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El Caporal

105 W 1st St, Cle Elum, WA 98922-1105
+1 509-674-4284
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“enchiladas” (8 reviews)
“taco” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
105 W 1st St, Cle Elum, WA 98922-1105
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in a hurry to get over the pass so I had my doubts when I stuck my head in on a Friday night and saw how full the place was. The lone gentleman at the bar served me quickly and efficiently though and...More

Thank DrCindy87
Reviewed 21 December 2017

We come here every December after a Christmas Bird Count and they set aside seating in the bar, which can accomodate a group of over 20. Service for our large group is great and I love their food.

Thank MaryfromGuam
Reviewed 6 November 2017

They give you a lot to eat here and the food is real good. We had their nachos and a cheese crisp along with some tacos. All of it was great. They also have a bar next door where you can watch the game if...More

Thank ebcnaz
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Excellent service! I have eaten here several times over the years and it is still good. Great rellenos. There is an extensive menu, many choices. The service here has always been excellent. Don’t miss this place.

Thank jimbob51
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a traditional Mexican restaurant that is friendly but a bit noisy. Chips and salsa were fresh and tasty as was our Chicken Tostada and the two Enchilada plate. Fast service on the food but a bit slow to get our check. A good...More

Thank tall_six6
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I’m from New Mexico so picky about Mexican food. Everything about this great authentic restaurant was wonderful. Our sweet server Zandra has worked there 25 years! That says something. We had guacamole, enchiladas, taco and tamales. Everything was so fresh. Tamales worth a trip here....More

Thank LadykatherineSeattle
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Tino and his staff lay out the best Tex-Mex in Kittitas County! Great food and great service. Friendly and always make you feel welcome!

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Being from San Diego, I'm quite particular on my Mexican food. I was on a business trip in Cle Elum and we had dinner here at this Mexican restaurant. You can always tell a good Mexican restaurant by its chips and salsa. The chips, the...More

1  Thank Danielle C
Reviewed 16 July 2017

The food here is really tasty, but it seems like something they serve has MSG it. Haven't been able to figure out where it is hiding, so I have been eating in other restaurants nearby. Sad, because the food is yummy.

Thank Tfw315
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We tend to eat in the bar more than the restaurant. It is always the same bartender and it just depends on the night as to the service you get. Salsa is very runny, but has good flavor. Food is your typical mexican in washington...More

Thank Johnathan T
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1 September 2017|
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Response from cbinpa2015 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt if reservations are needed. It is a rather large facility, and also has outdoors dining. Even on a busy weekend, I can't imagine you would have to wait long. Try it - it's really good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 W 1st St, Cle Elum, WA 98922-1105
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Cle Elum
  • Phone Number: +1 509-674-4284
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