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Brothers Rolando and Carlos Axilote, natives of Puebla, Mexico, opened El Coyote, in May 2003, Rolando and Carlos are chefs and together take care of the front of their restaurants.
El Coyote Restaurant in all locations are a colorfull place with romantic dinner, family and important business meeting or a private party. All locations had long dining room decorated with walls were faced with typical Aztecs Pictures, then painted a bright yellow and hung with brightly hued ceramics and painting with of Mexican scenes.
You don't have to travel down to Mexico to enjoy the Real Food everyone's howling about... El Coyote is Mexican Cuisine… Always using the fresh ingredients.
El Coyote will add just the right amount of spice for your taste, from a whimper to a big bite anything in between. If you've never been to El Coyote, you'll notice something different right away...
Guacamole prepared right at your table, served with warmed corn tortillas and what could make your water more than the sound of a sizzling fajita on its way.
El Coyote has a full menu of Mexican favorites... beef, chicken and seafood entrees and if you have been to Mexico and had The Mole Poblano, You'll receive the same authentic taste at El Coyote.
There's even a Kid's menu for the Coyote pups in your pack, that's simple, exceptional and for big Coyotes, enjoy sangria and margaritas available by pitcher, for The Best Original "Your Way", in a Family atmosphere... come see what everyone’s howling about.

The News Time: “El Coyote is not a chain-type restaurant. What separates it from the run-of-mill Mexican restaurants is the care, concern and hands-on attention given by two brothers, Rolando and Carlos Axilote”. “Both brothers have much experience in restaurant business, in which they have worked most of their live”.In addition to a great dining experience, El Coyote restaurant proudly provides top-of-the-line catering services to the people of Connecticut and New York. We bring the food service and event planning, straight to you.

Visit El Coyote The Mexican Cuisine in Connecticut and New York. Whether it's a romantic dinner, family, important business meeting or a private party, El Coyote Mexican Cuisine can accommodate your needs.

Our fresh ingredients, excellent chefs and great attention for our Staff, create authentic delicious dishes that you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends. Let us give the opportunity to serve you; please visit Us and have a great experience.

El Coyote expands in New Milford; third restaurant - Connecticut state


The entrance to El Coyote in Lore’s Plaza along Route 7 makes the establishment appear to be a humble little restaurant with a few tables and chairs. Walk inside, however, and you’ll find 4,800 square feet of space with seating for 150 people, a large bar area, colorful murals on the walls and a stuffed coyote named after the owner’s father, who died last summer.
Rolando Axilote opened El Coyote in October. It is his third restaurant in Connecticut, all named El Coyote. He opened his first restaurant in Monroe in 2003 and the second in Brookfield in 2012.
“There aren’t a lot of Mexican restaurants in this area so I figured it was a good location. I didn’t plan to open another one, but the landlord’s wife ate at my Brookfield restaurant and let me know of the opening here,” Axilote said. “It has nice size and a big bar.”
New Milford’s Economic Development Director Kevin Bielmeier said the restaurant has a unique recipe for success. “We are thrilled to have El Coyote in New Milford,” he said. “The Axilote family has an established track record with three other locations, and have brought their receipe for success blending authentic Mexican food, great service and atmosphere, with a dash of community engagement. We’re happy to have them.”
Axilote’s brother Carlos opened the first El Coyote in Jamaica, Queens, in 1998.
“We’ve always just kept that name,” he said. “I’m not even sure how he came up with it.”
Running the three restaurants is a family affair as Axilote’s brother is a business partner, his sister is the main chef at Brookfield and New Milford and his brother-in-law is the main chef in Monroe. A large painted mural in the New Milford restaurant shows his family as a mariachi band in a desert scene.
“No one even knows how to play an instrument, but hey, it’s fun,” Axilote said of the mural.
Axilote said one of the keys to success for his restaurants is having a menu with unique options. He said his sister cooks “just like you were in Mexico. It’s very authentic.” He also attracts customers with entertainment such as DJs, live music and happy hours.
“It’s Mexicano and more. We offer more than burritos, tacos and enchiladas,” he said. “We have different steaks and seafood dishes. We try to be different than the typical Mexican place.”
The three El Coyote restaurants in Connecticut employ a total of 36 people. The new location in New Milford is the largest.
Axilote came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 16 years old. He’s been in the restaurant business since 1984.
“A lot of people are looking for a better future, more opportunities,” he said. “It’s a sacrifice — you work hard and work hard. Twenty years go by maybe you see the results. I’m fortunate.”

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  • Always enjoy our visits to El Coyote...whether it's date night or we're bringing our 4-year old son along. The staff is wonderful, friendly and attentive. The food is fresh and flavorful. Order the fresh guacamole (made in front of you) or just enjoy the fresh salsa & chips brought to your table. The restaurant has three rooms, 2 for dining and a bar. Bright decor, balloons for the kids and lots of parking. My husband and I order the same dishes each time...I order the steak Churasco with creamy potatoes, my husband orders the Mole Poblano (chicken with mole sauce) with rice & beans. We love it!
    Carlene S.
    Derby, CT
  • Hands down the best Mexican food in the boonies. Almost everything on the menu is good. I like the shrimp chimichangas, wife gets the chili rellenos. If you like simple Mexican, this is the place. I ate at El Coyote when they were in the Sand Hill Shopping Plaza when they first opened and the service was horrible, waited two hours for food. Gave them a second chance after they moved years later, and was 100 times better. Bravo! The creamy potatoes are quite tasty too.
    Jim L.
    Sandy Hook, CT
  • Wow, when i walked up I was scared to walk in, it reminded me of a street food truck but in store form. First thing I saw was what appeared to be a Mexican eating tacos there ( first plus) There's only 3 tables so it's not a Mexican "restaurant" no alcohol ... I couldn't get my margarita .. Waaaa :-( OMG these tacos were the shiznit!!! So tasty !so fresh ! great seasoning ! To me the biztec was the best . We also got the two different pork type. One was sweet and spicy like it had pineapple it mango and was super spicy. I got one chicken chalupa ( I guess that's supposed to be a hard taco it wasn't hard but it was ...DELICIOUS!!! Beans sour cream and cheese inside ... OMG if you appreciate a good taco go here. I can't wait to go back and try the dishes. Like others have recommended. Review this place when ur done they deserve it.
    Lauren J.
    Brooklin NY
  • I had a great experience last night... Once we climbed the stairs and entered the restaurant, we were seated quickly. I liked the fact that they have a patio outside as it was a nice breezy evening. As soon as we were seated, we were served water and complimentary chips and salsa. To start I ordered the empanada appetizer and my cousin ordered the chicken quesadilla. Both appetizers were delicious. We also ordered drinks. I got a frozen pomegranate margarita which tasted very good and she ordered the jumbo lifeboat on the rocks. For entree I ordered arroz con pollo which definitely tasted great with Maduros ( fried sweet plantains). I also noticed that they have table side guacamole at this restaurant which is something fun to watch. I will definitely order that next time. Plus please note service was outstanding. They seem to circle waiters and we were checked on frequently. All in all great food and good drinks made for a nice night. I will be back!
    Kristina M.
    Memphis, TN