El Gusano Taqueria

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67 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican

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The true experience of eating a taco comes with a soft corn tortilla, the succulent meat and charred vegetables, onion and coriander, topped with a spicy salsa or sauce. This is what happens when you eat in any neighbourhood of Mexico. El Gusano crosses the borders of Mexico and takes the experience of eating a real taco to Australia. Taking inspiration from the Mexican popular culture, the posters, the Mexican slang, the iconic masked figures of the Lucha Libre and vivid colours of the colonial style courtyards, El Gusano brings Mexico to your plate.
What 67 People Are Saying
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Jessie
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always delicious! Tommy's margs and the donuts are a must!

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very friendly staff, enjoyed the settings and drinks. We were a little late and they were very accommodating. We would recommend this to our friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great spot for a casual evening with friends. Delicious meal and even better margarita’s

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Gracias amigo. 👍🇲🇽🌮

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LucyL
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved our dinner here. We came for a no-fuss valentines day dinner and were not disappointed. The food was delish, service incredible and the chilli marg was a treat! 10/10 recommend to all my family and friends.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thank you for the fantastic review Lucy. Hopefully see you again soon. 👍🌮🇲🇽

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RobA
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and the owners are cool. We go here quite a few times a year

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Haha. I’m a cool dad. 👍🌮🇲🇽

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FrancesM
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious Mexican food and the best Margueritas.

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El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 28 February 2020

Thanks Frances.

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Ally21
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great ambiance. Feels like you’re on holidays. Super casual, relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 23 January 2020

Gracias Ally!!!

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AllisonD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As a north American finding authentic Mexican food can be challenging. El Gusano clearly knows what good Mexican food is.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 19 January 2020

Muchas gracias Allison. 🤙🏻🌮🇲🇽

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vernonJackson
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

El Gusano Taqueria used dishonest advertising to mislead us on a 50% discount offer. When I requested to speak to the manager he/she didn't have the fortitude or courtesy to explain the situation from the restaurant's perspective. My party immediately walked out disgusted. My phone number is 0478415056 offer still holds

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 19 January 2020

I have spoken with Vernon about the night he came in and we are in the process of resolving this unfortunate misunderstanding.

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CarolineW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Mexican street food and margaritas. Would highly recommend

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 11 January 2020

Gracias!!

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and staff, a really great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

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SteveP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and an amazing place to go and enjoy a meal.

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JadeN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding authentic flavours and delicious food. Perfect for a causal date or catch up with friends

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place and very friendly staff will definitely go again for sure. if I had to give one negative it would be that the toilets are in the hostel next door but apart from that it was brilliant especially the Beef Tongue Tacos

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SigneS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a brilliany little hidden Mexico on the Northern Beaches! The staff were amongst the friendliest we’ve ever experienced, the food was amazing and exceptional value. Service was fast and the ambiance of the place was lovely!

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FraserB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Top food - the beef tongue taco was my highlight, but everything was packed with flavour. Wait times for food was perfect giving us time to speak for 5-10 minutes between courses.

Only negatives was the bathroom is located in the Hostel next door, and the doughnuts for desert weren't amazing. Everything else was fantastic - would highly recommend.

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FrancesM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious quality, food & drinks enjoyed in a tranquil, soothing environment

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RachelL
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Beautiful fresh food that was promptly served. We were very early to dinner and no one else was in the restaurant hence the low score for ambience

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JosephH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovey food ... a bit different to your 'normal' Mexican fare. Mexican can be a bit bland but this street food is authentic. The Host is charming, knowledgeable and flexible. The draft beer is good too.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Authenticity is always the way forward here.

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DannyVelvet
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great selection of Mexican dishes and tequilas in a cosy setting. The owner knows his tequila so can make a good recommendation. The food is cheap and tasty. We've been here three times now, it is going to be a favourite with us.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

More great tequilas coming soon!! Gracias amigo.

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CatC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fun and delicious food. We loved every mouthful, and enjoyed eating cactus for the first time! The waiter was super relaxed, friendly, genuine and helpful. Our whole meal was a stand out, including the deal we got on the food.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

So glad you enjoyed everything!!

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Cdgcdjctc
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

there didn't seem to be much alcohol in the marguerite - tasty but

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Sorry. Unlike Mexico, we follow standard measures for alcohol. No free pouring here unfortunately.

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WendyF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, informative staff, great tequila/mezcal!! Loved it, will be back

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indyleigh
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time visiting, and definitely won't be my last! Best Margaritas I've had in a while.. and the service was exceptional. Would recommend 100%!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 6 August 2019

Whhooohoooo!! Gracias!!

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Sally
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

great food and service will definitely go back...it was lovely

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SpencerB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for everyone, good food and quiet, with good knowledgeable service

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DarrellS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic food, some innovative options compared to the commercial Mexican offerings, so nicely differentiated. Recommended!

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MinnaM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Mexican, awesome margaritas - nice small neighbourhood restaurant. We'll come back again!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 26 May 2019

Thank you MinnaM for the awesome review. So glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon!

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Chook
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Great little venue with yummy food and fabulous courtyard even on a cool night. Unfortunately it took a long time to be seated and service was very slow but drinks and food were good.
Would I return, probably not.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thank you, Chook. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our restaurant's atmosphere and food and I'm sorry you didn't receive the best service. Hospitality is a challenging industry and one of the toughest aspects is staff. We had someone reasonably new working on the floor on Saturday, which may have been the reason for the slow service. I can just apologise and hope that you can see from other reviews that service is normally to a pretty high standard. Hopefully you will try us again. Kind regards Gabi

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IlanS
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was very tasty, I personally recommend the beef tongue taco and the ceviche. Not expensive at all.
Great choice of drinks and cocktails, but diversity of dishes could be augmented. You basically have the choice between a range of small tacos and 4/5 tapas.
But overall the experience was great.
The owner’s really nice and will take some time to chat with all his customers.
Good to have a place like this in Collaroy, that is different and not pricey

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Hi IIanS, thank you for the great review and for taking the time to share your experience. We change our menu often and will be taking your feedback into consideration. Stay tuned as we always provide updates on new dishes and menu changes via Instagram and Facebook (@ElGusanoTaqueria). We hope to see you again soon, amigo!

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PatriziaS
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Recently returned from Mexico and it was a pleasant surprise to find a Mexican restaurant that lived up to its description of authentic street food. Highly recommend ordering the Topales tacos.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Hola amiga! Gracias for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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ClareS
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I LOVE this hidden gem in Collaroy - the food is 'proper' Mexican, super tasty and reasonably priced, the atmosphere is great and all the staff are fabulous!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Hi ClareS! Thank you so much for such an amazing review! Every week we share reviews with our staff to show them how much our customers appreciate their hard work and dedication. We loved sharing your review with the team, it made everyone's day! We hope to see you again soon.

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GabC
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best authentic tacos ever had. Cozy little rustic feel and staff are all amazing.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thank you for the awesome review, GabC! See you soon amigo!

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JanaB
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice and relaxed place. Great little garden and very nice authentic food. We will be back.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thanks JanaB for the amazing review! We really appreciate it! See you next time!

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ReneeG
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Lovely spot for Mexican with a twist. Wait staff was friendly and very helpful with decisions and recomendations. I will eat there again.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

That's great to hear ReneeG. Thank you for the review and see you soon!

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FionaM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our night. Great atmosphere matched with excellent yet not in your face service and some excellent street food - often hard to find in sydney. We can’t wait to go back.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thank you so much for the amazing review FionaM! We hope to see you again soon, amiga!

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff very friendly, informative and helpful. Something a bit different. Street Food.

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Gracias MelissaP!

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LindaT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were amazing. Definitely recommend from that perspective. Very relaxed, rustic setting but we enjoyed sitting outside. Blankets that were available came in handy as it was a bit cold. One down side was that being part of the youth hostel building we were subject to some of their smoke. Otherwise a lovely experience

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thanks for the great review and feedback, Linda! We will pass on the message to the YHA to see if there is anything we can do to minimise that. We hope to see you again soon.

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NatalieL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, service & most importantly the food was truly authentic & delicious, will definitely be back

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 8 May 2019

Thank you for the great review NatalieL! We hope to see you again soon!

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KrisV
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome mexican food and drink experience! Best on the northern beaches!

El Gusano Taqueria
Responded on 3 March 2019

Thanks for the great review Kris. 🤙🏻🌮🇲🇽

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El Gusano Taqueria does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. El Gusano Taqueria also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9043 1217.

El Gusano Taqueria is rated 4.5 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

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