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El Gallito - 24 Reviews - 1700 20TH Ave, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 329-8088

El Gallito

1700 20TH Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-8088
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I moved here from California (Los Angeles area) about two months ago. As many other Californians would understand, I went through Mexican food withdraw as I have been trying to f...


YUK! Bland food and child friendly. Need I say more? Pros: Great Salsa Cons: Food is mediocre at best

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Boring and expensive, but their chips and salsa are great 3/27/2006

I wish the CD had a good Mexican restaurant. We used to go to El Gallito's pretty frequently, but the place has lost a lot of its charm. They remodeled a few years ago, doubling their dining area and replacing their retro painted sign out front. They also increased prices on what was already a fairly expensive menu, probably in order to recover some of the cost of the new tables, fixtures, decorations, paint, etc. We get the sense they are aspiring to be a fancier restaurant, but I liked it better when the paint was peeling, the lights flickered, and beer flags hung from the ceiling. It felt like Mexico! Their menu is broad and you can put together a variety of dinner plates from their myriad combinations, but most things on the menu are only average, at best. I used to have to remind myself not to order the dry tamales. Most of the rest of the food was pretty bland, too. Sometimes I'd get the burritos because they were big and one of the cheapest options on the menu. The chicken mole was decent, but also one of the most expensive items. The only standouts are the freshly fried chips and wonderfully spicy salsa. They are at least nice about refilling the chip baskets. I'd come here to drink beer or pint glasses of margaritas and eat only the chips and salsa if that was an option. more

Yum! 10/24/2005

I love El Gaillto! Their salsa verde is just great! I'd put it on everything. Put some on your burrito or your rice or your beans to add some kick and more flavor. Not too hot, just right. Their house margaritas come with a maraschino cherry to boot. A very refreshing treat. Their menu is huge, and you can get lunch-sized portions anytime, not just at lunch. Prices are good too. more

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Often missed, but sadly 6/7/2005

This "hole-in-the-well" Mexican restaurant at 20th and Madison is actually quite good. The salsa is always fresh and they give you two different kinds. Prices are definitely reasonable. Also, their happy hour is very generous. I think its from 3-6, but I could be wrong. Cheap food and cheap mexican beer, what more could you ask for? Also, don't worry, Dino's won't be around much longer, but I have never had an issue in that area anyway, it has always been fine. more

Best mexican in seattle! 10/16/2004

This place is almost a whole in the wall but definitely worth going here for the food. It?s the best Mexican in Seattle and the prices are very cheap. more
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  • The Scene
    The bright stucco exterior is a cheerful prelude to the meal. Step inside and the Mexi-trinkets and sea of colors transport you to low-budget Mexico. At night, a cross section...

  • 9/28/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Capitol Hill, Stevens