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El Cafecito

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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820 E Santa Fe Avenue, Grants, NM 87020
+1 505-285-6229
07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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El Dorado Springs, Missouri
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We asked for a good restaurant when checked into our motel and she recommended El Cafecito. It was advertised as "authentic New Mexican food" and it was. I had the chile rellano special and my husband had the tamale special. We split them up and I took one of his and gave him one of mine. The meals also included... More 

1 Thank Lynda B
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123 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We dined here when passing through Grants and I can only say I enjoyed the experience and the for greatly. The food was lovely and and the service good. I decided to order the mixed platter to experience as much as possible of New Mexican cuisine. Everything that arrived was delicious and the dessert with honey dip was a pleasant... More 

1 Thank mjfoodlover
Glendale, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Food and service was good, until I found a hair in it. And then kinda got grossed out when I watched the waitress clearing tables set the table next to us. She dropped the napkins (paper) on a not so clean floor, pick them up and set the table with them - yuk - someone is going to wipe their... More 

Thank Vivian T
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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180 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Diner like atmosphere with a clean southwestern flair. We were seated quickly, ordered our meal, and were served quickly! The food was hot and tasty, the bread was warm and fresh.

1 Thank 24QueenBee
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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
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92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 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
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167 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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

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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, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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 Avenue, Grants, NM 87020
  • 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.

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