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 Carambas

1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
Website
Menu
Update restaurant details
Ranked #3 of 244 restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.
Restaurant details
Description: The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.
Write a Review

58 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
    40
    13
    4
    0
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Rochester, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Luis and Eduardo are fantastic. I have tried almost everything on their menu over more than two dozen visits. I have never been let down. Luis is usually there as manager, taking orders and checking out and delivering the food and assuring great service. He is a powerhouse, and it is worth the visit just to watch how truly skilled... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I was looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant and reviews did not disappoint. Had a great quick meal. Good chips came with the meal and the salsa was great. I will have to come back to try them all! Beer was cold and the enchiladas were good. Not fine dining but a great place to grab a quick bite to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I've lived in Southern California, so I've had my share of AUTHENTIC Mexican. This is definitely the place to go! Amazing food an friendly staff.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hancock, Michigan
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The food was good. We had take out but the salsa bar was very nice anyway. They allowed us to put some in containers to take with us. Would eat here again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mineapolis
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Although this is a simple family restaurant and far from a "fine dining" experience, it deserves the ranking among the very best in Rochester. We loved our meal, appreciated the warm welcome (and cold beer) and the ambiance brought a smile to our faces. Very authentic Mexican food. Chorizo tacos were great. Worth the short drive from downtown.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Very fast service. The food was great. Really enjoyed the tripe tacos. Reminded me of the food I ate in Central Mexico. Salsa bar was interesting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Great food with a cool salsa bar. Service was excellent very friendly staff. we will be back here for sure!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

Great authentic Mexican food. Favorite restaurant in town!! They always provide great customer service and want to make sure you really enjoy your food! A+ atmosphere. A+ service. A++ food.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Armstrong, Iowa
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

at first when we walked in I didn't think I would like this place. but we gave it a try. wow great food reminds me of the little Mexican run places in Arizona. you need to try their rice water . many different salsa's to try. just don't expect a fancy sit down restraint with servers.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went here last night based on the reviews from tripadvisor and we were not disappointed The food was great! The variety of salsas were the most I've ever seen. The man who worked behind the counter was super friendly. Only thing I didn't like was that I got full and had to stop eating! LOL

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Carambas also viewed

 
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
 

Been to El Carambas? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage El Carambas, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing