Reviews of El Dorado (Restaurant)

530 3rd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701, United States

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You will see the reviews of people who use the services and products of El Dorado (Restaurant) in the area close to Alaska.

At the present this business has a score of 4.0 over 5 and that score is based on 166 reviews.

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This Restaurant is classified in the category of Mexican restaurant.

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REVIEWS OF El Dorado IN Alaska

chris cardenas

Great atmosphere, the food was delicious, got the all you can eat buffet special and got plate after plate brought to our table and even had dessert included. Our waiter was polite and professional and we had a great overall experience, cant wait to come back!

Chelsea Ramirez

Amazing food, had the flautas. They were HUGE! Nice atmosphere, authentic flavors. Friendly staff and bartender.


09/12/18: On sept 7, I brought my full class of students to the restaurant. few days prior to that, I spoke with the owner about the field trip. He was enthusiastic and happy to have my students visit for lunch. When we arrived, a table was set for all of us, we ordered the lunch buffet. The sheer amount of food produced for the $13 buffet impressed the adults, and the quality and quantity of the food brought out to us was delicious. I wholeheartedly recommend this place to other teachers who want a welcoming place to bring their students for lunch. For anyone looking for a hidden gem of Fairbanks, El Dorado is one of them. If you want a good Mexican lunch relatively fast and fair in price they're good

Rachel Morris

One of my favorite places while I have been in Fairbanks for work. Very cozy, good food, food specials, daily enchilada bar, taco Tuesdays, margarita specials. Reasonable prices compared to other restaraunts.

Jeff Rosen

Below average. Charged extra for the stale chips and salsa. Don't waste your time

Alnise Freeman

Great food! Great staff!

William Allen

Taco Tuesday BOGO best tacos in town

Nathaniel Terpening

Out of iced tea and several meals in the early evening. The carne asada was just a steak with a few onion rings. The burritos were great. And very good salsa to start. Small inside and seating is hidden in some of the areas making more intimate areas if desired.

B Hopkins

Everything was wonderful! I will be in town for a few days and will definitely be back! Completely satisfied!

Jessie Huffaker

Love this little Mexican restaurant in downtown Fairbanks. Best dishes are the taco salad and the fajitas. Dont miss out on their Taco Tuesday, its buy one get one free!!

john huisman

Deep fried ice cream is insane! !!!

Fawne Palmeno

Gross now that they have new people

David Wentland

Great location, good food and friendly service!

Brendo Tube

Love this place. Buy one, get one free tacos on Tuesdays.

Kevin Morales

Great food for great prices

brian miranda

Great Mexican food at a good price.

Jordan Chrest

Upon arriving I waited a few minutes to be seated, no big deal, however the atmosphere from the very beginning was off. After finally being seated, apparently a low table to accommodate my disabled mother was a slight inconvenience - still no big deal, I waited 20+ minutes with a menu before the waiter finally reappeared, upon ordering the Carne Asada I am told “We have two reservations tonight a table of 9 and a table of 8, so we have limited our menu to just Tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Plus the Carne Asada takes like 50 minutes.” Bottom line a restaurant should not leave you with a full blown menu to look at for 20 minutes just to come tell you that they only have 3 items for sale, at 6:30pm on a Saturday. What kind of service is that?! I will however add that Their chips and Salsa were pretty good, up until I got up and walked out with the bad taste of customer service in my mouth.

John D Knott III

Great lunch spot! Perfect down town location. Great service. I look forward to eating there again. Try the fish tacos!

Mark V Vanacker

Poor service food poor not going Back no time soon

Jaclyn Silas

I like it was good food and some good drinks.

Gabriel Derrick

Always friendly and delicious food. Try the brisket or pork burrito alongside a margarita.

Ryan King

ak person

Killer service, drinks and food. It's become our date go to.

Corey Upton

Got the table buffet, enchiladas are great. Nice place.

Marlene Vargas

Looks clean, salsa is really good, beats Gallos! Food presentation also looks appetising but it did lack on flavor a bit. Slim chance I'd Return only for the salsa. Ahaha.

Amy Lanam

Cozy Mexican restaurant with great food and affordable lunches.

Odile Meister

Very friendly and especially cheap on Taco Tuesdays, however very mediocre food and run down atmosphere.

Brian Reed

Was disappointing to say the least...maybe I hit them just on an off day, but they had no sour cream or guacamole. The salsa was very watery and didn't seem freshly made and to top it all off they also happened to run out of the one beer that I ordered...

Cody Siders

Chris Hooper

Lauren Hesse

Best Mexican in town! Still doesn't have the right queso, haven't been able to find it in the state of Alaska like down south but the dinners are delicious!!

Traci Ulz

Went in ordered a drink and never got it so I left. I think bartender was drunk.

Kimberly Hernandez

Horrible service, did not bring drinks after ordered, only brought 2 waters for party of 6 people. Told not to order off menu as wait time was 35+ minutes, recommended to eat buffet...all canned type food (salsa not fresh, canned jalapenos, no rice, canned beans) would NOT RECOMMEND this place to anyone! If you're looking for Mexican food, do not get it here!

Olga Gold

We took 2 tacos for kids, good price.

Haley Jones

Food is good but pricey no Ac just floor fans which in pretty sure is against health code waitress was very nice but a bit forgetful over okay but not great

Doug Leitheiser

Food was delicious, service needs improvement.

Virginia Eldridge

Stephanie Edwards

Alright food, fast service.

Ginger Dixon

Good food, nice inside and warm. The enchilada bar was a nice surprise.

john whitlaw

Jonathan Tennis

One of the better meals we had while in Fairbanks. Had the fish tacos and a soup. Meal was delicious. Service was great. Not a lot of great food options in Fairbanks but this is one worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Kimberly Gilhousen

The food was fantastic!!!! Most Mexican restaurants serve messy plates of mush, but this place was wonderful. The rice was fresh and the meat moist and juicy. Portions were large and hot. DEFINATLY will be returning in the future for all my Mexican cravings!

Glenn Brown

Got the vegetarian burrito, as I have at numerous Mexican restaurants. All the vegetables in this burrito looked like they came from a bag of cheap grocery store frozen vegetables. Those cube cute carrots, small beans etc. That in conjunction with $4 for a soda and no free refills...I wouldn't return

Zachary Sherman

Over priced and not as good as other Mexican in town.

Colter Lankutis

Stoped in to warm up. The chimichanga did just fine in doing that

Cindy Marquez

Great fast friendly service! I enjoyed every bite

Gioconda Hidalgo

(Translated by Google) Rich nachos (Original) Ricos nachos

Collin McDugal

Definitely better than Gallos. Very cozy, not fancy, never packed, just perfect. Best margaritas I've found in Fairbanks. This is our go to for Mexican food when we want Margs with it.

Jennifer Lomison

Good was very good! Will be going back!

patrick Riley

best.......mexican food......ever!!! they have a alll you can eat menu and its the chefs choice what you get so its a mystery and my table was full from end to end with food...the drinks are great too, service was out of this world. sweet,nice, knowledgable wait staff. this place is the best

Ann Schmidt

Love this place! Amazing food!!!

Art Arsenault

Great food at a good price with fast and friendly service.

Tell Burger

Buy one get one Tacos on Taco Tuesday it's a great deal!

Terry Oakes

Food luke warm, no refill on sodas, service almost nonexistent.

Sara Griffith

Best Tacos in Fairbanks and Taco Tuesday rocks!!


Amazing. Food is delicious, coffee is good and staff and service is great. They offer indoor seatings. Restrooms are available in restaurant. Bar is available. Great for tapas. Good for groups or couples. It's located in downtown fairbanks. Overall: Great restaurant!

Joel Urick

Just what I would expect for local resturant in Fairbanks, Alaska!

Chris Mandery

Athena Sweetsir

The specials are wonderful

Devan Prince

Awesome!!! Great food. Buffet is well worth it. You will not leave hungary. Great services, great food and great atmosphere. Would give 10 stars if I could.

Barbara Harmening

Food was burnt... Took off burnt meat, charged me 12.00 for beans and rice.

Michael Cabelus

Margaritas were good. Food was good. Staff was friendly and attentive. Prices were good too. I will go there again.

Ben Schreiner

Food was ok. I had the chicken burrito and it was kind of cold in the middle. Service was good and very friendly.

Eric Wyatt

Gene Salzman

Quiet. Non smoking. Very good food. Excellent drinks. It may be an out of the way place to visit, but you get more food and drink for your money.

john blanchard

Steve Valdez

Olny mexican food i can eat in alaska period

Mykel Townsend

Food was absolutely amazing.

Per Harald Pettersen

Very good tacos, burritos and taco salads. Good Menu and prices. Two tacos egen you buy one.

Michael Earnest

Small intimate space in good location, good service, good (American) Mexican food.

LayLa Martinez

Food was delicious!!! Tostadas were best I've ever had.. Secret buffet was a mix of everything.. Do not believe previous bad review, food was hot, and presentation was great!!!! Will be back!! Desert was cherry fried icecream.

Julia Bauman

Good food and service! Recommended by a local shuttle driver and he was right. I recommend fish tacos and daily specials.

jason ballek

Really enjoyed the fajitas.


the food was'nt tasty the service is good price ok

Kathy Nelson

Where do I begin....I went into this restaurant and settled on the Buffet, well EVERYTHING was cold or room temperature at best. Not ONE THING tasted fresh, it tasted like it had been sitting there a good while. I explained this to the MANAGER on duty Friday June 7th at 6:30PM. I inquired if I could just order the kids chicken tenders meal, he said sure. 30 minutes later out comes the chicken tender meal, nice, hot and fresh but more like the Adult Chicken Tender Meal. I said I ordered the Kids Chicken Tender Meal, he said I told them to spruce it up a bit for you, I said wow, no need to, but thank you. I get my Bill and not only did he STILL charge me for that nasty Buffett, but he also charged me THE ADULT PRICE for the kids meal I ordered. When I questioned my bill on why he charged me for the Adult meal he proceeded to take back my plate of Chicken Tenders as I’m eating and have already eaten one full tender, to remove enough Food to make it a kids meal AGAIN, REALLY!!!! So unprofessional, rude and very very distasteful!! So what is he going to do serve those TAINTED Chicken Tenders to another unsuspecting diner, and you call yourself a MANAGER? I wish I would have gotten his name as he was NOT wearing a name tag. I will NEVER come back or recommend this Restaurant to ANYONE, ALL TOURIST BEWARE!!!!

Albert gordon

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Food was absolutely great, jim was awesome. And i would suggest the flautas. Cannot say enough about the service and the food. Will definitely come here again.

Charlee Jones

Cameron Stevenson

Walter White

great amount of food. chicken soup is good

Eva Murillo

My husband's plate was a disgrace. Beans were crusty and "tortilla was expired. The rice was dried out and the meat was dry and unseasoned. Needless to say we didn't pay or even eat what we were served. I wish Alaskans can experience an authentic plate from my country.


Great food, great service, fair prices.

shaun ostnes

Kailey Miranda

Delicious and large portions. Presentation of food is great!

Michael Jeffrey

Great Service, Good Food Hot & Fresh! Mario is the best Chef ever.

James Boerema

Excellent food, good beer, fair prices. Service can be a little slow but not bad at all.

Jonathan Greenwood

Ordered a taco salad it was full of fried tortilla, quarter cup of taco lettuce and the steak(which wasnt more than several bites) was cut up like cat food and dumped into the refried beans at the bottom. The worst thing about getting the worst salad I've ever had? Noone cared. I've been a local for several months and treated like a tourist. Avoid places like these.

Olivia Esera

Dirty, everything. Food is bland and tastes reheated.

Yalissa Reyes

Kinda sucks, well, terrible service, rude workers, and can we get more chips for our dip?

john c

For being out in frontier land, they have awesome Mexican food. I went here a couple months ago and they have an amazing cook. What brought my rating down for this restaurant was that I sat down to a group of older white lady's who racial profiled me when I was paying the bill. The owner is doing an amazing job. I also feel he should post signs that state racial profiling will not be tolerated by staff or customers in this restaurant.

Connie Jackson

Good drinks

Carlos Martinez

deb marquart

Great food and service

Walter Cook

This place is a joke

Rhiannon Reed

Great customer service

Shayna Lunt

Amazing on the inside and the food is even better!! Best chicken soup I've ever had and their tortillas are fresh and warm!

Uday Patel

Bad attitude and Ok food. Very late service

Cassie Carter

Rose Condi

Food is hot and fresh and they have a big Buffet, house margaritas are delicious and cant even say about the deserts !!!

Jeff Young

Authentic, excellent Mexican food. More than ample servings. I will return!

Chris & Jessi Morse

I love this place. The tacos are simply amazing

Charles Malloch

Great food, friendly service. A very clean restaurant with fitting decor and a nice atmosphere. Well-equipped to handle a bar crowd, would eat there any day.

Layla Fulton

There really is no reason for some of the most processed ingredients in the cuisine world to be so expensive, and that’s what it is here. If the cuisine was gourmet, using top notch ingredients then I would understand but the truth is they are not. Many of the ingredients comes from cans and jars. If the prices were balanced with the ingredients I’d say it’s a bargain being the service is good. Also, there are literally 4-5 televisions at the bar in the back, distracting diners from their company and fare. All televisions playing the same sport. Sensory overload. Take pride in your establishment, serve stellar dishes that truly represents the beauty of Mexico and traditions of the land. Refried beans from a can isn’t celebrating the traditional ingredients of our southern brothers and sisters. Give me some mesquite smoked prickly pear and authentic mezcal of Oaxaca.

Scott Tyler

Great place to eat

Dave Schuman

Good food and friendly staff. My wife and I had combo plates and shared we both enjoyed our time and meal together.

Lanien Livingston

I love their food! Always fresh and good service!

Gloria Smith

Delicious mexican food

Brett Riedmayer

Best Mexican food in Fairbanks trust me!

Cody Berry

Megan Stewart

The food is delicious. We went there late and they never gave use anything that wasn't fresh cooked or felt like they didn't put care into it. Highly recommend the fajitas! Wow!

Jenna Roman

Great food and great prices

Tyson Hillyer

Karen Karadimov

Big portions great service

Jack Gonzales

Tamales are great.

Charlotte Parkinson

My husband and I ordered th taco salad and it was the best taco salad we have ever eaten. The dish was unique and really taste great. Would definitely recommend this place. Employees were great and took care of their customers.

Robert Crooks

Bar atmosphere, service was good, food normal Fairbanks Mexican food.

Brittney Brave

Delicious , try the buffet!

Michael Catona

One of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve ever had and by far the worst in fairbanks. Went on a Thursday night and all of their tables were full which was fine because I was still able to sit at the bar. The bartender took around 10 minutes to give us a menu and say hi but poured many drinks for others right infront of me spilling multiple times. Took 50 minutes to get our two tacos and a enchilada. The beef was completely unseasoned. There was a party of 5 in the back which took all three servers they had that night to attend to them. My wife ordered the house margarita and it tasted like dish soap. The couple that was next to us that was there before us never got their food and tried to pay for their beer and leave. They were told the food would be free but to wait 5 minutes for it because it was already done. After 10 minutes of waiting for the food they just left. The staff did say sorry to us for taking so long and gave my wife a free shot of tequila. We will never be back.

Frank E.

Fantastic Mexican cusine in the heart of downtown Fairbanks. Don't forget about Taco Tuesday!

Mark Hudson

Small unassuming outside with a nice inside. Came in on a Friday evening for dinner. Had to get menus for ourselves and find a server to take our orders. Server discouraged us from ordering food because they only have two people working and it'd take a long time for food to be made. Charged $2 to change corn tortillas to flour. Seriously El Dorado? Server was very polite and did what he could. Food was delicious. Under different management this could be 4 or 5 stars.

Michelle Piper

This is my second time coming. The first experience was amazing. Food and service was excellent. Today the waiter has a horrible attitude about the littlest things. Was served chips with no salsa, and when I asked for it he got mad and served us JUICE. (Because I'm pregnant) I ordered a Virgin Pina colada and was still charged full price at the end of my meal (even though there was no alcohol in it). Also, the food wasn't that great this time. It looked very cheap and bland.. which it was. I will not be returning.

kathy russo

Delish, as always!

Tameran Poulsen

Kent Slade

Not many Mexican restaurants in Fairbanks, but this was pretty good. Service was adequate though slow. Front entrance not wheelchair accessible so use the rear entrance.

Ben Ebberson

Great place to eat.

David Bass

Chicken quesadillas were great! Salsa was just okay.

Trista Crass

SO GOOD! Their potato tacos, flautas, margaritas and beef tacos are AWESOME. Leaning a bit towards street food, it's a dark cave perfect for drinks, pregaming, tapas, or just dinner with kids (it's got music/tv going, they aren't going to disturb people). Love it, it's so cute and their food is great!

Brianna Baurick

The food was delicious and the staff here are really friendly. Great place for lunch!

Julia Pitts

Mediocre food, probably some of the worst service I've received at a restaurant. There was also a hair in the food, and the waiter was surly when we pointed it out.

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