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El Mariachi



Name: Rabia Javed 
Restaurant Pick: La Vie Lebanese Cuisine
Reviewed: El Mariachi

As soon as you enter the parking lot in a huge plaza, you would not assume a gem of authentic Spanish cuisine is waiting for your arrival in the form of El Mariachi restaurant. They take care of you the moment you sit down. You are told about the margaritas. Even though I don’t drink alcohol, I wanted to try the virgin frozen margarita option. It did not disappoint. It was refreshing and almost made me feel like I was in an island enjoying my drink with the music softly playing in the background. The server brought the warm chips and salsa right away. They are addictive and hard to stop eating. The inhouse hot sauce is a must with the chips and entrees if you like the right amount of fire and kick in your palette. We wanted to order the entrees right away. My friend ordered a quesadilla with veggies that came with rice, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream. My entrée of chimichanga with camarones (shrimp) tasted amazing with the melted cheese and ranchero sauce on top. Even though it had two different types of cheeses (Monterey Jack and cheddar), it was not overwhelming with cheesiness. It was flawless in taste and presentation. The dessert we shared was Tres Leches, which I particularly did not like as much as the rest of my dining experience. I think it’s a matter of preference if you like Tres Leches super liquid-y or not. Overall, a great meal for the right price with friendly precise service by the server. I know where to go in Coral Springs if I am craving Mexican food.

Name: Ashley Yuknus 
Restaurant Pick: City Fish Market
Reviewed: El Mariachi

When we arrived the parking lot was full, a packed house on Friday night. As we approached the front door there was a band playing on the outside patio with a lively bar and friendly hostess. My fiancé and I decided we wanted to dine inside because we wanted to talk to each other. The hostess inside greeted us with a friendly smile, and we sat right down. Seemed like a normal local Mexican restaurant. We have actually been wanting to check this place out. We were casually greeted by our server and we ordered a Skinny Margarita and Jaritos Mexican soda. My fiancé and the waiter joked about how to pronounce Jaritos. As we skimmed the menu for which appetizer we would get, the free chips and salsa came out and my fiancé went nuts over the salsa. Best of all, it was free! I was delighted to find some highlighted specialty Cuban items on the menu. Lechon Asado was listed as a secret dish with 110 ingredients, slow cooked to perfection, and topped with onions. My fiancé decided he wanted the chicken and shrimp fajitas dish. We ended up sharing both dishes. The Lechon Asado was such a savory, tasty dish; when you put it in your mouth it melted and had so many different flavors going on— almost like bacon. We really enjoyed that dish and talked about how our friend Arturo used to make this for us. The portions were generous, and we were definitely full upon finishing our main courses. As much as my fiancé and I love dessert, we were so full after we finished eating, we needed some time before we could have dessert. The server was attentive and friendly. Overall, we will be back and we think we have found our new favorite local Mexican (and Cuban) restaurant. YUM!

Name: Peter Keiley 
Restaurant Pick: El Mariachi
Reviewed: El Mariachi

El Mariachi has two locations in Coral Springs. The main, original one is larger and the smaller one is in the north area of Coral Springs. Easy access off University Drive, with plenty of parking. Nice Mexican restaurant with great food and service. They’re known for their homemade chips and salsa as the table greeting once seated, with mild or spicy salsa. Meals are consistently fresh, and the service is friendly, attentive. Ambiance is great for adults or family with very fair pricing. If you’re in the mood for some great Mexican food, good service and a nice afternoon or evening meal – El Mariachi is the place for you.

Restaurant Information

Location: : 2153 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, FL (second location also in Coral Springs)
Parking: Parking lot
Phone: 954-688-7505
Restaurant Owners: Marco Molano
Executive Chef: Delio Lucero
Pastry Chef: N/A

Type of Cuisine: Mexican-Cuban
Signature Dishes: Lechon Asado, Steak Fajitas
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Full bar
Corkage Fee: $20
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday– 11:00AM - 10:00PM 
Tuesday– 11:00AM - 10:00PM 
Wedensday– 11:00AM - 10:00PM 
Thursday– 11:00AM - 10:00PM 
Friday– 11:00AM - 11:30PM 
Saturday– 11:00AM - 11:30PM 
Sunday– 11:00AM - 10:00PM 

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: Yes, for parties 12 or more
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: Yes – Delivery Dudes Postmates
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $30-50
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $30-50
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All major credit cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: 24 hours

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 250
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Entertainment: Yes, sometimes live music, generally weekends