Our Story

About Us

Founded in 2014 by a private investment group led by Larry Rudolph, El Dorado Cantina is best known for being one of the only authentic Mexican restaurants to offer cuisine featuring organic and non-GMO ingredients. In addition, El Dorado Cantina prides itself on highlighting dishes inspired by regions across Mexico. El Dorado Cantina quickly became a popular destination for celebrities, dignitaries, business professionals, and locals and tourists alike. It has been recognized as the “Best Mexican Restaurant in Las Vegas” multiple years running by the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual “Best of Las Vegas” poll; one of the top five Mexican restaurants in the U.S. by Yelp two years in a row, and was named as the #28 Top Restaurant in the U.S. by Yelp in 2016.

El Dorado Cantina believes in using sustainably raised products, and carefully selects those products from specialized farms, family businesses, and vendors across the United States. While El Dorado Cantina believes in using organic and GMO-free products, we cannot guarantee that those organic and GMO-free products in every location will be available or offered. When faced with shortages of organic and GMO-free products, El Dorado looks for the next best farm or vendor available.

Chef Paco

Chef Francisco “Paco” Cortes began his restaurant career in Las Vegas in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to the Bay Area to expand and grow the Coconuts Beach Bar & Mexican Grill brand until he returned to Las Vegas at the request of celebrity Chef Bruce Kalman for Meat Chix. It was during that time that Chef Paco was recruited to create the menu at El Dorado Cantina, a new concept that would feature authentic cuisine from the various regions in Mexico. Just one year after the launch of El Dorado Cantina, in 2015, Chef Paco appeared on the Cooking Channel’s show “Taco Trip” featuring host and celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez; and in 2018, Chef Paco appeared on the Food Network’s popular competition show “Chopped.”

Cortes was named “Culinarian of the Year” at the Nevada Restaurant Association’s Culinary Excellence Awards in 2016 and again in 2018. In 2016, Chef also received a Certificate of Special Recognition from U.S. Congressman Joe Heck in honor of this award. The “Culinarian of the Year” is awarded to a working chef in Nevada who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals by leading an exceptional restaurant kitchen, demonstrating community involvement and advancing the hospitality industry by sharing skills and knowledge.


In the event items from our preferred vendors are not available, we do our best to source sustainable and natural products from other sources to keep the highest quality ingredients in your dishes. Despite our commitment to the organic, non-GMO lifestyle, El Dorado Cantina cannot guarantee that all products and ingredients are 100% organic, GMO-free, or sourced from the preferred vendors below. We attempt to update the below list as often as possible, however, to get the most current list of vendors, please contact the restaurant you wish to learn about directly.