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El Tucan Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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225 N Sykes Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL 32953-3428
+1 321-453-7501
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Cocoa
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has been my favorite Mexican restaurant for at least 15 years, maybe longer! I have tried just about everything on the menu and it has all been good. They have some of the best guacamole I have ever eaten, add some of the salsa to it and OMG, the best! Then there's the Tucanrita, it just doesn't get any... More 

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Thank Frances G
Marietta, Georgia
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I tried the chicken fajita special and it was covered in so much pepper it was almost inedible. Perhaps other dishes are better.

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Thank Leigh-Ann H
Merritt Island, Florida
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm honestly not sure we will be back. I'm local and have been here three times. This last time was not good at all. Not enough staff to manage tables, even with no wait time to be seated. Food was not good. Bad enough for me to ask if there was a new cook, and my answer solidified my question.... More 

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Thank Jonathan G
Cocoa, Florida
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nov 16th Wednesday 19 Cocoa High School Alumni visited El Tucan for Dinner. They open at 5PM and they had a large table ready for us. The meals were ALL excellent and plentiful. The Margareta's were SUPERIOR! The best anywhere in Brevard County. Server Mira was very efficient and kept us happy. I don't think there is a better Mexican... More 

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Thank ryder0ne
Melbourne Beach, Florida
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127 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Tucan has pretty good food. We arrived on a Saturday night and found the restaurant pretty busy. Some after we arrived 6:00 PM the was a waiting list. My wife for some unknown reason ordered a pitcher of Sangria ( not Margarita?). Well the sangria tasted like pure house wine. Anyway the food started off with chips and salsa.... More 

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Thank Alan P
Cocoa Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We used to love coming here, but the food quality has gone down hill for the past 6 months. We probably won't visit again.

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Thank Ang R
Merritt Island, Florida
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133 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

We have been to El Tucan several times and have always thought there food was just ok. It's not bad but it's nothing special either. They have the distinction of being the only Mexican restaurant (not fast food) on Merritt Island and by default that gives them all of the demand of this popular cuisine. We had a craving for... More 

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Thank bekntony
Merritt Island, Florida
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Margaritas make the meals extra special. Great chips and salsa and worth the wait if you arrive at a rush hour. The serving staff knows their job and is friendly and efficient. All the dishes on the menu are prepared well and served in the atmosphere you will enjoy. Never disappointed, with traditional spicy dishes and great drinks add this... More 

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Thank OneOpinionNJ
Viera, Florida
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Service is excellent, from when you enter to until you leave. Salsa is tasty, ask for hot!. All dishes are just what you want to eat! Be sure to order the margaritas by the pitcher! So yummy and so welcoming. It was really busy,which you know it means it is good sht!

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Thank Janie M
Merritt Island, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the island it's privately owned and their food is fantastic. My favorite dish is the Pollito Picanta. It's a chicken dish in a garlic/vegetable mix. The traditional Encheladas, tacos and burritos are equally good. Never disappoints...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 N Sykes Creek Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL 32953-3428
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Merritt Island
  • Phone Number: +1 321-453-7501

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?