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El Carambas

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1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best and most authentic Mexican Food in SW MN

This is the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in southern Minnesota. Great family atmosphere, variety of freshly prepared condiments. Wide selection of menu options. Family owned and run, delicious food and a reasonable price.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in southern Minnesota. Great family atmosphere, variety of freshly prepared condiments. Wide selection of menu options. Family owned and run, delicious food and a reasonable price.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I used to be a regular here but the prices almost doubled and the quality of the food declined. The prices are just too high for so-so food served on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The food is standard but it's the people that make this place. I've never had a bad service experience here and I don't think that'll change.

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96 reviews 96 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Stopped here for lunch with a friend. The man behind the counter was very friendly, and was more than willing to make suggestions of items he recommended form the menu. They have a LARGE salsa bar, offering between 6 - 8 different types. The re-fried beans were amazing! The food tasted fresh, not as if it had been sitting in... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were hungry for Mexican food and did not want the "usual fake take out type" so we decided to try this place. Luis was very friend, you place your order at the counter, pay and then sit down. The have a salsa bar with about 12 different types of salsa's to pick from. Yes, everything is served on throw... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This restaurant was (as of a few weeks ago) the highest rated Mexican restaurant in Rochester, so we ate there one night during our last visit. The GOOD: Customer service was excellent. Not super crowded when we went. Clean The Not-so-Good: I personally didn't care for what I ordered, or what my daughter ordered. They don't have margaritas, only canned... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We have visited here each time we come to Rochester and really enjoyed the food. But this time the prices had gone up significantly, the food was stale, not as authentic as in the past. Probably won't be back. Not worth sitdown prices when served small stale portions on paper plates with plastic silver ware.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've eaten here a few times and the food has always been good. It is as good as you can find in Rochester. The service is very good and the people who work their are nice. A bit away from downtown Rochester but not a long drive - maybe 7 minutes from Mayo? It's nothing to write home about but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Menu price for pozole(soup) is $6.99.I was charged $16.99 I get inflation but be honest and let your customers in on the prices por favor

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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276 reviews 276 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Everyone is very helpful and friendly. Steak Taco had over cooked steak and dry. Portions were good, but a little pricey for a fast food restaurant that uses Styrofoam plates and plastic forks.

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Additional Information about El Carambas

Address: 1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?