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El Monte Grill & Lounge

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1611 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (College and Prospect)
Future development will have the Mason Street corridor at our back door. RTD bus stop with-in 3 blocks.
9703721869
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3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey but good

Started off with 'chips and salsa' but wasn't your typical. They provide a basket of crisp and soft tortillas with excellent salsa and guacamole. Then had the shrimp enchiladas which were also excellent. Food was pricey but much better in quality than many other places I've been

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
HorseLoverWisconsin
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Started off with 'chips and salsa' but wasn't your typical. They provide a basket of crisp and soft tortillas with excellent salsa and guacamole. Then had the shrimp enchiladas which were also excellent. Food was pricey but much better in quality than many other places I've been

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Loveland, Colorado
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153 reviews 153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Tried this place because a friend recommended, cool little joint, but menu is small and pricey. 3 street tacos were $14. Wasn't awful but it wasn't spectacular that I would return.

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Crater Lake, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you have a hankering for Mexican but want something a little different than the standard fare found most everywhere, then El Monte will take you where you want to go. The menu is definitely familiar but none of the dishes are typical, middle of the road Mexican fare. From the hand made guac ( each serving is made AFTER... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Amazing food! Superb margaritas - not just the "regular" tequila experience! Fresh food, done how you like it.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

El Monte has terrific and authentic Mexican food. this is definitely not your average Mexican restaurant. The tamales and tacos were exquisite and the other choices on the menu made it very difficult to choose. the specialty cocktail list was quite good and the local beers were wonderful. the staff was very knowledgeable about the food and how it is... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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109 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It had been several years since we had eaten at El Monte Grill, so my wife and I went for a mid-week dinner. Our online table location request worked just right. After we were seated promptly, our waiter answered all our menu questions. We started with a glass of wine for my wife and I had a Mexican beer. We... More 

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colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

You walk in and think wow, this place looks like it is going to be good...then you get the food. he food was tasteless or as my husband said "it's just bad" and expensive. .

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is an awesome place with amazing food. The Grilled Pork Tenderloin is one of the best meals I have eaten anywhere. The ancho, coffee, cocoa spices make this so flavorful and the pork is so tender it melts in your mouth. They have wonderful guacamole and as an added bonus you can request your own made to order guac... More 

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Ft Collins
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I met a friend here for dinner the other night for a relaxing evening of catching up. I had a margarita with a some sort of a spicy salted rim. I am sure that many like this but I did not particularly care for it. I then ordered another margarita and it was much better. I had... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This was my first (and last) visit to El Monte. The dinner was served nearly cold and the beans and rice were dry as if sitting in a pan on the stove for hours. The $9 margaritas had no flavor and tasted as though there wasn't any tequila in them. For the cost of this dinner, it should have been... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1611 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
    (College and Prospect)
  • Public Transportation: Future development will have the Mason Street corridor at our back door. RTD bus stop with-in 3 blocks.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fort Collins
  • Phone Number: 9703721869

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 18
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
3:00 pm - 12:00 am

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