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El Cazador

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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32195 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-3774
+1 360-675-6114
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has excellent food, tacos, burritos, natchos, drinks, customer service I got here at least twice a month taco tuesdays

Thank Allen B
Milford, Delaware
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was a bit slow, but it was a busy fight night at the bar. The food was good, decent atmosphere & interesting vibe. Seemed like a decent amount of locals go here and are well known which is always good

1 Thank Kirby S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Consistently awesome food, large menu that allows for a new good experience every time. Very accommodating and they are very gracious. Love this place. Have been coming here since 1989. Been here so long because they're the best!

1 Thank neal e
Oak Harbor, Washington
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I've eaten at El Caz many times over the past thirty years, and for a time I stopped eating there because the food became just so-so. In the past two years the menu and food have vastly improved. Given, it's not like eating at El Roca in Nogales, but what is? I enjoy several menu items, especially the tamales, which... More 

Thank Salmontree
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Went there for dinner with my son. Food was tasty and service was great as well. This is a family friendly restaurant, but also served alcohol.

2 Thank Dee W
Oak Harbor, Washington
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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Great staff at El Cazador. Staff is very attentive and makes sure we are happy. We ordered enchiladas and the California burrito. Both very ok. And the waiter told us about the naked margarita which was very good. We went for an early dinner so not very busy. Food came quickly.

1 Thank slbebee58643
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We are new in town and glad we found our go-to mexican food restaurant. The portions are generous and the price is reasonable.

2 Thank bobi c
Oak Harbor, Washington
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75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Nachos were great but I think they forgot the sauce one the mole Enchiladas.. I had to add homemade salsa to make them worth eating... Delivery driver was super. Even though he got lost he did a great job.

Thank Al R
Lake Stevens, Washington
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108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This place advertises gluten free however has very limited options. Their tortilla chips are not gluten free. I ordered a tostado without the shell and it was average. My husband had their burrito (not gluten-free) which he said was excellent.

Thank pdbrown4
Jose R, Owner at El Cazador, responded to this review

Hola and thank you for your recent visit and feedback! We are very glad that your Husband enjoyed his burrito. We do mark our naturally gluten-free items with a small icon on the menu, and we are actively working to improve this visibility/flexability for our diners with food sensitivities! Our Managers are very well educated about gluten-free substitutions and we... More 

Freeland, Washington
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98 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We walked into the lounge area for lunch where there were other guests eating but no obvious staff member working specifically in there. 20 minutes later there is still no sign of staff. The other table finished and looked around for the check. After sitting there awhile, they got up and left. We walked out behind them after having seen... More 

Thank Beverly P
Jose R, Owner at El Cazador, responded to this review

Hola Beverly! We were disheartened to read about your recent less than satisfactory experience at our establishment. We have passed your comments along to our morning staff, as well as our Management so they can make the necessary adjustments to our morning communication between servers. We have limited staff during our slowest months, however what you encountered is not typical... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32195 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277-3774
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Whidbey Island  >  Oak Harbor
  • Phone Number: +1 360-675-6114
Voted "Best Mexican" by Whidbey News-Times The Best of Whidbey Reader's Choice Awards 2010 thru 2015. Since 1982 we have remained family owned and operated are and proud to serve Whidbey Island delicous Mexican food! Whether you are craving some delicious Queso Dip, Churros, Carne Asada, Fajitas, Pozole, or Tortilla soup, you are sure to find something to love here at El Cazador.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?