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El Capitan Restaurant

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100 E. Broadway, Van Horn, TX
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Description: The hotel has recently opened the only upscale restaurant in the Van Horn...
The hotel has recently opened the only upscale restaurant in the Van Horn. It is open to the public and offers excellent food and service!
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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I liked the food.

My husband thought it was expensive, but he thinks everything is expensive. It was good quality. I just love the staff, they are always very friendly and fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Karri S
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My husband thought it was expensive, but he thinks everything is expensive. It was good quality. I just love the staff, they are always very friendly and fun.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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386 reviews 386 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

An opportunity to stay in Van Horn warranted a visit to the "El Capitan" Hotel dining room. The staff in the hotel and restaurant were friendly and it was a pleasant evening. We choose the house specialty which was the pistachio-crusted chicken-friend steak. It was served with mashed potatoes, vegetable of the day and jalapeno cream gravy. The portions were... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I did a review on the restaurant, which was included in my review of the hotel. To make it short and sweet, the food's good but the lighting is terrible, lit like a high school cafeteria. If they would either lower or get rid of the overhead lighting and use the wall sconces plus candles on the tables, they'd hit... More 

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Freeport
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

If you’re staying at the Hotel El Capitan, you will most likely be lucky enuf experience their wonderful restaurant just off the lobby. (Actually, the town of Van Horn is so small, I don’t even know if there’s another restaurant in town!) But, this restaurant is FANTASTIC! Our server, Debbie, was very helpful in recommending our appetizer, the Tapas --... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The ambiance in the room is awesome! High ceilings...a nice bar...a real western feeling to the place of yester year. U can tell the restaurant used to be a bank. We sat near the entrance and it was super cool cuz we could still see the fireplace in the hall and hear it crackling and feel the warm from the... More 

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Bandera, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I wouldn't necessarily schedule my trip around dining here, but casual observation one Sunday afternoon suggests this is perhaps the best restaurant in Van Horn. The wife had a chicken and pasta dish with Alfredo sauce, and I had the pistachio crusted chicken fried steak (reportedly the #1 seller). Both meals were better than average. They also had craft beer... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We went here for dinner while staying in Van Horn on our way to Houston. We heard about the restaurant from birth Trip Advisor and the Hampton Inn where we were staying. Based on reviews my husband ordered the pistachio crusted fried steak with garlic mashed potatoes. He said it was excellent. I tasted it and also thought it was... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Calling it the best restaurant in Van Horn isn't saying much, considering the lack of competition. Still, it would be on my "must" list almost anywhere. White tablecloths, superb service, limited but varied menu. I've had pasta, and it was great. Their monster cheeseburger has looked so good being carried past me that I've almost chased the server and snatched... More 

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Temple, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I was a little underwhelmed with this restaurant. The location next to the hotel and courtyard is nice. White tablecloths and plenty of room are nice. I ordered the El Capitan salad with chicken. What i got was a plate of spinach with dried cranberries, canned mandarin oranges and some pecans and feta cheese sprinkled on top. The chicken consisted... More 

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texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Enjoyed a nice meal and friendly, prompt service. Pricing probably a little high but lack of real competition has a lot to do with that. Will be back here in a week so will try it again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 E. Broadway, Van Horn, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Van Horn

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

The hotel has recently opened the only upscale restaurant in the Van Horn. It is open to the public and offers excellent food and service!

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