El Potro Mexican Cafe 785-331-2500

Visit website 3333 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66046 Open today until 10 p.m.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 8 ratings. 8 user reviews. 8 reviews


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  • Phone: 785-331-2500

This business appears in: Food and Dining, Cuisines, Restaurants, Mexican


Rating: 5

cbohnstedt El Potro Mexican Cafe

The food is delectable, the prices are very reasonable, and the free queso will have you coming back for more every time. I've eaten here more times than I can count and the experience has always been awesome. I can never finish the whole plate, but it's so delicious that I don't want to stop eating! I'm convinced that the only thing that could ever ruin my experience at El Potro would be if the surly "one-star" were to dine near me and endlessly gripe about an accident. Don't let their review discourage you! The food AND the service are both incredible.

Rating: 5

Ashley Woodward El Potro Mexican Cafe

This is THE BEST Mexican food I've had in the region. Without question! Amazing salsa, free queso when you dine in! The food is always fresh and hot. Not to mention the excellent quality of food they use. This is 100x better than El Mezcal. I use to go there all the time, but have not even been once since El Potro opened. I will not eat anywhere else for Mexican food in Lawrence. And for the sour puss that had his food spilled on him, accidents happen. For you to base your entire opinion on one visit says a lot about you. I challenge you to try again. And the fact is, you said NOTHING about the quality of food. You just complained the entire post about a server, that could have very well had a bad day, was new, or just wasn't meant to be a server. And to think you deserved the entire meal free is ridiculous. They are a business that has to make money - they comp'd your meal, be thankful for that and GET OVER IT! I urge EVERYONE that wants quality Mexican food to try it. You won't be disappointed!

Rating: 1

ramonamc El Potro Mexican Cafe

I am going to give it one star for the free cheese dip. But that is all that was good. We went to El Potro tonight for supper before we went to the KU Women's volleyball game. We got there around 5:00 and it took them until 5:15 to take our orders. There were only two other tables with 2 people each in the restaurant so they we NOT busy. After they finally took our orders it didn't take long to get our food. As the waitress was serving our food, she dumped 1/2 the plate on my lap. While she said "OH, I'M SORRY, I'LL GET YOU ANOTHER PLATE", she didn't ask if there was anything she could get me to help clean off my lap. The Manager brought the other plate of food out, obviously oblivious to what had happened. When the time came for us to leave for the game, we had not gotten our ticket so we went up to the front. There we once again saw our waitress doing nothing but talking to some of the other workers. When the hostess said something to her about our ticket, she said "OH I WAS JUST BRINGING IT". She then gave me the price for the entire ticket. I told her I couldn't believe she was going to charge me the whole price when she dumped half of a plate of food on my lap. She said she would have to have the Manage come out which he did. He asked me what the problem was, once again she couldn't step up to take credit for what she did. So I told him the whole story, from not getting waited on, not getting our order taken to the food in my lap. Then her comment was "WELL YOU ATE IT". My comment back was, no I didn't. You took the plate back and brought us out a new plate of food. The Manager told her that was enough and he took one meal off our ticket. I guess I don't understand why he didn't comp our whole ticket considering the continued abuse we were taking from the waitress. This visit definately left a bad taste on my LAP and I won't be going back for a long time. There are alot of good restaurants in Lawrence and we don't have to take this kind of LACK of service of verbal abuse. Please think twice about going.

momma4_11_12 replies...

ok...may i just say this young lady had just been hired. I am positive she didn't dump 1/2 the plate on you on purpose. She was new to the job and was probably already embarrassed enough that the incident happened. accidents do happen and you should be understanding. she clearly apologized and got you a new plate. She may not have been thinking to clearly to offer anything to clean off ur lap due to embarrassing herself in front of you and other workers. She felt truly bad after the incident happened. As for her speaking to the other workers...maybe she was informing them of her little mishaps. and as for ur wait..maybe they were giving u time to overlook the menu like most restraunts. i believe el potro is a great place to eat. u r the first i have heard to complain. it was an accident...so move on

drbloom replies...

most people eat here and leave happy. occasionally some whino-foodie wannabe bemoans a great injustice to their life. i think most know the free queso is great. they soon to move to space infront of Target & theater. hope they keep drive-thru. its more authentic but still americanized. good bargain with great chips/salsa. even coupons on this site if you click to them. happy face.

jesse499 replies...

In the first place I don't believe you were there at all at 5:00 pm they are always packed not just two tables. Second I been there almost every week sense they opened an NEVER have I seen ANYONE treated the way you say you were.

Rating: 5

kufan1146 El Potro Mexican Cafe

Wow! First off, free queso AND salsa to dip chips in! No other Mexican joint in Lawrence has that awesome amenity. The food was great, plenty for leftovers. Our server was very polite and attentive. She even brought us a paper bag and container to take the chips and salsa home with us!

I will DEFINITELY be coming back to El Potro. In addition, they offer a service where you can call in carry-out and pick it up at the drive thru window. Too cool!

Rating: 5

Megan Spreer El Potro Mexican Cafe

We went here last night for the first time and are now big fans. The complimentary queso with the chips and salsa was delicious as were the 2 for $5 margaritas on special. All four of us loved our meals and had great service from the staff. Even though we were sad to see Backyard Burger close in this location, we're thrilled that El Potro is here. Great place.

Rating: 4

lawrencediner82 El Potro Mexican Cafe

We tried El Potro last night -- the food is fantastic. I love the complimentary queso you get with the super-fresh salsa. And the chicken and chorizo street tacos were FANTASTIC -- flavorful, fresh, terrific flavor. My husband's tamales were terrific too. Even the RICE was good -- moist and flavorful, not the afterthought that it is at most Mexican restaurants in town. Thanks to the owners of El Potro for bringing a great new dining experience to town!

Rating: 5

KS_Man El Potro Mexican Cafe

This is a fantastic little restaurant! Loved the complimentary queso and salsa served while you're browsing the menu. Service was great, and the food has the most flavor of any Mexican restaurant in town. Definitely the place to go if you're looking for a great meal at a good price.

Rating: 5

theeyeshaveit El Potro Mexican Cafe

I had heard so many positive things about this little place that I just had to check it out. I was not disappointed. El Potro is now in my Top 5 places to eat in Lawrence (Basil Leaf, Free State Brewery, 715, Kobe) The service is excellent. They have the best salsa I've had in Lawrence. It is super flavorful without being too hot. They serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday until I think 2. That's my next visit and I can't wait.