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El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill

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1800 S. Milton Rd. #21, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
19287741083
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: El Capitan is a family friendly local hangout for Flagstaff and tourists....
El Capitan is a family friendly local hangout for Flagstaff and tourists. We specialize in fresh ingredients only. We have a delicious salsa bar with 5 salsas to choose from made daily! We specialize in TACOS... We have hard, soft or our choice "dorado style". We serve tacos with chicken, shredded beef, pork, fish, shrimp or bean. We specialize in Margaritas! We have our famous "Lily" which is not on our menus. You must ask for this margarita. You are only allowed 2 max! Our happy hour is the best in Flagstaff. Served Tues-Friday. We have a separate food menu for the happy hour as well. Come visit us.. We know that you will not be disappointed. We are closed Mondays from Nov-March.
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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great drinks, food quality has gone down

The top shelf Margaritas were fantastic. We've been there before and had the Dorado style tacos, we loved them before so we ordered them again. Not what we were expecting, the shells were soggy, too much liquid on the plate. The salsa bar was very nice and fresh. We didn't really care for the chips... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
SandyB078
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Chandler, Arizona
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Chandler, Arizona
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The top shelf Margaritas were fantastic. We've been there before and had the Dorado style tacos, we loved them before so we ordered them again. Not what we were expecting, the shells were soggy, too much liquid on the plate. The salsa bar was very nice and fresh. We didn't really care for the chips though, too thick. The server... More 

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Thank SandyB078
Iowa
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417 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner at El Capitan after a long day of vacationing. Service was fast and friendly and the food was very good. It is a locally owned place, not a chain. Would come back often if we lived here. Only nit pick is that the craft beer selection was severely lacking. There are plenty of local craft beers, they should... More 

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Thank IaTravel
United States
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Went here for dinner on a stopover in Flagstaff during a road trip. It was solidly good. Food was tasty and plentiful, the service was friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun.

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Thank NoCotravler
Piscataway, New Jersey
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were driving through Flagstaff, on our way up to Page, looking for gas and food. We looked for mexican on google maps and El Capitan popped up. This small but cute place had a great selection of mexican. The chimichanga was amazing and their salsa bar was fun. We chowed down on chips and salsa while we sucked down... More 

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Thank BeansTravler
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

First of all, Trip Advisor has "greek" food listed as one of the options for this place, which is entirely and completely incorrect. Been a while since the owners checked their reviews for this place, I guess. Don't waste your time here. Go to Salsa Brava instead; El Capitan used to be Salsa Brava till that owner sold this location,... More 

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Thank Noazchica
Flagstaff, Arizona
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196 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Flagstaff, unfortunately, doesn't have any really great Mexican restaurants but this one comes close. If there is a better one here, I've not found it yet and I've been looking a very long time.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great sized portions of mexican food and american dishes too. Has a full bar and I think drink specials.

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Thank Marilyn M
phx
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Last night, arrived and could not wait to stop in at El Capitan. The salsa bar was waiting for me! They very busy with a large group , but that didnt stop us from having great service! We started off with a new appetizer that is a stuffed avacado with shrimp. So so yummy -and rich- We always get the... More 

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Thank 2teeth
Phoenix, Arizona
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

If in the mood for Mexican this place is great. The food is good, restaurant is clean, staff is friendly, and prices are good. They also have happy hour prices. Our only complaint was they do not have mild taco sauce, only hot in several varieties. We do not consider pico de gallo as taco sauce. Otherwise the place is... More 

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Thank FloW68
Hedgesville, West Virginia
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Probably Americanized, but they had the best tacos I've had since the last time I was in Tiajuana. That would be summer, 1970. Also great condiment bar, with a half dozen or more choices, including the "Patron's Choice" or something much like that, very spicy and smoky, a jalapeño based selection and also a tomatillo based one. Very good, recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1800 S. Milton Rd. #21, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Flagstaff
  • Phone Number: 19287741083

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

El Capitan is a family friendly local hangout for Flagstaff and tourists. We specialize in fresh ingredients only. We have a delicious salsa bar with 5 salsas to choose from made daily! We specialize in TACOS... We have hard, soft or our choice "dorado style". We serve tacos with chicken, shredded beef, pork, fish, shrimp or bean. We specialize in Margaritas! We have our famous "Lily" which is not on our menus. You must ask for this margarita. You are only allowed 2 max! Our happy hour is the best in Flagstaff. Served Tues-Friday. We have a separate food menu for the happy hour as well. Come visit us.. We know that you will not be disappointed. We are closed Mondays from Nov-March.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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