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“Excellent food & drinks! ”
Review of El Marquez - CLOSED

El Marquez
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Decatur, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent food & drinks! ”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

This is a local mom & pop seafood place, just about 50m off the "triangle" in Santa Elena. It is not a fancy place, just a pleasant local establishment that seemed to have no tourists, other than ourselves, with fútbol on the TV, 1990s Muzak and a nautical decor. The proprietors' son was the only visible employee, serving as waiter, bartender and busboy (and he spoke perfect English). We enjoyed the ceviche pescado, followed by the "filet aux Marquez," which was a broiled filet of sea bass served in a cream sauce, topped with baby shrimp. It was served quickly and it was delicious! The mojitos were advertised as "the best this side of Cuba," made with Mandarin-limes (rangpur), and they were quite good. Highly recommended.

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English first
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good food good value”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

The mojitos live up to the hype, very well made. My husband and I both thought the ceviche excellent. I had steak kabobs, he had fish in cream sauce, both well prepared. The atmosphere was casual and there was one waiter for the restaurant but he was attentive. The weak point was dessert, we split a chocolate cake that was quite stale.

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Schomberg, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Really good seafood”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Just down the road from the Mar Inn where we stayed. Chose it based on a recommendation from our fellow guests a family from Switzerland and also because it was close and we could leave our car at the hotel.
The fish was terrific and the service was excellent. I had marlin and my wife had sea bass with shrimp.

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NY
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lowkey surprise”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

One of our tour guids recommended this restaurant. It is very local and the fish was delicious and very fresh. We had marlin, which we had never eaten before and it was excellent as was our breaded shrimp and oh,so cheap! Don't let that scare you, there were no frills, but really good food!

  • Visited February 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great ceviche, shrimp & fish”
Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

4 of us had the entrees listed above. The fish & shrimp were fresh & great and service very good. Fresh vegetables would have made the meal perfect.

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