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El Camino, Seattle, WA

El Camino

4.5
4.5
604 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
El Camino is celebrating its 26th year in Fremont! We have been serving fresh, homemade Mexican fare brought to us by our staff's family recipes and contributions from renowned Mexico City Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita. We offer local, natural and organic options when possible. Our amazing desserts baked in house by our General Manager, Alfredo. And from the bar, our ever famous margaritas that started the trend in Seattle 2 decades ago!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 632-7303
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    La Familia Pérez
  • Private party facilities
    El Camino has all weather Back Deck (as well as the whole restaurant) which can be reserved for private events/functions. Please see our web site for pictures and contact information (http://elcaminorestaurant.com/private-dining/ ) The Deck: • Capacity: Seats 35 to 40 for sit-down style meal (40 – 50 people standing cocktail party)Whole Restaurant:• Seats 100 – 135 People• 150 Max standingParty &Group Reservations are based on “Minimum Pricing”, calculated on Food and Drinks ordered (does not include taxes and tip. 20% Gratuity added to final food and drink tab.)
  • Neighborhood
    Fremont
  • Cross street
    Evanston
  • Parking details
    Paid parking until 8:00 p.m. with free parking along the ship canal on 34th St. Several pay parking lots are available in the neighborhood.
  • Public transit
    At the corner of Fremont Avenue and 34th Street.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Back Deck (21+ only)

    Multiple dates available
    Our popular back deck is fully enclosed and covered. Large garage doors can be opened if it's warm enough. By selecting this option you acknowledge that everyone in your party is at least 21 years or older.
  • Bar Lounge Seating (21+ only)

    Multiple dates available
    Dine inside our bar lounge area. By selecting this option you acknowledge that everyone in your party is at least 21 years old or older.
  • Front Patio (Dog Friendly)

    Multiple dates available
    Sit in our open-air big red tent or street patio in front of the restaurant. All of these tables can be heated. This is the only section that is dog friendly!

What 604 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Good for groups

  • Seattle

    Good for groups

  • Seattle

    Hot spot

604 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved the carnitas tacos. My boyfriend got the bistéc and was absolutely delicious. Definitely will be coming back. Absolutely loved the vibe of the restaurant.

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  2. RandiL

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience for a date night without being too serious or expensive. For Valentine’s Day the 2 top tables were very close together that even the serves couldn’t really come to the side without their rear end in the neighbors table so they kind of stood behind/side of you. Not sure if it’s always set up that tight or just on Vday. But food and everything. Else was great

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it here! The back semi outdoor area by the bar was really nice!

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  4. BretL

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks are really good and come out fast! I don’t thinker not liked something from the menu. Recommend highly!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. I booked table of 8 but we ended up 12. The server was nice and accommodated immediately. Food and margaritas were amazing. Service was slow. Had great time.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. Quick service and price is very reasonable for the quality of the plates. Will recommend.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Was dreaming about their authentic tortilla soup, best I’ve ever had. I asked them to make me a pisco sour and it was delicious.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I were greeted right away by the friendly staff and sat in the main dining area. After ordering some chips and salsa (which was fresh) with margaritas (also fresh lime) we decided to split mole negra chicken enchiladas with refried beans. "New craving unlocked!" Is what I said after the first bite. I can't wait to come back and try every sauce. Our server was awesome and made sure we were loving everything! The food is obviously made from scratch and everything on the plate has intention. We decided to order the sushi grade tuna ceviche for one more dish to share and it was delicious. Ambience and vibe is great for a family outing or intimate date night. Low lit and colorful. I love Mexican restaurants that don't cut corners and prepare everything correctly down to the refried beans and fresh lime margs. We'll be back! Stay wild!

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  9. ChrisA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great cocktails and great service! I'll definitely be going back!

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  10. CDF77

    New York City

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Food nice and cozy restaurant service not the best and plus at 9.45 we felt rushed to leave overall will come back because food was really good

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  11. AngelineB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy coming to el Camino. The service is fast and attentive.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was VERY cold. We had ordered the enchiladas, and they might have tasted average if not for the cold temperature at which it was served. The server seemed absent minded. I had asked for refried beans, but got black beans instead.

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  13. PattyM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For a busy night everyone was pleasant, the food was great and on-time. Love this place!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Watery guacamole. Main course served at same time as appetizer. Lukewarm.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is always okay. The mushroom quesadilla was awesome!

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  16. PeterG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We live far away (Czech Republic), but we always make sure we go to El Camino when we visit. In addition to having the highest quality, they have managed to put together a menu that combines high cuisine with the most perennial aspects of Mexican street food. The ambiance is similar: elegant but vibrant, dimly lit but with colorful soft lighting and Día de Muertos decorations, equally viable for an intimate date or a family outing.

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  17. MP83

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything great but service a little slow. Would still eat here again.

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  18. TracrLou

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are outside the middle of winter so our dog could join a special reunion and holiday meal. The server was lovely and attentive and the food was great, drinks were great and they brought out a heater. It was great I e been coming to El Camino for decades and I always corn back no matter where I live. And as long as they are around, I always will. Thanks El Cam.

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  19. CurtisC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing evening out for my whole extended family. We sat on the back deck, which I was worried about in the winter weather, but it turns out it's a GORGEOUS covered space and even has a fireplace! The service was flawless and the food was absolutely unbelievable. It was lively enough to feel active and yet the volume level was low enough that those with hearing problems were able to be part of the conversation comfortably. One of those super special family meals where everything is perfect for everyone.

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  20. LorenH

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    such great staff, love the environment and energy of the place. Food and beds are fabulous as well!

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  21. MeredithD

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, but Service was not. The server did not check back on us, and we had to go to the host to ask for things we needed. Server finally checked back when we were practically done with our meal. In addition, The place was very noisy … music playing from the kitchen downstairs that made the floor rumble and made it very uncomfortable to sit. In general, not a great experience.

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  22. MichelleB

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a good spot for a group…food and drinks are always good.

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  23. dancer

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Too cold for outside seating, but they made room for us at nice table inside even tho they had alot of bookings. Love the shrimp tacos, consistently delicious with plump perfectly cooked shrimp. Service prompt and friendly, fun atmosphere. Local treasure.

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  24. Janna

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our first experience here! The atmosphere was really warm and inviting. Our table was ready immediately and service was perfect. The drinks and food were delicious. Best shrimp tacos I’ve had in a really long time. We’ll definitely be back!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    THEY HAVE A GOOD FOOD AND DRINKS,NICE PLACE BUT THE SERVICE NOT REALLY GOOD,SOME PLLA THERE NEEDS TO HAVE TO BE MORE FRIENDLY,AND BE PET FRIENDLY ITS GOOD BUT IF U ARE An WAITER,AND TOUCH ANY PET PLSSS WASH UR HANDS AFTER THAT,CUZ SOME PPLS WE DONT LIKE SOMEONE SERVER THE FOOD JUST AFTER PLAY WITH SOME DOG

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  26. BradleyB

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Great atmosphere and decorations.

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  27. LaceyL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is perfect! The heater under the table was amazing. I’m so grateful that you guys have outdoor seating that is heated. I am at high risk and so I still can’t eat inside restaurants. It was so lovely to be with my friends. The staff was amazing. The margaritas were delicious and the food was perfect.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent food. Interesting how dark it is inside as you’re eating but was a cool experience.

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  29. Josephine

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Unfortunately, we didn’t like the Tres leches cake. It wasn’t authentic and tasted like if it was very old.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice spot for a Saturday night out! Food and drinks are great!

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  31. TinaS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was very nicely decorated. It was a great experience.

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  32. PPNSeattle

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and ambience… we will definitely be regulars !

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  33. Miracle

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for a birthday, we made the reservation the day of. They were very nice and accommodating when we had to move it back, thank you so much! Our server, Jesus, was so attentive even with a busy section and our big group. We were able to add another person, making it seven, it was a bit tight but its a small restaurants. The food was a bit cold, and a bit on the pricier side, but its all homemade! Overall I would add this to your list, get the nahual!

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  34. Dawn

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorites, great food, margaritas and the service is exceptional!

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  35. RobertG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely be back! The food was great and the service was pretty good. Our waiter was somewhat slow in getting our order in for a second round of drinks but other than that she did a good job.

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  36. KSchu

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great décor & ambience. The food and drinks were very good except for the birria tacos. They tasted fine but were basically just street tacos, not the saucy & crispy tacos we were expecting. 

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and delicious margs. Ambiance festive service was great.

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  38. LucyN

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our nonprofit board of directors gathered for dinner at El Camino after our annual retreat. We had a table out on the covered patio which was perfect for us. The food service was seamless. Everyone agreed that it was a great choice for our group. We ended our retreat on a high note.

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  39. Leek

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food is good and reasonably priced but the ambient lighting was so low that we couldn't see our food, and the noise level was quite high. Make those adjustments and we would be regulars!

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  40. JillM

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Took good care of our group of 10 with quick and precise service. Food was delicious and uniquely flavored. We will return!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Camino using the Order Online button. El Camino also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Camino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 632-7303.

El Camino is rated 4.5 stars by 604 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Camino

607 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Evanston
  • Neighborhood
    Fremont
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Paid parking until 8:00 p.m. with free parking along the ship canal on 34th St. Several pay parking lots are available in the neighborhood.
  • Public transit
    At the corner of Fremont Avenue and 34th Street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    La Familia Pérez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 632-7303
  • Private party facilities
    El Camino has all weather Back Deck (as well as the whole restaurant) which can be reserved for private events/functions. Please see our web site for pictures and contact information (http://elcaminorestaurant.com/private-dining/ ) The Deck: • Capacity: Seats 35 to 40 for sit-down style meal (40 – 50 people standing cocktail party)Whole Restaurant:• Seats 100 – 135 People• 150 Max standingParty &Group Reservations are based on “Minimum Pricing”, calculated on Food and Drinks ordered (does not include taxes and tip. 20% Gratuity added to final food and drink tab.)
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