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El Rey Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Bar, Pub
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294 E Main St, Ste C, Ventura, CA 93001-5674
+1 805-653-1111
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Clemmons, North Carolina
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

On a recent business trip to this area of California I stopped in to El Rey Cantina for an early dinner. I was impressed by the friendliness of everyone who worked at El Rey and the quality of the food. No one tried to "up sell" me on food that I could not eat or want but made great recommendations... More 

Thank Vance T
Ventura, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

El Rey is a great place to stop for a quick bite and drink. It is a Mexican cantina but it exudes Ventura local-ism. It is small and hard to get a seat when it is busy. If it is slow, it is a wonderful place to go and relax.

Thank Jason S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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127 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

If your into the downtown, local bar scene then this is the place for you. Standing room only on the weekends and a decent crowd during the week. Youngish, energetic crowd and plenty of action. If a quiet dinner is what you have in mind then come on a weekday night or sit outside on the weekends because this place... More 

Thank tom_treddles
Detroit, Michigan
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52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

I was in here the 2nd day they were open. very annoyed with the crowd it drew. Also they put a bunch of bras on the fan inside, kinda stupid, a little degrading to women. A friend dragged me in the recently and the only thing that changed was there was dust on the bras. This place sucks.

Thank Justin V
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

welcoming bartender believe name was rob? nice bar many choices of tequilas great ceiling chandeliers fish tacos grilled

Thank jrjr67
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

I had been shopping downtown for a few hours and my arms were tired from carrying heavy bags so I stopped in to get a drink. The staff was all really friendly I ended up ordering food which was delicious. And the place was clean including the restrooms.

Thank Dana L
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143 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Just average Mexican food...the guacamole was bland but the salsa was seasoned pretty well. We both had chicken and cheese enchiladas and thought that they were just OK. My friend loved the margaritas and I had an ample sized vodka.

Thank SeekPeace
Ventura, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

This place feels like it is right out of a Tarentino movie ... such atmosphere. Stick with the amazing tacos and margaritas and you can't go wrong. A great place to hang out in the middle of the day and hide from the world ;-)

Thank pwfletcher
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2015

Busiest place on the block and for good reason. Great happy hour with $1 tacos and half price on select beer and wine. Food was awesome, staff was extremely attentive and friendly, and the price was a superb value. Definitely recommend this place to anyone passing through Ventura!

Thank Dan B
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261 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

Great little bar with good margaritas and tacos. Nothing fancy and hit or miss service yet food is generally good and tasty. Drink and chips are perfect here.

Thank Travelchicks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 294 E Main St, Ste C, Ventura, CA 93001-5674
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: +1 805-653-1111

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