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El Cortijo

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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189 Bank Street, Burlington, VT 05401
+1 802-497-1668
11:00 - 01:00
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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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Burlington, Vermont
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143 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Burlingtonians favor value over conspicuous consumption, and my quick trip into El Cortijo was just that; with 40 minutes to fill before a flick at the Roxy movie house, I was able to get in a can of desirable Lawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine and two wonderful tacos, I chose the fried fish model, with a limed-cream sauce and cabbage... More 

Thank MK_in_VT
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Who doesn't like tacos!?! By far the best food I've had! Everything from chips and salsa (must try queso) to tacos and burritos! Atmosphere is great, staff is awesome, food is great!

Thank Aaron F
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quirky, eclectic atmosphere with great food! Small place gets very crowded and wait can be long. We were starving and decided to sit at the bar to eat. Bartender was awesome gave us the lowdown on food likes and drinks. We took his advice and had the most delicious food. Guacamole with homemade chips and 3 sauces was great! Burritos,... More 

Thank Maria G
Shelburne, Vermont
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

El Cortijo is part of a local restaurant group, and in my mind, the best of the bunch. I think this is a great place for people new to the more authentic flavors of Mexico, as well as a solid and fun choice for those whose tastebuds are a bit more experienced. One nice feature if you're not a big... More 

Thank 802virginia
Northampton, Massachusetts
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335 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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 3 November 2016

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
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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 

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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, Latin, Spanish
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?