El Camino Cantina The Rocks

3.9
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$40 and under
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Tex-Mex

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Tucked in the cobblestone streets of Sydney’s most historic CBD precinct, “The Rocks” you’ll find El Camino Cantina, a large, loud and fun Tex-Mex bar filled with BIG Margaritas, Legendary Tex-Mex and Classic Rock n Roll music and entertainment.Roll up your sleeves and get ready to hit the bar for tacos, over 100 different varieties of tequila and mezcal, big margaritas and American style Mexican food aka “Tex-Mex”.El Camino Cantina is unashamedly Tex-Mex (not Mexican) from the food to the drinks and the music to the decor.
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
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Pdthefoodie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It's a great place to catch up with friends with a fun vibe but the food lacks flavour and shows a lack of effort. We ordered the tacos, Queso Blanco and the burrito bowl with the fillings being achiote chicken, mushrooms and black beans. Fair to say that if I do go here again next time, I'll probably just go for the drinks, the vibe and the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant closed before my reservation time. They told me that they always close at 9:30 (OT let me book a 10pm reservation) and moreover, that they were unaware that they accepted OT reservations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time eating there. It’s was a fun atmosphere food was really good margaritas went down well only down fall was the menus were sticky and one of our guests received there meal 10min before everyone else in saying that though it was very busy.

SM
vipSharonM
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was my daughter

JP
JanP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went with our son and his 3 children for Fathers Day celebrations, we also have been several times before. The service and food is always great, it’s not too costly but what we like most is how comfortable and welcoming the restaurant is. Staff are lovely, we arrived 10 minutes early and it was not a problem, the staff are very friendly to all of us and there is something on the menu for everyone.

JL
JenniferL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were one of the first tables in the dining room. Servers were friendly but we had to ask where my margarita was as 2/3 food had been delivered. the margaritas are tasty and good value but hard to drink without a straw and so we had to flag someone down to ask for one. in the end, I didn't have time to finish it ( it came so late and hard to drink) we had to wait a while and ask if the last dish was coming as we were waiting to eat together. the server didn't say the usual " the rest of food is coming" so we just waited then had to flag someone down again. We are not difficult customers and felt bad each time we had to get a hold of someone. there is no expectation of a tip here in Sydney but if we were anywhere else, this would be close to no customer service. Not once did anyone come and check on us.

the free nachos were nice but not sure if it made up for rest of the uncertainty with the meal.

the whole thing was a bit of a let down, but we were in at 5pm on a monday with our 2 kids, not young childrn and maybe not their usually clientele- if this is their way of telling us not to return. you accomplished it.

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area51tazz
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Music was very loud all over with no options for an area where you could hear each other. Good was great and service was good.

JP
JasP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great vibe at an amazing venue

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We reserved a table but they sat us in the bar where there wasn’t any table service. We didn’t realise this until we waited 15mins to get someone’s attention and they then told us no table service in the bar area. I’ve been here before and loved it but all the staff working that day seemed like they didn’t want to be there. Not sure if I’ll eat there again after this experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We set ourselves down as we waiting to be seated and no staff member was bothered assist us to a seating area. The food was tasteless And of poor quality the service had taken very long our food was not ready for 27 minutes after ordering and what’s the bill has arrived we were overcharged by $17 I was very upset as I had out of state guess that was looking forward to a traditional Mexican experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fabulous lively restaurant with very friendly staff. They had a problem with our open table booking, as they never received it, but found us a table anyway.

SR
SReedBro
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good fun and good atmosphere

KP
KylieP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very noisy and unpleasant - like a massive food hall with crap music.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was very very average considering the prices. Wait staff were friendly but forgot items we ordered, didn’t bring water to table, table water stank, corn tortillas dry and crumbled. Tacos fillings were not good at all, salty and very poor. Great place and amazing tequila menu but the rest needs a serious review. Can’t believe Neil Perry has this in his portfolio, the food quality is so far from his standards and what he writes, cooks and believes in.

SC
SarahC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I guess we

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience of my life! Harassing staff, bad food, no value for money banquet and an extremely rude assistant manager. Can’t even rate it a one star.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to El Camino for my daughters birthday. Food was great. A bit noisy. Maybe a tad expensive. But would recommend it. One of our guests was vegan so he was able to choose foods to suit.

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Stephzulu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Good for a group and the service is ok, but we had an issue with the food. One of our party who has a severe gluten allergy was served the wrong meal, despite being careful and clear with her order. I'd be more complementary of this venue if the staff and kitchen were more careful, especially concerning food allergies.

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VivH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Was expensive for what was delivered. There's many other wonderful Mexican restaurants in Sydney I'd be happier revisiting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately the service was quite bad. We were left at the table without drinks and unable to catch the eye of staff without actually getting up from our table to get someone which we had to do at least 3 times. A bit disappointing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had an amazing time here last night! The vibe was awesome and just sets the tone for an amazing night. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to have fun!

MA
MaryAnn
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service generally always a bit slow, its a good place to perfect the art of either catching the waiter/ess eye or being a memorable table! Food good but can be hit and miss, head sized beers and margaritas always a good time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Love the Happy Hour deals. Food is great. No possibility of conversations as the music was very loud.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great vibe, loved the ghost chili chicken wings and huge margaritas. Wall art is awesome and there's an old 1950s Juke Box for free plays. Don a sombrero and get into it guys!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall a very good experience but disappointed when I was told there was some "corkage fee" of $4 per head for birthday cake. When I did my booking I've asked if I could bring a cake but my booking was confirmed without any mentioned of that specific fee. The waitress was kind enough to reduce it to $3 per head. The situation could've been different if I was notified instead of learning about extra fee on the spot. 😡😡😡

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service here is terrible.
Booked for a large group, when we arrived were seated at 2 separate tables as the table they had allocated to us wasn't set for enough people.
After sitting down we then were told to move again because we had been seated at the wrong table.
The wait staff made up more tables and then we had to move over to another table that should of been set up to begin with. The staff we rude and unprofessional.
Food was average, nothing special and pricey for what came out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I had wanted to try this place for a while and unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. The food was average at best and portions were small, the only good part was the margaritas, although they are expensive, they are also very large. The sangaria was also not particularly pleasant. Service was very slow and non-responsive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing Food & drinks, Amazing value for money

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great value for money on Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour margarita. So happy they do flavoured ones as part of the Happy Hour too as I only really like the strawberry ones and loads of places just do Classics in HH deals.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Th staff were quick to serve you without rushing you. Food was great and so were the margaritas! Overall a fantastic place to grab some food and drinks with friends and family.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food and drinks order incorrect several times. Wait staff continually coming to our table for orders that were not ours.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a little slow but understandable with such great deal!
The value for money is excellent and the food is delicious.

The drink menu is also excellent and adventurous!
Would definitely go back.
Great for a group of friends/family

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A fun spot with good Tex-Mex. Best hot wings I've had in Sydney, 10 cents each with a drink purchase on Wednesdays, an ABSOLUTE bargain! Great service, good vibe, just good all round fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and lovely decor. Was a hoot!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food quality was extremely poor. We only ordered tacos (pork, chicken, fish)
They brought us out lamb which we hadn't ordered and weren't clear with what type of meat was in eat taco.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went on a Wednesday night for the 10c wings promotion with a large margarita which was delicious. Food was served in a timely manner by friendly waitstaff. The restaurant had a really great vibe and lots of energy around the place. Definitely good value for money and place to hang out with your mates.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic and value for money amazing. Beverage service was quite slow, however we were a large group ordering cocktails.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I enjoy the drinks and the food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food at a reasonable price, the tacos and wings are always a hit. Most of the staff are attentive an helpful and the place has good music and vibe.
Beware though, ordering tacos in a big group isn't a good idea unless you are just ordering 20 of the same taco. Even if you order 3 or 4 (the taco holder holds 4)they won't be on one tray, they'll be all mixed up and you have to guess which are yours and be constantly passing them down the table. It's taco roulette !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on January 23, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cool setting, it is something different in the City kinda of like an American diner but fancy. I went for lunch and the food came out quick, the food is nice at a great price.

Music is grunge/rock music and the staff are friendly.

Overall I would recommend going to see a different type of place that is fun and has ambiance.

It would be a good place to go on a date or in a group.

FAQs

El Camino Cantina The Rocks does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

El Camino Cantina The Rocks is rated 3.9 stars by 130 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.