El Corazon

4.3
47 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
El Corazón is an authentic Mexican food truck and restaurant. Chef Joseph Urtuzuastegui cooks from his Mexican roots using authentic local ingredients. ​ El Corazón's menu features traditional Mexican dishes such as Baja style fish tacos, Sonoran hot dogs, enchiladas, and many more regional specialties. El Corazón offers a food experience like no other in Portland, Maine making it quick, easy, and delicious. El Corazón is also available for private parties, events, and catering.
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vipJoelB
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The overall experience was poor. One waitress working entire restaurant. Food was not good. Slow service. Front door does not stay shut- hence very cold inside. Couldn’t wait to leave.

El Corazon
Responded on February 27, 2020

Dear Anonymous, I apologize that you didn't enjoy your food. Can you please ask me what you had? I would really like to know so I can address the issues. Seems like you came in on Wednesday which this time of year is the slowest day of the week. One server is enough for that day and the lady working last night is incredibly great and not slow. My wife is here on Wednesday nights in case the front needs help. Sorry we couldn't satisfy your palate for Authentic Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, kid friendly!

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SusanS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mediocre food. Dry appetizer plate. Refried beans were a grayish paste. We were very disappointed.

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vipmaineinmass1
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in portland. Love the casual vibe, family run business. Great vegetarian choices. Delicious and welcome change from Mexican chain restaurants. Love el corazon!

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JimJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pork tacos nice crispy pork, my trick is to save some of the free salsa that comes with chips and put it on the tacos, rice and beans

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CarolM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food! Service is friendly and quick. Had a great time. Would go again.

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vipJohnW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hatch chili and California burrito are absolutely delicious and the service, atmosphere and price point make this place a go to when we dine out

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SharonC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

It is rare that I write a negative review but I felt I had to let them know what was wrong. First the good.. the service was fantastic. Our server was sociable and attentive. The margaritas were great. Now the meal. I almost always get a veggie fajita when I eat Mexican food. When it arrived I noticed it only had red & green peppers and onions.. no mushrooms, squash or other veggies.. certainly not a deal breaker but disappointing since everywhere else has more different types of veggies. I then opened the cover for the flour tortillas. Two were literally broken in pieces and the edges were curled up..it was like they had been over microwaved and were day old. They were not a bit soft and pliable. It came with a side dish if retried beans and rice. The rice was fine but the beans were ice cold.. I did eat the meal but was very disappointed. I wanted to be able to support a local business. I did not complain at the time because I didn’t want to disrupt the dinner of the two other people I was with. This was such basic stuff. I couldn’t believe someone would serve broken / curled tortillas.. please check the basics

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EdwardG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos were the best we have ever had. Looking forward to our next visit.

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MeatlessFleet
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Everything there is fine, not the freshest, not the most authentic but fine service, fine food, not the worst prices. I'd recommend the corn, otherwise meh.

El Corazon
Responded on September 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We cook everything to order so it is served the freshest possible. We also have Birria (young goat) a recipe which hails from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. We serve lamb Barbacoa (northern Mexico), Lamb shank in Adobo sauce (Oaxaca, Mexico), Tacos de Cabeza, Lengua, carnitas, asada, pollo asado... My Mom was from northern Mexico and many of these dishes and recipes are hers. I guess i'm wondering whats authentic to you?

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susie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sat outside, which was lovely. Ordered the chilaquiles and waited a very long time for food to arrive, with lots of updates and apologies, and when it finally came, it was mediocre at best. We were excited to go and really wanted to like it, but probably won’t go back. Will head to Fajita Grill in Westbrook next time I want authentic Mexican cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a native Mexican, el corazón is as authentic as it can be.
Salsas, tortillas, and food exactly the same as home

If Joseph is around, ask him about México, an incredible story teller. Will make you feel even closer to Mexico

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CarolynJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable experience and tasty food. Someone called in ill so the 2 waitresses did a wonderful job doing it all.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try place. If you like authentic Mexican, you will love this restaurant.

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PatriciaP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was wonderful! Love the open feel of the restaurant. Sangria was the best I have had in a long time. Would definitely come back.

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vipSandraR
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Only two waitresses on who were running around to serve the entire restaurant and outdoors. Overall they did a great job considering only two people on. Highly recommend this place.

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JanetK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really had fun watching the World Cup final while enjoying an excellent lunch. Joe, the owner, graciously welcomed us, and the service was outstanding.

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vipJayG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice authentic Mexican and Salvadoran food. I lived in El Salvador in the 1980’s, and ate where the locals did. The papusa’s are delicious and authentic! Portions are healthy but not too much. The stuffed jalapeños are a meal in themselves. Great evening!

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CristinaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Short staffed, would recommend a bar tender for drinks. Rather then having waiters running around doing all. Floors need a good sweep, dropped something dust and dirt was visible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Friendly Service ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing I had the fish burrito and the flavor was outstanding. Joe the owner is such a nice man and he made sure our meals were fantastic. Highly recommend and will be going again soon! Thank you Joe!!!

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vipJayG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Great value! Great people who work there!

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Traveler
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit in a month. It was delicious and such a great bargain during Happy Hour. We ate off both regular and happy hour menus and enjoyed fresh tasting entre's and drinks. Our friends joined us this time and we made a reservation. It was really fun and conveniently located!

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WilsonW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already made a recommendation, will be back. What else do you want me to say?

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ElizabethG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

When my party of four arrived at 645 the hostess looked at me and said we don’t have room for you. She then just stared at me. So I asked how long the wait would be. She said 30 minutes maybe sooner, and asked if I wanted my name down. I said yes and she begrudgingly took down my number. We went down the street to get a drink while we waited. One hour later we hadn’t gotten a call so used open table to reserve a table. A minute after I did that, she called me. When we arrived I could clearly see she had sat 4 parties in front of me. We sat down regardless, and received limited attention from the waiter, the food took an hour to arrive. After going there at 645, we ended up not eating until 930. And after the wait, the food was mediocre at best.

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JKEats
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was very good and as close as we've come to authentic Mexican food outside of California and Arizona (and other places). Laura was very welcoming and attentive and we enjoyed our conversation with her. Comfortable atmosphere, felt like a Mexican restaurant. We had the Chile Relleno and the Fish Tacos (one fish, one shrimp) and both were great.

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Ademetra
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great happy hour (both drink and snack) specials. Nice staff as well. Would recommend!

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AlisonD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very tasty and authentic. We love the Sun Devil Platter and the distinctive lamb shank. Chicken quesadilla is excellent value for money. The owner is a friendly and informative host. Waiters are friendly and competent.

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vipCarlC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, a great time there. Fabulous service, excellent food.

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Marcellas
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience. We were on vacation from New Orleans and were not looking to eat Mexican, but this was one of the few places open the day after Christmas. We were definitely glad we ate here. A must try in Portland, Maine.

MG
MichelleG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New and improved menu. Really like the option of having 2-3 choices in the entree, so we had chicken mole, a tamale and a fish taco, all for $17!

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GailD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Very mediocre food. First, note that the menu online bears little resemblance to the two menus (yes, 2) presented last night. The online menu suggests you can order just the tacos for a very reasonable price. But the actual menu only offers a carne asada taco plate, which came with two flour tortillas, beans and rice. The tacos were rather dry and the bland guacamole served on the side didn't do much to spice things up. The beans and rice were also unremarkable. Furthermore, as other diners have noted, the restaurant was freezing even though the outside temperature was in the mid '30s. I do not recommend this restaurant. The service was just fine, but I do not recommend this restaurant.

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LJET
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best Mexican food I have had! Fresh, light, but still filling. Not that heavy feeling many places leave you with. However, it is FREEZING in the restaurant - probably due to the huge windows. We all kept our coats on. I will definitely return, but not until winter is over.

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WillJ
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Authentic Mexican restaurant in town! Wonderful ambience and great service. I'm definitely going back very soon!

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KateP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very good food but interior is a bit worn and not much in the way of ambiance.

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LeeMc
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This restaurant is convenient to Longfellow Square where we were attending a show. Drinks, chips and salsa were good. Our food was not memorable. Not horrible, but bland and not what I would have expected after a recommendation I received. The ambiance was nice-though not fancy and the waitress was very good, helpful, friendly but not intrusive. I would recommend for drinks and chips and salsa after a show but not for the food based upon my one experience.

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TinaP
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is authentic yet creative options. We were a group of four: one omnivore, one flexitarian, one vegetarian & one vegan. We all found dishes that were excellent & accommodated our dietary requirements.

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Dora
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Perfect for dinner and cocktails before a Longfellow show - make reservations though, this place gets busy and for good reason!

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NancyA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that the lamb adobo is local. The mole poblano sauce is fabulous. We have trouble hearing in noisy restaurants so went early and it was fine.

FAQs

El Corazon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 536-1354.

El Corazon is rated 4.3 stars by 47 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.