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El Caporal

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-2866
+1 509-962-5228
10:00 - 22:00
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Ellensburg, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best mexican cuisine in town. Friendly family oriented restaurant where they remember who you are. great place for birthday dinners.

Thank nrsmarcey
Ellensburg, Washington
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Very nice atmosphere. Great food and drink. This restaurant is very accomodating for larger groups/parties. Their coleslaw is hands down the best. Portions are large and you best be prepared to take some leftovers home with you. Great attentive staff and food is quick to arrive.

Thank Tim S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Tonight I got my dinner to go, as always my food was hot lots of meat in my enchiladas, love their salsa I'll go there anytime for Mexican food

Thank Windyred
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321 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Get off the freeway and enjoy the uniqueness of the college town of Ellensburg. The El Caporal is on University Ave. at the main intersection of the street that comes through town from I-90. The restaurant is brightly decorated and service is efficient. The Mexican dishes were very good and very hot. We enjoyed shrimp quesadillas and huevos rancheros. The... More 

Thank JudgeT
Wilmington, North Carolina
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119 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

So, you're on Interstate 90, headed west towards Seattle. You've just driven through the big yawn that is central Washington, and you're about to head into the Cascades....but you're hungry, too hungry to wait for Seattle....what do you do? No problem! You pull off the highway in Ellensburg, and head for El Caporal for some delicious Mexican food! El Caporal... More 

Thank Eatsmeister
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Authentic Mexican Cuisine. The building looks Mexican and the food taste it. The menu included Chili Verde, Chili Colorado, Enchiladas, Tamales, Tacos, all the good Mexican fare. The prices were reasonable and Spanish was a command language around the restaurant. The food was served hot, and the salsa was the same. The room was crowded, but service was quick and... More 

Thank ElmerPa
Seattle, Washington
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468 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

They have great quick service and for a great price. great for the entire family.good for budget travelers who want something more then the drive thru.

Thank globetrottergrub
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Being that we live in the same town as the restaurant we know that this is the best place for Mexican in town! My husband always gets the macho burrito (and it is definitely macho..huge!) and I love the chimichangas!! The prices are pretty on par for eating out now a days. I say give it a try...I bet you'll... More 

Thank Lorie A
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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126 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

This resto is much like the other Mexican restos you will find- good hearty portions, the combo plates are like what you expect. The chips are better than what most places give you. The service was adequately attentive to us. The ambiance is fine, great location. If you want some good Mexican, come here.

Thank Shawbones
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

The place is a awesome, near CWU, and it can handle groups, ate here plenty of times, and always it is good, my fav mexican dine in Ellensburg.

Thank WheresWendy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-2866
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Ellensburg
  • Phone Number: +1 509-962-5228

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?