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El Gitano

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624 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington, WA 98233-1823
(360) 755-9010
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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Great food

More tex-mex style food than Mexican but great food and atmosphere, friendly staff. The bench seats seemed like they could use a lift but the decor made up for it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We have tried numerous mexican food places in the past but have found El Gitano's to be the best. The service can be slow sometimes but it is worth it for the food. Very authentic. The prices are great. The atmosphere is really cool as well.

Thank Cheryl B
Lynden, Washington
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The lunch I ordered at El Gitano was their #19 combo - Chile relleno and taco. I expect a chile relleno to be a fresh green chile stuffed with a jack or mild cheddar cheese, battered, and deep fried. I guess what was in there was a chile, but it surely was not green. It was brown, perhaps roasted and... More 

Thank georgewerkema
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I went there with three other ladies on an hour and a 1/2 limit. That seemed plenty of time for drinks and dinner, but sadly was not. We ordered 3 tequila spicy margaritas and 1 vodka spicy margarita because of a tequila allergy, vodka replacement was the suggestion from our waiter. It took 20 min for our drinks to come... More 

Thank Sony P
Deming, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Lunch specials are perfect size. Wait-staff is friendly and prompt. Food is hot when served and other than needing to request the roasted jalepeno garnish, the Carne Asada is an excellent meal. When shopping in Mt. Vernon and Burlington, this is the only restaurant of our choice. Parking can be a bit "dicey" but it's no charge and off the... More 

Thank purdycritter
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

More tex-mex style food than Mexican but great food and atmosphere, friendly staff. The bench seats seemed like they could use a lift but the decor made up for it.

Thank onthego89745624
Victoria, B.C.
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27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Situated in old town Burlington. Bright and colourful. Looks like a fixture by the newspaper clippings. Busy most of the time , a good sign for value and tasty food. Had dinner for 2 complete with imported beer for under $30. Portions were generous and I ended up not finishing, regrettably. Competes against several larger more modern restaurants that our... More 

Thank sidneymom
Chehalis, Washington
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We decided on El Gitano after reading some reviews, and I'm glad we did! Very cool looking decor, and the people were very friendly. It was a Tuesday night, not a ton of people there, but they we were seated right away and they kept a close eye on us. The food was very good, and the margaritas were some... More 

Thank John H
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This was our first time to the Burlington EG, having been to the one in Mt Vernon often. There were four of us and we all tried different entrees. It was all good and tasty. Basic, standard, but well prepared and served. The service was excellent, helpful in recommending choices, and prompt in keeping the beverages coming. Enjoyable. We were... More 

Thank Hal72
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9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

If our experience at El Gitano was anything to go by, then the fact that it is the 3rd best restaurant in Burlington says more about eating in Burlington than anything else. There is a theory that the further away you go from the Mexican border, the less likely you are to have amazing Mexican cuisine. I come from the... More 

Thank Pomeroyi
Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Standard Mexican fare. We walked in and waited a bit before someone noticed we were waiting to be seated, but once seated, things went smoothly. Great combo dishes, good prices. Wished they were a little busier. I always feel uncomfortable when there are only a few tables seated in the entire restaurant, Highly recommend if you want standard Mexican food.

Thank Janie C

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 624 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington, WA 98233-1823
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: (360) 755-9010

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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