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El Monte Grill & Lounge

1611 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525
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Ranked #77 of 458 Restaurants in Fort Collins
Price range: $9 - $18
Sun - Thu 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I just wanted to let people know about my horrible experience at El Monte last night. Pretty sad when the best part of the meal is the guacamole and chips. I ordered the carne asada tacos and they were the worst ever. Burnt pieces of old tough steak with zero flavor. The rice had zero flavor and the black beans... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

The silver coin margarita at El Monte is in a class by itself. House-made fresh tortillas and salsa and killer guacamole make for a perfect happy hour. Wish they were still open for lunch and Sunday brunch.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place has awesome drinks (a great list to choose from), great tasting food, and terrific ambiance! fun place for friends or a date

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Fort Collins, CO
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We talked our friends into joining us at El Monte. They were hesitant to go because they'd been numerous times before and always had very slow service. My other friends and I usually go for Happy Hour and love it - good food, drink and prices. However, I found out that dinner is a whole other story. It took forever... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The service was slow and the food was nothing special for the cost. For a Mexican restaurant not very authentic food and a small menu.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

I have been at this pretty restaurant a month prior with a good experience. I was very disappointed this last time, not only with the food but with the service. I'll cut to the chase: I ordered the mushroom flat breads and they were served cold and fairly flavorless. When the waitress finally returned to check on us I told... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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155 reviews 155 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We showed up later in the evening. We were seated immediately and our server was quick to take our drink order. We ordered a bunch of different items but the tacos and the side of guacamole were the best. I would go back just for those 2 things. Pretty cool atmosphere but a little on the pricey side. We stayed... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

menu items not what you find elsewhere, food is excellent, food bar area, atmosphere is hopping, decide what you want in your guacamole, the best I've had

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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

this is the upscale "gourmet" restaurant run by the Rio Grande folks. We always have a great meal there. It's a little expensive, but the food and drink are great. So, just enjoy it and let the bill be what it is. Stand out items are the margs -- get the coin margs. And the made-to-order guacamole with fresh tortillas... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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

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