El Santo Mexican

4.3
55 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Located at 115, Ryrie Street in Geelong, bringing an authentic and modern take on the Mexican cuisine. Run and operated by well known players in the Geelong food scene, owners of The Pickers Union bring their collective flare and passion to the night food scene! A menu packed with fresh, vibrant Mexican flavours with options to share set to delight. Menu items start from as cheap as the charred street corn with queso and lime for $6 with tacos, quesadillas and also larger mains that can be shared for a great experience. Vegetarian and vegan options available. There is also an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list. Oh, and of course tequila and mezcal! Open seven days a week, license until 1am on weekends, family friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Available for functions
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LV
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best mexi food ever. They cater for dietary requirements. Loving and fun, Caring staff! The vibe is so chilled and vibrant. Xx

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived (first time) the service was really warm and friendly even though it was busy and getting busier.
From here everything was awesome. A lovely young guy was spot on with food recommendations.
The cocktails were really good as was the food.
Loved the tacos (chicken, fish and pork) all delicious as was the school prawns and pork crackle with guacamole.

The only MEXICAN I’ve had in Geelong I would happily return to.
Not your run of the mill cheese laden stodgy crap from westernised style restaurants.

Loved it. Thanks guys.

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yum, serve sizes are not big but so filling. Have to try corn fritters. Great staff, helpful and friendly.

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EB
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food!!! The churros are incredible .

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SK
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I really enjoyed the food and the waitress was delightful. It was a sweltering night and the air-con didn’t do much so that was the only negative for me.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, great service friendly vibe, will definitely return.

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PG
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food and great friendly service. Could not fault this place!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic , loved everything especially the nachos and the eggplant taco, we will be back.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food is always good, unfortunately I asked to move table due to the one we were allocated was in the middle of the walk through area and the server told me people requested a particular table. She did allow us to move as we were not in a hurry and wanted to take our time. Slow service on our drinks and they forgot to place our main meal order so after waiting for more than 45minutes we asked where our meals were... being told they had forgotten them. They rushed them through and they were pleasant. Discount was offered on a drink and then they tried to give us shots to make up for it... we were both driving. Service definitely needs to be improved as the food is always good. Bit disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food took too long to come out and was cold when it did. Soggy chimichangas. Fish tacos disappointing. Average margarita.

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JD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing. It was simply amazing. Great food, great atmosphere. New regular mexican restaurant

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JM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mecixan Reublic - delicious food, cool vibe & great service!

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CC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a pretty good dinner all round. Service and quality of the food were great. The steak and chips taco was the highlight.

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PK
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Mexican in town, the special burrito & quasedilla were particularly amazing. Sam and the crew have created a vibrant, fun feel. We will certainly be back. Not only for the outstanding food, but the cocktail menu also.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super friendly staff. Amazing food. Great selection of drinks also, they even carry Matso’s beer which is a favourite of mine. Fried corn fritters for sharing were absolutely delicious. Awesome place for great food and good atmosphere for catching up with friends. Will definitely be back again!

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AF
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super friendly staff and delicious food with a beautiful atmosphere.

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R
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The burritos were so fresh and delicious. I was wanting for more! Yum

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Love the various levels of spicy sauces offered on the table. Food might need a bit more of the "Mexican" flavour and punch. Ambience in terms of music choices would need improvement, again, would love a Mexican vibe.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there, very happy with the yummy food and wonderful service. Will be going back

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JB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service! Food was beyond my expectation. Will be back again!

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RT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fantastic food a really refreshing change from Berns and more beans. Exceptional waitress with the best personality. Just a bit loud for me but that seems to be the norm these days.

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

When we arrived our booking was recorded however there was no table set for us and we were placed on a share table. Once a couple left we asked to take their table which the staff were more than happy to arrange for us. Their menu online does not reflect the menu provided - it is much smaller!
The food was nice however it's very different since the new owners have taken over.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great little Mexican theme restaurant with friendly atmosphere and staff.
Service and food was very good and good little selection of Mexican beers to pair with your meal.

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EB
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Can not wait to go back. Service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Great food and good service however one waitress was informed that I did not received one of my tacos, she was very rude and did not apologise, she then went and added it to our bill with out letting a manager know what went on and deliver it rude and abruptly. Sorry was not said, at all. I understand mistake can me made however a simple apology would have been sufficient, I walked out feeling quite taken aback. However the other two waiters/waitress was amazing. Shame that one person could ruin my night and experience.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

A little too much Chilli for my liking and 2 on table dont like corriander but nice fresh food overall

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M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Apart from running out of guacamole (?!!) The food was exceptional. Will continue to go back again and again!

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SL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Arrived for our booking and were told there was no tables available. Staff didn’t attempt to seat us just told us to look elsewhere for food.

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Most of our food came out cold, chips and burritos. Service was slow, we ordered a drink and it took about 15 minutes for it to come out, this would be understandable if it was a cocktail but it was three cans of beer.
Staff friendly

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E
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious and fresh. I love the burritos the best. It also came fast. It was perfect for a birthday dinner. Not too loud but not too quiet. The paintings and pictures are also very cool. We did order a coke and did not receive it.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Lovely staff, great atmosphere but food took ages to arrive and wasn’t very good. Would not recommend the quesadillas!

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ME
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The service was fantastic and the food very tasty. On a busy night it’s very loud but the cocktails are heaven!

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GA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Food was fresh and tasty. Excellent place to go before restaurant

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SG
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found this gem late one night. I was so impressed that I have made a group chat, and try to organize a meal every other week. 10/10

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We opted for chef’s selection. Price is fantastic, especially considering how much food there was, but that was also the problem... so much food, we couldn’t even have the last three dishes! Which just makes me feel like it was too wasteful..
over all though great place and tasty food

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GA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very happy with food. Service was friendly and very attentive. We will return.

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C
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came a couple weeks ago with a large group for a birthday and had the most fantastic time! I had to bring my partner back this time for a another visit. This time around was fantastic too. We loved the selection of margaritas. My partner is vegetarian and they have a good selection for that and also modified an item she wanted. Friendly staff and great service. Thankyou for making our night so special!

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KS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Mexican we have tried. The flavours were incredible! Service was great and had a great vibe the minute we walked in. The bean tacos were so good I hope they go permanently on the menu. Loved how quick the food came out too! Thankyou we are stoked to find this treasure!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came tonight and absolutely loved it! The service was spot on, the food even better! This is the most authentic Mexican I have found in Geelong and I love Mexican food! There is so much more on the menu I want to try so I’ll be back soon for sure

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P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is AMAZING! Absolutely loved the atmosphere, the music was awesome and the staff were very welcoming.
The food was very tasty. We can’t wait to come again 😊

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