El Camino Mexican Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Bright, engaging So. Cal. chill gives way to PDG’s spin on imaginative Mexican fare. Inviting aesthetic peppered with pops of color and a contemporary comfort. Fresh and fun cocktail offerings are anchored by a selection of over 100 tequilas and mescals, while a refreshingly eager and excited service team round out our newest North Wilmington offering.

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Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent food at every visit. Attentive service. Managers have visited our table at every visit to ask about our visit and if we were satisfied.

SW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice atmosphere, very good service and outstanding food and drinks!

CS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Great food. Much improved over last time there. However was not crazy about our seating next to kitchen even though I had a reservation. Quieter table available when I arrived yet not offered to me, so ambience rating was low. Was not asked if I wanted to wait for another table. Would have gladly had a drink or two at bar until a better table location opened up. Next time I will ask if not offered.

ML
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have always had a good time and a good meal every time we have eaten at El Camino. They keep tweaking the menu to improve it; even on items already on the menu. BTW, their Jalapeno-Cucumber Marguerita is not really spicy but is definitely delicious!

PD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great I had the salmon and it may have been the best I ever had. The service was great, we'll be going back!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish! I had the Carne Asada and it was very flavorful. My daughter had Chimichanga and it was delicious and flavorful too! The warm chips and salsa paired with a nice margarita is a great way to start the weekend.

JM
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

It was ok nothing special. Waiter was ok not much of a personality or humor. Our guests liked it ... just liked it. My fajitas were a huge disappointment. Did not come out hot or sizzling just average. It seemed like the meat and vegetables were made in advanced and placed on an iron skillet. Bonus was the guacamole it was chunky and flavorful. However I wished they would have prepared it table side. Would prefer the local authentic restaurants over El Camino.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food every time.

BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

Food was not hot. Took a long time to get our food.

JS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table was ready for us as soon as we walked in the door. The Tequila menu was extensive (I think they said over 100 brands). Had Mexican Meatballs for appetizer...it was awesome! The wife ordered Chili Relleno and I had the Chimichanga. Large portions and excellent food.

JB
Philadelphia
553 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well we did it. We finally ordered the Nachos. Wow are we stupid. Five (5) previous visits and we never got them because we wanted to explore the menu (which we were never disappointed with and added to our conundrum) - we just kept thinking - "they're just nachos." Uh, no. They're AWESOME. They come two (2) different sizes, baked into a tray of oozy gooey goodness with lots of toppings - no skimping here. We picked the CHORIZO sausage version and wow - just wow. Yes, we ate like Vikings and ordered tacos and margaritas too - but still, why did we wait so long to try the nachos? SOOOOO good! Can't wait for our next visit.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome!! We always enjoy El Camino, service was great and updated menu was perfect. Margaritas are outstanding!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Not authentic Mexican. We started with Chili con queso. (Cheese dip with meat). There was so much meat in it that we missed the cheese. Tasted good just wanted more of a cheese taste. I ordered the Chimichanga which did not have a pepper next to the item on the menu but it was filled with Jalapeños. It was too spicy for me so I traded with my husband who got the enchiladas with cheese sauce and they were probably the best thing we got!
Tacos were also good. Another person in Our party got the Chili Rellenos (usually filled with cheese at most Mexican restaurants) these were filled with beans and rice, they were very dry. The rice that comes with the entrees is really dry also so it’s better to upgrade to the cheesy rice but it takes the place of your rice and beans. 😔
Love the decor and vibe. Really want to like this place. Will give it another try!
I think our servers name was Kylie. She was the best server we’ve had in a long time at any establishment!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We arrived to a packed house but were seated within about 10 minutes even before our friends arrived which was nice. Service was good, food was tasty, drinks were unique but expensive.

PC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Love their nachos!!! Great deals for Happy Hour
Our Server, Gina was terrific.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went with my Mom and Aunt for lunch on Tuesday. It was my first time back since the menu changed awhile ago. Platinum Dining Groups restaurants should be anyone’s choice when they’re looking for great quality ingredients prepped and plated by chefs who care and hosts, servers and managers who provide undoubtably the best hospitality from the moment you walk through the front door until you leave the parking lot. Well even after that, because you’re going to think about the next time you can dine with them when your stomach tells you.

o
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Been to El Camino seven times and enjoyed it each time. Visit eight was a disappointment and will be my last visit. The service was poor, drinks spilled as they were being served and being passed down the table. My husband ordered an up margarita with salt and it was served on the rocks. Our server seemed unaware that not all drinks are served with ice, his next drink was smaller and without salt. The guacamole lacked flavor. Perhaps it was an off night but what a let down. The food and service is usually very good.

C
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The restaurant itself was modern and and had a great ambiance. The service was good and the managers were very attentive. The food however was nothing special. It was the same as most casual Mexican restaurants but maybe a bit over priced. I do not think I will return.

LE
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I ordered the al pastor tacos and was really disappointed because the meat was not shredded. Also wish you could mix and match tacos. Otherwise it was good.

CJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience and delicious drinks, apps and entrees. Loved the variety of tequilas!

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good. Service was very good! Spicy and tasty.

j
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was great. Very fresh and nice presentation. Warm chips that are very crisp and flavorful.

LS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cozy atmosphere

a
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I had heard so-so remarks about the food so I was hesitant to go. My 20 something kids loved the atmosphere and so did my husband and myself. I loved the fajitas and the kids were wowed by their food and the tequila list! My husband was not impressed with the enchiladas and I have to agree. The traditional guacamole was good but bland. Will possibly give them another chance when I'm out with a friend - but not rushing back any time soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

This was the second time we have been to El Camino. The first time we didn’t care for it too much but then we heard that the management changed chefs due to negative reviews. Our experience the second time was worse than the first. My husband ordered three tacos: one fish, one pork, and one beef. The fish in the fish taco was raw and the sauce in the pork taco tasted like regular tomato sauce. Our server brought another fish taco which was cooked. The beans that came with my enchiladas were ice cold. The sauce on my enchiladas also tasted like regular tomato sauce which my husband experienced the first time we went there. We were very disappointed and it really doesn’t seem like there have been many changes. Our server offered to give my husband a free dessert but we very rarely get dessert when we eat out. The service was very good as it always is at all the Platinum Dining restaurants but the food is still not what we expected. It would have been nice if they offered to give us something off the price of the tacos but they didn’t. We tipped our server a 20% tip in spite of the food problems because he was very responsive. Unfortunately we won’t be going back to El Camino.

OT
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!!!! Everything was so good and our service was outstanding! Great place to go for an adult night with friends, I had my infant in tow tho and they were very accommodating and friendly with her as well. Definitely will be returning.

LD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at El Camino and certainly won’t be my last! From the time we walked in it was a 5 Star experience! The hostess took us right to our table which was immediately ready. Our server Jean was very attentive but yet not overly so And was also able to suggest items that she liked on the menu. We had the bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers which were awesome and the homemade salsa with the nacho chips is clearly something that I would love to eat again. But our entrées came they were hearty portions the food was hot the plates looked appetizing. It was New Year’s Eve and we also received New Year’s Eve party hats and a party horn which was a nice touch to the entire evening! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves Mexican food I clearly will be going back!!

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for dinner NYE, and the food was great, drinks were wonderful, the Mexican sundae for dessert was awesome. Our only complaint is that maybe we were checked in on too many times ( probably 6-7). I had a filet mignon dish that was excellent, maybe a little bit fatty, and my husband had the 16 spice chicken, which he enjoyed. My margarita was yummy.

MQ
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Upscale Mexican for sure. Service was good. Where are you nice experience.

LR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised with this experience tonight- we had meals before that disappointed and was looking forward to trying their new menu.
They listened and made very positive adjustments- will definitely go back. Thanks

MT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Solid modern Mexican. Excellent cornbread.

MP
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fabulous taco salad!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seated right away. Great waiter. Great food.

TO
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the corn bread! Food was very good, service was very good, all in all, we love this place, and always look forward to dining there!

n
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Chips were too salty. Jalapeño and mango guacamole was bland. 2 out of 3 entrees were acceptable, but overpriced. One entree was not edible because it was too hot with spices. I expect better quality and consistency from an upscale restaurant.

CW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was very friendly and professional and the food was delicious

JH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible meal & service !

MA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVED the meatballs. They are like an abuela and a nona got together in a kitchen and made dreams come true.

F
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service from Tyler! Loved our food. Very tasty! Will be back

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

They never gave me my open table points...