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El Chino

2525 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1950
+1 831-476-7175
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good25%
  • Average25%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible0%
1 week ago
“Superb Mexican and basic American breakfasts.”
3 Jan 2018
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
2525 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1950
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Reviewed 1 week ago

El Chino is a very quaint little restaurant with authentic Mexican breakfast food and delicacies. Because the owners are Mexican, and the servers and cooks are also, the dishes are old country warm and wonderful. Nopales and scrambled eggs is an example of a typical...More

Thank gourmet4uh
Reviewed 3 January 2018

I only came here because I thought I had a coupon. It didn't work at the time I went, but thought I would like to try it. The atmosphere was old and dark, the food was average and the service was good. At most, it...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

The restaurant has a nice ambiance and resembles a courtyard atmosphere except for the ceiling. Staff is friendly and courteous and handled the customization we asked for. The food is good but not the best we've had, especially considering we live on the Mexican border....More

Thank dep9130
Reviewed 13 August 2015

El Chino has been around for many years. We have been dining here for over 20 years! By no means is this place fancy or dressy, but it is authentic and good. Parking looks like it could be an issue, but there is a lot...More

Thank DeanaByTheSea
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Since this close to where we live, we give this place another try every years.... And every time we are somewhat disappointed. Service is good, but the food average at best. Decent chips, enchilada suizas, but tamales so-so and no homemade tortillas. Will probably try...More

Thank soifdawg
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We dine here any time we are craving GOOD, authentic Mexican food! My husband loves the menudo on Sundays. Try the huevos rancheros or chorizo con huevos for breakfast. Excellent tacos, enchiladas, burritos, flautas. Full bar with excellent strawberry margaritas that really pack a punch!...More

Thank beachlover135
Reviewed 3 February 2012

Good food and very friendly service. No pressure. Take your time with the chips and salsa while you read the Good Times to plan your weekend. Then, inhale that burrito!

Thank mdemartini
Reviewed 22 December 2011

This is not fancy, but the staff are the nicest people and the food is plain good Mexican. Like their lime and vinegar marinated chicken tacos. Good prices too.

Thank lmilgate
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2525 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065-1950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-7175
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