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El Puerto Mexican Restaurant

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2045 Barracks Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1206
+1 434-872-9488
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Liberty, Missouri
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a large restaurant but it was quite busy on Cinco de Mayo. Food was very good as was the service. It took a while to pay for the meal (cashier on the way out) but it was worth standing in line for a bit.

Thank Susan M
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I was stationed in New Mexico for about 8 years, and my wife from Texas. So we know good Mexican food! Well I can't say enough good things about El Puerto! The food is great; outstanding chile rellenos! The people are great! This restaurant is one of our favorite that we have been visiting for 16 years.

Thank Mike_Stogoski
Charlottesville, Virginia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The menu is a little different from other Mexican restaurants, and the food is always good. Ambience is your typical Mexican restaurants.

Thank Ruth C
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Don't let the appearance deter you. Good food and reasonable prices for a family. We had chips and salsa followed by enchiladas and tacos. Even my picky eaters enjoyed.

Thank Janice H
Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

El Puerto may not be the fanciest restaurant in Charlottesville, but if you're looking for good, fairly inexpensive Mexican food, this is a great restaurant to know about. Hidden in plain sight just across from Barracks Shopping center, it's easily accessible with plenty of parking. Has decent margaritas. Also, 5 Tacos for $5 on Mondays. You really can't beat that.

Thank CaptPatton
Locust Grove, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This resraurant had great food, is reasonably priced. We've always had good service. We eat here every time we are in Charlottesville

Thank jayneowiesny
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

El Puerto serves what Americans generally expect from Mexican food -- tacos, burritos, rice and beans. But it's a good non-chain version with a strong showing in the carnitas department -- and the margaritas are often pretty cheap.

Thank hikingadventure
Roanoke, VA
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Our family was in town for medical treatment. Restaurant was close by...the food was wonderful. So much flavor. Totally different from typical Mexican restaurants. Staff was so friendly and spent time discussing differences in recipes. Tasted so fresh. Hidden away in a corner, but a jewel. Will be back every trip to Uva. Wish it was closer to my home.

Thank sirjohnwhitcomb
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We enjoyed this Mexican Restaurant - it had great reviews on Trip Advisor so we went to check it out and the reviews were correct!

Thank boggie_7
Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I've been searching long and hard for a good Mexican place. So many are a dime a dozen, making their food out of cans. Gross, greasy and stale. (I'm looking at you Guadalajara and Plaza Azteca). Cold chips, runny salsa, crappy service, dried beans. You name it, I've had it. Seems like if you've been to one Mexican place, you've... More 

Thank Shawn C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2045 Barracks Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1206
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-872-9488

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