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El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant

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160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517
+1 970-586-4377
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Estes Park, Colorado
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town. I've always gotten great service and yummy food. Since we're locals, we don't go out to eat that much, but this place is high on our list of places to take guests.

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Thank HillHag
Fountain, Colorado
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Came here after reading the reviews on how "amazing" this place was....... YEAH NOT SO MUCH. WAITED 10 minutes JUST FOR drinks ans we were trying to tell her what we wanted to eat and she just walked off........ WAITED another 10 minutes for her to bring our drinks back and finally place our order...... waitress was distracted and seemed... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Good food, with many locals in the place, even on a Wednesday night. Discovered the Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) Burrito, which is now my total favorite! (Healthy menu items are hidden on the back)This burrito has lots of grilled veggies, grilled chicken, & black beans inside. The chips are really good, too. Their salsa is real tasty, too, but thinner... More 

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Thank GeoTravlr
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Disappointed in the food quality, service wasn't that good, hot sauce was yuk, chips where stale. Place wasn't busy but it took forever to get tea, and our food.

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Thank Wayne F
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I absolutely adore this place, and I love heading here with family! One time I was allowed to try their fried Icecream, that was the best time of my life! However, the service is a bit slow when it's busy, but what else do you expect? It's a restraunt, they need time to cook everybody's food. And sometimes their food... More 

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Thank Shiivenn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Been there 4 times over last couple of years. Always good service and food. Chips and salsa are great. Original margarita in steel skaker serves 3-4 glasses. I had pollo crema and a cadilac margarita today. Large serving. Very good. They should rank in top 10 in estes park, not 38 of 84. This family knows how to run a... More 

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Thank DaveinCO
Rapid City, SD
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It's been awhile since my wife and I ate at El Mex-Cal even though we frequent Estes Park several times each year. The restaurant is well-located on Hwy. 7 in town. The staff is friendly, efficient and accommodating. The food is good, but not great in my estimation. The "pre-meal" chips and salsa are excellent. Prices are average for both... More 

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Thank SDScott
Rising Sun, Maryland
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We enjoy Mexican food so while visiting Estes Park, had to stop in and try the El Mex-Kal. The owner was very friendly and welcomed us in, brought chips and salsa while we read the menus. I practiced my Spanish on the waitress, she was very patient with me and we had a good time going back and forth. We... More 

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Thank nancykevin
Kansas City area
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were craving Mexican food (our favorite) and El Mex-Kal did not disappoint us! The chips and salsa were very good and the wait staff was very attentive. We had a beef burrito and it came out very hot was totally engulfed in red sauce, nearly covering the entire burrito. After I drained a good portion of it off, the... More 

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Thank Mongo2kool
Morgan, Utah
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153 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This restaurant looked like one of those "hole in the wall" good restaurants from the outside, with little ambience but the expectation of good food. Not the case. The Enchillladas and tacos that we ordered had almost no flavor (not sure how that can happen with Mexican food) as it was very bland, and both those and the rice and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Estes Park
  • Phone Number: +1 970-586-4377

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