El Camino

3628 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Best Of


  • Sun 10am-12am, Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am
  • $$
  • Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
When owner Grant Gingerich decided to turn the former Swimclub32 into something that would better fit the rapidly changing Highlands neighborhood, he drew inspiration from the taquerias that had been sprinkled throughout the area for years -- but gave the concept a shot of sex appeal. He painted the building bright pink, opened the windows to the outside, and filled the bar with skulls, chandeliers made of beer cans and other flashy Mexican accoutrements. The atmosphere at El Camino is fun and welcoming, and so is the food. While the board is too heavy on things like molten cheese and too light on things like intestines to really sate a craving for authentic Mexican, it's also not hip like the menu at one of Rick Bayless's upscale Chicago joints. Instead, the food here is unpretentious, pulling from all regions of Mexico -- simple fare influenced by the desires of American palates that pairs well with El Camino's killer margaritas. They're the best in town, as are the nachos. And the dollar tacos on Tuesday are a terrific deal.

Related Stories (2)

  • Even the "inferior meats" are done well at El Camino
    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    I went to Swimclub32 more times than I liked to admit, since the dark den in the heart of Highland was haunted by a crowd more common to the depths of LoDo. My friends and I were fascinated by the hordes of men bathed in Acqua di Gi...

  • Coin Style Margarita at El Camino
    6 years ago by Nancy Levine

    Think Highland is changing? You've got another think comin'. The owners of what had been Swimclub 32 are sure that their new concept for the space, El Camino, is exactly what the neighborhood wants — and needs. El Camino's kic...


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