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Mexican, Southwestern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 14 April 2024 via mobile

Great Mexican food with a fascinating decor. Manuel and his staff have worked hard to ensure you have a great experience in both taste and sight. The restaurant is only minutes away from the Ark Encounter and it’s where we go locally when we want...to sit down dinner.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024 via mobile

Best authentic Mexican Food! Visiting the Ark Encounter and saw this restaurant. Don't let the outside fool you. It's delicious and excellent service!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 21 March 2024 via mobile

We came here after visiting The Ark and we were very pleased. The atmosphere was fun, colorful, and Mexican. The food was fresh and delicious. The staff were great and friendly.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

food was OK and portions were HUGE. Drinks were as expected for margaritas. Service was good. The problem with this place is the interior...it is in a word...overpowering! The interior is like some one took the interior of 5 Mexican restaurants and crammed it all...into one restaurant. Every inch of every wall is covered with busy low grade Mexican carved murals. The chairs, the tables, the walls the hanging fixtures are all...mexican fresco something. I'm not claustrophobic by nature and even have done some cave diving But sitting in this restaurant makes one fill confined and uncomfortable at best. Compounded with the fact that there is very, very small space it is a shock to the senses. Food is good, drinks are what you expect but HOLY COW you could open 5 more restaurants and not have to buy a thing. Its like sitting in a storage locker.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

I disagree with all the negative reviews. I am Mexican, and while their food is catered towards the American palette (let's face it, most Americans either don't know or don't like authentic Mexican cuisine), it still has that traditional Mexican nuance. The service is exceptional,...the price reasonable, and the portions... well, traditional Mexican (if you leave hungry it's your own fault). Also, if you want a dish prepared a certain way (more or less traditional) you need only ask. My grandma would be proud of their Chunky Guac. Dip. My wife and I ate there 3 times in 2 days.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

No chicken in fajitas for 2 order, a bird would have left hungry. All our entrees were way below average. No bang for bucks.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

So Good!! Great service! Kids meals were eaten up quickly! Amazing chimichanga. Husbands steak was tasty. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

The server and waitresses and owner are all very nice people .when me and my best friend walked in with his big service dog mufasa, and they all greeted up like normal, and they were funny and nice and hard working

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

Restaurant food and staff are amazing and this restaurant is one of the best decorated Mexican restaurant I have experienced. The menu is amazing and they have items for people who want burgers or even pizza I will definitely choose this restaurant when I'm in...the areaMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023 via mobile

This was the best Mexican food I have ever had! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are visiting the Arc Encounter or near Lexington or Cincinnati.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

We got our food to go and while they were somewhat overwhelmed (but what restaurant wouldn’t be on the Saturday evening of holiday weekend and they were slammed), the food was amazing. The portions were huge, and the creamy white sauce that comes with chips...and salsa is an unexpected treatMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023

Excellent food. Will definitely return when we are back in the area. Service was good and fast. The chips and salsa were very good.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 August 2023

This Mexican restaurant was recommended by an acquaintance who had been to The Ark Experience before us. Our party of nine was seated quickly and our orders taken shortly after. The meals were ample sized with most everyone taking a box of leftovers home with...them. The foods was very good, served on hot plates. The bill was $144 before tip which was very reasonable for the amount of food we received. The restaurant filled up during the dinner hour and people were waiting outside for a table. Put this stop on your list if you are in the area at dinner time.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 July 2023 via mobile

This is probably the best Mexican I’ve ever had. I’m burned out on Mexican normally because the wife loves it so much, but I could eat here a couple times a week. The El Torito Steak was a thin ribeye covered in chorizo and cheese....It was amazing - odd combo but great nonetheless. The charro beans were awesome too. I’ve had them elsewhere and weren’t even close The burrito grande is…. Well grande. It was massive and ridiculously good. My kids also said the hot dog bun and fries together were super reals good! I’ve seen bad reviews here and was skeptical but glad we went!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023

I ordered the Fajita Salad, with beef but was brought a taco salad with ground meat. We ordered top shelf margaritas, they were weak, my husband and I had to order a shot of tequila, which didn't make it much better. My husband liked his...Chori Pollo.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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EL JALISCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, Williamstown - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant offers takeaway services.

El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4