As bright and boisterous as a south of the border fiesta, our fun and modern “Mex-eclectic” concept exudes a vibrant and festive atmosphere that boasts colorful décor, beautifully crafted Mexican columns, and a hand carved, 100-foot wooden bar.

 

The vibe from the interior matches the flavorful and imaginative food and beverage program, energizing anyone stopping for a quick sip or a night out Salsa dancing.   With the most comprehensive and bold tequila selection—and margaritas—in Sarasota, the menu is complimented with modern twists on classic Mexican dishes featured at brunch, lunch, or dinner.

El Melvin strikes the ideal balance between a celebration in Mexico and a fun night out in Austin. It is the perfect embodiment of the modern “Mex-Eclectic” spirit.

OUR STORY

Co-owned and operated by childhood friends and partners Mitch Good and Matt Hess, El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is an entrepreneurial spin off based on a storied chicken farm and grocery store history. Mitch’s grandfather, Melvin Mitchell, for whom El Melvin is named, embodied this spirit, growing up and working on a chicken farm. The “farm” grew to Weaver’s Chicken and eventually sold to Tyson Chicken in 1989. It was Mitch’s grandfather, along with his father and mother, who also followed the entrepreneurial way of live, that inspired the duo to take on restaurant ownership and do something, well, unexpected.

As bright and boisterous as a south of the border fiesta, our fun and modern “Mex-eclectic” concept exudes a vibrant and festive atmosphere that boasts colorful décor, beautifully crafted Mexican columns, and a hand carved, 100-foot wooden bar.

 

The vibe from the interior matches the flavorful and imaginative food and beverage program, energizing anyone stopping for a quick sip or a night out Salsa dancing.   With the most comprehensive and bold tequila selection—and margaritas—in Sarasota, the menu is complimented with modern twists on classic Mexican dishes featured at brunch, lunch, or dinner.

El Melvin strikes the ideal balance between a celebration in Mexico and a fun night out in Austin. It is the perfect embodiment of the modern “Mex-Eclectic” spirit.

OUR STORY

Co-owned and operated by childhood friends and partners Mitch Good and Matt Hess, El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is an entrepreneurial spin off based on a storied chicken farm and grocery store history. Mitch’s grandfather, Melvin Mitchell, for whom El Melvin is named, embodied this spirit, growing up and working on a chicken farm. The “farm” grew to Weaver’s Chicken and eventually sold to Tyson Chicken in 1989. It was Mitch’s grandfather, along with his father and mother, who also followed the entrepreneurial way of live, that inspired the duo to take on restaurant ownership and do something, well, unexpected.

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Taqueria Azul

Dreaming of your favorite street taco? Your dream come true is forthcoming with the
debut of Taqueria d’Azul, scheduled to arrive in downtown Sarasota later this summer.

Want to be first in the know and get to taste what the future holds? Join El Melvin’s
VIP Club and receive member only specials, promotions and first notice on upcoming events.

Taqueria Azul

Dreaming of your favorite street taco? Your dream come true is forthcoming with the debut of Taqueria d’Azul, scheduled to arrive in downtown Sarasota later this summer.
Want to be first in the know and get to taste what the future holds? Join El Melvin’s VIP Club and receive member only specials, promotions and first notice on upcoming events.

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El Melvin Cocina Mexicana
1355 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
941.366-1618
info@elmelvin.com

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11 am-10 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am-11 pm

Happy Hours:
Monday-Friday 4 pm-7 pm

 

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday 11 am-3 pm