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El Mercadito & Taqueria

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(843) 559-7216, Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 559-7216
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 5
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    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Authentic

Took our chances on a Mexican restaurant with a very unattractive sign. Turns out to be quite charming, authentic dishes and service. Large portions and very tasty. Will definitely visit again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
hunnybunny407
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Took our chances on a Mexican restaurant with a very unattractive sign. Turns out to be quite charming, authentic dishes and service. Large portions and very tasty. Will definitely visit again.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I rated the restaurant Average, but I hope that it will rate Very Good in the future. I used to go to El Mercadito with friends almost every week, but we now go there with less frequency because of conflicting schedules, etc. The food always has been good, but I am not sure that it is as consistently good as... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Awhile back friends recommended El Mercadito as a great authentic local Mexican resturant. We finally had a chance to head out but almost changed our minds based on the most recent (not so great) review. We decided to give it a shot anyway and we were glad we took the chance. Maybe the other reviews have been taken seriously by... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I love Mexican food. I could eat it 3 times a week! I have frequented this place at least once a week for 7 years! Lately I notice things are not quite as good. First the salsa recipe changed. It has lost some of its spiciness and acidity. It tastes like a can of tomato sauce. I have told the... More 

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87 reviews 87 reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We brought visiting family here on a weeknight, and had an incredibly bad experience. It was busy but not packed, service wasn't terrific, but we were relaxing anyway. Unfortunately, something back of the house was broken--the food was cold and not good, and got colder--there was no clean silverware to eat it with--so we sat for ten minutes until the... More 

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87 reviews 87 reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is an easy spot for families as well as couples. Great service, wonderful food, easy atmosphere. A local favorite for a good reason. Be prepared to relax and take time to smell chips and salsa!

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Leawood
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14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you're in the area for lunch, the $6 lunch buffet is definitely worth the money. You won't eat better food anywhere else for the price! Chips & salsa are included and there isn't any requirement to buy drinks. The staff is super friendly. We always eat here at least once when we visit Kiawah.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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57 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

If you are visiting Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island and you need a mexican fix this is a great place! The staff is kind, gracious and always helpful! The menu features many standard dishes and some delicious authentic choices too. The chile verde is the best dish on the menu! The slow simmered pork is steeped in a spicy tomatillo... More 

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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Our family eats here about 3 times per month. The place is clean, friendly, fast, and great food.

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24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Frozen Margarita and Chori Pollo! Cannot get any better than that. Wait staff remembers us every time. Just a great all around Mexican restaurant. Don't let the outside ofthe restaurant scare you because it's in a shopping center between an ABC store and a Chinese restaurant. Kinda trashy shopping center but go inside and you'll keep coming back again and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: (843) 559-7216, Johns Island, SC 29455
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Johns Island
  • Phone Number: (843) 559-7216

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 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?