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“Excellent food, nothing special service and atmosphere”

El Tule Authentic Mexican & Peruvian Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 48 Restaurants in Lambertville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican, Peruvian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The love of family, friends and great food is a tradition for the Egoavils.Having relocated to the United States from Peru in 1992, they sought the opportunities their new home offered. El Tule was previously the home of another restaurant offering Mexican fare. The Egoavil Family has infused the eatery with a vibe all its own. El-Tule’s Mexican-Latin fusion includes traditional Mexican offerings as well as the addition of Peruvian menu items. Peruvian food has been gaining momentum among foodies across the nation, and prior to El Tule was extremely hard to find in the Delaware Valley. El Tule offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Guests may bring their own wine or alcohol of choice. Our patio is dog friendly. *Taco Tuesdays* $3 Tacos Mix & Match ... Pollo, carne asada, al pastor, chorizo, sudadero, vegetable ... Add $1 for shrimp and red snapper tacos - minimum of 2 for offer. ... *Local Wednesday* Ask for our Prix fixe three course $25
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I like a good byo and food with some flare for sure. On the food front, El Tule delivers in spades. The combination of Mexican and Peruvian is perfect and the selections are broad but manageable. The only hesitation is around the service and by that I don't just mean the pace. It really is more about the staff making you feel as special as they clearly think they are. Upon arrival we were questionned and told we had to wait for the next "seating" - even though we were there at the time of our reservation and we could see two tables for four available. That was odd and kinda unnecessary, but mostly it just wasn't very welcoming or fun and friendly. So, by all means go, enjoy the wonderful flavors, but manage your expectations around the details.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food was excellent and the Service by Jack (co-owner, whose Mom just happens to be the Chef), was exceptional.

My wife and I had the Ceviche-mixto as an appetizer. I had the Tacu-tacu bifstec and my wife had the surf-'n'turf (sorry can't remember the correct spanish name for it)! The Tacu-tacu was recommended by Jack and it did not disappoint. It was absolutely delicious. In fact, even though my wife's dish was great, she was jealous that she didn't get the same thing. So I shared! We focused only on the Peruvian dishes since we're lived in Texas for many years and have had our fill of Mexican.

In terms of ambiance, this smallish place takes the decor seriously to transport you back to where you dont feel like you are in New Jersey at all. The colors, decorations, linens, etc...all make you feel like you are in Latin America.

Will definitely be going back, next time with the kids to see what all the not-so-positive reviews are talking about.

This place ain't cheap. However, it is BYOB so do take advantage of that. I suggest a Shiraz or Zinfandel will go best with these Latin American Spices. Also a Carmenere or Rioja will go well.

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Thank conradstx
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

First and last time to El Tule. It had a lot of potential - nice ambiance, interesting ethnic menu, and pet-friendly outdoor dining. But, the service was very slow even with only one other table of 4, we had to ask for water more than once, our order was not accurate, the bill was not accurate and when the final bill came they did not honor a valid coupon that they said they would when we were first seated. Very disappointing.

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Thank trippinbillies
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Small crowded restaurant. They do the best they can with a small space, but come for the food not the atmosphere. Had teenagers with us who ate off the Mexican menu while my husband and I tried new things off the Peruvian menu. Especially loved an empanada we shared as an appetizer and everybody enjoyed their entrees. Don't forget to bring wine or beer if you want alcohol since it is BYOB. The kids loved the Inca Kola and we passed around some horchata in tribute to Vampire Weekend. Friendly but not polished service.

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Thank Linda V
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

It is a tiny restaurant, 11 tables, so reservations are a good idea even on a week night. The combination of Mexican and Peruvian food is wonderful. The Peruvian stew was great, especially the pickled red onion with lots of lime and cilantro. It is a BYO with a lot of charm.

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Thank Kathleen P
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