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El Cortijo

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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189 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401-3845
+1 802-497-1668
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! Waiting to fly out of BTV we decided to go downtown for lunch. Just happen to park across the street and decided to check it out. Margaritas, tacos, and nachos were out of sight! Now we have to get on a plane.

Thank Tom S
Blainville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some restaurants just look a little plain from the outside and you somehow must be brave to give it a try. Other than the fact that it looks more like an old diner this tiny little spot is a must go. There is no fancy presentation but the staff is extremely nice patient and helpful when it comes to making... More 

Thank pragmatique01
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When eating out I often like to consider whether the restaurant is triple D worthy, and in my opinion El Cortijo definitely fits the bill. Tucked on a side street off of Burlington's popular Church Street this Mexican diner puts out some tasty food. Their tacos are very specialized with each protein option paired with a unique blend of greens/vegetables... More 

Thank Garlicsteve
Jamestown, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this restaurant !!!! Margarita and sangria were best I've had in a long time. We had enchiladas and fish tacos and they were great ---- on par with what we've had in New Mexico. Service was good and prices were reasonable for Burlington. This was 1 of the best parts of our trip and we will be back.

Thank lovecaptiva
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

YUM YUM YUM in my TUM!! I LOVE this place. The food has always been super tasty. I always make a point of coming here when I am in Burlington. Try it....you'll thank me later!

Thank maggiabroad
Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here several times and I love it. Everything is delicious, from the chips to the burritos and tacos. My favorite is the sweet potato burrito, I didn't think I would like it but everything was perfectly balanced. The drinks there are awesome and well worth the money. The service is always great, the space is small but... More 

Thank Jtorres4
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Burlington to ride the bike trail and see some of the sites. We found this little diner type restaurant right around the corner from Church St. We sat at the counter, ordered margaritas, tacos and a burrito. Food was delicious, drinks good and the service quick and attentive. Needless to say we were pleasantly surprised by the overall... More 

Thank garygaryl
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat here almost every time we come to Burlington (about once a year). It is one of our go-to restaurants, with great farm-to-table Mexican-inspired cuisine in a rehabbed diner car. We ate here on Thursday 7/21 with a local couple who also swears by this restaurant. We ordered chips, salsa, and queso. I love their different salsas, and although... More 

Thank exavonalt
West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tacos, Burritos, the sauces, the service -- all great. Sat at counter for lunch and got the ginger beer as well. Prices in line with big city outfits. Can't wait to try more on the menu.

Thank Jim A
Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

El Cortijo serves exceptional, inventive, super fresh Tacos! There are several super delicious vegetarian fillings, fish, chicken and meat as well! There are several fresh made margarita choices that should not be missed! If you still have room at the end of your meal, try one of the spicy chocolate Brownies for dessert!

Thank Mybina

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 189 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401-3845
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-497-1668
A farm-to-taco experience located in the historic 1950s Oasis diner on Bank Street in Burlington. Tacos and entrees are prepared with fresh, local ingredients and expressed as traditional Mexican fare. Fresh-squeezed margaritas and handcrafted cocktails are served in a lively, vibrant atmosphere. Full menu available until late Sundays through Thursdays and 1 a.M. Fridays and Saturdays.

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