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El Rey Cantina

294 E Main St, Ste C, Ventura, CA 93001-5674
+1 805-653-1111
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
21 May 2017
“Great lunch and service”
14 May 2017
“Small portions ”
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Mexican, Bar, Pub
294 E Main St, Ste C, Ventura, CA 93001-5674
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We found this place when we found out the place we had planned to go was closed on Sundays. The waitress, Daisy, was very friendly and made some great recommendations. We had the chicken enchiladas with green sauce, a portobello taco and a carnitas taco...More

Thank Leslie K
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the salsa bar but it's unfortunate that chips and salsa are not complimentary. Free chips and salsa are sort of the norm at a sit down restaurant in Southern California... anyway the staff was friendly and attractive but my food portion was very...More

Thank Lucas R
Reviewed 12 September 2016

On a recent business trip to this area of California I stopped in to El Rey Cantina for an early dinner. I was impressed by the friendliness of everyone who worked at El Rey and the quality of the food. No one tried to "up...More

Thank Vance T
Reviewed 21 April 2016

El Rey is a great place to stop for a quick bite and drink. It is a Mexican cantina but it exudes Ventura local-ism. It is small and hard to get a seat when it is busy. If it is slow, it is a wonderful...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed 18 April 2016

If your into the downtown, local bar scene then this is the place for you. Standing room only on the weekends and a decent crowd during the week. Youngish, energetic crowd and plenty of action. If a quiet dinner is what you have in mind...More

Thank tom_treddles
Reviewed 21 February 2016

I was in here the 2nd day they were open. very annoyed with the crowd it drew. Also they put a bunch of bras on the fan inside, kinda stupid, a little degrading to women. A friend dragged me in the recently and the only...More

Thank Justin V
Reviewed 8 February 2016

welcoming bartender believe name was rob? nice bar many choices of tequilas great ceiling chandeliers fish tacos grilled

Thank jrjr67
Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

I had been shopping downtown for a few hours and my arms were tired from carrying heavy bags so I stopped in to get a drink. The staff was all really friendly I ended up ordering food which was delicious. And the place was clean...More

Thank Dana L
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Just average Mexican food...the guacamole was bland but the salsa was seasoned pretty well. We both had chicken and cheese enchiladas and thought that they were just OK. My friend loved the margaritas and I had an ample sized vodka.

Thank SeekPeace
Reviewed 1 September 2015

This place feels like it is right out of a Tarentino movie ... such atmosphere. Stick with the amazing tacos and margaritas and you can't go wrong. A great place to hang out in the middle of the day and hide from the world ;-)

Thank pwfletcher
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Mexican, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 294 E Main St, Ste C, Ventura, CA 93001-5674
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-653-1111
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