El Cerro Grande Mexican Restaurant
341 S College Rd #60, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States

Review №1

Mexican food and the atmosphere at this place is great. came in on a weds. the service was helpful and kind. prices are decent.

Review №2

I've been to Mexico multiple times and grew up mostly in the southwest US. This place is easily the best, most authentic Mexican food I've had in North Carolina. Caesar was an excellent server and took great care of us. Portions are huge and everything was so tasty. My husband loves extremely hot food and the hot salsa they served with chips made him sweat. We are so happy to have found such a good Mexican restaurant in Wilmington. We will be back.

Review №3

The food was great as well as the atmosphere and music. We've been looking for a go to Mexican restaurant for almost 4 yrs now since we moved to Wilmington. We will definitely be back sooner than later. Tried the other location but its not even close.

Review №4

Beyond excellent service. Beautiful, original and delicious drinks, even more amazing food. Worth the $$$$. Thank you guys!

Review №5

Nice food. The service is great. Good customer service. A lot of food

Review №6

Service was awesome! Chips and dip Awesome! Main meals had no flavor and were the meats were very fatty.

Review №7

Food is to be expected. Walked inside during a dead period and still had to wait for someone to acknowledge me. Didn't get everything I ordered and felt very rushed.

Review №8

The service was very good and attentive. Rafael was the beat server we've had there. Keep up the good work.

Review №9

Awesome hidden gem. Great food and service. Music was a little off, but food and drinks were perfect.

Review №10

Hit or miss on staff drinks are either decent or straight juice. But food is decent.

Review №11

Always good food and service. Always consistent.

Review №12

Staff was very rude we didn't even finish our food just paid and left would not recommend this place and would never go back.

Review №13

Service was great, all the staff was super friendly. Enchiladas, el Diablo burrito, soft taco with beans and rice, all great. Also, ordered some nachos and added chicken, amazing. Only thing that was a little lack luster was the rice, just not too much going on in the flavor department. But, overall I would go here again with my family for sure. Thank you all for a wonderful meal!

Review №14

Friend and I went in couple weeks ago, for dinner, just ahead of the evening rush, for dinner. Service and food were wonderful, but the salsa needs more cilantro. Other than that it was a wonderful visit, We ,had a large Beef Burrito, Steak Tacos and Steak Fajitas. All came quickly, we were all totally satisfied, and look forward to a return trip. Warning: The Margaritas are huge. You will need a designated driver. The Manager is a warm and friendly Gentleman, and the staff was the best as well.

Review №15

My first time here and i really enjoyed the food. I think i was non-stop talking about how good the food is.(:

Review №16

Carnitas and chile rellenos always a good decision

Review №17

Service was amazing, staff was courteous and meticulous, and the food was superb. Will definitely be bringing my family back here

Review №18

This place is delicious. We visited from Texas and we were searching for good authentic Mexican food. My mom, who's Mexican, fell in love with this place. We visited twice before we left and my mom would have gone a third time if she could!

Review №19

The people are friendly. The food hasnt much taste and ia expensive for what it is. Think it made my tummy upset :/

Review №20

I absolutely love this restaurant and their food! The service here is great and their lunch specials are such great priced for the amount of food that you get. I 10/10 would recommend getting the churros or the lava cake as a dessert!! I am coming back here to try out their other food because why not lol. I want to taste everything in this place because it's so delicious!

Review №21

The food is always good here. The service is fast. The staff works together really well and is efficient. I really enjoy coming here when I'm in town. Pollo la crema and the tamales are amazing.

Review №22

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Girlfriend and i will be back soon.

Review №23

My food was warm. Focused on to go orders instead of dinners in restaurant

Review №24

Absolutely fantastic restaurant. Would recommend the burritos Mexicanos!

Review №25

We've given this place 3 chances, and every single time we go, there's an issue. Today we stopped in and the inside of my diablo burrito was burnt. Overcooked steak and straight up burnt shrooms and onions. I just don't understand how they're still in business. Awful. Try K38 instead. They're a little pricey, but at least everything is good there...

Review №26

Perfect! This is the best chimichanga I think I've ever had! Service was quick and friendly as well. Can't wait to come back.

Review №27

Made a massive mistake ordering take out from herewas told 30 mins showed up before that order was ready food was cold not even worth half of what I paid for it.

Review №28

Did not get order correct and when I mentioned it the waitress tells me my order does not come with cheese. I told her I got it with cheese last time I ordered it. And if it did not come with cheese you should have mentioned that when I placed my order. Waitress was very rude and had a don't care attitude.

Review №29

My favorite Mexican in Wilmington. Horrible English and warm queso. My type of establishment. My server taught me how to say thank you in Spanish even. Gracie's Puto.

Review №30

Well had to leave 1 star to write the review. One of the most worst experiences I've had at any restaurant. Half of the to-go order come out on a plate. 10 minutes to slop that in a box. Still waiting for that beer and I've left the restaurant. One of the most in personable server's I've had. No smile or thank you. Actually seemed to enjoy it! Too bad I had already left a 6.50 tip on a $25 to go order. First and last time. Look elsewhere as about 15 other Mexican restaurants will come up.Update: I guess I'll eat the beans and rice with my fingers.Update: 8-12-19 should have known better but sometimes people have a bad experience at a good restaurant. Another to go order service Fair. 3.99 cheese dip not in order when checking. Stay away from this place. Thought I would give it a second chance big mistake. Yeah 3.99 for that small thimble if you get it. I Mexican food probably at least two times a week from all over various States. If you actually think this is good you're not living!

Review №31

Great place to eat lots of variety. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Review №32

Frozen Mango margarita

Review №33

This is extremely disappointing.We ordered take out.If you are going to package someone's order, PLEASE make sure you do it correctly.Food allergies are real.

Review №34

I highly don't recommend ordering takeout, the cooks seem to forget how to cook and they take over an hour to make a simple one person meal. When you walk in the host is not professional, and the majority of the staff moves at an extremely SLOOOOOOOW pace. If your going to eat here because of the yum food definitely don't go to the college location, hit the monkey junction one instead.

Review №35

My meal was very good. The waitresses were very attentive and kind and we were seated quickly.

Review №36

Heard good things about the food but when GrubHub delivered my order both the Queso AND guacamole were missing!! On Cinco de Mayo no less!! Guess I'll be looking for another Mexican takeout!

Review №37

I ordered through Grubhub initially, but a driver never came to pick it up. El cerro was awesome in helping me get my money refunded and my food remade. They were super busy when we went to pick the food up, but they were so helpful and courteous during this stressful as heck time of covid.

Review №38

Awesome 99cent tacos on Tuesday & Margaritas are worth the money!! Great service too. University commons location. Tacos were so good I forgot to take a photo 1st

Review №39

With an abundance of Latin cuisine around town, we chose to eat at El Cerro Grande for their $0.99 "Taco Tuesday" special.My wife & I were also wanting to enjoy margaritas, so we ordered a pitcher of the house margarita, made with Sauza Tequila, for $17.99 per pitcher. 1 pitcher filled my wife & I's glasses, 3 times each, averaging out to approx. $3 per margarita!! Worth every penny. They were delicious & we will be back to enjoy more of El Cerro Grande's liquidy citrus goodness.We each ordered tacos from the Taco Tuesday special (8 total tacos: 5 chicken, 3 beef). We requested authentic soft corn taco shells rather than the standard, Americanized hard taco shells. Each taco was topped w/ shredded queso blanco (maybe cotija?), lettuce & choice of chicken or ground beef. We also added a side of house quacamole & homemade hot salsa from the kitchen. Wow!! The flavors were intense, robust & the meat was seasoned exceptionally well. I was impressed. These are how good street tacos are done!Service was exceptional by our server, Kenia!! Very friendly, effecient, attentive & she has a beautiful smile to go with it all. Well done!In summary, it's very good Mexican / Latin cuisine & we will be back for sure. If there's anything I critique as an area of opportunity, I would suggest a better logistic flow at the entrance. There was a crowd of people at the door waiting to be seated or greeted. The hostess seemed a bit overwhelmed & couldn't keep accurate track of who was next to be assisted. But, this is the only area of opportunity I witnessed during this initial visit.Overall Score: 4.5 Stars

Review №40

Fantastic food! Pretty good service. Reasonable prices. Definitely will go again!! Yummm!!!

Review №41

Best around hands down. Get the SPICY salsa

Review №42

My opinion; best Mexican food in Wilmington

Review №43

This was my first time visiting this place. I had lived in San Antonio before moving here and this place has the best Mexican food I have ever had!!! My food was amazing and my server Kenia was amazing and incredible. Overall amazing experience will definitely be coming back again

Review №44

Very good

Review №45

Service was good and the pricing is decent. The chips were stale and my food came out cold. As far as Mexican restaurants go, this one is mediocre in my opinion.

Review №46

Basic Mexican restaurant, Covid19 restrictions of exit and entrance and distancing.

Review №47

Absolutely loved El Cerro Grande!! The food was amazing and our waitress was fantastic! Our new go to for Mexican food!!

Review №48

I'm not sure how the wife and I never found this place but it is a gem. The food was amazing the bartender was friendly and attentive even though he was helping run food to other tables he made sure we were taken care of and that our drinks never ran out. We will 100% be back and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for good, authentic Mexican cuisine.

Review №49

Food used to be really good... my family and I would come here every week.. the last few times.. food is cold..chips are stale 4 out of 5 times..customer service is absolutely horrible.. not sure why as they have plenty of employees... sadly this place is no longer in our top picks.

Review №50

Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had, and I lived in New Mexico for 16 yrs. Enormous portions of delicious food. We all cleaned our plates. There were 9 of us all stuffed and the bill with sodas for all was barely over $100.

Review №51

Better than seasoning then the one in monkey junction. Both great but cook @this one is amazing

Review №52

Wonderful consistent service and great food at reasonable prices! We love it and enjoyed the great music with Fusion Estereo for our birthday celebration.

Review №53

Super duper Mexican restaurant. A family member has a dairy allergy Andy server checked her take out to make sure there was no cheese on it before giving it to us. Food tasted great highly recommended.

Review №54

I'm from SoCal and I couldn't get enough of this Mexican food for quite some time! I recommend some arroz con camarones (rice with shrimp) it has a good amount of shrimp! And top it off with some tapatio. You have to ask them to bring out tapatio but they have it

Review №55

$5 nachos were on point, and the food and service was fast even for lunch prime time!

Review №56

Such a great atmosphere. Their cheese queso dip is thick and oh so good!

Review №57

Took a spontaneous road trip to Wilmington during a beach vacation and decided to eat here for lunch. Some of the best Mexican food we have ever eaten. I had a great marg for my birthday too! Totally recommend!

Review №58

Great food, good service -- with a little bit of wait..but that's expected with any good restaurant.

Review №59

Great food, great service, and cold beer.

Review №60

Always fast service. Super impressed how fast they can get a large group in and out during a lunch break! Food is always good!

Review №61

Very popular Mexican restaurant just down the road from UNCW. Food was fresh and service was good. Decorative interior and varied menu. Enjoyed our meal very much!

Review №62

The food is great but don't leave your keys on the table because they will try to keep them. The woman at the front will ask the waiter, ask the busser, and then say there is nothing else they can do for you but after calling the police they run out with the keys that now have a broken keychain that you just had made for your wife. We probably wont be going back and will definitely be letting all our friends and family know just what to expect.

Review №63

Great place for Mexican food!Loved the salsa, not super spicy but still flavorful. Has a vegetarian section, making it easy to order without meat. I highly recommend their cheese enchiladas.

Review №64

This is our “go to” Mexican food. They have several locations in town and are always eager to serve. Beat chips and salsa and Arroz con Pollo!

Review №65

The food was good although I only had two enchiladas and a taco, and the chips were warm and the salsa was good. The tortillas were soft, real cheese used, good enchilada sauce and an ample amount of meat inside.I like the sweet and sour used in the margarita, and particularly surprised and happy to see Montezuma tequila; although cheap stuff, has a nice flavor, a must try for those who have never tried it.Is it just me that notices that the prices at restaurants are up almost 80% since the 2008 recession?Upon exiting the place I felt compelled to yell: underlay underlay, reeba reeba, uh oh what's popping tonight!

Review №66

I love the food here it's amazing. A roach crawled out before on to my table but I felt like it was a isolated incident so I went back and gave it another go!!!!

Review №67

We ate here after the lunch rush. I think we were the only customers at this time. Our waitress was great. Food was delicious.

Review №68

Was pretty good service good large portions of food

Review №69

Love the food! They have awesome hot wings!!! (I,know, right, shocker!)

Review №70

Enjoyed the atmosphere and food house margaritas were a little too tart and no tequila taste or effect

Review №71

Authentic and delicious. Wife loves the margaritas and the beer is always ice cold. Food is as it should be and huge portions.: Update: I have recently discovered that I can have this delicious food DELIVERED via Surfside express. I mention the name of the delivery company only because it's hot when it gets here and that's important. The food is as good as eating in the restaurant. If ya want extra chips.... NO PROBLEM NO CHARGE. El Cerro Grande you are setting the bar for good food good value and great customer service.

Review №72

Very pleasant. Music was softly playing. Waitress was very efficient.

Review №73

Fantastic service and shrimp fajitas ever!

Review №74

Great food, drinks and atmosphere!

Review №75

Waiter 5/5Food 5/5Atmosphere 5/5The only minor complaint was how busy it was however thats to be expected for such a great time

Review №76

Amazing margaritas! 12 bucks will ensure you need to take an Uber home. I looooooove the large tables and booths here. Makes a great spot to go with a large group to enjoy some good reasonably priced food. My only issue is with the consistency with the ground beef. I always order nachos with beef, queso and sour cream. Some days the ground beef is good of veggies. Some days it's half onion and pepper.

Review №77

Food and service was excellent! I got the enchiladas rancheras lunch special and it was delicious and enough food for me to have it for dinner too! It's very kid friendly also and they have a full stock bar for the adults

Review №78

Taco Tuesday with 99 cent tacos is a steal. Thursdays are $5 nachos. I've never been disappointed with anything I ordered. It's my favorite place to get beef tip chimichangas. It's like pot roast in a burrito and then fried and topped with queso, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. My favorite taco is the black bean taco.

Review №79

Loved the food, not expensive at all! The atmosphere in there on a Wednesday night was electric as ever. Fantastic music being played and very friendly staff! My group was seated quickly and served efficiently! Had a pleasant time and look forward to going back again! Might even try the fried ice cream I saw!

Review №80

The fajitas at this place are fuego. And those flour tortillas to die for. Never had bad service. Love this place!

Review №81

This is our favorite Mexican Food Restaurant. Have been going since their first location at The Galleria.

Review №82

Regular customer for years. Great food. Reasonable prices. Quick service receiving food. But- they definitely need more help seating customers and someone TRAINED better at the checkout register. The wait time to be seated was a bit too long no one could get in or out of the door. People were crowding inside the entrance way for at least 20-25 minutes. Other than that I will continue to eat here!!!

Review №83

Pretty good

Review №84

Best Tacos Al Pastor in town!!! Good food no matter what you order. Topped with a reasonably priced menu. Thank you!!!

Review №85

Excellent service and great food!

Review №86

Far superior to your average Mexican food joint. Salsa had just the right amount of heat. Food was hot when delivered and it was amazing! No wait on a Saturday. Servers were very friendly!

Review №87

The waiter forgot to put in our queso dip order, my order wasn't correct at all, my beans were cold, and the dessert didn't come with chocolate or a cherry because they were out (which they did not tell us prior to ordering.) This particular visit wasn't a good one at all.

Review №88

Food was very good so was the service

Review №89

As far as Americanized Mexican places go, this is the best in town imo. Staff is great, food is great, lots of veg+vegan options (just ask for no dairy on veg items), drink specials are good. Been here several times, never had a bad or even sub-par experience!

Review №90

Excellent food and excellent service.

Review №91

Awesome chips and salsa,great authentic dishes including my favorite Texas Fajitas! Can be hit an miss on service, you gotta keep my tea glass full to get the 5th star!

Review №92

Fast service and great food.

Review №93

Food is always consistent but after being here and enjoying it would be nice to see new offerings

Review №94

Love dollar taco night!!! The staff is always so so friendly.

Review №95

Consistently good service, great menu, good food

Review №96

Had the steak and shrimp meal, it tasted horrible. Worst Mexican restaurant ever!

Review №97

The best of the best in wilmington, service staff is always friendly and even ordering togo food the hostess makes it her buisness making sure you're food is correct and you have everything you need.

Review №98

Great food and quick and friendly staff. Would highly recommend!

Review №99


Review №100

Real good service and exelent food

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  • Address:341 S College Rd #60, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 910-793-0035
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:11AM–10PM
  • Tuesday:11AM–10:30PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–10PM
  • Thursday:11AM–9PM
  • Friday:11AM–10PM
  • Saturday:11AM–10PM
  • Sunday:11AM–10:30PM
Service options
  • Curbside pickup:Yes
  • No-contact delivery:Yes
  • Delivery:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Dine-in:Yes
Health & safety
  • Mask required:Yes
  • Fast service:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour drinks:Yes
  • Happy hour food:Yes
  • Hard liquor:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Wi-Fi:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • College students:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Accepts reservations:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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