El Caporal Sunriver

Written by B.Shue at www.casago.com
El Caporal Sunriver interior
sizzling fajitas
Lunch platter


El Caporal Sunriver is a family-owned Mexican restaurant that has been an Oregon staple since 1997. This charming eatery is a story of passion, tradition, and a commitment to authentic Mexican cuisine.

The soul of El Caporal lies in its owners, Luz Delia Anaya and her husband, Carlos. Luz, an architect by profession, has meticulously designed the restaurant's space, infusing it with warmth and a welcoming ambiance that reflects their love for Mexican culture and food. 

This couple's journey, spanning over two decades, has seen them pour their hearts into creating an environment where every meal is not just food but an experience of their heritage.

El Caporal's commitment to authenticity extends beyond its décor. Since its inception, the restaurant has focused on bringing the taste of traditional Mexican food to Central Oregon. 

Their philosophy is simple: to offer the freshest ingredients and deliver the best service. This approach has made them a beloved dining spot and a part of the community's fabric, where families and friends gather to enjoy delicious food​.


The interior of El Caporal radiates warmth and joy, a hallmark of traditional Mexican hospitality. The walls are adorned with lively, colorful art, each telling a story of heritage and pride. The furnishings are rustic yet comfortable, contributing to an atmosphere of homely comfort and inviting you to relax and enjoy your time here.

Meticulously designed by owner and architect Luz Delia Anaya, every corner echoes the authenticity of Mexican culture. From the brightly colored tablecloths to the charmingly decorated ceramics, each element adds to the overall experience of dining in an exotic and familiar place.

The outdoor seating area is inviting and perfect for enjoying the fresh Sunriver air while savoring your meal. 

El Caporal Sunriver: Menu & Drinks 

One of the must-try items at El Caporal is their range of enchiladas. The Enchiladas de Mole is a standout, filled with chicken and topped with a savory Mole sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and avocado. This dish encapsulates the essence of Mexican culinary tradition, offering a unique and rich flavor profile. 

For those who prefer a classic touch, the Enchilada Sunrise, with its choice of meat, chicken, shredded beef, or ground beef, covered with melted cheese and an over-easy egg, offers a satisfying fusion of flavors. 

Another notable mention is the Enchilada Rancheras, featuring three traditional-style enchiladas from Cuautla, Mexico, topped with Ranchero cheese, delivering a genuine taste of Mexico.​

Appetizers at El Caporal also promise a tantalizing start to your meal. The Super Nachos, topped with beans, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, melted cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese, is a delight for those who love a bit of everything. 

A highlight of their drink offerings is the Tamarind Perfect Margarita. This unique concoction uses El Caporal's Tamarind puree mix, offering a distinct and irresistible flavor that sets it apart from the classic Margarita. It's a perfect choice for those looking to try something new and exciting, blending the traditional Margarita with a twist of tamarind.

For the traditionalists, the Perfect Margarita stands as a testament to the classic flavors of a Margarita. Made with Sauza Tequila, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, and orange juice, it's recommended to be enjoyed on the rocks. This drink captures the essence of a classic Margarita with its refreshing and well-balanced mix of flavors.

With exceptional fare, an engaging vibe, and a laid-back ambiance, it's no surprise El Caporal is a Sunriver hotspot.

Local Tips

  • Remember that El Caporal does not take reservations, so arrive early!
  • Order takeout and enjoy at your Casago rental!
  • El Caporal's pricing is a family-friendly restaurant with moderate prices.
  • Check out their other location in Bend, Oregon.


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