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

El Capo

4.3
4.3
86 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 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Tequila Thursdays and of course our late-night happy hour - every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 pm!

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.

On a weekend, live hip hop DJs provide the soundtrack to your night out - dancing and tequila shots are encouraged!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 17:00–00:00 Fri 17:00–02:00 Sat 12:00–02:00 Sun 12:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    0161 237 1449

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Our private basement space has a cosy, colourful and bold aesthetic. With a comfortable capacity of 45, the basement is perfect for celebrations of any kind. You name it, we've got it covered, and with our food and drink packages, you won't need to worry about a thing. Please email info@elcaponq.co.uk for more information and to arrange an event.

What 86 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Late Night Find

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Manchester

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Manchester

    Late Night Find

  • Manchester

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. AZ

    AleciaZ

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Service was great and quickly were seated upon arrival. Once our food order was taken the food came swiftly. My only real disappointment is the guacamole was runny and the tortilla crisps were more like doritos than traditional crisps. Every thing else we ordered was delicious.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    We booked 2 weeks in advance for the bottomless brunch. After 35 minutes no drinks arrived. Food came before the drinks. Tacos were cold. Staff avoided eye contact so difficult to chase drinks. Only one guy on the bar making drinks while waiting on staff disappeared. Had our tacos, two drinks and left. Never again! The review on Manchester Confidential must have been a quiet Monday afternoon. If you are going to do bottomless brunch to fill the place do it right!

  3. SM

    SeanM

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it. Took my mother for her birthday. Food was amazing. Best burrito I’ve ever had

  4. KP

    KimP

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food was lovely. Service was absolutely awful. Waitresses wouldn't do orders at all. Completely ignored us to the point we'd to do all of our orders via the bar. They were really snotty when at the table and asked for things like water/the food order etc. we were all polite so I'm not sure what their problem was. such a shame as completely ruined a birthday night out.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would defo recommend, would come back again (if/when in Manchester). Food was delish!

  6. RR

    ReRe

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such yummy tacos! I always have a great time at el capo

  7. AO

    AlexO

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Best tacos I’ve ever had! Staff were friendly, welcoming and chatty despite it being extremely busy. The weekday deal (£1 tacos) meant delicious food for a really great price. Highly recommended (make sure you try the pork carnitas!)

  8. HC

    HannahC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really friendly and fast service, the deal on the tacos is really good value and the nachos were great too!

  9. PQ

    PaulQ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our first visit but certainly not our last. Looking forward to sampling the full menu very soon

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service5ambience5

    Bit pricey for what you get. Drinks have a high mark up in there but the mezcal is the star of the attraction - highly recommend. Also they'd run out of steak, pork, and a couple of the nicer starters when we had arrived (it was 7:30 on a Saturday, not sure why you'd run out of food items by then). Overall I'd probably come back for the cheap taco deals. But otherwise I'll give it a miss at those prices.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Gluten free wasn’t good but the rest was.

  12. JQ

    JQJQ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Bit disappointed on our fourth visit. No steak burrito available, nachos much more plain than usual - no blue chips, nachos with chilli were barely warm. The chicken burrito was pretty bland tbh. The cauliflower stuff was great though.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Expensive for the portion sizes, would be good value for the £1 per taco day!

  14. d

    davefclarke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really flexible booking arrangements (especially as we were a large group). Got there and looked after us. Table service for drinks which was a little slow. Good service ordering food and food was delicious. Nice music and ambience as well.

  15. SP

    StellaP

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place to eat and drink without breaking the bank

  16. A

    Anonymous

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Went for £1 taco night and although most tacos aren’t £1 they were all really tasty and we had a good time. Plus the cocktails were great

  17. N

    Niapen

    North Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Fab little place, love the decor and the lively music, the waiter was so lovely and helpful, the food was very tasty and great value

  18. BA

    BigAl

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time for myself and girlfriend and we will definitely be back. Superb food

  19. A

    Anonymous

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Limited menu available on the day, only tacos and 2 starters. No burritos available.

  20. JB

    JamieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The tacos we had were alright, but we really would have appreciated knowing before booking and travelling for an hour to get there that they have a limited menu on a Sunday (half of it not available). This wasn't mentioned anywhere online or in the restaurant.

  21. c

    cadeg

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Just a bit beige. Food needs more zing and spice. Bar service very slow

  22. KB

    KB1994

    Liverpool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, the waitress recommended us how many plates for our table size and it was the perfect amount of food. Only issue was drinks service was a bit slow however it was a busy Saturday so completely understand.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Nice atmosphere and vibe. Food was pretty cold and wasn’t asked how our food was or if we wanted more drinks when empties were taken away.

  24. TV

    TomV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food was great, I had the vegan cauliflower tacos and the nachos and they were fantastic. My partner had white fish and prawn tacos and also really enjoyed her meal. The sangria was really good too.

  25. TO

    ToniO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and my myself booked a table at El Capo on the 7th June as a treat for my daughters before the Billie Eilish concert. The staff, atmosphere and food were brilliant. The food came out quickly and the service was great. I would love to visit with my family again as we all left happy and with full bellies.

  26. JF

    JessicaF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Service was very slow to begin with. But food, drinks and atmosphere were fantastic

  27. DS

    DanielS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food is excellent not too pricey either, drinks good, good vibe cracking place

  28. t

    traceym

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great. Will definitely be returning

  29. B

    Brittney

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service, zero complaints from our visit

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, world class food and the staff were super helpful. The icing on the cake was the DJ who kicked off at 9pm. 10/10.

  31. KM

    KatjaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Good value, if looking for a casual venue, sadly no pudding nor coffee but overall good experience

  32. Z

    Zwhitey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing service and really nice atmosphere

  33. b

    brogand

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always go to El Capo for drinks on a Thursday but we decided to have food this time and WOW. We will definitely be having Taco Thursday again.

  34. e

    elliej

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El capo is such a vibe. My favourite place to go for Mexican food and tequila cocktails.

  35. D

    Deaders

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Relaxed environment and tasty food. Would recommend.

  36. A

    Anya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely bar, great tacos and drink selection! Cant wait to come back.

  37. F

    Frankie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We didn’t end up eating on this occasion as they were unable to accommodate my friends Chilli allergy (very understandable), the staff were so lovely and the cocktails we got were excellent

  38. BG

    BeaGar

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time and the tacos were super tasty! staff were friendly too :)

  39. CD

    CherylD

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Limited menu but great food and quickly served. Cocktails were great too. Loved the music and the vibe.

  40. K

    Kayleigh

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Emma and Chloe were the best servers ever. Props to the Dj, bar staff and kitchen staff too!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

FAQs

El Capo is rated 4.3 stars by 86 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

June 2022
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Google Map for El Capo

12 Tariff St Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 2FF

Additional information

  • Area

    Manchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 17:00–00:00 Fri 17:00–02:00 Sat 12:00–02:00 Sun 12:00–20:00

  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    0161 237 1449

  • Private party facilities

    Our private basement space has a cosy, colourful and bold aesthetic. With a comfortable capacity of 45, the basement is perfect for celebrations of any kind. You name it, we've got it covered, and with our food and drink packages, you won't need to worry about a thing. Please email info@elcaponq.co.uk for more information and to arrange an event.

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