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El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, NV

El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake Tahoe

3.9
3.9
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Grill
The casual dining and nightlife hot spot, El Jefe's is the place to go at Stateline for a variety of appetizers and delectable, authentic Mexican and Southwestern entrees such as Smokin’ N’ Sizzlin’ Fajitas, Grilled Pork Al Pastor Tacos, Texas BBQ Burger and much, much more. An array of intriguing Margaritas and specialty drinks are available, along with a wide variety of the best domestic and international beers.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Reno

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was bland and absolutely terrible to be honest, the fish was rubbery and tasted nothing but the bland breading it was coated in, steak pieces were chewy…rice and beans - no flavor and Sahara desert level dry. WAAAAY overpriced. The only saving Grace was our cool laid back server and the margarita. Would absolutely pass, if wanting true authentic and FLAVORED Mexican food.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear about your poor experience. Please be assured, we share your concern about anything that may detract from your experience at our restaurant. We want nothing more than for you to feel comfortable during your visit. Please email us at the following link so we can have someone follow up accordingly: https://totalrewards.custhelp.c om/app/ask_first

  2. CB

    ConnieB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    Food was not good. No flavor. Quick service, but what Mexican Restaurant charges for Salsa and Chips!!!!

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on November 15, 2022Your feedback is definitely appreciated. We look forward to your next visit at El Jefe Tahoe.

  3. TB

    TerrieB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was just ok, for the high price, potions were small. Wasn’t very authentic. Service was very fast and decor was nice.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on October 2, 2022We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and great rating with all of us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thank you, El Jefe Tahoe

  4. KL

    KyleL

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was decent but overpriced for what we got. The watermelon margaritas were $17 and there was little to no alcohol in the drink. Service was decent but Would not come back based on value

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on September 21, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Kylel. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. El Jefe Tahoe

  5. SK

    SandyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Early dinner both nights. Loved the chicken machaca tacos. Husband had the beef fajitas. Both excellent. Service was great and food arrived quickly. Very impressed and will return again.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on September 21, 2022We're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and hope to welcome you back to El Jefe Tahoe in the near future.

  6. R

    Rebecca

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our dinner came right behind our appetizer, would have liked more time to enjoy the appetizer. Food was good, and fresh But warm/ hot plates would have been nice my beans (excellent bean trio) were cold halfway through my dinner. *Fabulous coconut flan with strawberries!

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on September 21, 2022We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and great rating with all of us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thank you, El Jefe Tahoe

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were top notch!!

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on September 17, 2022We're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and hope to welcome you back to El Jefe Tahoe in the near future.

  8. LE

    Luv2Eat

    Tahoe

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great service, good atmosphere, fair (at best) food. With so many Mexican restaurants in town, I don't think I'd eat here again.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on September 1, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Luv2eat. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  9. ES

    EcwSr

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Had supper here before a concert last evening….food was good, drinks way over priced for a so-called premium margarita … no way was thar a Premium drink …tasted average at best….be forewarned…. Took 20 minutes to get our drinks and 30 minutes from the time we ordered to get out R meal its very dingy and dark just looks old and run down …much like the casino ….wonlt be back

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Ecwsr. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was very good.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you for the great review. We hope you'll come back for another wonderful time soon!

  11. SW

    StevenW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Mediocre food, comically poor waitress and all over priced. $17 for a small, house margarita? On The Border is light years better.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 22, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Stevenw. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food was aweful

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 16, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Opentable. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  13. CG

    ConnieG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Limited menu for vegans. Ordered the southwest chopped salad with black beans instead of chicken and the beans were left off, took >5 minutes to get them. The salad was also mostly romaine. Spouse reported the asada tacos were very good. Enjoyed the salsa variety.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you for sharing your feedback. We sincerely hope you'll return to give us another opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  14. JH

    JenH

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great but they were not very accommodating…couldn’t substitute anything on the menu and wouldn’t split the check up…bummer Also, we had to pay for chips and salsa, crazy….

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 8, 2022Thanks for your review. We appreciate you!

  15. JF

    JamesF

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Restaurant was very good. Did have a problem with reservations with OpenTable. Tried to make reservations for Thursday Aug 4th. Only time available according to the OpenTable website was 4:45. Tried to book other times later for that same evening. Listed all times as unavailable. Went to dinner and there was amble seating available throughout our diner experience. Mistake by OpenTable!

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 6, 2022We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and great rating with all of us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thank you, TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  16. JS

    JessicaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The fajitas had very little meat and the onions and peppers were not well cooked. The queso was really good! The fish tacos had over-breaded and clearly frozen fish sticks. Disappointing quality for the price. Servers were friendly and hard working.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Jessicas. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  17. LW

    LaurieW

    Sacramento

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The service was lacking. We waited 10 min after being seated for any contact. We were ready to bail when we finally were able to order drinks. Slow service the entire time. Food was excellent. The pina colada like drink was one of the best drinks I have ever had. Guacamole table side was served prepared not table side. Salad was delicious. Hubby loved his burrito. Would go back…

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 27, 2022We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and great rating with all of us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Thank you, TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  18. GW

    GregW

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was excellent. Appetizers were delicious. Ordered fish taco entree. Cabbage and sauce was very good. Fish was over cook resulting in them being hard and dry.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 15, 2022Your feedback is definitely appreciated. We look forward to your next visit at TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good service and value.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you for sharing your review. We are very pleased to learn you enjoyed your overall visit with us at TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant and hope to welcome you again soon.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice place, good food and not a lot of noise.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 6, 2022Your feedback is definitely appreciated. We look forward to your next visit at TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant.

  21. KL

    KarenL

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We sat at a high top table in the bar area. We felt like we were eating in a basement. The ambience was just okay. Our server, Szymon was friendly, professional and made us feel welcome. My husband ordered a margarita (just so-so) and I had a mojito (blah, would not order again). We shared an order of chicken fajitas. We had wanted the fajitas to be half chicken half steak but they are the only Mexican food restaurant we have ever encountered that would not do the half/half option. Also, the only restaurant to not offer complimentary chips and salsa - that would have cost $11 extra! The chicken fajitas were flavorful and the tortillas were soft; the amount of rice was almost non-existent. Overall we probably would not return. :(

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 6, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Karenl. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  22. LD

    LoryD

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    This restaurant is getting a pretty poor review from me for mostly one main reason: it is a Mexican restaurant but they do not have chips and salsa as a free appetizer. If you want chips and salsa you must pay $11. When I asked our server about this she said “you have to pay for everything now”. Also the ambiance is not good but we knew that going into it. It is in the bottom floor of Harvey’s Casino and there are no windows at all. This is at least the third Mexican restaurant at this location and none have done well.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on July 6, 2022Thank you for sharing your feedback. We sincerely hope you'll return to give us another opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Pork belly tacos were good but really disappointed they didn’t have refried beans & charged $11 for chips & salsa ! Every other Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to serves complementary Chips & Salsa! We’ll find another Mexican restaurant in the area next time.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on June 25, 2022Thank you for providing your feedback and letting us know about your experience, Opentable. We set high standards for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear you feel those were not met on this occasion. We look forward to an opportunity to better serve you and earn your 5-star rating in the near future. TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant

  24. LM

    LauraM

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Symon was amazing as was the queso. Contents of burrito were under cooked and difficult to eat. Rice was way too dry.

    El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake TahoeResponded on June 16, 2022Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We hope to welcome you back soon for another great time at TaCo. Cantina & Restaurant!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake Tahoe is rated 3.9 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake Tahoe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for El Jefe Cantina - Harveys Lake Tahoe

18 US HWY 50 at Stateline, Lake Tahoe, NV 89449

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Reno

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Grill, Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

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