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103 Lake Park Blvd N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-4928
+1 910-458-5226
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Columbus, Ohio
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We were here for a week and were looking for a place to sit down for dinner. We both like Mexican food and this place was close. I've had MUCH better Mexican food than this; however, I have had MUCH worse too. The food quality here was very good, everything was made from real meats and real beans, not canned... More 

Thank Ralph R
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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310 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Loved the chips and salsa. Nice and fresh. Entrees were large but taste was average. A bit too much cheese on the enchilada and quesadilla.

Thank Sandra C
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

Good Mexican food, always consistent, can count on good meal! Service is good as well, great chips and salsa!!!

Thank Sharon O
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

It was okay. Typical Mexican. The queso was watery but overall the food was good. The tortilla chips were fresh and warm but the dip was certainly not freshly made. The service was good and staff was friendly. I had my kids so I didn't try their drinks but a group of ladies next to us really seemed to like... More 

Thank Mariana F
West Point, New York
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

The name has changed to El Cazador. This was really great Mexican food at an exceptional price. Tremendous menu selection and prepared like the Texas-Mexico border towns do. Family cooking. The enchiladas combo was fabulous, washed down by Dos Exis draft beer. Homemade Salsa and chips. Nice atmosphere and very good service by friendly people.

Thank ironmikie
raleigh nc
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114 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Food is fast and REALLY good. Great prices, look for the half off coupon in the vacation book! Loved the shrimp quesadillas!

Thank lauren624
Kernersville, North Carolina
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

We have been dining at El Zarape/ El Cazador in Carolina Beach for 3+ years, on-season and off, and I have never had a bad meal there for lunch or dinner. The service is always prompt and courteous, the food is excellent and it's in a great location. I've dined there with only adults, with families with young children, with... More 

Thank Marci M
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

Standard Mexican cuisine. Everything on the menu is good, nothing to write home about. Can't have a bad meal there.

Thank Saltwaterfiend
tipp city
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012

it was mexican food that is about it service ok taco meat awful wanted more salsa the cheese dip too small

Thank angie c
Wilmington, North Carolina
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139 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

now called el cazador and has horrible food. Mexican is usually about the same everywhere you go, but el cazador has gross over prices food, id rather eat at el cerro grande up the road

2 Thank Ryan F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103 Lake Park Blvd N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428-4928
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 910-458-5226

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