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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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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Description: The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
Would not return--but not BAD

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Michelle A
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Peoria, Illinois
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Peoria, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Rochester, Minnesota
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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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238 reviews 238 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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Des Plaines, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I have been to this joint Several times in the last few years. Food is not bad (I didn't say it is exceptional either) but they keep raising the prices by 50% to 60%. I probably wouldn't go there again.... I don't want to pay $14-$15 per item for a whole in the wall place that serves foods in Styrofoam... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The brothers do a great job of keeping the food authentic though they are far from the border. Best salsa bar. Period. The seven fish soup, fish tacos, deviled shrimp, veg. fajitas, three milk cake, fried ice cream, well we don't eat meat but have tried every other fish or vegetarian dish and we liked them all. If I have... More 

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Eyota, Minnesota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I love the tortas - al pastor - salsa bar is great, you can try a few or them all. Best Mexican food in Rochester!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

They charged us more than what is stated on the menu. When we asked why, they said that they changed their pricing, but didn't change the menus yet.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I don't know who wrote the previous reviews, but they don't know authentic, Mexican food. I have eaten at many, many more truly authentic places. It was ok, but nothing great. Any authentic place should make their own tortillas. The salsas were tasteless. The food is served on styrofoam....that cheapness is found in the food as well. If this is... More 

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?