El Taco is a quick serve Vancouver Mexican spot. Healthy, no-fry mexican food. Serving large portions at a reasonable price. One pound burritos, authentic tacos, huge salads and unbelievable soups. Licensed with patio. Call ahead for take-out or just to have your order ready when you get there.
I've been craving some good authentic Mexican lately and remembered El Taco. I've tried to eat there once before when I craved tamales. Unfortunately, I was pressed for time and they've run out that evening. When I asked if they had any this past weekend, I was delighted to hear, "Yes!".
I ordered a regular tamale (no meat) and a fish taco, sat down and grabbed a copy of the Georgia Straight while I waited. Coincidentally, the Georgia Straight had a special Best of Vancouver section and under best authentic Mexican, named El Taco and Casablanca. My food arrived about 5-10 later and I quickly dove into the tamale. So yummy!!! And the fish taco tasted so good also!! These two were especially good teamed up with the home-made salsa at their salsa bar. Five different types to choose from and they're available for purchase too!
The food was a good deal at $10 including tax and tip. The service was nice and friendly.
I will definitely be back to sample their nachos and well-known one-pounder burritos!!
Pros: Nice portions with delicious taste, the soup and nachos are my favourit because they are usually just full of flavour and toppings, there salsa bar is great so is their delicious juice.
Cons: I dont like eating inside that much its kinda tacky and small and they use to have sketchy staff im happy to say not anymore
I've spent a lot of time in Mexico and this place has the real feel and the real flavour.
It's not a deluxe sit down place it's more like what you'll find dozens of in most Mexican cities and towns-a few tables and lots of people coming and going buying tasty food served right.
As mentioned the Salsa Bar has the authentic flavours needed to highlight the food.
Unbeknownst to many Canadians most Mexican food isn't all that spicy if you want to 'spice it up' you add Salsa-which is made fresh every morning.
I like the Tacos con Queso y Frijoles with a Negra Modelo for a perfect quick dinner.
If you're not sure what you'd like ask one of the lovely Mexican women working there they're always Happy to help very friendly approachable people.
This place has massive burritos so come hungry- and bring a large napkin. The food is tastes good and is more Mexican than most places in Canada...unlike the steamed, papery tasting burritos you find elsewhere in the city, these actually have spice and flavour. Try the salsa bar, its almost as good as you find in California.
It was Cinco de Mayo and naturally craving Mexican food. To our horror, the two restaurants closest to home were closed. And so we went off in search of the Mexican place we could vaguely remember seeing in passing. We jumped with glee as we rounded the corner and saw that, not only was it where we thought it was, it was open! My friend had the special - beer and a burrito for $10, and I had the vegetarian tamales with salad. The tortias are home made and everything was quite delicious. The food was quick and the service was great.
The star ratings may not seem high, but they don't tell the whole story.
This place is certainly solid, and always fast. Fine dining this ain't, but decent affordable grub it is where so many other restaurants fail.
It's my favorite place nearby to my house when I want a quick meal for a reasonable price. I've never been to Mexico, but it seems these guys do a good job of the mexican cuisine, and they even make their own delicious salsa.
The servers are also always very nice too.
Check it out.
The food is fast, fresh and delicious. I love this place!!!! My daughter and I go here all the time, the Nelson location has toys for her to play with and really great margaritas to go along with the amazing food. True Mexican taco stand feel. The fresh hot sauces are not to be missed....I wish I could buy them buy the bottle!!
Just tried out this place for the first time and it was very good. The food was different. The nachos were not very cheesy but instead loaded with sour cream,beans and guacamole. The enchiladas were served in a very watery sauce but it was actually very flavourful. The salsas at the salsa bar were excellent and the beef was some of the best taco beef I have had.
Went there with a fried for a quick bite before going to the Orpheum. The place was smaller than what I first thought. It was empty, which is usually not a good indication but, the manager/owner already noticed us and we didn't want to back out. Anyway, we decided to place our order and hope for the best...
I ordered the tamale platter and my friend ordered the burrito. Our dishes came out not long after and we digged into it, but not before taking some salsa (as in sauce, not the "dip"). The tamale was not what I was expecting, specially considering a (Latin American) friend once served me their version and it had more spice in it. Now, don't get me wrong, it was good, just unexpected. The corn masa wasn't too seasoned, however, the beans and other toppins along with the salsa made up for it. Too busy eating my dish and didn't have a chance to snip a bit of my companion's dish. However, it seems he was quite satisfied with his dish.
Service was bare minimum. They ask for your name after you place your order so that they can call you when it is ready. You pick up your own fork/knife/spoon on your way to pick up the salsa. As described by another reviewer, the place feels more like a cafeteria than a sit-down restaurant.
Overall, I would come back for take-out, not necessarily eat-in. And there will be a next time since food was good.
I am always looking for good Mexican food, which has been surprisingly challenging in Vancouver (whereas Seattle is abound with great Mexican places). I always walk by this place and have now stopped in a few times. Both times I enjoyed my meal (quesadillas were the last thing I ordered) and last time I was there just for a beer but the manager(owner?) lady was there and she was so nice and cheerful that she cheered up my rainy, dreary day. I really like that they have a salsa bar, and that everyone who works there is actually Mexican, and the food is authentic and seems made with care. The ambiance is not much better than a cafeteria, and there's not much space (so don't have your b-day party here) but for a "stop in and have a bite" place I really like it!
I haven't had Mexican food this good since I lived in Texas. I could even go as far as to say that it's even better than what I used to eat in Texas. The food here is a gastronomical delight, it's as simple as that.
The service is very good, too. I'm a very picky eater, it's true, and they were really great to accommodate my inane finickiness. They make the food to order, however you want it.
This inexpensive restaurant truly shames all the other Mexican restaurants in Vancouver. I've eaten at other Mexican restaurants in Vancouver, which were more posh and expensive, but the food was not nearly as good as what you'll get here.
Whether you decide to eat in or you take it to go, you won't be disappointed.
First off, when my friend payed, the cashier didn't give him his change but threw it in the tip jar. It was like 60 cents but still very rude. Also, it was my birthday and I didn't get a free drink, but I did get a happy birthday. The food is okay but the portions are not that big. Mexican food, as I know it, is huge portions because it's so cheap to make. Bright lights, loud music, and hot inside. The only good thing is the patio. Overall bad experience. There are 2 Red Burritos downtown now on Davie and another on Robson and Seymor. Huge burritos that are double the size and the same price.