El Santo Mexican

4.4
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101 reviews
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$40 and under
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Mexican
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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4.4
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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HC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We really enjoyed the food at El Santo. It was very authentic and tasty. I can't wait to go again.

JG
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Bit disappointed with the food, clams nice but the corn chips and soft taco shells seems a bit stale, nachos didn't have a lot of cheese and as the corn chips weren't great, overall that dish could have been better. The wait staff were fine. The fritters were nice also.

L
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Myself and seven friends dined here on NYE and were very disappointed with the service provided. The waiter took 15 minutes to take our drink order and we found ourselves needing to wave the waiter over several times throughout the night to order more drinks. The waiter also 'forgot' to put through a number of dishes we ordered with some meals being brought out 20 minutes later than others - was a very disjointed dinner. I am also not confident in the waiters basic knowledge of restaurant etiquette as we were asked if everyone was ready for their desserts after we had just raised one of the women had not yet received her main. We were assured the main would be coming and again asked if we minded the desserts being brought out now. We insisted we were happy to wait as the woman waiting for her entree had also ordered a dessert which we are sure she did not want to consume at the same time. In addition to the above, I was a little bit disappointed being gluten free and being told their were no GF dessert alternatives which was fine however later noticed other customers enjoying ice cream on our way out. The food was excellent however it was an overall very disappointing experience and will not be returning.

LT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Booking was easy and efficient. Welcome upon arrival great, but felt rushed as before we sat down we asked about starters of guacamole and salsa. We said yes, then waitress took time to
Come back to get our drink order. I think with pricing of drinks, I want to see better mixers than coles brand of soda and packet of fruit juice. Drinks took a while to come as did dips. In between order for dinner came we ordered starters and mains. Within ten minutes all food arrived:( . I sense there is a focus on moving patrons on quickly and to achieve a lot of covers for service. Not as chilled as our previous visits, not sure if I would return :(((

NS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

We had a staff member that I think was new was friendly but didnt really know the answers when we asked him questions

CG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love Taco Tuesday!!
Introduced yet another friend this week.. she loved it as much as I do

TM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

One meal did not come until half an hour after the others. We were all finished eating when the final meal came. And it was dry and average.

TH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious authentic mexican and awesome cocktail list. Great atmosphere.

A
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

The meals and drinks took a very long time to arrive also the meals were served in correctly. Some of the food was very less then satisfying

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place with very friendly staff, and amazing food. This was the second time we dined there and it was amazing. The only thing we don't like is that the music can be a bit loud sometimes when your trying to have a conversation.

ZW
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I love the feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The corn fritters were amazing and the grilled corn was to die for. Service was great and friendly, drink were affordable & delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great take on Mexican food. Buzz in the restaurant and amazing margaritas

K
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Mediocre food, mediocre service, no spice or flavours of genuine Mexican food. Staff were slow and had no idea of how many times someone took our order. Drinks were also forgotten.

TM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and excellent customer service. The bartender went out of his way to make us a special drink after they didn’t have what we were after on the drinks menu. Really appreciated the efforts and cannot recommend enough. Will be back 😊

6
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious. Slightly overpriced for what I got but was really good.
Fun music but a tiny bit too loud. Had to shout to my friends across the table

RM
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing !! So fresh !! Service was top notch !! Cocktails a little pricey

LH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous time and food was delicious we will definitely be back!

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious, friendly and very affordable. The chief is amazing and the churros are always to die for.

SO
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service with a smile. Tasty authentic Mexican food. Will definitely go back again in the future.

GD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Three at our table had Burritos which they were very happy with. I had the mole lamb which was delicious but needed sour cream with it. It was a bit dry without it but they brought it when asked. It was also very messy to eat. I think next time I would go with burritos also.

F
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Gluten free & allergy consideration was awesome by service staff (we have coeliac & anaphylactic allergy to cashew, pistachio & avocado). Food was lovely. Waitress great & good with her recommendation for portion size for the kids meals. Got really busy once we got there so drinks were a little slow, otherwise we would have had more of those delicious magaritas!

HH
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The vegan menu is amazing! Loved the cauli burrito.

SD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, the right mix of modern and traditional Mexican dishes. Amazing looking bar full of tequila and mezcal.
Service was great. Would recommend!

TT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Food was food but not as good as the last time I went. Was super disappointed

O
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, they just need to turn down the music a little, at times you could bearly hear people talking from across the table. But, food was great, fresh and delicious, we will be back.

L
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and staff.
Thank-you, and compliments to the chief!

EB
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Char grilled corn is a bit pricey. Everything else is priced well.

LC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious dinner, we slowly worked our way through the menu. Great atmosphere and service. We will definitely be back.

AH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere and servers!! The drinks were delish!

KW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious, but staff were a bit slow to take our orders which wouldn't have been too big a deal but we were on a bit of a time constraint.

CC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent experience, the 5 course degustation was fantastic, the food and drinks were exceptional, the service was very attentive and professional. The only complaint was the music was very loud. Highly recommend to others.

LT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friday night at El Santo was fabulously wondrous. Great atmosphere, amazingly good service and great food and kick arse margaritas. We were a group of four and felt the value was great for our $. Great choice of dishes and the food fresh and cooked and served with love . Thanks Amigos x

RC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the whole experience wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. We had a wonderful night thankyou.

LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice food, went for the Feed Me option on the menu...didn’t disappoint. Really good value for money. Lovely staff

ED
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. We went on a Tuesday which has very cheap tacos and beer. The chicken and fish tacos were absolutely delicious and the churros were to die for!

K
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Best Mexican food I have had in Australia, so far.

C
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great margaritas & friendly service!

J
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, cool vibe , overall an amazing place .

MF
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food and great staff! Amazing tacos

EM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Fantastic food and friendly service. Only one little thing ...it did take a while for our drink order. I felt like we were sitting there for ages with no drink. We saw our drinks sitting on the bar for a while. Also no one ever came around to ask us to order anymore drinks or desserts. We just walked out after a main and 1 drink each.
However we will be back and I am sure next time your staff will be more attentive.