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El Caporal

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-2866
+1 509-962-5228
10:00 - 22:00
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Ellensburg, Washington
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice atmosphere. Great food and drink. This restaurant is very accomodating for larger groups/parties. Their coleslaw is hands down the best. Portions are large and you best be prepared to take some leftovers home with you. Great attentive staff and food is quick to arrive.

Thank Tim S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Tonight I got my dinner to go, as always my food was hot lots of meat in my enchiladas, love their salsa I'll go there anytime for Mexican food

Thank Windyred
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293 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Get off the freeway and enjoy the uniqueness of the college town of Ellensburg. The El Caporal is on University Ave. at the main intersection of the street that comes through town from I-90. The restaurant is brightly decorated and service is efficient. The Mexican dishes were very good and very hot. We enjoyed shrimp quesadillas and huevos rancheros. The... More 

Thank JudgeT
Wilmington, North Carolina
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110 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

So, you're on Interstate 90, headed west towards Seattle. You've just driven through the big yawn that is central Washington, and you're about to head into the Cascades....but you're hungry, too hungry to wait for Seattle....what do you do? No problem! You pull off the highway in Ellensburg, and head for El Caporal for some delicious Mexican food! El Caporal... More 

Thank Eatsmeister
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Authentic Mexican Cuisine. The building looks Mexican and the food taste it. The menu included Chili Verde, Chili Colorado, Enchiladas, Tamales, Tacos, all the good Mexican fare. The prices were reasonable and Spanish was a command language around the restaurant. The food was served hot, and the salsa was the same. The room was crowded, but service was quick and... More 

Thank ElmerPa
Seattle, Washington
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453 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

They have great quick service and for a great price. great for the entire family.good for budget travelers who want something more then the drive thru.

Thank 71travelgirl
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Being that we live in the same town as the restaurant we know that this is the best place for Mexican in town! My husband always gets the macho burrito (and it is definitely macho..huge!) and I love the chimichangas!! The prices are pretty on par for eating out now a days. I say give it a try...I bet you'll... More 

Thank Lorie A
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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127 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

This resto is much like the other Mexican restos you will find- good hearty portions, the combo plates are like what you expect. The chips are better than what most places give you. The service was adequately attentive to us. The ambiance is fine, great location. If you want some good Mexican, come here.

Thank Shawbones
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

The place is a awesome, near CWU, and it can handle groups, ate here plenty of times, and always it is good, my fav mexican dine in Ellensburg.

Thank WheresWendy
Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

I'm not sure why this rating is not higher. We are new to the area and have eaten at several other Mexican restaurants in town before this one and this is by far the best. Best salsa best chips best atmosphere best food.

Thank MrsC777

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-2866
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Ellensburg
  • Phone Number: +1 509-962-5228

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