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El Santo
    • ADDRESS:
      B1/F, 158 Julu Lu,
      near Ruijin Yi Lu
      巨鹿路158号B1楼, 近瑞金一路
    • INSIDE:
    • BOOK:
    • PHONE:
      6333 2181
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Huangpu
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Middle Huaihai Rd
    • HOURS:
      Mon-Thu, 3pm-late
      Fri-Sun, 11am-late
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards, WeChat, Alipay accepted
    • WEB:
      -
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since Jan 2017
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Like El Luchador, but with a greater focus on tacos and tequila. Modeled after the one in Suzhou, and situated right next door to Hooked (they have passages between the two, as the bathroom's located on the Hooked side), it's got a chilled cantina sort of vibe. Big murals on the wall, a Lucha Libre aesthetic, they even show Lucha on the TV. The wall behind the bar has an entire shelf dedicated to tequila.
    Photos by BRANDON MCGHEE
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    • Recommended by a Mexican friend as the best place in town for tacos, I knew I had to see for myself what it was all about. Located in the fun Found 158 complex, El Santo has a large indoor and outdoor seating area. We came here around brunch time on the weekends, and the place was not too packed as most places in Found 158 don’t open nor get busy till night-time.

      The concrete walls inside El Santo were adorned with artworks of wrestlers with luche libre masks, and the TV streamed wrestling matches as well, giving the place a vibrant feel.

      There was a wide array of brunch menu options to choose from, and it was a hard choice as everything seemed like a feast. In the end we opted for the Al Pastor taco (marinated pork tacos served with grilled pineapple), Arrachera taco (beef steak taco with guacamole), nachos, and the short ribs & egg benedict open faced burrito. We waited quite a bit to be served but the food did not disappoint.

      The taco toppings were plentiful, and it took quite a few mouthfuls to finish. The pineapple added a special taste of contrasting flavours to the Al Pastor taco, but I enjoyed the Arrachera taco more as beef with guac can never go wrong. The nachos were a delicious mix of beans, chilli, guac, cheese and salsa. Having never eaten an open-faced burrito before, I was pleasantly surprised by the photogenic displace of the food. With a combination of rib meat, bacon, avocados, and egg benedict, it seemed like the perfect brunch combination. By the end of the meal, my stomach was stuffed to the max, but extremely satisfied.

      The place didn’t do too much damage to the wallet as tacos were 3 for 100 rmb, nachos 68 rmb, and the open-faced burrito for 98rmb. Overall verdict, I’m still not sure if the place can be claimed as the best taco place in town, but it certainly wasn’t bad for the buck.

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  • ARCHIVED EVENTS

    • Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

      A whole week of Cinco De Mayo festivities at El Santo - with food and drink and DJs every night, a huge party on Saturday night and repeated again on Tuesday for the 5th. Mexican Brunch every day of the holiday and DJ Saturday and...
      • Dining, Nightlife | El Santo | Daily until May 5 2020
      • 2020-04-30 Finished
    • El Santos 3rd Birthday Party

      El Santo's turns three. 25rmb selected tacos and coronas and 35rmb frozen margaritas plus a agave and mezcal station featuring specialty cocktails and mezcal margaritas. DJ Naz and DJ Seven on the decks.
      • Nightlife | El Santo | on Sat Apr 25 2020
      • 2020-04-25 Finished
    • Celebrate World Taco Day with 20rmb Tacos

      El Santo celebrates World Taco Day (it's a thing), with 20rmb Tacos all day Friday!
      • Dining | El Santo | on Fri Oct 4 2019
      • 2019-10-04 Finished
    • Chef Wars Round 3

      Chef Wars Round 3 rages on with always a crowd pleaser of: bacon and shrimp. It’s every Chef for themselves. Hardeep, Eduardo, Abel and Piet compete.
      • Community, Dining, Nightlife | El Santo | on Sat Aug 31 2019
      • 2019-08-31 Finished
    • Coco Family Brunch

      Celebrate the unique Mexican tradition that is Day of the Dead with the screening of the classic kid’s movie ”Coco”, face painting, displays of Mexican crafts and of course, Pan De Muerto. Plus brunch. 11am-3pm.
      • Dining | El Santo | on Sun Nov 4 2018
      • 2018-11-04 Finished
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