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“Great food, fantastic management” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Monte Grill & Lounge - CLOSED

El Monte Grill & Lounge
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 18
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: College and Prospect
Transit: Future development will have the Mason Street corridor at our back door. RTD bus stop with-in 3 blocks.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great food, fantastic management”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I love this place and now so does my husband. Okay, so I have always liked this place since it opened, however my husband was not big on it due to his first and only experience when they very first opened. His chile relleno was under-cooked and tough but do read on... I had been there with some girlsfriends several times and always enjoyed it, especially happy hour yummies and their fresh made guacamole. Well we went there for our anniversary/valentines so he could give it another try and to listen to the music they had. We got stuck in the back and couldn't hear the music so once again a bit disappointed but the food was awesome! After mentioning to the management our disappointment, they more than made it right. We did not complain, but merely mentioned it and the response we got made it very clear that they were very tuned in to their customers and concerned how to accomodate everyone. They have won over a life-long customer and my husband and he will go back again and again. If you go, don't miss out on their appetizer selections, the ribeye & relleno, street tacos especially the mahi mahi fish tacos, fresh made guacomole and definitley try the drink/martini the Esteban!!! it is delicious! even if you are not normally a fan of gin, give it a try! Thank you el Monte for your customer service. We own a business ourselves and would be happy to have our employees treat our customers with equal service and consideration.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank coloradosunshine
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ElMonteGrill, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, 25 February 2012
Thank you for the comments! We take customer service very seriously, and our customers are always our number one priority. Congratulations on your anniversary, and we'll see you soon!
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“date night restruant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

So the exoitic guac may seem like it is to out there but it is my favorite thing on the menu. It's also a good starting point for girls night out

Visited February 2012
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Thank Jessicannon
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ElMonteGrill, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Our exotic guac is hard to beat! Avocado, strawberries, mango, goat cheese, and a dash of our homemade habenero salsa make for a guacamole that is a local favorite. If you have never been in for Ladies Night on the first Thursday of every month, you need to check it out! We offer free manicures and chair massages, plus half-priced drinks for ladies from 7:00 to close. It is a great gathering place for a girls' night out. Thanks so much for visiting El Monte!
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Off the beaten path”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

Nice ambiance, great appetizers and drinks. Very good mojitos.

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Thank Byron C
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ElMonteGrill, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
One of the many appeals to El Monte is that we are just a little off the beaten path. Our location allows for easy access on the southwest corner of College and Prospect, but we are far enough away from the busy streets to allow for a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Whether you are dining with us or just enjoying a few appetizers and drinks, our menu has something to offer everyone. And, if you liked our mojitos, be sure to try the Esteban when you are in next. It's a fun (and delicious!) spin on a classic mojito. Thanks for visiting us -- we look forward to seeing you next time!
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Fort Collins, CO
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129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Not your typical Mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

More up=scale and creastive. Not your bean burrito. Great drinks. Nice dinning room and bar. Try it. it is a cool place with good food.

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Thank Gail3207
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ElMonteGrill, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, 8 February 2012
Nope, you won't find burritos on our menu! Our menu consists of many wonderful traditional dishes from interior Mexico, such as the cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork wrapped in a banana leaf) and huaraches (flatbreads loaded with delicious toppings). We also offer a great selection of familiar favorites such as tacos and enchiladas. Thanks so much for the review, and we'll see you soon!
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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“El Monte (sophisticated) & The Rio (raucous) are simply the best in Ft. C.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

The Flank Steak & Enchilada w/grilled veggies is superb and the drinks are way uptown. Very, very nice.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sylvanusman
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ElMonteGrill, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, 27 January 2012
Thanks! It's no coincidence that El Monte and The Rio have two of the best scenes in Fort Collins -- we are owned by the same people. I have to agree that the steak & enchilada is a terrific dish, and it is great with a top-shelf margarita! Thank you for the review, and we'll see you next time.
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