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“Great guacamole, not the usual Mexican stuff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Monte Grill & Lounge - CLOSED

El Monte Grill & Lounge
Price range: $9 - $18
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: College and Prospect
Transit: Future development will have the Mason Street corridor at our back door. RTD bus stop with-in 3 blocks.
Bellvue, Colorado
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great guacamole, not the usual Mexican stuff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

This place is NOT your typical beans-and-rice Mexican joint; the food is from many places throughout Mexico, and everything is fresh and delicious. The made-to-order guacamole is especially wonderful.

Visited August 2012
Helpful?
Thank Janet S
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Scott P, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. 95% of our Oaxacan inspired menu is made in house (including our fresh corn tortillas). Our made-to-order guacamole can be altered to satisfy everyone's tastebuds and our seasonal menu allows us to source the best produce that is available. We hope to see you soon.
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Ft Collins
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Margs!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

This is the best place for margaritas & guacamole in town. The margs are made with fresh lime juice. The coin margs are good but I would go with a better tequila. I also love the tropical version of the guacamole

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank jenjo_11
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Scott P, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
We are very proud of our guacamole and margaritas. It sounds like you enjoyed them both. Our guacamole is made from scratch the moment you order some and we only use fresh juice in all of our cocktails. The coin is made with Herradura Silver Tequila, but we can make it with anything you choose. Thanks for the nice review and we hope to see you soon.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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262 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“The "south of the border restaurant" with a new edge...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Fort Collins is not known for dining innovation, HOWEVER, El Monte is a favorite for "south of the border" dining. The dishes seem innovative--and are excellent. They pay attention to detail. Be sure to try the Estabon cocktail or two. Delightful! The place feels local, somewhat trendy...but comfortable. I'll be back!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank ottofueler
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Scott P, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
I am glad you enjoyed your visit while dining with us. We try and stay true to our Oaxacan inspired menu by creating dishes that come from the southern Mexico region. We hope to see you soon and thank you for your kind review.
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Best Mexican in Ft. Collins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Wow.....over and over. Absolutely the best, food, service, atmosphere.
The guacamole is to die for.
Can't believe the negative reviews.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank upstatetraveler
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Scott P, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We love our guacamole too. Next time in, try our new tamale appetizer.
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McKinney, Tx
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Have your nails done while you eat?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

I have never seen a nail person working at a restaurant. Not sure it is even legal. They had a nail person with a table set up at the door and she was doing nails in the restaurant...unbelievable.

The food is supposed to be Mexican. Not even close. It is trendy and overpriced. The atmosphere is trendy and cute, but the food is just OK...not great.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank DJAxyz
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Scott P, General Manager at El Monte Grill & Lounge, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you for writing a review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience while dining at our restaurant. We recently modified our ladies night offering. We hope you give us another try.
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