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Casino El Camino

Dive Bar, Burger Joint, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    Known for the ultimate late night food-- 3/4-pound burgers. Each burger variety is named after your favorite city (Buffalo, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.) and served with fresh-cut fries.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleApril 3, 2013
    Killer jukebox. Pool tables. Huge, juicy burgers. Psychotronic movies. Lounging with a post-apocalyptic flair. Casino keeps the best parts of dark and surly pub life alive and well.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkMarch 8, 2012
    Guy Fieri heads here for some of the best burgers in town. Try the Buffalo Burger (coated in wing sauce, topped w/ blue cheese) or the Amarillo Burger w/ fresh roasted serrano chiles & cilantro mayo.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    "The best burger in town." Juicy and tender, the 12-ounce monsters come topped with everything from cheese and thick-cut bacon to roasted Serrano peppers and Texas-hot buffalo sauce. Read more
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony De RosaMarch 14, 2012
    Best burger in Austin. Walk to the back and order the Amarillo Burger and verde cheese fries. Take your time and enjoy a Shiner at the bar while you wait.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CrawfordJune 25, 2016
    Burgers are amazing. We tried 3 different type of burgers & every one of us loved them. Bloody Mary is excellent;. you can order them on a "hot" scale 1-10, 10 = the hottest. I got a 5, it was hot!
  • Regis M.
    Regis MAugust 20, 2012
    At 11am felt like it was 11pm, it's dark inside and the music kick ass. Burgers are awesome but you will wait at least 30minutes, be patient it's worth it! FYI: Try to Amarillo if you like spice!
  • Cece G.
    Cece GardonDecember 28, 2015
    Any burger. Any time. Chili verde fries are the best ever. I'm not a fries sort of person but get between me & these fries & i will happily slap your hand away. (Yes they are that good)
  • Adobe SXSW
    Adobe SXSWMarch 8, 2010
    Some of the best burgers and strongest drinks in Austin may be found at Casino el Camino. Buffalo burger? Amarillo burger? Try them both but not in the same sitting. Read more
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 24, 2012
    These guys make burgers out of anything beef, buffalo, armadillo the list goes on for miles. That said they do it best. You'll feel like a true red blooded Texan once you've had a burger and beer here
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    Get the green chili sauce on your fries loved by all who enjoy a bloody mary. The quality of the burger is great here but the flavor did not blow my mind as a professional burger eater.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Perhaps resting on their giant burger laurels a bit, still the best jukebox in town, cool staff & usually a pretty damn good burger. Order at the back as soon as you arrive, tip the cook and smile.
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SpenceleyJune 1, 2015
    At night, Casino El Camino makes me feel like I'm in the belly of some kind of pirate ship. The Buffalo Burger is one of the best burgers in Austin. Also... jukebox.
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MillardMarch 15, 2015
    Really really good burgers and good heavy music. If you're on your own don't order the burger with a separate portion of fries - you won't finish both.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite dive bars of all time. It's dark, they have a great jukebox, amazing burgers and full bar. Enjoyed alone or with a group. Can't recommend enough.
  • meniscuszine.com
    meniscuszine.comAugust 7, 2012
    The 'explosive' [buffalo burger] packs a lot of flavor and although the heat kicks, it doesn’t build up. Chili-smothered foot-long hot dogs are a worthy alternative. —WC http://bit.ly/NlI3mX
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateAugust 22, 2013
    I come in here on the weekends just for the bloody mary. There are 10 levels of heat and it comes with a slider, meatball, cheese, pizza roll, celery, olive, onion and bacon for 7 bux.
  • Ipequey
    IpequeySeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't pass by them. This is old school Austin 6th street; A bar with personality. Get a good beer and some Tex-Mex food! Perfect for sobering up after the long crawl down 6th street.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaApril 21, 2014
    This has been my favorite burger place ever. Having not been here in 2 years, I forgot and my favored Hopdoddy. It was a reminder how perfect this burger place is. Seriously. Amarillo burger. Perfect.
  • Amber J.
    Amber JoslinFebruary 3, 2013
    Best spicy hot buffalo burger in town and hottest bloody mary in the world if you can tolerate the loud punk music. Just don't go on a Sunday when this place smells like vomit.
  • Cece G.
    Cece GardonDecember 28, 2015
    Amazing burgers & fries! Don't be put off by the decor. Just walk in & order. Excellent everything! Obviously everything is that good. This place is a winner.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandMarch 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This isn't just the best burger in Texas, it's the best burger on earth. That's right, I said it. Chicago burger on jalapeño roll med-rare with fries.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CopelandJanuary 17, 2013
    You have to get the Buffalo Burger. Don't let them tell you that "hot" is hot. "Hot" is hot but it's not that hot. For hot enthusiasts, go with "Explosive." Either way though, it's a damn fine burger.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TorresApril 20, 2013
    Friendly service, the wait for your meal is a bit long but it is definitely worth it! Take your time soaking up the atmosphere and a beer ;)
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElizondoMarch 10, 2015
    Chefs are just as crazy as their burgers! Juicy deliciousness! I really enjoyed it. Too bad the fries were lacking flavor. Just bland.
  • Paddy
    PaddyNovember 26, 2013
    The buffalo burger is probably the best burger I've ever had. The verde fries also great and the Bloody Mary's looked truly impressive.
    Upvoted May 7
  • Erik M.
    Buffalo burger FTW. Great vibe, music, staff and back patio. Pool tables solid too.
  • Cari V.
    Cari VincentJanuary 1, 2012
    Had the grilled chicken club. It was delicious. The chicken was moist and the bacon was crisp but not over done. The fries were crispy, but also thick. Excellence! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Eric M.
    Eric McCutchanJune 25, 2012
    A word of warning on the Amarillo burger: it is definitely delicious, but the serrano peppers will give you a #redhotpooper the next day.
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YoungMarch 16, 2015
    Unpretentious punk bar serving mean burgers. Love it! I spotted this joint on my new Supper app: http://supper.mx/places/casino-el-camino-austin/
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    The wings are good. The burgers are great. The beer is cold. The music is noisy. The everything is awesome. - Kellie, Community Manager
  • Sean L.
    Sean LoylessAugust 11, 2014
    Get the Amarillo burger on a jalapeño cheese bun with Serrano peppers. Your mouth will love you; your rectum will hate you.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Buffalo Burger. Medium sauce was quite hot, can't imagine hot or explosive(!)... Explosive something for sure! #delicious
  • Frankie C.
    Frankie CiminoJuly 16, 2015
    Amazing, huge burgers. Haven't had one I didn't like, and love that they're open past the bars closing.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Amarillo is still good, and the peppers sometimes hot enough to give me the hiccups, but I miss the old hand cut fries.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CostleyOctober 16, 2012
    Ask the bartender to make you his own version of the Manhattan with both sweet and dry vermouth - and RYE bourbon!!
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron McLendonJuly 5, 2013
    Get the Buffalo Burger with a chicken breast subbed in for the beef patty - yum! Verde Chili fries, too!
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Award Winning Burgers! Expect a wait. A Typical Neighborhood Bar --if your neighborhood is dark, cool and twisted.
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 31, 2013
    Really fantastic burgers. Try the Amarillo burger with extra bacon.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SmithSeptember 18, 2013
    Amazing as always. Staff is friendly and food is great. Oh yeah, and the atmosphere kills it!
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan OsmanSeptember 21, 2011
    The back patio is the coolest spot I've found in Austin so far...to have dinner. Do yourself a favor and sit out back
  • Warren H.
    Warren HutchinsonMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo Burger. DO THIS. It's beyond good - though you'll wait an hour for it.. But just do the cocktail list in the interim.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    There are few better places to lay down a layer of food before a night of heavy drinking on the Dirty Sixth, and their burgers are a well-deserved Austin institution. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Bryan L.
    Bryan LynesApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't know what to get, always go for the Buffalo Burger and make sure to get it spicy!!
  • Alex S.
    Alex SDecember 28, 2012
    The burgers are great. However, the verse chili fries are out of this world...wow. Order them
  • Scott W.
    Scott WillenbrockNovember 4, 2013
    Great burgers, spooky cool atmosphere, decent music... Worth checking out. I'll be back again!
  • April B.
    April BennettOctober 26, 2014
    The K.C. Burger. Smokey BBQ sauce, grilled onion and cheddar cheese.
  • Aliza K.
    Aliza KapadiaJuly 28, 2012
    Awesome food, but the wait sucked. 4 of us went, 1 got his food and finished before everyone. Then 2 of us got our food and when we were finished, the last person got their meal. Looooong wait.
  • Alexa D.
    Alexa DovalMay 1, 2011
    Long wait for burgers, but worth it. Amarillo burger is so spicy, it might be impossible to eat. My friend had it and she swore even her ear was burning up!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuelNovember 14, 2010
    Super awesome Buffalo burgers and green chili fries! Sadly the entire staff is self important overly obnoxious asshats... But damn those burgers kick ass.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor McKnightSeptember 30, 2011
    Killer bloody marys w/ bacon, bleu cheese, olives, pickles, celery, okra, cilantro and a spicy kick.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 6, 2011
    On an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri visited the Casino El Camino for Serrano peppers and hot buffalo sauce burgers. Read more
  • Meredith C.
    honestly NOT best burgers in Austin- GIANT andGreasy they are satisfying burgers but it's super loud and smells like BO in the bar.
  • Laura Maria A.
    Laura Maria AguirreFebruary 11, 2010
    Love the Amarillo burger and he green chili cheese fries. Hubby and I split the fries and each had our own burgers and cocktails for about $40. Not your ordinary bar.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalApril 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers are huge!! Has the Chicago with crispy bacon... Love the bartenders!!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalMarch 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one of my favorite bars on 6th.. The bartenders are great!! Cool spot...
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BurkartSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you wanna get outta the ACL grind for some local rock and roll, check out The St. James Society during Ditch the Fest! 2pm @ Red 7! Also a Emos Monday 9/19!
  • Sokha Jason N.
    Sokha Jason NhepAugust 20, 2016
    The FOODS are AMAAAAAZING and the Bloody Mary off the hook!!!!! Must make a stop here!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Reader tip: Incredible burgers! And get a tattoo at Sailor's Grave right around the corner. Read more
  • Cory S.
    Cory SteeleyDecember 26, 2014
    The best burger you'll find plus amazing atmosphere and people
  • Andee D.
    burgers are huge!! bloody mary is like part drink part appetizer!!
  • Fernando L.
    Fernando LabastidaMarch 13, 2010
    The best kept secret hamburgers are at Casino el Camino - walk into the hard core metal "cave" go to the back and order their Bleu Cheese burger. It's delish! Read more
  • TNM C.
    TNM ComedyOctober 24, 2011
    There is a pneumatic tube that shoots your burger up to you if you sit on the second floor. Pretty cool.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LucyMarch 16, 2013
    Best buffalo burger of all time and a must try Verde fries
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KaitaMarch 16, 2011
    The bloody mary here comes with myriad toppings including BACON and they'll make it as spicy as you want.
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget WebbSeptember 6, 2015
    Love this place! Bloody Mary's are very spicy, fries are amazing
  • Dan P.
    Dan PowersMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This ain't Whataburger. Minimum of 25 min for the 3/4lb angus burger. If there is a crowd expect to wait an hour. Worth the wait.
  • Stefanie S.
    Stefanie SniderMarch 10, 2013
    Awesome bloody mary's on the sunny back patio. Do it.
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin V.October 30, 2014
    Awesome burgers, but be prepared to wait more than an hour sometimes.
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJune 29, 2011
    Their jukebox has won awards for "best jukebox." If you've been waiting your whole life to force your obscure music taste onto dozens of strangers, here's your chance.
  • John D.
    John DeuelFebruary 26, 2012
    Best burgers in Austin! I like all of the 6 signature burgers they have.
  • Andy H.
    Andy HunterAugust 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a burger, a beer, and while you're at it.. a shot with the Casino El Camino bartenders. Then sit back and watch a classic cult movie,or listen to the best jukebox in Austin.
  • Heidi J.
    Heidi J.BSeptember 28, 2012
    Buffalo burgers are the bomb. The music is pretty much always tolerable,
  • Joe H.
    Joe HallMarch 8, 2012
    Great burgers. Definitely a good dive bar worth the visit.
  • Danica J.
    Danica JewettOctober 11, 2011
    Totally try to get the Austrian girl as your waitress. She's awesome, and super hot!
  • Slaw
    SlawOctober 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Burgers. Jukebox. Food in general. All amazing.
  • Leslie N.
    Leslie NormanMarch 10, 2014
    Burgers are fantastic and the fries are super crispy.
  • Tony-Wan Kenobi
    Tony-Wan KenobiMarch 15, 2012
    Best damn chili-cheese fries EVER!!! And the Buffalo Burger...? Amazing.
  • Flynn O.
    Flynn O'ConnorJuly 3, 2010
    Before the Aztec sacrificial artifice in the patio...I wandered into this place in the later 1990's and was hooked. Bonus: boasting Hell's Kitchen, the Burgers' place to sin.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MurrayMarch 17, 2012
    Amazing burgers. Kitchen guys get angry when you order one, though.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NienkerkMay 7, 2013
    I have lived in Austin for 13 years, and I never saw a rat until tonight. At Casino el Camino.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MedvedMarch 12, 2011
    Go for the spicy armadillo burger. Chase it with a Guinness, and you'll be fine.
  • Tyler W. K.
    Tyler W. KonarikNovember 3, 2014
    Hands down the absolute best bloody mary I've ever had.
  • Debby M.
    Debby MoranJune 21, 2011
    you have to try the Verde Chili Fries ... the tomatillo salsa is great!
  • Cameron R.
    Cameron RussellSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want to regret choosing it, try asking for explosive when they ask how hot you want your wings or burger. Sweat, tears, & bliss!
  • SPIN
    SPINMarch 8, 2010
    Right on E. 6th Street -- this joint does some really righteous burgers. If you lose a bet, eat the Amarillo burger. It's that kind of spicy.
  • Mike D.
    Mike D'AmicoMarch 11, 2012
    Not sure how they did it, but their eggplant sandwich is the oiliest thing I've ever eaten.
  • Mary G.
    Mary GuzmanJuly 27, 2014
    The buffulo blue cheese with bacon added is the bomb!!!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MuellerFebruary 8, 2011
    Burgers are great but don't forget the truely epic Double Dog Texas Tommy.
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MoriSeptember 23, 2013
    Definitely will go back! You should try the buffalo burger
  • Big Red
    Big RedMarch 17, 2011
    Arguably Austin's best burgers. If you don't have a big appetite, make sure you have a friend to share it with.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burger in town! Get one. You will not be disappointed.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 28, 2012
    Great food, great atmosphere! The prices aren't bad at all!
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca ArnoldJune 2, 2012
    Buffalo burger is the best!! Ask for extra pepperchini peppers!
  • Lupe S.
    Lupe SilvasFebruary 27, 2010
    Have a burger a beer and play some pool while watching one of the many fantastic movies they have playing on their tv's.
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  • Justin H.
    Justin HomJune 16, 2013
    Really delicious bloody mary with all the fixins.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LomaxMarch 12, 2011
    Try the Bloody Mary - it comes with bacon and pickles!!!
  • Caryn L.
    Caryn LovelessMarch 13, 2011
    I love this place. I go there multiple times ever visit to ATX.
  • Heidi J.
    Heidi J.BSeptember 20, 2012
    Sit upstairs. and get the buffalo burger
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