Restaurant Review: El Mariachi, Yarmouth's new Mexican Restaurant

Family owned with reasonable prices...
El Mariachi is a family-owned restaurant with warm, friendly service (Pat Brooks photo)

El Mariachi, formerly Acapulco's, open in West Yarmouth a few months ago. This newest family owned restaurant has other Massachusetts locations.

The extensive menu consists of all things Mexican and moderately priced fare from quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and chimichangas to desserts such as deep-fried ice cream and baked flan.

The restaurant is completely Mexican in character, with Mexican music playing through speakers, terracotta tiled flooring, hand-woven straw hats here and there and scenes of Mexican paintings on the walls with comfortable eating at the colorful bar, tables and booths. The dining room is a couple steps down which separates it from the bar.  Great for families.

After being seated we were served chips and salsa while perusing the large menu and selecting a beverage from the drink menu. We noticed there were an impressive selection of 12 different varieties of margaritas. I ordered the Ultimate Margarita ($12.50) featuring Cointreau, top shelf anejo tequila and fresh squeezed  lime juice.

Nothing conjures up the festive spirit of Mexico quite like a margarita-especially one made with the best tequila.

The night we visited our friendly server was the manager, Javier Salgado, who had total command of the menu and helped us thru the large selection.

A large basket of house made chips and salsa was placed on the table. Like most Americans, if you place me in front of chips and salsa, I'm one happy camper!  But it's easy to get carried away.  Delicious, however, I would have preferred a thicker salsa to make dipping the chips easier.

For starters I selected the appetizer Camrones a la Diabla ($12.75) translated is Mexican deviled shrimp. A spicy combo of shrimp, mushrooms, garlic and spices, sautéed in a delicious red sauce and garnished with slices of avocado. It had a nice kick and amazing flavor. I could seriously eat a plate full.

My husbands appetizer was Taquito bites($8.25), an appetizer consisting of eight small tortillas that were rolled around a filling of shredded chicken and then fried. It was served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole and fresco cheese. Amazingly crunchy and delicious which makes for a fun hand-held treat.
For an entree I selected the Capala Chimichanga ($12.75)  It's basically a burrito with a twist. This mouth-watering chimi  was filled with moist shredded chicken and lightly flash fried and with onions, topped with green chili sauce, that added just the necessary tang to the dish, topped with guacamole and sour cream accompanied by rice and beans.

My husband's entree was the Enchiladas Chipotle ($12.95) Serving of two. One of the corn tortillas was stuffed with shredded chicken and the second one with shredded beef. They were simmered in a mildly spicy chipotle tomato sauce which is common in all kinds of Mexican dishes, topped with guacamole and fresco cheese. Served with a side of rice and beans. A hearty comfort dish.

We thought we could handle splitting a dessert so we tried the Deep Fried Ice Cream. ($5.25) The frozen ice cream is quickly deep-fried creating a warm shell around the still-cold ice cream, It was served in a fried tortilla shell garnished with drizzled chocolate and strawberry swirls topped with honey and whipped cream.
It’s the ultimate over-the-top refreshing yet decadent dessert.

El Mariachi is a family owned business that showcases a variety of delicious Mexican cuisine.

Buena comida!

If You Go 

Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week

El Mariachi
416 Route 28, West Yarmouth
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