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El Salto Authentic Mexican Restaurant

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3530 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383-2644
(219) 462-0100
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
You will grow old waiting for a takeout order

As the mother ship of a series of Mexican restaurants in the Porter County area this place had to be good to allow their business to be built. The food is pretty good. Not extremely authentic, but it is well presented, and comes with a seemingly unending supply of chips and salsa. Last two stops... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

As the mother ship of a series of Mexican restaurants in the Porter County area this place had to be good to allow their business to be built. The food is pretty good. Not extremely authentic, but it is well presented, and comes with a seemingly unending supply of chips and salsa. Last two stops for takeout, I have had... More 

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Portage, Indiana
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85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I haven't been to El Salto since Serranos opened up but some crazy drunk driver plowed into the rehab at 10am and shut down that entire plaza so I defaulted back to El Salto since it's 1/4 mile away. The service is as I remembered it. So-So. The food, my wife had fajitas and I had a taco and enchillada... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We used to go to El Salto's frequently but about 2 years ago service started getting really bad. However, in the last 3 or 4 months the service is almost too fast at times. The food comes out hot and we've not had any issues with special orders. The margaritas are very good. I have started trying the other flavors,... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We recently celebrated the birthday of a family member at El Salto's. The atmosphere and food were wonderful - as usual! This is a nice place whether you are with family, friends, or on a date. There is something for everyone! There are nights with authentic music, drink specials and food specials. Delicious!

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Lima, OH
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Couldn't find the El Salto restaurant located in Chesterton near off IN-49 near I-94 in TripAdvisor's listings so I am using the Valparaiso listing to report on Chesterton location. I haven't been to the Valpo location but we went to the Chesterton location twice with mixed results. The menu selection presents itself well but we found the food itself kind... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Best shrimp smothered fajita!!! LOVE it!very good chips and salsa. priced very reasonably.my daughter and i LOVE their caso, best i've ever tasted, we go through 2 baskets of chips eating it!!

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

There is so much competition in valparaiso ...its ok but value and food quality is good. El salto is reliable..service good excellent guacamole. Bill hardly eats Mexican but this our once a yr place to go. Of all if them this is the one to choose.

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Tucson, Arizona
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380 reviews 380 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This restaurant can be explained in one phrase...."Chef needed!" The food is completely mediocre and while prices are reasonable, the margaritas and beer list credible, the draft beer very fresh, the service trying hard to please,the food sucks. The carne asada was awful, tough with no character, the enchiladas worse than frozen, the veggie fajitas were the only truly ok... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nice place to meet friends and have drinks or go out with the family. This is not authentic Mexican food, but it is pretty good. It is comparable to Hacienda or Pepe's, maybe a little nicer.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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87 reviews 87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I have yet to find a Mexican restaurant in Valpo that I love. El Salto is fine. I would go there again, but it just isn't anything to rave about.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3530 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383-2644
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Valparaiso
  • Phone Number: (219) 462-0100
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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