We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Molcajete

Mexican
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
409 S. State St, Belvidere, IL
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 18 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always busy, there's a good reason why.

If you are in Belvidere and have a taste for Mexican food, the number one Taquiera is El Molcajete. While busy busy all the time there is never a wait for a table and service is prompt. Servers check back often and are friendly to everyone. Meal portions are generous, presentation is eye... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Russell J
,
Belvidere, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

18 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Belvidere, Illinois
Level Contributor
33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you are in Belvidere and have a taste for Mexican food, the number one Taquiera is El Molcajete. While busy busy all the time there is never a wait for a table and service is prompt. Servers check back often and are friendly to everyone. Meal portions are generous, presentation is eye popping and the quality is consistently good.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

With great food and great service its hard to beat this place. They have the best Mexican food in town and they keep the chips and salsa coming what more can you ask for!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

El Molcajete has authentic mexican food done the way the owners grandmother made the meals. We have been going here for years.our children who live out of state now return home and insist we go here for mexican.Portions are good. You leave full. They don't serve alcohol ,but that is not a distraction.We enjoy the Coke from Mexico . My... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A nice place with a nice family style atmosphere and excellent service. We always look for vegetarian options and they have a couple nice ones. The food has always been very good, with fresh foods and good authentic Mexican flavors. My preference is to have a beer, but since I live close by, I can also order the food to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I love the shrimp tacos and enchiladas. My wife usually gets a burrito (which she loves) , eats half and saves the other half for her lunch the next day.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love this place, I've been eating there for over 15 yrs. They dont serve alcohol and thats okay because their food makes up for it!! Very casual, and freindly atmosphere!! But the food is awesome, my favs are: Pork Stew, Pasole, and chicken flautas!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

El Mocajete is where we go for great Mexican food in Belvidere. Steak burritos and fresh salsa are excellent. The atmosphere is casual - it's o-k to bring your family with young children.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois
Level Contributor
39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Went there with a group of friends after a visitation. We walked in and sat ourselves and they right away came and took our drink orders. They then brought us chips and salsa which was delicious. It took FOREVER for them to come back to the table to take our order. I ordered the chicken fajitas and my husband ordered... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago
Level Contributor
117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have been twice and have enjoyed the food, the servie, and the atmosphere very much! The prices are very low and the food is plentiful!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belvidere, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I have eaten at this particular restaurant for nearly 14 years, and there are times when we'll pick up carryout meals twice in one week. At other times, we'll go sit down and have lunch or dinner there. The food is always excellent, and Victor, the owner, and his staff are some of the kindest people we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Molcajete also viewed

 

Been to El Molcajete? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about El Molcajete

Address: 409 S. State St, Belvidere, IL
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Belvidere
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 409 S. State St, Belvidere, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Belvidere

Price and Cuisine

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Molcajete staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?