The original El Encanto Restaurant and Cantina is located in the center of Cave Creek. In 1989, Bill Nelson purchased a vacant building, and with a love of Mexico and Mexican food, opened the first El Encanto. He brought a chef he’d known for twenty years from Mexico. Using the finest, freshest ingredients, they put together a menu that people quickly called “the best Mexican food in the Valley.”
Also having a love of old Mexican architecture, Bill made many trips across the border, bringing back ideas and materials to incorporate into El Encanto. The patio and restaurant’s style aim to bring the look and feel of Mexico to your dining experience.
El Encanto became a favorite for its enchanting setting and great food. The business grew rapidly and eventually needed a more developed and improved infrastructure. In 2003, Bill implored his eldest daughter Christine, a lawyer living in DC at the time, to come back to run the business. Christine developed new operating systems to increase consistency in the quality of food and service and built a management team to implement them. The focus is always on improving consistency and enhancing the level of service.