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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 11
    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
A dinner well prepared and nicely presented

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Henry A
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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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127 reviews 127 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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
Senior Contributor
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This restaurant was highly recommended by friends. We were not too hungry but enjoyed the dinner: Pear Pomegranate Salad was excellent. My only comment is our server was too intent to remove our plates and we found that to be unnecessary. Overall, very good, would go there again,

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Thornton, Colorado
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Ate here at a company Christmas party. Menu listed some pretty fancy dishes, so I was expecting some good food. I was wrong. I had the chicken tacos. Was literally the last person served. Margarita's were gross and overly strong. The chicken tacos were way too spicy and soggy. The mashed potatoes tasted like carrots. Caesar salad wasn't the best... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

High quality non-GMO ingredients in their meals and the best drink ever called the Esteban. Nice atmosphere also and great guacamole!

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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: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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?