We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

El Cafecito

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
820 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-2434
+1 505-285-6229
07:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 181: English reviews
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the food and the staff was great , friendly personable. Greet us like we were family. It was served nice. always asking anything else. never an empty cup. homemade evrything

1 Thank Darjeeling M
Level Contributor
65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WE stopped for dinner here while traveling and enjoyed our meal, except there was no booze! Good amount of heat to their food too!

1 Thank yum-o2
Angel Fire, NM
Level Contributor
90 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is sparkling clean inside and pleasantly decorated. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I ordered the rellenos plate and it was excellent. The sopaipillas were a little tough. The person who seated me didn't hand me a menu and I didn't see it on the table until my server pointed it out. They're the smallest menus I've ever... More 

Thank Kate G
Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
153 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice people and more than happy to help the useless Brit in New Mexico. Coffee was pleasant and it looked like a great place to have breakfast

1 Thank Clare B
Monticello, New York
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Our breakfast was good,hot and fast. Server great! Ver inviting interior. We enjoyed staying for our second cup.

Thank 52rosiemary
Wichita, Kansas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Large restaurant with wait staff that constantly checks to see if you need anything. I had the beef chimichanga plate with beans, rice and green chilli sauce. Very good meal that filled me up. If you are not a fan of spicey things get the red sauce instead of the green as it has some kick to it!

2 Thank Julie W
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
131 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

First time staying over in Grants and the hotel clerk recommended this place. Glad that she did, the food is delicious. I had the meat enchilada platter with red sauce and my wife had the burrito platter with green sauce. The sopapillas and honey were the perfect dessert. Prices are very reasonable and the service is fast and friendly. Only... More 

Thank Paul E
Dewey, Arizona
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

With the small town of Grants - We were surprised at the food we received here. I really enjoy good mexican food - with chili's. They use only New Mexican native chili's - Believe primarily Hatch. I never understood what Sopapilla's were but every table has a big bottle of Honey and the Sopapilla's and Honey definitely helped kill the... More 

1 Thank sadiesassy
Hemet, California
Level Contributor
203 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This new Mexican style restaurant was fantastic. The dining room is clean, the service was fast, and the Decour was lovely with Adobe colored walls and metal gecko decorations. My Recommendations: the ground beef flauta and the side salad with ranch. The combo plate with the hot sauce on the side was wonderful but my enchilada was missing the enchilada... More 

1 Thank almahaffey
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here last year and could not wait to go back. We were not disappointed the food is excellent. I had the meat enchilada plate. My husband had the Mexican steak plate with chips. It was yummy, they serve the meal with Sopapilla' so good. These are the best I ever had so light and fluffy then add some... More 

1 Thank yokalena

Travellers who viewed El Cafecito also viewed


Been to El Cafecito? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 820 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-2434
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Grants
  • Phone Number: +1 505-285-6229
Built new restaurant in 2011, same location for 26 years we now seat 113 and offer a banquet room that seats 50. We are on the corner of Nimitz and Santa Fe Ave. on historic Rt. 66, just 1 mile off of I-40.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Cafecito staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?