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El Mercadito Mexican Restaurant

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3575 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455-4823
+1 843-559-7216
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

I'm never one to judge a restaurant on a mistake, but rather how they handle themselves after making a mistake. If I were sure the waitress understood me when I said my girlfriends entree had a human hair in it, this would be a 1 star. But I accept that I was angry and I didn't do my job as... More 

Thank Duncan T
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is our go to for authentication Mexican food. Really delicious margaritas and the servers were very friendly. Will be going back again soon'

Thank Brittany b
Johns Island, South Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I have eaten several times at this restaurant. I ask for unsweetened tea and always get sweet tea and have to send it back. Ordering with a language barrier is an issue.

Thank Duchessoflilac
Beaufort, South Carolina
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202 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Stopped in for lunch with family. We all had a very good, nothing fancy Mexican meal. The wait staff are all very fluent in English and were excellent.

Thank David E
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

Most of the wait staff has changed, really miss the old crew they were really friendly and always good with the kids. Menu has changed and prices have went up slightly but still great value and the most authentic Mexican food around.

Thank meghanfish
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

I admit... it's a little hard to know what to expect of this place when you see it from the outside. It is covered in photos and slogans and looks a little bit scary BUT the food was incredible and the service was quite good as well. The reality is that this place is your typical "mom & pop" restaurant... More 

Thank JukeboxMama
Charleston, South Carolina
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83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

Mexican food at its best. Outstanding value. Best Mexican in Charleston. Good deals at lunch and drinks for happy hour past, I think, 4pm.

Thank bhcastle
Charleston, South Carolina
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83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

My favorite Mexican restaurant in the Charleston area. I go here at least once a month, probably more. Great, authentic food. I'm from the west coast where there are a lot of great Mexican places, and this one holds their own to any and all of them.

Thank bhcastle
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2016

The service was ok but when we said what we wanted we ended up getting something completely different which tasted good at the time but later on my husband got sick to his stomach and was out of commission for the rest of the evening. Wouldn't make a return trip.

Thank Kelly R
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

This place is between and average place to a good place to go, haven't find a dish that I can say it is good enough to my expectations. They need to put some more effort in the customer attention.

Thank XxX x

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3575 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455-4823
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Johns Island
  • Phone Number: +1 843-559-7216

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?