El Santo Mexican

4.7
143 reviews
$40 and under
Mexican
Located at 115, Ryrie Street in Geelong,El Santo brings an authentic and modern take on Mexican cuisine. Run and operated by well-known players in the Geelong food scene, the owners of The Pickers Union bring their collective flair and passion to the night food scene!

The menu is packed with fresh, vibrant Mexican flavours and options to share, set to delight. Menu items start from as cheap as the charred street corn with queso and lime for $8 with tacos, quesadillas, and also larger mains that can be shared for a great experience. In addition, we offer an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. Oh, and of course tequila, mezcal, and margaritas!

Many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

We are open 6 days a week, and hold a license until 1 am on weekends. The restaurant is family-friendly, wheelchair accessible, and available for functions.
What 143 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GeorgiaC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Such a great restaurant. The best Mexican in Geelong honestly - everything is so fresh and doesn't feel like heavy greasy Mexican you usually get at other restaurants. Although service could be a little better, quicker attendance to you after seating and additional drink prompts. The tables need to be a bit more spread out if possible, I was so close to the person behind me, they hit me in the head - definitely not 1.5m distance between. Other than that a really great restaurant, relaxed vibe and amazing food and drinks. Will always return here.

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CMG1
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, cocktails and staff all on point. Will be back again just for the nachos and spicy margaritas

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GregF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Mexican food in Geelong, and the staff were amazing and informative! 10/10 would recommend

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YadyG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was very good, we spent a nice time there!

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PhilipL
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was excellent and the staff very helpful. The open floorplan of the restaurant made it a little noisy but not unpleasant. I would recommend El Santo to anyone who enjoys quality Mexican food.

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TraceyH
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Have dined at El Santo several times and have always found the food and service excellent. The only down side is not being able to have a coffee to finish off with. Hopefully coffee might be added to the menu in the near future. Otherwise really enjoyed it.

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JustinO
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a great local Mexican place. Food was very tasty and staff amazing service! Great atmosphere.

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saraha
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can't recommend El Santo's enough. Great food, great service, great cocktails.

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Okell
Houston
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience4

I was unfortunately very disappointed, as we've been on the search to find decent mexican food since we moved to Geelong from Texas 3yrs ago. We've come from a place that does some of the best mexican in the world besides Mexico itself, and this is so far from it, we weren't quite sure what we were eating. The service was excellent and loved the atmosphere. The salsa and guacamole were the highlights ( if only the chips weren't stale)but everything else was flavorless and seemed like the most basic cheap ingredients thrown together. It's a shame and unfortunately won't be back. So sorry

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BridgetW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food. Good value for money, not huge portions but still decent. Great flavour in everything we ordered!

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SeanR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great friendly staff. The food was amazing. The drinks were tasty! We all had a great night. Will definitely be back!

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DDDD
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

authentic mexican food! great service and good food!

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LEANNES
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Menu was great and food and cocktails delicious. Great venue and friendly staff.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very good, great and friendly staff and the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I enjoyed food and love it

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saraha
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. I highly recommend the home made soda's (and the cocktails). Staff are friendly and professional.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails!! Great service!

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Mina
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was OK but not amazing. I had a vegetarian Chimichunga and my partner had the beef Chimichunga. The highlight of the meal was the desert, which was churros with caramel sauce.

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GretchenS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super helpful attentive staff, catered easily for food allergies, fun ambiance and really yummy food!

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MikaylaW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a great vibe and experience, and had lots of options for vegetarians which I appreciated and the food tasted delicious.

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Jake
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If your going to go here get the feed me they will spoil you and you will be full well worth the price and the staff are fantastic.

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is beautiful and fresh, and has a great range for vegetarians and vegans. Friendly service too. We love this place

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EliseS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent service, food and drinks, great value for money and a fab night out

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MaddyM
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is amazing and the food is beautiful!! Highly recommend

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Feed me option is the only option. Just do it. You won't be disappointed

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RheA
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great food, drinks and atmosphere. Unfortunately our food took 1.5 hours to come but hopfully that's just a once off.

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ChloeT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were all lovely and very accomodating!! We were there celebrating a birthday and everyone had a wonderful time! Food was amazing and our tables dietary requirements were all accommodated for without any issues!

Thanks so much!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s always a good time at el Santo! The food is fresh and delicious, the staff are warm and friendly and the decor makes it feel so cozy and ambient! Have recommended this place to so many of my friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Anniversary dinner

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MummaUpps
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favs! The food is always fresh and the atmosphere - spot on!

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KieraM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. A bit disappointed with where we were sitting considering I booked well in advance. It didn’t feel like our booking was considered

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Innijones
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

really awesome play, amazing food, fantastic service. would definitely go again!

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BrionaH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very yum and they staff were incredibly helpful and attentive. Will return. Thank you.

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and fresh dishes and an ambiance that feels like you are in Mexico. Perfect table service by our server Sophia. Will absolutely be going back!

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KateD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing friendly staff! Food came out extremely quickly, and tasted so fresh. Good music and lighting

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Hayley
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

absolutely amazing! great staff, great food, and such a good vibe within the restaurant!

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MerrinL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!

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GraceT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Drinks were forgotten about with meal. The meals were overpriced for the size of meal.

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NickB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Santo's food and cocktails were excellent. Service was even better. Would definitely recommend!

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KarlyM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the staff were energectic and friendly. They also made some mean cocktails that were so good we got a few cocktails for takeway at the end.

FAQs

El Santo Mexican does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

El Santo Mexican is rated 4.7 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.