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El Jardin Restaurant

655 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Ranked #108 of 328 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jun 3, 2014
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60% Recommend
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English first
San Ramon, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had our wedding rehearsal dinner at El Jardin. From our initial test visit, to planning the event, to finally having the dinner their staff was excellent and the food was better! They allowed us to choose three options from the menu to offer, included chips, bean dip, salsa and soft drinks for a very reasonable price! The private room... More

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Bellingham, Washington
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The food was OK, I have had much better at home. (Pacific Northwest) service started off good, quick to take drink and dinner orders, drinks and apetizer came quick, but then a long wait for the entrees. The tacos reyes were good, but I thought the chicken in my " tres favoritos" was overcooked and pounded too thin. Was difficult... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is a nice restaurant in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz. We like the convenience, plenty of parking, cozy atmosphere, and good food at a good price. Their Margarita selection is varied, and the food portions are just right, with fresh ingredients. There is a main dining room with a fireplace, and also smaller tables in the separate... More

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Santa Cruz area CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

El Jardin is one of the best restaurants in the city - they have authentic Mexican food according to my former boss who is from Jalisco. They also have extremely friendly waitstaff who remember you by name, your ordering preferences, and if you are someone who tends to be in a hurry. This means they get many regulars and are... More

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San Jose, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Great happy hour specials everyday. Visit here as often as possible. Always have a great meal and excellent service.

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Aptos, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

pre-valentines dinner at el jardins! we've been there several times-never disappointing. they have specials every day and the portions are huge! my husband actually got a doggy bag for his! he normally eats his and finishes off mine. i had the beef enchilada with tomatilla sauce--never had better. the place is very clean and the employees and super nice and... More

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Santa Cruz, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Went to this place for the third time. We went because we had a coupon for it. Luckily we went early and there were very few people in the dining room. She sat us by the fireplace, which was nice because it was a rainy night. The bar was filled...and loud. They must have a good happy hour. Our server... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We have a couple of El Jardin's up in the Gold Country, but I wasn't expecting to see on in Santa Cruz. I can't speak for the whole menu because all of us had the Carnitas, but what we had was delicious. Tender, well-seasoned meat and pretty good trimmings. One plate is enough to share.

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Santa Cruz, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The guacamole appetizer was nothing special and very small, the fajitas - steak and chicken - were overcooked (and too expensive) and the margarita was served in a tumbler. Come on, how hard is it for a Mexican restaurant to have margarita glasses!

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Heber City, UT
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

GREAT fish tacos, otherwise just a good, solid mexican place with good food that is slightly overpriced.

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