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El Monte Grill & Lounge

1611 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
9703721869
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Ranked #51 of 458 restaurants in Fort Collins
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $9 - $18
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This restaurant was disappointing. I had heard good things but it didn't live up to the hype. The food was ok. The atmosphere and staff were pretty nice. I've gone back for take out guacamole but won't go back to dine in.

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Camie J, We are proud to serve the freshest guacamole in Ft. Collins . We're happy you got to enjoy it! Come back and let us live up to the hype. Hope to see you soon! Kate More

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

El Monte has a fun, relaxed atmosphere, great service Nd delicious food. The margaritas are not my foavorite but the Esteban is spectacular! A great place to enjoy a relaxed dinner.

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Susan, We are so happy you enjoyed El Monte as much as we do. We do have a great cocktail selection and you're bound to find something that helps you unwind! Hope to see you again soon! Kate More

Fort Collins, Colorado
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

My girlfriend and I used to be regulars to El Monte. We always sat in the bar and depending on who was working the service was either great or horrible. Whenever Katelyn was working we would sit at our table and wait for ten to fifteen minutes for her to stop as she passed by several dozen times to take... More

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. Everything you listed was shared with our team. We are always looking for ways to be better and show our community how much we value them. Hope to see you again soon and give you the best service in Ft. Collins. More

Fort Collins, CO
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

El Monte has quickly taken a turn for the worse. It really used to be something to look forward to, but now, the creativity in the food has vanished and the menu has devolved into the same mediocre, flavorless junk you can get everywhere else for a more reasonable price. They took the ribeye off the menu. I mean, it's... More

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Blakkat, Thank you for your review and your honest feedback. We always hope to wow and impress you and it seems that we didn't do that for you when you were in here. El Monte is such a unique restaurant and we hope that everything on our menu impresses you. We apologize that your favorite wasn't on it--but we... More

Fort Collins, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is wonderful and unique for this area. There is a great atmosphere (it is operated by the same owners as The Rio in town).

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you- we love to be different from anywhere else in Ft. Collins! We hope to see you again soon. More

Barcelona, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a creative outlet of the Rio Grande restaurant, so food is always creative and very tasty. We liked the very innovative guacamole with strawberries, delicious. Dined with group of 7 people on a Friday night, so it was busy, quite disorganized. The sound system needs a major overhaul as it is very scratchy and the restaurant is quite... More

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Dear JGA1333, First off, thank you for choosing El Monte for your party! We value our customers opinions and we are having the stereo looked at to troubleshoot the sound problems. We will definitely have it fixed by your next visit! Also, service is incredibly important to us here at El Monte, your opinion was shared to the management team... More

Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We have been going to El Monte for the past 3 1/2 yrs, however tonight it definitely did not meet up to the quality of service and respect we have become acquainted with. We came for happy hour, many of the staff are familiar with us and we ordered our usual Esteban, however substituted vodka for gin. We also enjoyed... More

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Brigdavis, I'd like to apologize on behalf of our management team for coming across as cold or out of touch. We love our guests and encourage feedback for what our happy hour menu could feature. We stick to our happy hour menu in hopes of showcasing some of our favorites, however we did not communicate that message to you... More

Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We went to El Monte as a family (two grandparents, a five year old and her mom and dad.) We went about 4:30 pm just after they opened and it was happy hour. We had a number of really delicious drink specials, beer and straight tequila. (They do not skimp on the booze.) All of our dishes were wonderful, especially... More

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Tonichestnutantosha, We are thrilled to know you had a great time at El Monte. It sounds like you had a chance to try a few of our favorites from the food and bar menu and we are glad you enjoyed them as much as we do. El Monte strives to deliver quality in our food and beverage and we... More

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Had dinner her with two colleagues on a Monday evening. We stared with the lassie USC and chip, these were good, definitely above average. I had the El Monte tequila sunrise, not dry good. For then entree I had the three tacos (who chicken one shrimp). I was amazed at how small there were, all three were literally the size... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I visit Fort Collins 2-3 times a years and El Monte Grill is the first restaurant we head to every time. Coin Margaritas are flawless, the Exotic Guacamole is unparalleled, and every entrée is fresh and loaded with flavor. El Monte is a "must do" on my travel list.

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Kate S, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time in your travels and choosing El Monte Grill and Lounge as your dining destination! We strive to put top quality into our food, drinks and service and wish to build a great relationship with our customers. Thank you for choosing us, we hope to see you again soon! Katie General Manager El Monte Grill... More

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