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El Cazador Mexican Restaurant

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101 North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
+1 910-458-5226
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: El Cazador is a family-restaurant serving quality Mexican cuisine. At El...
El Cazador is a family-restaurant serving quality Mexican cuisine. At El Cazador, we pride ourselves on an incredible menu made from fresh ingredients and fast, friendly service. We make sure to buy the best, quality ingredients to prepare delicious tasting dishes.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cool atmosphere, good service and large portions

We had a little bit of a wait as it's high season but since it was just the two of us we we're seated in under 10 minutes. It has a cool atmosphere with some "outdoor" seating. Good sized portion food for a decent price (both my wife and I ended up taking half of our meals home). Good service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Stephen D
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Apex, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Went here for cinco de mayo. The place was slammed. But still got seated relatively quickly. On a day they could have raised special drink prices they were very nicely and reasonably priced. Service was great. Had a waitress named Phelan who was so friendly and nice. The food was delicious. Definitely returning. Had the big green burrito with chicken.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We had a little bit of a wait as it's high season but since it was just the two of us we we're seated in under 10 minutes. It has a cool atmosphere with some "outdoor" seating. Good sized portion food for a decent price (both my wife and I ended up taking half of our meals home). Good service... More 

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

So glad to see that we're neighbors, Stephen! It looks like we'll be seeing more of you and your wife whenever you're visiting Carolina Beach, so I'll be looking forward to having you back in for more. Though we do get fairly busy during the summer months, you're right -- we're always working hard to get you in as soon... More 

Ottawa Lake, Michigan
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We sat out on the upper deck and enjoyed the nice atmosphere and space (not crowded at lunch). The burrito, enchilada style was huge and tasty but the salsa for the chips was runny and the margaritas were weak.

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Runny salsa and week margaritas aren't what we're known for, so I'm so sorry to see that we were off our game when you came to visit us. I take it you were here visiting from Michigan, so it may be a little while before we have you back in. That said, I really hope you'll give us another chance... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

We ate here a few months ago and was very disappointed. Bland food. We got spice but little flavor. Got in the mood for mexican again and since we live here and it's a short walk, we decided to give it another try. Again we were disappointed! No flavor, just spice or bland! Guess we'll just have to keep making... More 

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Especially since many of our regulars have enjoyed quite a bit of Mexican food themselves, I'm really disappointed to see that we haven't reached your palate during your visits. We completely agree, though -- delicious Mexican food should be flavorful enough to support the spice, and it sounds like we could work on our consistency there every now and then.... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

killer huge mango margarita and they serve chips and salsa. great for bigger parties. taco salad was good. fish tacos were really spicy so not my fave but authentic.

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad to see you found us during your visit to the area, Kelly! The mango margarita is one of my favorites, too, so I'm happy you found it. As for the fish tacos, we'd love to fix things to your preference, so just let us know in the future and we can get you something you truly love. Nonetheless, it... More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

i eat here so often i should be on payroll. great lunch specials, huge dinner portions, huge bowl of chips and salsa.

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

After dining here so much, Carolina, you're right -- you probably could tell us every ingredient in your favorite dish! Whether it's the salsa or a filling dinner, it means a lot that you reached out to share your experiences here. I'm looking forward to having you back in -- feel free to say hi! My best, Dielgo Garcia, General... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Had eaten before and liked it, so decided to go again, as it was walking distance from where we were staying. Initial service was prompt and courteous, food was very tasty. It wasn't busy when we first arrived, but the Saturday lunch crowd arrived, apparently before the rest of the wait staff. Our server was MIA after that. He was... More 

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

It sounds like everything else about your meal was great, so I'm sorry to hear that your server got caught up in the lunch rush! You're right -- we always make sure we have more than enough staff ready to serve you and all the lunch-goers who stop in. Nonetheless, I'm going to follow up to make sure issues like... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is our second bad experience with this restaurant. We rarely saw our waiter and had to get another waiter to assist us with drink refills. We waited an hour and never saw our food or waiter. We walked out, due to no food or waiter. Don't waste your time with this restaurant.

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm floored reading about your experience, Rodney -- it sounds like we must have been in the middle of a shift change, and that's no excuse for such a communication error on our part. It sounds like you won't be back, and I'm so sorry to see you and your group go. This kind of experience simply isn't at all... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went to El Cazador last week looking for some good Mexican food and left very disappointed. We had asked a local where to go for good Mexican and they told us about a couple of places up near Wilmington, but we did not want to leave the island so we gave this place a go. We were 1st served... More 

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Especially for someone who has such experience with Mexican dining, I'm really disappointed to hear that we didn't earn a higher spot on your list when you stopped in. I want to take a moment to assure you that we do make everything fresh, and we make it with fresh ingredients. However, I can totally understand how that came into... More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went last night to El Cazador for Cinco De Mayo. We had tried this place 2 other times in the past 2 years and did not enjoy the food. We figured we would try again to see if anything was better. And though the service was great, the food was far from it. The house margaritas were made with... More 

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Jose A, Owner at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm really sorry to hear we may have lost you for good, because it sounds like we haven't reached your palate like we've reached many of our fans, tourists and locals alike. I'd like to reassure you that we use fresh ingredients to create truly top-notch Mexican food, but I'll be sure to follow up with my team to look... More 

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Additional Information about El Cazador Mexican Restaurant

Address: 101 North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone Number: +1 910-458-5226
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Carolina Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 910-458-5226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

El Cazador is a family-restaurant serving quality Mexican cuisine. At El Cazador, we pride ourselves on an incredible menu made from fresh ingredients and fast, friendly service. We make sure to buy the best, quality ingredients to prepare delicious tasting dishes.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?