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This charming Old-World Mission-style restaurant, El Encanto Restaurant and Cantina in Cave Creek, has won a number of local awards for its food. Following the success of this original Mexican eatery and tavern (it has an outdoor duck pond in its patio), there are now two more El Encanto restaurants in Arizona. In Spanish, "encanto" means "charm." The building that the restaurant occupies was constructed in 1963.

El Encanto Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
6248 E. Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek, Arizona

About the restaurant, via its website:
The original El Encanto Restaurant and Cantina is located in the center of Cave Creek. In 1989, Bill Nelson purchased a vacant building, and with a love of Mexico and Mexican food, opened the first El Encanto. He brought a chef he’d known for twenty years from Mexico. Using the finest, freshest ingredients, they put together a menu that people quickly called “the best Mexican food in the Valley.”

Also having a love of old Mexican architecture, Bill made many trips across the border, bringing back ideas and materials to incorporate into El Encanto. The patio and restaurant’s colors and style aim to bring the look and feel of Mexico to your dining experience.

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