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El Mex-Kal Family Mexican Restaurant

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160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
+1 970-586-4377
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2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was extremely expensive. I ate with one other person and we tried to pick decently and the bill was still $28. My "queso" on my chicken and rice was some sort of sour cream paste. Really not great food and very pricey.

Thank JaMcInA88
Denver, Colorado
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a family Mexican restaurant with excellent service and good food. The food was good and the salsa was wonderful. We wanted something spicy so the waiter recommended the fried whole jalapenos which were awesome. The prices were very reasonable for food and alcohol. We will stop in at our visit to Estes.

Thank jamminmom
Estes Park, Colorado
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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.

Thank HillHag
Fountain, Colorado
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

Thank jdprincess01
Estes Park, Colorado
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 

Thank GeoTravlr
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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.

Thank Wayne F
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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 

Thank Shiivenn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 

Thank DaveinCO
Rapid City, SD
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 

Thank SDScott
Rising Sun, Maryland
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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 

Thank nancykevin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 1st St, Estes Park, CO 80517-6354
  • 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?