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El Texate

$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1108
+1 310-399-1115
10:30 - 23:00
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Helsinki, Finland
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was nice small Mexican restaurant. Food and service was good and there were nice looking bar. Quite big portions.

Thank Fairtourist
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

They use olive oil. Food is fresh and clean. Highly recommend this place for those that like a less cheesy platter.

Thank Khuyên P
Bristol, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We opted for this Mexican because it was local to our hotel and the menu was different. The food was good and the service was very good with friendly staff.

Thank Paul H H
Concord, New Hampshire
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I was going to take a few pictures of the plates but the children started gobbling it up before I managed to take any. The burritos were well stuffed and delicious! Fajita had a load of different veggies not just the basic pepper and onion. Overall we were well pleased!the guacamole was fantastic and fresh.

Thank Traveling-T-Show
Arlington, Virginia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

El Texate has the best selection and taste of moles I've had. For those who prefer more standard fare, they have tacos, fajitas, and burritos. If you prefer to take a leap and try out some of their mole dishes, I would definitely recommend it. We tried a variety of options and weren't disappointed. The décor is basic and humble... More 

Thank Mike S
Danville, California
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60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Was looking for Mexican food and saw El Texate on the map. Walked up the two blocks form the beach path and found a decent restaurant. Happy hour was still on so I ordered from that menu. The El Texate Quesadilla was awesome. Also added on a small order of chips and salsa and those were awesome too. Great salsa.... More 

Thank TravelingCaptain
Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

Was very busy night, we sat outside and it took us 25 min and we had to end up asking before someone took our order another 15 before our drinks arrived and they forgot mine and another 15 min after that before our food came. My husband thought his was OK but my burrito was only lukewarm and not nice.... More 

Thank Annie C
Santa Monica, California
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141 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Ordered enchiladas that had a straight out of the can flavor, with bottled sauce. I was surprised, since the menu and decor led me to think authentic flavors.

Thank SMOgal
Des Moines, Iowa
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Interesting place. Doesn't look like much in or outside, but the food was decent. Liked that it was a locally owned authentic restaurant. Five of us, each had different entrees. The chips were great. The salas was different. Had an oily texture. Service was alittle slow. Weren't many people there when we arrived, but the time we left it was... More 

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250 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

A person at the hotel recommended El Tecate and so glad they did. Great Mexican food, I loved the goat meat tacos. The service was very good and so where the margaritas. Good place for Mexican food done right.

Thank Jim M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-399-1115

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

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