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“Worth finding!”
Review of El Charco

El Charco
Ranked #41 of 209 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Worth finding!”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

It took us a bit of searching but this great little restaurant is worth it! We drove around in the daylight to make sure we knew where it was and then returned in the evening for dinner. The freshest ingredients available make up the dishes here and if they can't get it fresh, they don't serve it. Prices are very inexpensive compared to restaurants on Hidalgo.

The four of us ordered our usual guacamole and an order of nachos as starters and got full plates of nachos piled with meat, beans and cheese along with a large servicing of guacamole and an extra basket of fresh made chips. Both were great, but improved upon by adding to the plates from the salsa bar on the counter. Several kinds of salsa, sauces, beans and potatoes sit in bowls up on the counter for you to help yourself. All were tasting and ranged from HOT to mild.

Both couples ordered the Alambres to be shared... one couple chicken, the other steak and both were totally delicious! We were really glad we decided to share as we could barely finish our meals (but we did!).

The restaurant sits up a half flight of stairs and its fun to watch the neighborhood happenings in La Gloria. The service was great, the food outstanding and I know we will be back there before this trip comes to an end!

  • Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful and local”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Second year we have enjoyed Isla for two weeks at Christmas. We stay in Punta Sur homes and everyone recommended Deysi and Raul at el Charco in la Gloria neighborhood.. We drove around for three days before we found it. ( El Charco is yellow building on the corner- two blocks from the coast road Oriental side on the same road as Super Xpress grocery.) The restaurant opens around 6:30 pm or 7 pm

Loved Deysi and her beautiful ways. My daughter speaks good Spanish and that helped our ordering choices. All food is super fresh and delicious!! Had chicken and rellano Alambres , also beef Alambres. Enjoyed the endless communal bowls of salsa, potatoes, rice, guacamole sauce.The fresh green habanero sauce was a treat, but a little spicy for me. Dinner for three with soft drinks and tip was around $300 pesos.

Travel from Playa Norte and go for a delicious authentic meal to REAL ISLA for this wonderful food.

We will make El Charco a regular stop on the dinner circuit.

  • Visited December 2012
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“EAT HERE!!!!!! It's the BEST ON THE ISLAND!”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Deysi and Raul have the most amazing food! We would give it 10 stars if we could!! It's not in the centro zone, so we took a taxi to find the restaurant. We wish we would've found the restaurant earlier in our trip-we would've eaten there every night!
The food is truly amazing, and extremely inexpensive, especially for what you get. The potatoes (on the counter by the pico and guac) are FABULOUS!

Visited October 2012
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Cottage Grove, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“You have to try this restaurant”
Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

This place is a diamond in the rough!!! Food is outstanding and our family of five ate there and got full for under $20. The owners are very friendly and speak fairly good English. We will keep going there for dinner every night it's such a great place.

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Very Best Chicken Soup & Enchilada Suizas”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

In the heart of La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, this restaurant is owned and operated by a lovely couple, Dayse and Raoul. The food is excellent - my favourite is the Chicken Soup with yummy home-made tortilla crackers, and my husband goes for the rich and filling Enchilada Suizas - chicken enchiladas covered in a creamy white sauce, green pepper salsa, melted cheese and shredded lettuce. All to die for and VERY reasonably priced.

Visited September 2012
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