El Santo Mexican

4.6
193 Reviews
$40 and under
Mexican

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Located at 115, Ryrie Street in Geelong,El Santo brings an authentic and modern take on Mexican cuisine. Run and operated by well-known players in the Geelong food scene, the owners of The Pickers Union bring their collective flair and passion to the night food scene!

The menu is packed with fresh, vibrant Mexican flavours and options to share, set to delight. Menu items start from as cheap as the charred street corn with queso and lime for $8 with tacos, quesadillas, and also larger mains that can be shared for a great experience. In addition, we offer an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. Oh, and of course tequila, mezcal, and margaritas!

Many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

We are open 6 days a week, and hold a license until 1 am on weekends. The restaurant is family-friendly, wheelchair accessible, and available for functions.
What 193 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lyric
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience awesome food
virgin drinks a little expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a birthday dinner here, absolutely love the food, so fresh and authentic! Service was great too, wish I had discovered this place sooner.

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AmyF
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing service was fantastic
We had a wonderful night!

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SimoneD
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! El santo is THE best! Staff were attentive, the food tasted amazing and portion sizes were perfect. A modern take on mexican, but with authenticity at its heart. The vibe in the restaurant is awesome, lighting set the mood, and the music got us in the mood to enjoy. Recommend highly for anyone wanting a high quality restaurant experience but with a casual vibe that sets the mood for a great night out. Nothing pretentious here

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CherylL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed
Dark loud and very small servings
My partners meal was completely forgotten
We had to go somewhere else afterwards to fill up
It was very expensive and completely overpriced

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Polly
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yummy quick food, good service, good vibe, limited vegan options for vegan night otherwise pretty happy with it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was beautiful! A few hiccups with timing of our drinks, but service staff were lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really amazing and came out fast. The best mexican I have had.

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AmyLD
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish tacos! Loved the frozen margaritas and all the food we ordered was brought out fast. It was all delicious.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were very friendly and helpful. While the technology let the team down when a mixed order for drinks and entrée was only printed to the kitchen, the servers chased down the drinks when asked.
The noise level was fairly high, but this was the larger groups enjoying themselves.
Food was terrific! The TexMex style provides flavour and options for all. The vegetarian in our group was happy with the pumpkin chimichanga.
We were on a parents escape or was it double date, all four of us enjoyed our evening and will be back!

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HaleyK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fire. Great food, engaging staff and fantastic service! A friend and I attended on Good Friday as we were in Geelong on a Birthday trip. We ordered the 50$ per head option and we received an array of delicious meals with dessert included. We also ordered 3 cocktails that were recommended by our lovely waitress and again were amazing. Great value for money, great quality authentic Mexican, can not recommend highly enough.

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OpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and cocktails. Great service too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for a celebratory dinner! We had a large booking for 20. Staff were so accommodating, service was outstanding & the food + drinks were absolutely delicious! We appreciate the staff splitting the Bill at the end of the night as so many places don’t offer that. Can’t wait to come back! 🌮

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vipOpenTable Diner
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We had one intoxicated friend and the whole table was informed that no one would get drinks until after the meals were ordered. Drinks were mainly full of ice and the food was cold.

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NaomiR
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely will be coming back again.

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KyleS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and very convenient for uni students

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic customer service! Atmosphere was awesome! Food was delicious and authentic!

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Madeleine
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at El Santo! The food was delicious and the good 10/10. Everything was great! We will be back again!!

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LeahC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Mexican food. Quirky decor. Friendly attentive service. Will be back.

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TessB
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Staff were very nice when they attended. Food was good. Cocktails delicious. Would return.
Took a long while to get seated. Staff were not present at all and then every staff member would walk up one after the other asking the same question and then would have no presence again for too long. Had to get our own cutlery off their serving shelf. Can get very loud

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BernadetteB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time diner, love the atmosphere and the service the food is amazing! Love the vibe

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Dave
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, drinks and atmosphere. Definitely coming back

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GeorgiaC
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Every time I go here the food is always outstanding but the service is poor every time. You have to constantly ask for drinks or service. We have waited more than half an hour on 2 separate occasions just to be served after being seated. Drinks are never offered we always have to ask multiple times for service.
Great food and casual dining but recently service has been very poor

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Courtney
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing small birthday night out with the girls, starting with dinner at El Santo! Would highly recommend for any birthday or celebration! The service was beyond exceptional, catering for all dietary requirements and just creating the most positive vibe for a fun evening! Thank you!

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TiraK
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made our big group feel very welcome and had a very enjoyable night :)

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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vegan night is awesome would absolutely recommend

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Natash
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was pretty good but the service was very slow and the waitress got our order wrong.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, great food and service. Good vegetarian options.

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BecB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican we have had! Great broad menu, something for everyone. Service was spot on.

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PTD68
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a little late, but gave them a a call and they were very accommodating. Service was great - prompt and friendly. Our food was delicious. Vegan options were appreciated and very tasty. Overall - would highly recommend El Santi.

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BrettN
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food here is always fantastic, though the service is poor. The waitress is slow to seat you, come buy with water and then take your order. This has been the same for my last 3 visits. Be sure to order drinks immediately as the one bar tender takes his time to make the drinks, for the entire restaurant. The drinks are delicious, though can take around 20mins to get a standard house margarita. If they were more efficient they could double their sales from the bar. We only end up drinking one drink while there, though would love to consume 2 or 3 ($40-60 loss for the restaurant could pay for another bar tender by the hour right there). Once ordered, the food comes relatively fast and is always fresh and great quality. The Taco trio are amazing, though the waitress wont tell you that select tacos are cheaper on Tuesday's. You happen to find out when you pay.... Overall I wish the service was better as we often select other restaurants as we can't be bothered with the waiting for service at El Santo. Once there, the food and drinks and good though. Just be patient......

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Ramprakash
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not had foodgasm in a while

Thanks to El Santo my taste buds were satisfied enough that I added 2 kgs in weight because of overeating

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SimonR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, excellent cocktail and service. Will be back

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place to eat out. Food is fresh and delicious and service is excellent. I highly recommend the pumpkin taco. We’ll definitely be back

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ThomasD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and my daughter loved the server's outfit.

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Patrick
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went her with another couple for dinner, had a great dinner. Good food, good margs, good service.

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GeorgiaF
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! First time here & I loved it
Can't wait to book again

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great place - the staff genuinely care if you've had a great meal.

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mandt
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!! Super lovely and willing to have a chat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got the FEED ME option and it was one of the most memorable dinners I’ve had in a while!! Very worth it!!

FAQs

El Santo Mexican does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

El Santo Mexican is rated 4.6 stars by 193 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.