- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Chips and Salsa
Fresh corn tortilla chips served warm with our very own signature salsa
Caribbean White Shrimp, Crab, Chihuahua, Sauce Americaine
Brisket and Sweet Potato Hash
Our house-smoked brisket sautéed with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, collard greens, corn, and BBQ sauce, topped with two eggs any style
One server for entire restaurant. Left after not receiving drinks or chips/salsa after 45 min
Been eating here for 20ish years. Always great food, friendly ambience. Service was good, wonderful house margarita. Only complain was we were seated near the doorway to the outdoor seating, which left us in the path of cold air coming in. Menu has changed since we were last here pre-Covid. Still lots of great choices.
Should update there menu on the website to reflect there limited options for fish at the restaurant. There was no sea bass and or small plate salmon! No cream for coffee. Dessert was last than satisfactory Mayan Chocolate Cake stale.
Came for delayed 2020 Badger Graduation Celebration. First time here. Waiter awesome. Made excellent recommendations. Food awesome
We’ll be back 😎
This was our first visit to Eldorado after their menu change. We ordered 6 small plates and appetizers, looking forward to sharing them with each other. Sadly there none of us were happy with the food we ordered. We left half of it on our plates and didn't even want to take it home.
Love the new menu! Fresh, flavorful, and delicious!
Wow! Such great options for celiac. Nice place to celebrate a birthday. Great wait staff. Delicious food. Perfect!
We loved Eldorado Grill in the past. Now it’s just “meh”. Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times but our server was pleasant, but not particularly attentive. The restaurant was empty when we arrived at 6:15 but filled up by 7:00. Adequate staff but seemed to forget our request when they left our table (light ice…nope, second beer…not until we had finished our meal). Food is now served tapa-sized…fun for a large group, but less ideal when you’re going as a couple. The beef taco meat was full of gristle, the fish enchiladas were good, but not great. Luckily we added a side of rice to fill us up. With 2 beers, 1 margarita, chips and 2 small plates, we did not feel like we had a $70 meal experience.
We were able to eat on the side porch, always a lovely spot. The food was well-seasoned with good spice. Server Zac was helpful with recommendations. Homemade margaritas - the real deal.
Birthday, free dessert
You have to get the Peruvian Chicken and Bass entrees! They are unbelievable. We started with the Al Pastor tostadas and a tamale special they had for the month of September. I hope the tamale goes on the menu, it was so good. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. And the cocktails from the signature cocktail menu are some of the best in the city.
Delish! We loved everything we tried, best margaritas in town! Great service, cool ambience, we will be back soon!
The new menu was outstanding. The food isn’t what many Eldorado fans remember from pre-COVID, it’s been bumped up a level. The wood grill adds flavor (and aroma) that the old menu didn’t have. I was very happy with everything we ordered.
Madison institution that has been ruined by the recent menu changes. The old SW based but varied menu has been replaced with a list of tostadas and 'platters' which are kind of build your own tacos. We have probably been there 20 - 30 times. No reason to go back unless they swap out the hideously limited menu.
Eldorado Grill has been one of my favorite Madison restaurant for years. This was my first visit since the reopening. Unfortunately it is not the same menu at all. The food is now served mostly tapas style and the price went up 50% or more
I liked it but was disappointed that they changed a winning formula.
Great Modern Mexican. Staff is really good. I nice way to eat dinner at night without the sun in your eyes.
Food was bad.
We were not impressed with the tapas style of the new chef. The food was overly spiced and also most of the dishes were very spicy hot as well. Most people in our party don’t mind heat but a few people don’t like it and it was frustrating because we tried to guess by the menu what they would be able to eat and even the sweet potatoes were spicy hot! So overall some things were okay but with the overuse of spices so you couldn’t really taste the meat or dish in general as well as most dishes being very spicy hot made it difficult to navigate and please everyone. Will not be coming back sadly.
Took the term "small plates" to a new level. Our "4oz" salmon for $15 was the size of a thumb. Food was good but $80 later we had to go home and make dinner.
First time visited since they changed menu. It was different and interesting. Liked the blend of spices and uniqueness.
Please bring back the old style of ' Texas Torpedos'. Keep the new sauce that come with it as an ' on the side's.
You guys completely wrecked the menu ! What we used to come there for was gone but the waiter talked us into torpedo somethings that were jalapeños wrapped in bacon. NOTHING like the crispy tortilla wrapped chicken filled cigars we used to order there. No chips and salsa brought to the table . They weren’t even OFFERED to us to buy by the server. So disappointed. It was pathetic. Come back the way you were before ElDorado!
The old Eldorado was one of our favorite restaurants, a go to destination for special occasions. While surprised at the drastic menu change, being a veg/vegan family we were encouraged by the more vegan friendly menu. Unfortunately the food items were mediocre and over-priced. Salsas for chips at $3 each were skimpy. The Cauliflower al Pastor started with a generous sized grilled but somewhat dry cauliflower with decent rice. Again the condiments served for this sharable platter were barely enough for one person let alone to share with a group. The dish was basically a large cauliflower with 3 teaspoons of condiments. For $29 this was a disappointment as was the Wood Grilled Sweet potato that need more salsa. The Molotes de Platano was the only item in our group with a positive review. Hopefully the menu is a work in progress and will improve! One of our group who is not vegetarian and not a seafood lover checked out the menu on line and decided to pass. The service from an obviously over-loaded wait person was good.
Personally, I felt like we were unattended. I had to go the bar to get refills on our cocktails because our server ignored us. Nothing was inferred, but it felt like we were fish out of water because we didn’t fit the “Madison” narrative. I’m sorry I don’t have a man bun, tattoos, and skinny jeans, and I’m a white heterosexual man!
If we never go back, it will be too soon! It’s too bad; we used to love The Eldorado.
Menu changed and so did the staff. I wouldn’t recommend.
Menu changed from pre pandemic and very disappointed. Also, margarita's much different and smaller than before. Unless menu changes to more what it was like before I wouldn't recommend this as a go to spot like it used to be.
Very disappointed with the new menu. Eldorado was one of our favorite restaurants for the past 18 years and we won’t return unless original menu items are back. Bring back original Texas torpedos and smoked chicken enchiladas please.
It was very busy, but the staff did a great job and our food was great.
All new menu for the reopening. Sign on the front door asking for patience and understanding while they hire and train new staff. All of the food and drinks were very good to excellent. The service was slow and not very attentive. Our server was very friendly and working very hard as were the managers trying to help the servers. I know it really can't be helped there just are not people out there to hire. Feel very sorry and appreciative of the people working hard to keep the doors open.
I miss the old El Dorado! It was … fine, I guess? I don’t really need my Mexican food to be gussied up, and some of the new menu items (crab tostada, looking at you) are pretty flavorless.
The new chef has made exciting changes to a delicious but dated menu. The focus now is fresh, healthy, and colorful. Our meal was outstanding.
Bummed to report this was probably our last visit to a restaurant we've loved for a really long time. First, margaritas have not changed and remain delicious. Also, our server was excellent. Everything else on the menu is changed or gone. Poppers are not the same, chips are so so and salsa is $3 for a tiny cup. Our favorites were blackened catfish and the chicken fried steak and both are gone from the menu.
The pre-Covid El Dorado was spectacular in every way
The new El Dorado (new menu, interior) is a sanitized, soul less, hipster restaurant. They sucked out all the charm. Was one of my favorite restaurants, I will not be back. Excellent server though.
Renovations to the interior were nice however the food was overpriced for the quality. Dessert was okay but not many options. We were very excited to try it out but definitely underwhelmed with the overall experience.
We had a lot of fun and you get incredible value at happy hour.
Love the new menu and our service was great.
TERRIBLE food! Crazy expensive - will never go back. I miss the old ElDorado - this is NOTHING like that.
The service was super slow for not even being full at dinner time. Food was great, but we enjoyed the old menu style better. Waitress wasn’t very attentive.
Great to see the restaurant re-opened. Staff great and thanks for all the attention and details on the new menu.
We found the menu confusing and over-priced. We would have liked to see more than just a few options for regular dinner size meals, as opposed to mostly a la carte "small plates" and "large plates" meant for sharing. Stingy on chips. The $29 cauliflower plate comes as an intact cauli head and it was not tender enough so had to work to cut off pieces. All the little side condiments didn't come with any way to serve them--you don't want everyone to use the fork they've been eating with. I miss the old version of this restaurant.
This is not the old El Dorado Grill, it has been reimagined in terms of menu. Many authentic items, very interesting menu. The manager and staff were incredibly helpful in explaining the menu, the "shareable small plates", etc. Very attentive service, friendly and efficient. We are looking forward to our next visit to try something new. We had the lamb barbacoa and carne asada tostadas. Both delicious.
Eldorado Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 280-9378.
Eldorado Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 340 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.