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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very Good

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2013
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Very friendly staff. Large dining area. But the food is somewhere between below average and average. Drinks tasted weak and spotty service.

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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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80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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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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59 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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59 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Additional Information about El Mercadito & Taqueria

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

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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?