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El Chino

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2525 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
831-476-7175
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9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2 of 5 stars
Not your average Mexican Restaurant

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2012
mdemartini
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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 behind the restaurant and a side entrance near by. My favorite dish....Huevos Rancheros

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 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 in another couple of years again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 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! They also have food to go, happy hours with specials on drinks and food daily,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 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!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 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.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2525 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-476-7175

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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