About Us

El Gitano was started in Burlington, WA in 1983 as a (believe it or not) a Hungarian/Mexican Restaurant by Adrian’s family. Adrian moved from a small town in the state of Durango when he was 19 years old. He started working for his aunt at El Gitano as a dishwasher and quickly moved to management. In 1987, the family business was purchased by Adrian. That’s the short story of the business, you’ll have to come up to one of the restaurants to get the rest of the story. Under his ownership the business has grown to 4 restaurants with a reputation for fine food that has spread far and wide. And El Gitano is still growing and improving on its recipe for success.

You’re bound to have a terrific dining experience at El Gitano. Great Mexican food at a modest price, lots of it and fast, friendly service in an authentic setting is the concept behind El Gitano Mexican Restaurants. So if you appreciate good Mexican food, come hungry and come often.

Once you step inside an El Gitano Restaurant, you’re instantly in old Mexico. The decor is as authentic as the menu. The soft lighting, the colors, the art, the music and the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen set the stage for the superb dining experience to come. The owners are originally from Mexico and have seen to it that every detail is authentic.

Start with one of El Gitano’s famous margaritas (we’re not kidding – these are exceptional!) or your choice of beverages from the full service bar while you’re nibbling on the complementary freshly made tortilla chips with El Gitano’s own fresh salsa . Then, choose a delicious appetizer from the extensive selection. Speaking of extensive … El Gitano has the largest menu of any Mexican restaurant in Northwestern Washington (and maybe in the whole state). Seafood, steak, traditional classics – you’ll find them all at El Gitano. You’ll even find some “signature” items that are exclusive to El Gitano like the Seafood Dishes or the “to-die-for” Chicken En Mole.