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El Encanto, Kirkland, WA

El Encanto

4.4
4.4
273 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
El Encanto is the latest restaurant to join Carillon Point, from the group that brought you Cantinetta and COMO. Enjoy Chef Gabriel's elevated Mexican menu featuring recipes passed down through generations. We offer two semi private dining tables that come with their own patio (weather permitting), available to book via email. Expansive outdoor dining and lounges overlook Lake Washington, which will be on a first come, first served basis. Come enjoy the gorgeous PNW with us, a margarita and your new favorite Mexican dishes!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30–14:30 Dinner Daily 16:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (425) 202-7114
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Gabriel Chavez
  • Private party facilities
    For all private room/full buyout requests please email privatedining@elencantousa.com
  • Area
    Kirkland
  • Cross Street
    We are located in Carillon Point off of Lake Washington Blvd. in Kirkland
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Wednesday Western Spaghetti

    US$1.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Every Wednesday we will pick a classic Western movie to play on our TV at 6pm! Available at the bar only, enjoy Spaghetti & Meatballs, featuring COMO-made pasta and handmade meatballs by Chef Gabriel. Throw on a cowboy hat and watch the old shootouts go down! Full menu is available, but why not lean into the "Spaghetti Western" theme? *Sound played out of TV, so do not expect a "movie theater" experience. This is just for fun! Music and regular dinner service will coincide throughout the dining room.
    Wednesday Western Spaghetti photo

What 273 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Eastside

    Innovative

  • Eastside

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Eastside

    Great for scenic views

273 Reviews
  1. V1234

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was superb - came back for the Rib eye after a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner here. Great location and view. Service was great and personable. Cocktails are creative and mocktails were also fun and tasty (Haley’s Comet call out).

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  2. Mark

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The decor,service, and food were Terrific!!! Again for sure. Mark :)

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  3. joanne

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and service. Very loud which can be difficult for some guests.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The renovation on the restaurant is beautiful, although the booths with the concrete seat are not very comfortable. Overall the food was good , loved the guacamole and home made tortilla chip ! The mushroom onion taco on the other hand was terrible , my friend had the same and agreed . WAY too Smokey flavored , overkill and the mushrooms were really chewy , it tasted like eating burnt dirt . With that being said the waiter , who was wonderful took those off our bill . The shrimp taco was amazing along with the crab tostado’s , flavor town . Keep in mind when going , more like a Tapas restaurant, very small Portions for the money , very expensive , small drinks that cost too much but isn’t that the case anywhere these days . Nice experience overall but for people on a nurses budget , like myself …the small portions for the expensive price tag , I’ll probably save my money and pass next time.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is overall good, although portions are small for the price. Don’t expect to be full unless you order lots. The music was so loud that I could barely speak to my waiter, whom himself provided an unpleasant experience by providing his “favorites” which happen to be the most expensive things on the menu. When we declined, he had the audacity to ask us if we were sure about that. Additionally, he told us that we didn’t need validation for parking since the lots were free past 9PM, but we were parked in the only lot which was paid 24/7. He disregarded me when I tried to explain where we were parked.

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  6. SSE14

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chiles en nogada is a must try! Excellent service and cozy ambience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food menu needs to be better, limited choices. Also, the noise levels are a bit higher than usual.

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  8. MarisaB

    Seattle

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food in always amazing. I can tell they put their hearts and souls to the dishes they serve, Service is amazing, great group of people. Thank you.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my girlfriends Birthday and I let them know this and that she has Celiac on opentable when I made the reservation and they brought out champagne and said happy Birthday. The waitor suggested a chip made from Mexico that contains no traces of gluten for our guacomole. Towards the end they brought out Sorbet and a Sparkler. They treated us so well! Outstanding service, great food, and a wonderful birthday dinner with my girl. Definitely going back! Thank you El Encanto and thank you Hector and team for serving us.

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  10. GemmaH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quest was the best! But the amount provided was 5 out of 10. My husband & I had plenty of chips left & not enough queso to load on the chips. We had our parking ticket "validated", but when we went to leave the parking lot, the validation did not work & by that time, we did not want to drive back down to the garage, walk over to the restaurant to rectify the issue. All in all, the food was great & the service was pleasant. Thank you!

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  11. KrutikaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, delicious dinner and just the right ambiance and views to celebrate a big occasion. Celebrated an anniversary here and the service was exemplary. Thank you for the team for putting together something so enjoyable in this neighborhood - love the proximity to the water & boardwalk for a nice stroll after.

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  12. Diana

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great, Nico was so kind with us, he recommended me some options that definitely were delicious.

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  13. vadimB

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic food in a festive atmosphere - lots of fun.

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  14. KwannaB

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived with a reservation and it took about 5 minutes to be seated. They were busy so we didn't mind. When we were seated we had Hugo serving us who was very kind, but it was clear he was the only actual server for a large portion of the restaurant. That was unfortunate as it took that much longer to put in our order. He was very apologetic however, and you can't blame him for being the only server. The food portions were not worth the money spent. We each got three tiny tacos and each plate was $24 or above. We knew the prices going in, but were not sure of the size of the portion. The food was very good but the price left a bad taste in our mouths. I suppose this is what you get when dining in downtown Kirkland. Their drinks were very good, however the old fashioned was a bit on the sweeter side for our liking. You can't beat the views. If we come back, it will be for drinks only.

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  15. JessicaC

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab main entree was delicious, fish tacos were good, but nothing special particularly for the price. It is a beautiful view especially at sunset. Drinks were good, but small and a little weak for the price.

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  16. JonathanG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would recommend En Encanto to a friend, but I would not choose go use OpenTable if I had a choice, what a needy and demanding interface. Minimum 50 characters for doing you a favor. Just gross.

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  17. Rileyster

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Beautiful restaurant with really good food. Great customer service. The only thing I did not like was the looped old western shooting sound because it was way too loud. Other than that... everything was great! I would definitely return.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is great! The queso is a must. Just wish the tables/seating were more spacious.

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  19. MarylouB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and imaginative food. Love the craft cocktails. Delightful service

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  20. CFOR

    Seattle

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve followed the staff from Bar Cantinetta here. I drive over early so I can walk some: so far food and service have been consistently excellent. The Sopa Marinera was recommended and did not disappoint. Plenty of seafood in a tasty broth. (Yes, I like some zip! Added a little of the habanero salsa!) can’t beat the service and excellent Mexican food. Mexican, not TexMex! There are tacos on the menu if you want. That I almost always walk to dinner that I drive here should tell you. Try it!

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  21. AjayN

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at this restaurant and was unimpressed for different reasons than price, etc. Pricing, I should was ok especially for the cocktails. We ordered the guacamole with chicharron; the avocados were good, the crispy pork was at least a day old; smelled stale. The gem lettuce salad was excellent; well done and tasty. The pork carnitas was tasteless. The rice and beans that accompanied it was tasteless. The tortilla were good. I expected more. Alas, another one that has a location to die for but food that is basic

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FAT AND HAPPY! What a beautiful restaurant, the food was incredible! We order the Barbadoa tacos, blossom quesadillas and another item I can’t recall. The food portions were great and super tasty! Service from Nico was bar none. He was so friendly, kind and knowledgeable. Great sense of humor too! Next time I go, I will be sure to bring lots of friends so we can all experience this gorgeous dining experience. -Jenny

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  23. Laurenn08

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, drinks were great! The volume on the restaurant is almost unbearable. It was just two of us, so we could lean in and make the best of it, but if we had been with more people, it would have been so difficult. The setting (on the water) is amazing.

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  24. JohnH

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The old Beach Caff has been upscaled and converted to an upscale taco bar that serves over priced street taco fare with a formal table setting. Two out of four salsas were very good. Of our tables four mains only one really felt very good. The rest was average. The shrimp in the shrimp taco was overdone and chewy. On the positive side. The cocktails are excellent. Not a value and food should be better for the price.

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  25. LohreeF

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a party of 4 and we all rated it 'good, but overpriced': The 4 shrimp tacos that were ordered only contained 1 small piece of shrimp per taco which seemed pretty minimal for the price, the Tinga chicken tacos were a hit, and the Gem salad was enjoyed by all though it was definitely on the salty side.

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  26. Margaret

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would like to see more plant based options. Although they were very nice to make mushroom tacos for me. They were hard to eat as the mushroom were too big and tough. Could have used much more cilantro then one leaf..

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  27. Jenzobenzo

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding staff and food Not your usual Mexican restaurant

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  28. V1234

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was superb! Was there for NYE and the options on the price fixe was great and quantity was just right. The oysters tasted so fresh, the Pulpo was cooked right and flavorful, the ribeye has the right balance of fat, so glad we came here and tried it out. Can’t wait to come Back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great celebration , fantastic food and staff. A great way to ring in the new year!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I went here for a nice dinner and were very disappointed. The food was terrible. My wife got cod and said it tasted very fishy and my chicken was very chewy and salty. Besides the food, the menu was extremely overpriced. We will not go here again.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. KimberlyC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was on another level and the service was excellent. Greatly enjoyed the experience. Highly recommend.

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  32. JudiC

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    So overpriced. The food was good not spectacular for the price.

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  33. PatriciaB

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aunque me parece un poco caro, la verdad es que vale la pena. No me gusta la comida mexicana en el PNW, pero aquí sí se puede disfrutar de la autencidad de la cocina, en un ambiente muy agradable y elegante. Mucho cuidado cuando se sienten en los lugares en forma de nicho, los golpes en la cabeza son frecuentes. Lo digo por experiencia.

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  34. DebraW

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time. We'll be back! Great services and delicious food.

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  35. KayF

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was not good in our opinion. Noice level loud, even on a weekday lunch and not crowded. Menu not descriptive enough. Who wants to sit on a cement bench seat? They have some work to do to make the view worth the food $$.

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  36. CFOR

    Seattle

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this is my 4th visit since they opened in May (?). I was gone all summer. Just like Bar Cantinetta (many of the staff came from there) excellent service. And the food also but Mexican (rather than Italian) well prepared and presented. If I could walk to Kirkland I’d be here more often!

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  37. katec

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We tried El Encanto on the recommendation of a friend but were underwhelmed with the food- it felt like a boring menu compared with other upscale Mexican restaurants.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was surprisingly amazing and delicious with a great amount of flavor! The drinks matched perfectly & the atmosphere was just as great!

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  39. AshishA

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall fantastic. Easily the best Mexican food experience in Seattle. Service was awesome and so was the ambience

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  40. LynwoodH

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very fun and festive atmosphere! Friendly staff. Great tacos and general servings!

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FAQs

El Encanto is rated 4.4 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for El Encanto

1170 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    We are located in Carillon Point off of Lake Washington Blvd. in Kirkland
  • Area
    Kirkland
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30–14:30 Dinner Daily 16:00–22:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Gabriel Chavez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (425) 202-7114
  • Private party facilities
    For all private room/full buyout requests please email privatedining@elencantousa.com
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