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El Cuscatleco

Mexican, Latin, Central American, Spanish
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4212 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707-3430
+1 919-401-5245
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Friends recommended this restaurant for a night out. What a great idea! Very reasonable prices, good food, and ample quantities. Prompt service, casual atmosphere. My husband is still raving about the food. We will definitely return. It is only unfortunate we didn't find it sooner. (The margaritas were good and they have a variety of cervezas....)

Thank Oko341
Cicero, Illinois
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

For being a Mexican slash Salvadoran Restaurant, it was more Mexican than Salvi. Tacos were good, the Pupusas were mediocre however the Platanos were amazing. Very sweet and delicious. Oh and the Horchata (rice water) was very different, in a bad way.

Thank Carlos A
Gloucester City, New Jersey
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158 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Let me start by saying I do not usually eat Mexican. But I was in the mood for something different so I gave this place a try. I was not disappointed. The meal started with a big bowl of nachos chips with salsa. I got the Bisso Rancheros (not sure of spelling). I got a nice size steak covered with... More 

1 Thank Blake A
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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570 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Met an out of town friend who had heard of this restaurant known for it authentic food from El Salvador. While I cannot remember the name of the pork and cheese mesa tortilla, it was delicious. Prices were very inexpensive, I will return to this restaurant for another dish and for the great service.

2 Thank QueenBee0301
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Tried a few Salvadorean dishes, hoping for something unique and very tasty but was much like other Mexican places. I had the combinacion guanaca, carne asada with fried egg and beans, it was good. Husband had Camarones Entomatados, a shrimp dish in tomato sauce, also said it was good. Mom had a shrimp, scallop and fish dish that was a... More 

Thank DeniseM_NC
Durham, North Carolina
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

My wife and I eat at what we affectionately refer to as "The Cat" quite often. We've been going there for years now, and although there are many other good Mexican restaurants in the area, I personally like to go this one because in addition to their authentic Mexican selections, they also feature Salvadoran dishes as well. My favorite is... More 

Thank Jim M
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015

Excellent value and quick service. Great pupusas! The rice could have been a little better, but I would go back again!

2 Thank viajera4paz
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2015

This place is amazing. cheaper than if you bought groceries yourself! go there at least once a week. very quick for pick up too. Definitely one of my favorite places in the triangle!

1 Thank dshogi
Wilmington, North Carolina
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347 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Went with a co-worker on a snowy day, glad to find them open for business. Service was very friendly and helpful. We tried a couple of things based on server's recommendation and I also ordered fajitas. The pupusas were fantastic! They are a must order item - I liked the bean & cheese the best. Fajitas I ordered had a... More 

2 Thank GuyfromILMNC
North Carolina
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194 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2014

We took friends here recently and had a variety of dishes, from the plata tipico to burritos to shrimp crema, etc. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food; the potions were generously sized and service was efficient and pleasant. I had been wanting to try El Cuscatleco for months based on the good reviews here and elsewhere. Unfortunately, something in my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4212 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707-3430
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-401-5245

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