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El-Cocinero - CLOSED

316 S Canyon Blvd, John Day, OR 97845-1047
+1 541-575-9900
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good38%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
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19 Nov 2015
“Wonderful Restaurant”
17 Aug 2015
“All things make way for progress... but sometimes it is sad”
Restaurant Hours Closed
316 S Canyon Blvd, John Day, OR 97845-1047
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

Had a wonderful meal in this upscale restaurant. The food and service was great. The ambiance was a nice change from some of the other restaurants we had eaten in.

Thank mama115
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Had to visit El Cocinero one last time before the building was demolished to make way for the new John Day city fire station. It was as good as ever. Sadly, the owner admitted he could not find another location in the area that would...More

1  Thank JenniB15
Reviewed 26 February 2015

Don't let the exterior steer you somewhere else. Very good food at this small town eatery. Salsa is excellent! Beans and rice are good. Chili Verde is good. Everything I've tried is good stuff! One odd thing is the trip outside to go around to...More

Thank Ed U
Reviewed 12 November 2014

When we eat a restaurant meal in John Day, our first choice is always El Cocinero. The owner, Fernando, is a hard-working and talented cook. My favorite is always the carne asada, and Hubby likes the macho burrito with picadillo beef. The prices are reasonable,...More

1  Thank JenniB15
Reviewed 20 October 2014

Best non-generic option for food in John Day. Chili relleno and chicken fajita meals were good and compare favorably to most Mexican places in far, far bigger cities. Exterior of the building is delightfully run-down off-beat - no doubt a 50s drive-in in a former...More

1  Thank Tim C
Reviewed 17 September 2014 via mobile

We recently moved to the area from Texas and I had given up on finding really good Mexican food. Until I found El-Cocinero. I had the chili Verde and thoroughly enjoyed it. Friendly service and generous portions of flavorful food. Strongly recommended.

Thank rjisha
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Friendly staff and fast service make this a great eating place. Food is always full of flavor and in appropriate portions.

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 7 July 2014

From the outside this place looks like a dive. But once you get in the place is clean and the staff is very nice. The chips and salsa were very fresh and the food was amazing as usual. Everything is freshly made and very yummy....More

Thank mommyofone2006
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

I found the restaurant clean friendly and inviting! The food was great but not to my level of taste. However this is a good place to eat cheap.

Thank Star C
Reviewed 16 June 2014

My mom and I arrived at this restaurant right at closing time. There was only one car parked at this location, which apparently was the owner's vehicle. We walked in the door, the dining room was empty, and we could tell that this place was...More

Thank MrLorin
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  • Address: 316 S Canyon Blvd, John Day, OR 97845-1047
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  John Day
  • Phone Number: +1 541-575-9900
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