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El Puerto Mexican Restaurant

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2045 Barracks Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903-1206
+1 434-872-9488
11:00 - 22:00
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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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 A TripAdvisor Member
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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71 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Charlottesville, VA
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Good food fast and prompt service. Good sized menu. Quite a few Americanized dishes but there is some authenticity to be found.

Thank cvillelawyer
Charlottesville, Virginia
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Went here on recommendation of a friend. Pleasantly surprised! Very good food, excellent service. We now visit here monthly.

Thank Cindy C
Stanardsville, Virginia, United States
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We have eaten here many times never been disappointed. Service is quick and friendly, food tasty and fresh. Don't miss it. Great pollo poplanos.

Thank Mike C

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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
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?