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El Guapo, Catonsville, MD

El Guapo

4.4
4.4
102 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Fresh Authentic Latin-Inspired Cuisine, Creative Cocktails, and over 300 Tequilas and Mezcals. Free Parking is located directly across the street in Hilltop square. In addition. metered parking is along Frederick Rd.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (410) 753-1033

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Keith Holsey

  • Neighborhood

    Catonsville

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 102 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Kid-friendly

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Good for groups

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Lively

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Kid-friendly

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Good for groups

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Lively

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  1. EN

    ElizabethN

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Told a meal was Gluten Free when really it was not. Thank goodness we asked to see the label on the food product. Another meal had way too much green sauce on it. Chips were then very soggy and all you tasted was the green sauce. We had a very lovely waitress who did all she could to make things right. So loud in this restaurant when busy. Has great happy hour deals!! I will come back.
  2. WS

    thatsWhatSheSaid

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Monday night fun: nfl game on the TVs, fun loving dance instructor, and great drink specials
  3. ML

    MichelleL

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed our first visit to El Guapo. We had the fish tacos and the chicken Caesar tacos -we were both happy with our meals
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was really good, a little salty, but good! We would go back!
  5. PD

    PhillipD

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    No complaints rather cold they help with the air but again no complaints
  6. K

    Kreyes

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good Mexican food, and attentive server. Liked the front of the restaurant with open air. If seated in back it was extremely loud.
  7. LV

    LaneyV

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service was horrible. It was not busy so no excuse for the abysmal service we received.
  8. SB

    ShellyB

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    House margaritas are great. Queso (with chorizo sausage) is yummy. And, my favorite entree is the chicken enchilada. Loaded with shredded chicken and the ranchero sauce is just right. Oh, and go there for your birthday and you get a free shot of tequila!!!!!
  9. d

    debbieiv

    Baltimore

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great Brunch! Bottomless brunch, what a great idea. Delicious and the service was great. Definitely coming back
  10. A

    Andrea

    Baltimore

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food never disappoints. Always fresh and delicious. Service was great too.
  11. GG

    GiiGii

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the restaurant. I would have like to have more options and was surprised that pina colada is not an option at the bar.
  12. SB

    SharonB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Entrees were not hot; luke warm. Steak tacos and steak fahitas were tough and fatty; could not eat them. Happy with waitress. Not pleased with the kitchen. Great margaritas! Will come back for the margaritas and appretizers; nice atmosphere.
  13. JP

    JoanP

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my first time visiting El Guapo, but it definitely won't be my last. I was limited in what I could order because I didn't have access to a refrigerator to store any leftovers on that day, but my two friends were very happy with the dishes they ordered and I enjoyed tasting them as well. The menu is very extensive. El Guapo fills a void in the community. We will definitely be back soon!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation. When I got there was told they stopped serving at 10pm. Change your reservation settings next time, so I don’t waste my time and gas.

    El GuapoResponded on May 19, 2022Hello, my name is Matt, I'm one of the managers at El Guapo. I'm very sorry if you were mislead and and ended up wasting gas, especially with how high gas prices are currently. I would like a chance to discuss this situation further to ensure that it does not happen again. If you have time to discuss please contact me at mmartinezelguapo@Gmail.co or 4109716086

  15. N

    Never

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We sat at the table for at least 10 minutes before somebody came over to greet us when we finally got the food the meat look green and the nachos had a liquid all in the bottom of them would never go here again
  16. VL

    VickyL

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Gaupo never disappoints! We were seated quickly and Sophia took great care of us! We love the chicken taquitos and the enchiladas are also very good! This is our new favorite restaurant!
  17. R

    Rarelywritethese

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    They weren’t full at all but service was extremely slow and the waitress had an attitude. She seemed to come around at the end of the meal but it was too late. The food was basic and not seasoned. It’s the 2nd time we’ve been. We didn’t love it the first time. A year later we decided to try it again. It will be out last.
  18. DG

    DavidG

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Oh my god! The napkins were so incredibly soft, it was like wiping your face with the finest silk! If you like everything hot and spicy this is your place. Come prepared to drink, because your mouth will be on fire the while time!
  19. TA

    TolaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was pretty good, but pretty expensive. Thank goodness for the coupons
  20. JK

    JoeK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff, good food. Good service. Thanks for letting us bring a birthday cake.
  21. J

    John

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    They provided great service. Our server was very attentive. Good Mexican food.
  22. B

    Bobby

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place and always consistent. Such friendly staff and the food is amazing. I personally recommend any of the spicy margaritas
  23. JA

    JenniferA

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    The service was excellent. The crevice and salsa were extremely salty and the fajitas were bland. My drink tasted like simple syrup. I don’t think it had any alcohol in it. We liked the tortilla chips!
  24. D

    Disappointed

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    This was our 3rd visit and probably last. Food is good but service is erratic. We only saw our waitress when she took our initial order. Someone else delivers the food. We had to flag down waitress to get more drinks etc. She was too busy folding napkins and silverware etc. to check on us. Had to flag her to bring the bill also. It was a week night and the restaurant was not crowded.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They definitely need to have help as not enuff staff and food was just so so and may return to try something different to eat.
  26. G

    Gosfield

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food is very good, the service is friendly but misses some of the nuances of good service like a quick follow up to make sure the table has everything or realizing what customers might need without them asking. The live cultural music was a nice touch to set the atmosphere but it was so loud it was hard to have a conversation across the table.
  27. m

    mkwmd

    Baltimore

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in on a whim on a Sunday evening fairly early. The waitress was outstanding, and the food was quite good. I was pleasantly surprised. We left just before Sunday night trivia started, but we plan to come back for that.
  28. VL

    VickyL

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience at El Gaupo! The service was fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious. My husband had the burrito and said it was so good. I had the pork enchiladas and they were so good, also. Can't wait to go back... it's our new favorite place!
  29. e

    enrev

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    I would hardly call the noise level "Energetic" as was pre-filled on the review. The restaurant has a large bar area which is not separate in any way from the rest of the dining area, so as they re-arranged tables for a LARGE crowd which came in our Anniversary dinner turned into a headache of loud talking and the occasional yell thanks to some sports game playing on the TVs and some energetic alcohol consuming patrons. The band started setting up so we left. Overall the food was good with a couple of items more outstanding than other similar restaurants, but nothing to justify the higher cost, especially the ambiance. The service was friendly, fast, and very accurate. The foot was tasty but could have used more flavor and heat (temperature). Steak tacos should not taste similar to pulled pork. It is unlikely that we will return. If I want to dine in a bar then I'll go to a bar. Actually I dislike bar dining so...
  30. d

    dianarfb

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating in the restaurant. Our drinks were very good. The server was patient and helpful. The food was delicious and a generous portion. We look forward to returning!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good overall, but my burrito wasn’t hot, just warm. Great service.
  32. G

    Gina

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Lots of selections. Not your run of the Mexican restaurant. I could taste the authenticity in the food. Excellent salsa & chips. Chicken enchiladas were great, with great seasoned rice and black beans. Cauliflower rice is offered as a substitute. The sauce on the Cubano was the real deal! There was a band playing so it was loud, but that was to be expected. We'll be back!
  33. m

    mandyk

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Chose El Guapo to celebrate a birthday. Loved the decor, openness and ambience of the place. Our waitress was awesome-full of energy and very friendly! Salsa and chips were complimentary and very fresh though the salsa was a bit on the runny side. Our drinks were well made. I had the Spicy Paloma and it was excellent. We had steak nachos for appetizer and they were delicious! Toppings were plentiful and the queso was tasty. All of us got the taco combo-3 tacos of your choice plus rice and beans of choice. Overall, none of us liked the homemade corn tortillas that the tacos came on. The texture was odd and we prefer flour tortillas. The fillings were very tasty though. We had a tequila flight-Baller Flight and found we preferred the Cristolino 1800 out of the three. For dessert, we had the churros and they were the perfect ending-crispy on the outside , chewy on the inside with chocolate syrup. For the birthday celebration, the birthday guy got a shot of tequila in the chair. This was an awesome, fun birthday treat! Will definitely go back to El Guapo!
  34. SK

    ScottK

    Baltimore

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The burrito was tasty but it would have been better if warmer. Service was very good as usual. Definitely a local restaurant we will keep in our rotation.
  35. EN

    ElizabethN

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Marachi van was way too low can I even talk to people beside you. Food and margaritas where amazing.
  36. R

    Ravens

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a great time. Food is very good, straight forward Mexican and generous servings. Drinks were excellent.
  37. C

    Cookie

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We didn't care for the food. Fajita and taco/enchilada combo, guac. Maybe it was us.... maybe now. Waitress was friendly, attentive. Won't return.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Excellent service
  39. RC

    RyanC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’m only leaving one star because I can’t leave the stars blank! The only thing worthwhile are the drinks! I’d rather have eaten Taco Bell compared to the food here!
  40. K

    Kreyes

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was very good, fresh. Service was great, sat by the front window with open air, lots of air circulation in the large dining room. Definitely will go back!

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
  • 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

FAQs

El Guapo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Guapo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 753-1033.

El Guapo is rated 4.4 stars by 102 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 1 time today
Google Map for El Guapo

729A Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228-4503

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Catonsville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keith Holsey

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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