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El Cartel

$$ - $$$Mexican, Latin,
64 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 226 7171
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (139 reviews)
“guacamole” (71 reviews)
“ox tongue” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
64 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Was in Edinburgh for the day to meet a friend who was visiting from Wales, and as we need to get a bus from Hanover street to visit another part of the city in the afternoon, I suggested to meet in El Cartel for some...More

Thank wanderer_scotland
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Based on the reviews of several friends I have been wanting to visit for ages and finally had the chance. However the visit was a bit of a non event. Staff were all very friendly however our drinks order was clearly forgotten about and only...More

1  Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited here for the first time this week after hearing great things and we were not disappointed! Tacos were amazing as were the yummy frozen margharitas. Could have spent all day there chatting and ordering bits but it’s a busy place so had to move...More

Thank M W
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was such a relief going to a place and knowing that just about everything on the menu is GF - and clearly marked! It was delicious and fresh food, great portion sizes. Would definitely come back here!

Thank Amanda J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Limited selection of street tacos, loaded with good heat level. Good starters for sharing. Kids were disappointed the slushy machines were for adults only, but I loved the instant margaritas. Tiny location, away from the busy shopping district.

Thank 425_TravelMom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The various taco combos and especially the street corn here are awesome. For such a small venue it’s full of creative flavours and an impressive range of tequila. The staff are fantastic and very welcoming too. Will be back soon

Thank Mikes1181
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled across this place whilst strolling about and popped in for a late light lunch. We selected the ribs, cod tacos and the Jalepeno and cream cheese bites with a margarita each and tap water. Each mouthful was a taste explosion and we really...More

Thank TH06MAY
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can’t reserve a table and on my second attempt I got one (they operate a wait list system). The food is delicious, especially the guacamole, duck tacos and the ribs. It’s byob from the place across the street and the margaritas are good. The...More

Thank V1C020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there for my nieces hen doo - absolutely amazing!! Laura you are a legend. Fabulous for food, drinks and wonderful dancing. Would recommend to anyone.

Thank Allyson R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It had been almost a year moving to Edinburgh and we had just about given up on ever tasting authentic Mexican food again. Then we found El Cartel. Hands down this took us right back to Mexico . We ordered every dish on the menu...More

Thank crabandgoat
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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17 May 2017|
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Response from hickmagp | Reviewed this property |
The small margaritas cost is around £7.50 which is quite a lot but worth the money
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 64 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 7171
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