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El Leon, Christiansted, VI

El Leon

4.2
4.2
26 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

El Leon. Contemporary Mexican restaurant located on the boardwalk at the King Christian Hotel. Walk ins always welcome or to skip the line book now! Chef Liliana Ojeda.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (340) 773-6330 ext. 2

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Liliana Ojeda

  • Neighbourhood

    Christiansted

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place downtown Christiansted. Drink and food menu are great with options. Great service and the interior styling details is spot on! Add this to the list. It will become a favorite!
  2. MV

    MomVi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, our server, Daniela, was wonderful. She shared the history for the restaurant. food, and the mezcal. She answered all of our questions. The margaritas were delightful and the food was great! I ordered the chile rellenos. Loved that it didn't have a thick, egg based breading. It was a little heavy on the cheese however, but not a deal breaker. My daughter ordered the ribeye and my husband ordered the fish with salsa verde. They both loved their meals! Homemade chips and corn tortillas pushed them to the 5 stars!!! We will definitely return.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food is ok, but there is not a wide variety. If you are a seafood fanatic, this is not the place for you. Only 2 shrimp dishes. The decor and birthday wishes are awesome!
  4. PA

    PATTIC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    For a newly opened restaurant they did an excellent job staff was super attentive!
  5. CM

    ColeenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed the food, and the server was awesome.
  6. CC

    CindyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was my second time to El Leon and won't be my last. The prickly pear margarita is delicious. This time I had the Asada tacos and they were delicious. The hot sauce they were served with was particularly yummy. The service was excellent and you just can't beat the ambiance that includes views of the harbor.
  7. s

    stcroixscuba

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating in this new restaurant and both times have been fabulous
  8. SP

    SueP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    El Leon is certainly beautiful. The ambiance was refreshing and we enjoyed that part of it. I think they are ironing out the kinks so I want to cut them some slack so I’ll try not to be too harsh. The drinks were very good but the food was lacking in taste and options. I’m thinking that they will expand on the menu once they get a feel of what people are looking for in this type of restaurant. My only other complaint was the length of time it took to be served our meal. It was around 45 minutes and for burritos, that seemed quite long. The temperature of the food was warm at best so that was disappointing. The servers and manager were so attentive and really wanted to know how our experience was. We were honest with them and they seemed to take it to heart. Overall, I would return but I will let some time go by. I really want to see them be successful. The boardwalk in Christiansted really needs a restaurant like this and the potential is there.
  9. SB

    SandyB

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Food took too long to get. Waitress was very nice but still the time it took to get food was not good
  10. JS

    JSKL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The overall experience was great. Ceviche was amazing, the burrito was also good as were the fajitas. The queso fundito was ok but I think we were looking for more of a liquidy consistency rather than the stretchy cheese consistency it was. It was good, but wasn't what we were in the mood for. The Mahi tacos were the dim point in the meal. The Mahi was overcooked and dry, we believe it was previously frozen and unknown if it was locally caught, and for Mahi it was super fishy tasting. The sides that came with it and its presentation were both awesome. Robert was an extremely attentive server and was great all night! All of the drinks were tasty and stayed cold. I will definitely go back, its such a beautiful space. So, overall, very good experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Service and drinks were amazing! Food good. Had ribeye with mole . Not impressed with quality of meat chewy and fatty. Tortillas are not homemade. My husband had fajitas bland and overcooked.
  12. WK

    WilliamK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The decor and location are outstanding The noise very uncomfortable The service chaotic, and disorganized, but everyone working there is super nice. The food mediocre, we ordered scallops and were not able to eat any of it because it was so fishy and not right tasting The cevice was good, They stuffed us with so many chips, every dish comes with chips!!! We wont go back …
  13. P

    Pattig12

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fun evening for a birthday celebration. Margaritas were big, food portions were on the smaller side, but everything was delicious. The service was excellent and the decor was new and lovely. Good location at the end of the boardwalk.
  14. YA

    YoleeAP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance and staff. Beautiful decor. We sampled several appetizers and main courses and were pleased with the presentation and overall taste of the dishes. It's not your typical Tex-Mex cuisine which is refreshing.
  15. YY

    YusufY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great the waitress and manager was excellent. The place is beautifully set up I like it very much. The food and price I wasn't too happy with. Not much food offered for the money not many options for a beautiful place. Bought soft drinks and was charged for every glass filled no free fills like all other restaurants. The ribeye was great but requested to be cocked medium well but got it medium. They took long to get our food but in the end they made it up by not charging us for our deserts. That was very thoughtful of them.
  16. JW

    JimmyW

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good…………..
  17. HV

    HappyVirginIslander

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The owners are to be applauded for salvaging this dump and turning it into something beautiful. The restoration is spectacular. It is a great gift to the people of St Croix. Thank you. Also wonderful was the service. Our waitress was a close friend and she was terrific. Unfortunately, the food was horrible. We ordered 2 margaritas, 3 appetizers, and 2 entrees, and they were all beyond disappointing. I would recommend catering the food until they can find a suitable chef. If they had chips and salsa, or even edible chips with the guacamole, I'd recommend the bar until they get the menu sorted out, but alas there is no salsa in this Mexican restaurant and chips would make good roof tiles. Wanted it to be great, with the food being the equal of the restoration and décor, but it was not to be. And this is beyond growing pains - they need a new menu, new recipes, and a new chef. Please. We want you to be successful. So if the ownership can address the menu, we'd love to give El Leon another chance. And that is the reason I've shared this review rather than just walking away and never returning. These are special owners, and they are capable of greatness. Ama is proof.
  18. TB

    TerreB

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Portions extremely small. I ordered camarones and got beef. The chips were so hard to chew I thought I would break a tooth. Rice is dry. Beef fajitas needed to be better seadoned. Over priced for the quality and portion size.
  19. JH

    JudyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere with great food. It might be a little pricey for Mexican food, but it really was delicious.
  20. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The ambiance was nice, however, the food was not good. The Mexican flavor was missing. Chips were extremely hard, and tasted stale. Manager got another set which was better. My tamarind margarita was tasteless. Server was great. Mexican flavor profile needs improvement.
  21. s

    stcroixscuba

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and really good service at this new St Croix restaurant.
  22. KN

    KNS1

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and beautiful!
  23. N

    Nightout

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Chicken fajitas were a disappointment. Food was not hot and missing flavor. Fish tacos were good. Did not like chips-too hard. Sitting by bar -noise level too loud. Ambiance is great. Service was great. Hoping things will get better regarding food. Knowing they just opened, willing to give them another opportunity.
  24. GW

    GaryW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were only OK Portions were quite small Food was very good Most all Mexican restaurants provide chips and salsa free when seated
  25. G

    Gary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    We came here on our wedding night excited to try a new restaurant with our closest friends. The ambiance and vibes were great and the server was friendly. The problem was the food. Extremely underwhelming and disappointing. Some dishes were overly salty or bland, etc. We also ordered appetizers and were told once our entrees came out that they were out of those and apologized. They also ran out of rice and beans……the sides served with a majority of their entrees. Will give this place another chance much later down the road.
  26. RG

    RobertG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The margarita was great as well as the beer selection. The queso was very good. We also had two different burritos and the fajitas, we shared everything and we enjoyed it all. I wish they had salsa though.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Leon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (340) 773-6330 ext. 2.

El Leon is rated 4.2 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for El Leon

1102 King's Wharf, Christiansted, VI 00820

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Christiansted

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Liliana Ojeda

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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