• El Cartel

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Small Mexican restaurant where vegans could have the following: plantain chips with guacamole, leek and shallot tacos, sweet potato tacos and mushroom, and black bean tacos as well vegan-friendly cocktails made with tequila and rice milk. Open Mon-Thu 12:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22:00.

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9 Reviews

First Review by EmmaFaeEdinburgh


Points +180

15 Sep 2023

Good options with lively atmosphere!

Clearly labelled vegan options with some plates with an option to veganize them. Lively atmosphere with good music and amazing frozen margaritas!!



Points +72

11 Jun 2023

very spicy

Vegan options are clearly labeled. Only a few vegan Choices, but tastes good.
Be careful, spicy.


Points +364

03 Jan 2023

Veggie friendly

Plenty of yummy veggie options, but more limited choice for vegans. Everything we had was very tasty though


Points +532

09 Aug 2022

Delicious food and margaritas

Not tons of vegan options but each of them were delicious and there were enough to add up to a varied meal. We had cauliflower tacos, plantain nachos and frijole tacos

Pros: The margaritas, Cauliflower tacos, Ambiance

Cons: Bit pricey, Not loads of vegan options


Points +653

27 May 2022

Nothing special — disappointing

Glad there are vegan options, but nothing worth going out your way for.


Points +16

17 Aug 2021

Wouldn’t go back

Food poor, low quality & lacking in flavour, except for sweetcorn skewers. Salmon sashimi tasted of chlorine; mushroom and sweet potato tacos were stodgy and drowned in gloopy sauce. Frozen cocktails were a disappointment. I’d rather go to Paradise Palms for great cocktails and food, Olly Bongo for lovely fresh salad or Ting Thai Caravan for tasty dishes.


Points +42

22 Oct 2019

Veggie tacos

A great place with fresh, authentic Mexican food. Reasonable price for the quality of food. Highly recommend the raspberry & thyme sorbet! Unbelievably good!


Points +60

01 Oct 2019

Long wait, one vegan dish on the menu

First things first: The vegan taco that I had tasted really great!
Unfortunately it was served about 30 min after my bf's and my mom's dishes. So they were already done eating by the time I was served. I know it's trendy these days to serve food whenever it's ready but I'm not a fan of the practice. They said later that they want to change this and send vegan food out first.

Pros: The vegan taco tastes great, Good music, Central location

Cons: Only one vegan option on the menu, It was way too dark on the table in the back, Table + plates were too small


Points +1360

06 Jul 2019

Great wee Mexican with vegan options

El Cartel have always been a cult favourite in Edinburgh, but they are now growing their vegan offering with a few options and vegan alternatives to most of their vegetarian dishes. My favourite dish is the taco de camote, made with sweet potato, cashews, pumpkin seeds and red onion.

There’s also a dangerously-delicious vegan-friendly cocktail, Ochoata, made with Ocho Blanco tequila, lime, house horchata made with rice milk, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, ground almonds and sprinkled with nutmeg. So good!

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