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“Quiet Right on the Water . . .”
Review of El Picante - CLOSED

El Picante
Cuisines: Caribbean, Mexican
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you're interested in something on the water this is an excellent choice. You'l have the best sunset view on the island with your dinner! The food is good quality Mexican food with lots of choices. We loved the fajitas! Prices are moderate but a good value. Conveniently located right off the main road in the center of town. A nice quiet place if you're looking for something a ways off from the noisy crowds. Great attentive service also! Lots of atmosphere here.

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Thank kkleinrn
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

Not very many places are on the beautiful waterfront in Utila Town. Walk up to the second floor for a panoramic outdoor view. There is always a gentle breeze from the water. This is a great stop with great service and good food. The local tropical drinks are good and the prices are excellent for the amount of food served.
The advertised 'meal of the day' is the best choice. Lots of local items ion the menu and everything is prepared fresh. Be sure to have the local 'nachos'...
One of the special treats is the 'Gallery' shop located right below at the end of the dock. Best shopping for local art.

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Thank PatandDiSpokane
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Firstly here, let me be clear. I like this restaurant. I like it's location and it's owner and it's cook. I'm not really fond of it's Margaritas because they don't taste like a Margarita to me and they are small with a big drink price.
The food is acceptable but not truly what those of us from border states would consider either true Mexican and certainly not Tex Mex. It is a decent imitation of something of Mexican origin without the spiciness or complexities of flavors normally achieved in good Mexican restaurants.
Now that I've said all that, the owner is a very nice and welcoming individual, the views and sunsets are beautiful and the prices are in line with prices on Utila (20 - 30% higher than the mainland.). I'll eat there again but not because I'm hungry for Mexican food.

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Thank bobinman1
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Set back off the main road, this bug-free restaurant is quiet and offers an excellent view of the bay from a second story covered patio. The owner, Jean, is very friendly and is a great to chat with. For lunch stop by and grab a loaded T's nachos (which my wife and I both agreed were the best on the island). The soft lighting is romantic and is perfect for a dinner-date.

Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed February 4, 2014

We watched a spectacular sunset from the porch. We had a great dinner and drinks…It was Margarita Monday where you got your second for free! The owner and staff we attentive and friendly. The food was great and the prices reasonable. Good time was had by all!

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Thank Sbellis51
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