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“Mexican Goodness!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Jinete Mexican Restaurant

El Jinete Mexican Restaurant
509 1/2 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-2631
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Ranked #35 of 78 Restaurants in Anacortes
Cuisines: Mexican
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Anacortes, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Mexican Goodness!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Being from California - we know mexican food! they have the best salsa and chicken tamales! Enjoy!

Visited May 2012
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Mexican - I think not.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Taco salad had water in the meat, the special was shrimp...where was the shrimp?

Visited March 2012
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North Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Food was sub par and service was weak - Will not be returning”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

As we were craving Mexican type food, we saw this restaurant on our walk and decided to give it a try. Well, we wished we had seen these previous reviews first as the food was sub par and the service was weak. Although kind, we felt our waitress lacked knowledge of the basic products available (such as tea); however, she was quick to get things we requested. The hamburger used in the tacos had the similar consistency to runny eggs. My wife's lunch was a salad; however, they went a little overkill on the lettuce and light on the chicken. Both of us were feeling uncomfortable for a number of hours after eating. Ambiance was okay for a Mexican restaurant, although it felt cheap with the way things were pinned on the wall. For the amount paid, we felt that we were ripped off.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville, AL
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“More-the-Decent Food, But Horrible Service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

Had Sunday lunch at El Jinete with my wife and daughter after a week on Vancouver Island. Wasn't sure what to expect, but we decided it was worth a try since it was on Anacortes' "Main Street" and seemed busy.

Unfortunately, the poor service -- for instance, there were only three orders but somehow the waitress managed to get two of the three wrong -- completely overshadowed the more-than-decent Mexican food.

My recommendation is two-fold: (1) go across the street to eat or (2) if you find yourself forced to go to El Jinete, order the nachos and forego anything the waitress can misunderstand.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Anacortes, Washington
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9 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Decent Mexican Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

El j is a good place to go for dinner, nothing amazing, just good grub.
The nacho's are awesome!!!!!

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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