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El Cortijo

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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189 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401
+1 802-497-1668
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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335 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stopped in for a quick lunch before a movie. I had a hankering for the fish tacos. A la carte, they are $5 each, and while kind of small, they were excellent. Nice choices of hot sauces, beers, plates and platters. I was still hungry so I tried a choriza taco which was nice a spicy. Looks like a... More 

Thank Localgirl0330
Hurley, New York
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125 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is an olde diner (you know--a converted railroad car), which is always fun. Crowded, but who cares? I don't think they take reservations, so get there early for whatever meal you have in mind. The burritos were particularly good, and all the drinks were outstanding. The staff were knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and remarkably accommodating--you can add or leave... More 

Thank Jim K
Northampton, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great margaritas, great tacos, sometimes i wish they had more variety on their menu. Everything tastes great but sometimes the space can feel claustrophobic. It is very quirky but small and busy at times.

Thank kbronie
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were looking for a cozy restaurant to a have a relaxing dinner on a breezy autumn evening. El Cortijo was the perfect place. It was a busy Sunday evening but we managed to snag a large comfy booth. Our server was warm and welcoming. She was knowledgeable about the menu. El Cotijo serves Mexican cuisine. The food was fresh,... More 

Thank Mamborev
Schenectady, New York
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We hit the jackpot last weekend; there was an available table without waiting! We have been here a few times in the last year and each time there was a lenghty wait. Tacos are delicious; our server was very sweet and helpful with all of our questions. Can't wait to go back!

Thank travelheather2016
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This place is small, very small. Approximately 10 booths and a bar small. I saw one booth that might ve able to seat 6, but otherwise they cant accommodate more than a party of 4. But the place is cute, its an old diner. I got a fish taco which was fine but ive definitely had better. Also had a... More 

Thank Lauren M
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Just had a great meal at El Cortijo: a wonderful marguerita, delicious tacos and burrito with local meats and dressed greens. Before ordering, I asked the bartender about the different items and he described each one's ingredients without hesitation. Everything was fresh and so very tasty. Highly recommended.

Thank VermonteronVacation
Seattle, Washington
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1,205 reviews
865 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

While visiting Burlington, we decided to try out El Cortijo for lunch. Tacos were DELISH and much healthier than typical Mexican fare. Our favorite was the Carnitas Tacos. Terrific drink menu too. Highly recommend if you are looking for a simple, delicious meal near town.

Thank misopiso88
Loudon, TN
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304 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Both my husband and I love Mexican Food but this didn't quite meet our expectations. We started off with the chips with queso fundido and salsa verde (not too flavorful). I had a taco place (chicken) with rice and black beans. My husband had two tacos (one carnitas and one chorizo) no sides. We both had margaritas (very average). Overall,... More 

Thank SLiebbe
Munich, Germany
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158 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Great menu heavy on special taco's. We tried a few veggie ones which were great and you gotta have the fish taco. This place is not big and could get full. we sat on the bar which was great.

Thank Liav1616

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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
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-497-1668
A farm-to-taco experience located in the historic 1950s Oasis diner on Bank Street in Burlington. Tacos and entrees are prepared with fresh, local ingredients and expressed as traditional Mexican fare. Fresh-squeezed margaritas and handcrafted cocktails are served in a lively, vibrant atmosphere. Full menu available until late Sundays through Thursdays and 1 a.M. Fridays and Saturdays.

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