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El Capo | NQ | Manchester - El Capo, Manchester, Greater Manchester

El Capo

3.9
3.9
324 Reviews
£25 and under
Mexican
El Capo is a tequila bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter, whilst also serving up some of your favourite Mexican inspired dishes, including burritos, tacos and wings!

Our ground floor tequila bar set is perfect for food and drinks, or you can escape to the basement for a more intimate restaurant experience, which is also available for larger bookings and exclusive private hire!

You can make the most of our daily deals, such as Tacos for Days running every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Tequila Thursdays and of course our Sunday Service.

Our tequila and mezcal selection is second to none, with over 70 bottles behind the bar, you're sure to find your favourite agave-based shot.

Please note, that unfortunately due to the size and capacity of our kitchen and storage areas, we are unable to cater any food or drinks items to guests with allergies or intolerances.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 17:00–22:00 Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri 17:00–00:00 Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 16:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    0161 388 6093
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We have various different food and drink packages to suit your needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private basement space has a cosy, colourful and bold aesthetic. With a comfortable capacity of 45 sat down or up to 60 as a buffet-style event, the basement is perfect for celebrations of any kind. We have food and drink packages to suit everyone .Please email info@elcaponq.co.uk for more information and to arrange an event.

What 324 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

324 Reviews
  1. CallumK

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Wouldn’t serve us due to one of us having an allergy to strawberries. Told us we had to leave

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  2. Izzi

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food but not a great atmosphere as it wasn't busy

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  3. LouiseB

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The wrong choice. Was looking for some great Mexican food. This is more like a bar. Food was very very average. Greasy Toilets were beyond filthy. Very dark and very loud. Ordered a frozen margarita very average. Service was ok but could tell that the waiting staff were under pressure. Over all not impressed. May be better later into the evening.

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  4. Carla

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Came for bottomless brunch 1:30-3pm, Nadia came on shift around 2pm and from there our service was 10/10! Food was amazing as always, toilets were extremely dark this time though?

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  5. JakeL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Smashing place, friendly staff. Music way too loud

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  6. LizzieC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Staff apologised for slow service but we didn’t think it was slow to be honest! The atmosphere is great and i recommend this place to anybody who will listen

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  7. SophiaH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service and would definitely come again

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  8. DeeManc1

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our food & will go back. The cocktails were nice too! The service was great & we did not wait long. We were able to have the table for two hours as we were celebrating a birthday.

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  9. SmithR

    Liverpool

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for bottomless brunch, had to go up twice for them to take drink orders so in 40 minutes we only had 2 drinks. They brought the wrong food order out and we had to wait another 15 minutes for the food. There was some food lying around at the top of the stairs and when we had to collar a staff member to see where the food was they magically disappeared and came back up ten seconds later. I did ask if it was the food that was sat up for ten minutes they said no but the food was pretty cold. After this the service improved they did apologise and started bringing two drinks instead of one, which in all fairness in the 90 minutes we would have only had 3 drinks if we hadn’t actually got up to the bar. The let us stay longer with no additional charge, this was nice however I definitely wouldn’t be recommending. I felt as if we were just bothering them and it made for a really uncomfortable experience.

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  10. MatthewC

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good good and drinks very loud large parties but had a really nice time.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was unbelievable the service was amazing.

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  12. LukeG

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot on a Thursday night for bargain tacos. Try the pickle Rico!

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  13. KatyJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere in general is good, little space between tables, a bit noisy. The information on the web is somewhat confusing and misleading. The tacos that cost £1 are only an option, the others have different prices, very poor quality, cold, hard tortillas, small portion of food, I felt like I was eating canned food. The Nachos are very bad too. The margaritas which I suppose is the reason why it fills up, good flavor, but if it's not frozen, it's not a margarita.

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  14. MikeB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a booking but got there a little early and our table wasn’t ready yet, the girl that welcomed us explained and gave us some discount cards for the bar next door which was a lovely touch, when we came back we were seated immediately and looked after really well. Food came nice and quick and was incredible as it always is. Top notch service, drinks and food. Bravo you wonderful humans!!

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  15. Visitor

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately the service was terrible (got one order wrong and all sorts going wrong around us) and they have changed the menu so not as good as it used to be.

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  16. Dhyti

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It took a while for service and took a while for food to come out (we were informed after 35 mins that our food had gone to a different table which we had seen go out out 15 mins before they came over to us). Stark contrast between service at our table and a table that sat behind us who almost got service within 4 minutes of sitting down. Myself and my partner waited 20 mins for a drinks order. Service isn’t up to scratch which is an utter shame.

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  17. Cami

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place to hang out with friends and share some amazing tacos and margaritas ! Service could improve but overall great experience

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  18. Macc

    Nottingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was great, service was poor. Hardly came over and had to ask for things multiple times. The table was broken so if you lent on the left of it the whole thing would shake. Shame I think it’s because it was busy but only the upstairs was open. Food was 10/10 fantastic and huge portions. Will give them another chance

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  19. CallyF

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it would definitely go again food lovely waitress lovely

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  20. Sarah

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere, the food was really good. They seemed a bit flustered/short staffed and we waited ages for our desserts. They were apologetic but it seemed like they were in a rush to get us out, which obviously we would have been out sooner if the desserts arrived. It all just felt really awkward at the end despite it starting off well.

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  21. SofiaA

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The tacos and the quesadilha were really good and the churros were true to latino ones.

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  22. EricaM

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to eat if you like Mexican food. Food was delicious from the chips to the tacos and was priced really well for the amount you get. Drinks were average price, cocktail was lovely. Had a great atmosphere and staff were really pleasant and friendly.

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  23. Visitor

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    No frozen margaritas, as stated in the menu. Music noise was horrendous, food needed a bit more spice, found it quite bland.

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  24. Rylah

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service great vibes and great food ! Would definitely be going back when I visit Manchester

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  25. ClaireW

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    style over substance- liquor and burn is way better

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  26. MariaC

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food. It was busy so it’s good we booked and obviously it wasn’t very quiet but this is what you expect on a Saturday. Will be going again for sure!

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  27. LaurenE

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, food really good, staff all lovely and very attentive.

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  28. AimeeJ

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! And great service. Will definitely be back

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  29. RobL

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such an amazing time, can’t wait to go back again. First time but definitely won’t be the last.

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  30. TheaH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks and good deals on a Tuesday.

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  31. Hannah

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered multiple items with avocado on and was not told they were completely out of avocado until after the food came and we queried the missing guacamole. As a result two of the dips served with tortilla chips were replaced with flavoured mayonnaise. I wouldn’t have ordered the chips and dip, or the chicken tacos if I had known; I’d have gone with something else. Chicken tacos were missing pico de gallo and avocado so were just dry chicken and nacho crumbs. Waited a significant amount of time for our second round of drinks and cancelled them in the end (we were given a tequila shot each as an apology, thank you). Bill came and it was £90 more than it should have been, this was corrected after we suggested it might have been for a different table. Food wasn’t as good as it normally is (salty, tough, seemed like it had been left under a heat lamp), I’ve been during the week before and enjoyed it so will definitely avoid Sundays if we do go back.

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  32. RuthW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating/drinking here and it didn’t disappoint. Service was fab - food came super quickly and was delicious!! Would 100% recommend and will be coming back when I’m back in Manchester :) Thank you!

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  33. CG123

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The place is overrated, service was not good, waited 25 minutes for our drinks, food came about before the drinks did and we were given pork instead of chicken. We then waited another 20 minutes for some churros which were over cooked when they came out. I think this place looks good on social media but doesn’t live up to the hype.

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  34. louiseh

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A mixed review - the margaritas were really good and most of the food was also really good and great value. We were waiting 20 mins outside in the rain for our booking and one person in our party waited 50 minutes for a burrito, whilst we all had our food and didn’t enjoy it once it came. Which was a shame. Would probably still go back and bank on it being just an off night, they seemed quite understaffed but the staff were friendly

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  35. MarcG

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner with friends to celebrate my birthday. Excellent night. Food was great as always and the staff were all brilliant. Thank you

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  36. JoshuaF

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as usual...great food and great service...would highly recommend

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  37. NatashaW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and the portions were a good size too. The service was great, the staff were attentive and friendly. I’ll definitely be going back the next time I’m in Manchester

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service needs improvement

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  39. TomD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Great value. Great service. Portion size was good

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  40. RohanC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nadia was the perfect host and will be back just for her

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

El Capo is rated 3.9 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for El Capo

12 Tariff St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 2FF

Additional information

  • Area
    Manchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Wed 17:00–22:00 Thu 17:00–23:00 Fri 17:00–00:00 Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 16:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    0161 388 6093
  • Catering
    We have various different food and drink packages to suit your needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our private basement space has a cosy, colourful and bold aesthetic. With a comfortable capacity of 45 sat down or up to 60 as a buffet-style event, the basement is perfect for celebrations of any kind. We have food and drink packages to suit everyone .Please email info@elcaponq.co.uk for more information and to arrange an event.
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