelling to hear each other.

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was very loud but had unique decor. The servers kept bringing the wrong items to our table. Our server seemed frustrated when I asked him questions about the menu. He suggested ordering the salsas on the side. When the guacamole and chips came we didnt get plates until we were nearly done. When our meal came, the salsas were not on the side. All of the items from the rice to the tacos tasted the same. Spicy. I think that was to entice you to order more alcohol. The tacos fell apart as we ate them because the liquid dissolved the tortillas. I wouldn’t recommend this place. The only good part was the price. If you like food that all tastes the same, go for it.

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ML
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Just wanted to compliment our outstanding waiter Sebastian. Best brisket quesadilla I have even had.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time!
Love taco Tuesday

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OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tequila, great tacos, great service! What else is there to say? Homemade guacamole is amazing too. Loved it, will definitely be back!

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s
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good especially the guacamole, I had the fajitas they were great. Our server was also very good the only complaint I had was the place was way too loud we couldn’t hear each other talk

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great as always. Food is good. Can’t beat taco Tuesday pricing. Upbeat vibe and great social atmosphere

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entrees are all very reasonably priced and very good value. Margaritas are expensive but very tasty

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not worth it

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W
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first visit to El Camino and it won't be my last! The food was very good and authentic. They have over 200 types of tequila and make some original flavors. I had the avocado margarita and will have it again. The server was knowledgeable and friendly. There is limited outdoor seating near the sidewalk. And being on Las Olas, the vehicle traffic can be noisy.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We purposely went because they have the best guacamole! And at 6:30 they informed us that they had run out of avocado... wth?!?! But- our server was super sweet and the rest of the food was good - especially s’mores dessert!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

It’s a great spot with fantastic energy and awesome cocktails but the service is definitely really slow all around.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Way too loud! Food was bland. Service was good.

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TR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience here! Great food, great service, and perfect location.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Ambiance, food, service and price were fantastic. Will be back!!! My only complaint would be the noise level, although it was busy, the music was a little to loud. I think for older people this may be too much for them.

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S
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased with the entire evening at El Camino: we were seated in 3 minutes, inspite of the placed being packed. They honored our Open Table reservation. Our table was outside which made for good people-watching on Las Olas. The inside was WAAAY to noisey for us, as the crowd is very young. Our server was perfect: prompt, accomodating, friendly. The food was tasty and nicely served. And, in spite of them being very crowded on a Saturday night, we were not rushed in any way during or after the meal. I'd reccommend it to any of my friends.

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AF
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up with a reservation for 4, two of the people in the group were already at the table when I arrived... however the table was missing chairs. They had asked for chairs, 5 minutes passed and we showed up. The waiter said "oh we'll go find some" another 5 minutes passed and I said heck with it and found my own. Bad first sign.

Waiter came by that was assigned to us, was pleasant and polite but you could tell was swamped. They definitely didn't have enough staff. Ordered appetizers and drinks. The appetizer came near immediate wheras the drinks came nearly 30 minutes later.

Dinner was ordered and came within a reasonable time period given how busy they were. But, two of the entrees came and were not even remotely close to what was ordered. Waiter had many excuses but vowed to rush it.... 15 minutes later the correct food arrived. The sides for all of us were meh - crunchy rice and under seasoned beans. Tacos were nothing to write home about... especially compared to their neighbor roccos (doesn't seem they even warmed the tortillas). Meats in all entrees were in varying states of warm to cold. Just not even good by any means.

Honestly about all i could say was good was the drinks, that is if you don't mind waiting forever for them. The price is insane for what you get, and roccos down the street is better value better quality and just better food. I wanted to give elcamino a chance, but I won't do that again. Especially given the cost.

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KB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate here for dinner with my wife. Great service and excellent food quality. Did have to ask the waiter for the rice side dish we substituted for flour tortillas with our fajitas. This was corrected right away with apologies. The music was loud and made it hard to have a conversation. That being said, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and am looking forward to my next visit.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!!! I would have given it five stars if it wasn’t so loud. Although, if I was dropping by for happy hour, the noise level wouldn’t bother me. My fiancé and I went for dinner and we had to raise our voices to have a conversation. The food and drinks were fantastic and I don’t really like Mexican food. We will definitely be going back. Blood orange margarita, ceviche, and pork belly tacos were my favorite.

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JR
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food excellent value . A little loud in main dining room.helpful waiter

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MB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here for my sister’s 40th birthday. The atmosphere looks cools but the place is very loud and it was difficult to hear each other or the server. Sitting outside is probably better. The food was ok - all much spicier than expected. The server did warn us the cauliflower tacos would be spicy and put the sauce on the side, but the other 2 were also spicy. Even though I booked under Open Table as a birthday, there was no mention of it.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's was a great time. Next time we go we will either have the appetizers or a meal. Not both. To much good food.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant with a fun atmosphere. The food was very good with great service, and the overall experience was enjoyable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I did not find the quality of the food at this location as good as the Delray Beach location. It was so loud we could not enjoy a conversation with the people we were dining with.

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l
Miami
67 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was a just ok experience...

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s
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

El Camino has a vibrant and exciting environment for drinks and dinner. The decor is very hip and culturally inspired but this also creates an environment that is VERY LOUD. The noise level makes it difficult to hear your server and have a comfortable dinner conversation. We found ourselves practically yelling all through our meal. The food is very good with authentic flavors and interesting twists to traditional favorites.

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H
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food /service was very good. Noise level indoors was insane!

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FF
Miami
126 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of Fort Lauderdale!!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome ! Great food, great service, try the calimari!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose was awesome and took his time to listen to our meet our gluten allergies. His suggestions were right on and our family friend evening was great !!!

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TC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

VERY energetic crowd. If you can’t tolerate noise, don’t venture there. Good value for food in a casual atmosphere. Service has always been very good too. No kids menu but they will accommodate to some degree.

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