went there the 1st time and it was great, but every time since has been horrific. One time they sat us then forgot about us for 45 minutes. It was another 45 minutes before we got our food. You roll the dice on quality. I've had the same dish on multiple visits: one time the beef was perfect, one time it was burnt to a crisp and the other it was bloody rare.
I've given this place more than enough opportunities to live up to the first time, but no more. I would recommend going elsewhere.
Tried the new downtown location with a group of friends and had a great time! The decor is modern and fun, and the tequila tower is quite impressive. My friends and I all sampled each others selections - and everything tasted great. Definitely a fun place to go for dinner before heading out on the town.
I ate at the Six Forks location which has since moved. At that location the atmosphere was great, food delicious, great presentation and extremely attentive waitstaff. I was disappointed when they moved downtown (Six Forks location closer to my home) but look forward to visiting them there.
Jibarra is no longer on Six Forks Rd. The owners moved it downtown and put another of their restaurants, El Rodeo, in its place. Both restaurants are fantastic. Try the corn chowder at Jibarra and the fish tacos at El Rodeo. The staff at both are very friendly and efficient, the places are clean, and the prices are reasonable. In fact, El Rodeo accepts coupons.
Went here for a bachelorette party, food is WAY over-priced and NOT good. I got served cold coffee. I ordered fajitas and the peppers & onions tasted like they had not been cooked at all! The steak, which was supposed to be medium-rare, was black on the outside, dry and completely brown all the way through. I asked for some sour cream and there was a $1.00 fee for that! The fajitas are disgusting!! You would be better off going to a real mexican restaurant and getting good mexican food for half the price!
We had brought a cake with us and they brought it out and we asked for a knife to cut it, the waitress said she would cut it and bring it out and they charged everybody in the party a $1.00 cake fee because they cut the cake for us, which we weren't told about and we asked for a knife to cut it ourselves! COMPLETE RIPOFF!!!!
I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!!!
Went to Jibarra (now moved to the Warehouse district of Raleigh) last night with some friends
Nice welcome from the server who turned out to be a little less attentive than we are used to ( had empty glasses for a while)
Food was nice and well presented but unexceptional quality. I had a makers mark manhattan infused with ginger which had a nice flavor but was a light pour by my standards and the other 2 people that had the same drink , for $8 a pop I want to taste the liquor
Nice location and would go back again for dinner but not sure its worth $100 for 2
Had a great meal out this week at Jibarra. Have been frequenting their new location for a few months now and although they were inconsistant at first, something has changed for the better! I actually am compelled to write a review.
My fiancee started with a delicious red pepper margarita(huh?). She loved it. I had the special of the night, an avocado martini. It was terrificly creamy but more of a dessert cocktail. Very imaginative however.
For a starter we shared the ceviche sampler. I know of no other place that serves 4 ceviches all the time in Raleigh. The one with the scallops in lime and avocado was my favorite.
For dinner we shared two entrees. The Osso Bucco dish and an incredible Tuna entree. The seared tuna had some kind of smoky chile rub and was served over a stew of chorizo and garbanzo beans(?) and some spicy peppers. Was a flavor combination I've never encountered. The osso bucco being a favorite dish delivered. Fell off the bone when presented at the table. Instead of potato I got to try yucca and it was deliciously kind of sweet.
We didnt have room for dessert so we had our server surprise us with a cold beverage.
I'm doing brunch next.
Pros: great drinks, original food, good service, cool digs
Cons: downtown now. Not off six forks
I found Jibarra very "hit or miss." The atmosphere was nice, & our server was great, but they need to "iron out the kinks" in the food combinations and portions. My husband got fish tacos, which came with 4 "fishstick-sized" pieces of fish, a teaspoon of pico de gallo, & a couple of tablespoons of coleslaw. We both laughed out loud when we saw that he only had THREE tortillas to go with his 4 pcs of fish, and our request for more pico de gallo resulted in a $1 charge being added to our tab (how tacky!) My $25 steak was swimming in a super-salty sauce, (I'm a sodium freak - it's hard to make something too salty for me), & it was strange to see it served with a side of 10-12 large french fries. Fried plantains and vegetables would have been a much better accompaniment. The margaritas are great, and we will give it another try to see if the food has improved.
BTW - Lizlan must be an owner to insult another reviewer who had a bad experience. (HELLO - you look like a fool for getting defensive, because who would do that besides an owner??) Owners - if you must read reviews of your restaurant, take notes on what you can do to improve, instead of insulting people who might become your best customers if you get it right.
Pros: Friendly service, great margaritas
Cons: Very pricey, small portions, combinations a little "off"
This was our first time at this restaurant. It will be our last time.
Food was very expensive; the food preparation was mediocre. For the quality and quantity, not worth the $$$. Two drinks - $24!!!.
There are many other restaurants in Raleigh which offer a much better dining experience.
Should have known better when you go on a weekend night, with no reservations, and the restaurant was half empty ?? can understand why.
Pros: Friendly Staff
Cons: Too Expensive, Poor Quality
First of all I MUST reply to the last review of this so called "FOODIE ". It sounds to me like you're a complainer, and would like to get your food for free.
Try writing a more constructive review next time, if you are a self proclaimed "foodie" and really know something about the food you're tasting.
The tortilla soup has a very distinct flavor from the Crab soup. Yes, they are both salty, and spicy, but with totally different complexities.
I have not yet found a better crab soup in the triangle than the Chilpachole de Jaiba. I have to have it every week. Everytime I go I try a different entree after the soup. I have not yet been disappointed. It only gets better. The Cabrito (Goat) is exceptional.
I have to say this place really should make Mexicans proud!
Pros: Unique Mexican Menu
We are self proclaimed FOODIES, eat out often and love to try new places and love GOOD FOOD. Stumbled on Jibarra, looked inside, thought it looked like a great place. Not very many people in there at all, but put it on our list of places to try. Just this week, Friday, we decided to go on a date night with another couple and went to Jibarra. The menu was certainly different and we were excited to try this modern mexican. We ordered chips and salsa to begin with, the salsa was excellent, but very sparce and the chips, well, let's just say the bowl that they came in was about the size of a toddlers cereal bowl for $2.50 each time you asked for a refill. There was barely enough for 1 person to enjoy. We also ordered the guacamole which was very bland, we added some lime and salt and "doctored" it up and it was a little better. Again, very small portions. We went on to the next course...My husband and bff ordered the blue crab soup and I ordered the tortilla soup. The presentation was awesome....it should have stopped there. The broth that was poured over the base ingredients that were in the bowl was all the same....once poured in, the blue crab soup and the tortilla soup tasted almost the same...the only difference is that you could taste a slight seafood flavor in the crab soup. It was awful...we sent them all back. Next course, my husband and his friend ordered the special of ravioli with scallops and gorgonzola....tasted like they dumped the entire container of sea salt in the dish. They couldn't finish their entrees as noone bothered to refill their waters and they were dying from the salt intake. I ordered a skewered chicken with traditional fajita veggies and tortillas. The chicken was moderately warm, the "traditional fajita veggies" were ice cold and when asked, we were told that was the appropriate way to be served. If you can wrap around this, moderately warm chicken, ice cold veggies and hot flour tortillas. By the time you wrapped the tortillas around the chicken and veggies you ended up with a slightly cold version of a very dull and forgettable entree. We were so very dissapointed as we loved the location and were really hoping for so much more....we asked to speak to someone in management just so that we could express our thoughts. Again, we dine out several times a week and most of the time together, we love different types of food ranging from the awesome Chinese food at 5 star to the sushi at Sushi Blues. We loved Prime Only's steak and sushi bar, etc. When Hector Jibarra came to our table and explained to us that the flavors that we were experiencing were the way they were intended. The overly salty "special" was most likely that way because it had gorgonzola in it and the cold veggies were intended to be that way, the base or broth used for all the soups and sauces was their signature sauce or sorts. Everything tasted very redundant as if they has one sauce in the kitchen and they made the soup out of it, the sauce for the ribs out of it and they are extremely heavy handed on the salt. This time, there were about 3 tables occupied when we got there and only one more joined us as we had this experience. Doubtful that this restaurant will be around for a very long time. With the lack of care exhibited by the "family" management. They were not in any way customer service friendly as even though we had sent items back and sent the chicken and veggies back and they merely microwaved them and sent them back out, there was no mention of compensation, took nothing off of our bill.....we figured with 4 or 5 tables on a Friday night, they needed every dime that they were billing, regardless of satisfaction. Overall the experience was horrible and these Foodies WILL NOT WASTE our time or money again. With 4 people, we left there with $120 less in our pocket, still hungry with an awful taste in our mouth....don't bother.
Pros: None worth mentioning.
Cons: food quality, pricey, small portions, cold, poorly managed
Went to Jibarra for the $5 dollar lunch special they were running last week. Great concept, but it seems they may have not been ready for the crowd.
There was a little bit of a wait and the bad experience started when the manager was telling everyone to move away from the front door in a very impatient and rude way.
The food I ordered ( beef tacos) took nearly 45 minutes to get to my table and the waitress only checked on me once during the entire time I was there.
When I asked to speak with the manager, it took her another 15 minutes to get to my table, and she had such chip on her shoulder acting like I was doing her a big favor for coming in to the restaurant to eat.
The food was good, but there are plenty of other great restaurant choices around downtown if you're looking to eat within your lunch hour, and expect to be treated with courtesy.
Pros: Good food
Cons: Slow and Rude service
The food was good, atmosphere great, but wait service was too slow. We left saying we'd have had a completely different impression if our waitress had been knowldedgeable about the menu and attentive to our table. We'll eat at Dos Taquitos Centro next time.
Pros: Great ceviche, overall good food, great atmosphere
Cons: Slow service, unprofessional wait staff
I went here a couple of weeks ago with my husband and parents. Service was a bit slow, and for some reason they were out of shot glasses (???), but the atmosphere and food more than made up for those cons. The guacamole was FANTASTIC and very well priced. My mom had the salmon, which was perfectly done; my hubby had the osso bucco, which was falling apart tender and delicious; and my dad had the tacos de carne asada, which he said was great. I had the fajita de arrachera, which unfortunately wasn't as good as my family's entrees. It came out very rare, which I normally would've been okay with, but I'm pregnant, and so didn't want to take any chances. I just wish either I had remembered to ask for well done, or the waitress had asked me how I'd like it cooked. (She knew I was pregnant.) I sent it back to the kitchen, and the waitress was very apologetic. Unfortunately, though, meat doesn't do well reheated, and so when it came back well done, it was tough as leather. To make matters worse, I had only a butter knife to cut it with, as I had trouble flagging the waitress down again. So, the moral of the story is, if you're ordering beef, to be sure and tell them up front how you'd like it cooked. My hubby and I are planning on going back, but I won't be ordering the fajitas again.
Pros: Good atmosphere, nice waitstaff, good food, reasonably priced
Cons: Service is a little slow and seems to get overwhelmed and forgets details easily.
Me and a girlfriend went to Jibarra about three weeks ago. The place is awesome! Gorgeous decor, exciting Mexican food, upbeat music, and friendly staff.
We sat in the high tables area, and started out with some tasty margaritas that our gorgeous Hispanic waitress recommended to us. The two exotic flavor margaritas we tried came with an edible orchid. What beautiful presentation! We had the salada completa, which was a wonderful salad to share. Then took another great recomendation to eat the Conchinita Pibil appetizer. This food is special, and the margaritas are addicting!!
After our meal, we moved to the bar to have some more margaritas, and bartender was very corteous and knowledgeable about the tequilas.
We took some pictures with the tequila tower behind us to share with our friends our awesome find in downtown Raleigh!
I'll become a regular for sure!
Pros: exotic fresh margaritas, beautiful place, friendly and knowledgeable staff
I went to lunch today at Jibarra with my wife. It was my birthday saturday, and I was looking for someplace different and special. We went all out with appetizer, entree, dessert. First of all, service was great, we got great recommendations and everything was served quickly. Food was hot with excellent presentation. And best of all, it was delicious.
We had the cochinita appetizer, which was marinated pulled pork and sweet onions wrapped in a banana leaf (served with warm tortillas). This was a recommendation from our server, and it was super. I highly recommend it. For the entrees, we had the burrito de arrachera and the torta de cochinita. The pork in the entree was similar to the pork in the appetizer, and again was very good. It could probably be placed on better bread, it was sort of a plain round roll. Nothing exciting. But again, the pork was very tasty. The pork dish came with a side of steak fries covered with chipotle aioli. Excellent. I was jokingly calling them mexican cheese fries. I liked them a lot. Fries were very crispy, and the aioli was flavorful and had a kick. The burrito was also very good, the steak was cut in small pieces and very tender. We got a house salad on the side. The salad was ok, it could use a more flavorful dressing and more interesting toppings in it. For dessert, we had the pan de natas, which was a bread pudding/custart with a tart marmalade on top, served with chocolate ice cream on the side. Very, very good. Again, excellent presentation.
The interior of the restaurant is very nice, in the historic Depot on Davie St. near downtown. I liked having parking right outside, as opposed to struggling to find parking at many downtown eateries.
I plan on going back very soon.
Pros: Excellent food, easy parking, great service.
Cons: May not be a place for kids; no kids menu.
My husband and I loved Jibarra at it's original location- the only thing lacking was the location. The food and service was always fabulous. I was so excited to see Jibarra move downtown as it was one of my favorite restaurants. I told everyone to go there. Last night we went to the new location and we were sorely disapointed by the service. You can tell Jibarra now has different priorites. I expected a few bumps in their transition to the new space but the new staff is not as knowledgable or professional as it should be for this caliber of food. After waiting an hour for an appetizer I asked our waitress to cancel it. We then received it a half hour later. When we finally got our bill our waitress told us "we took off the appetizer-even though you still got it" Please don't do us any favors! I understand the waitstaff has nothing to do with the slow kitchen but there was no explanation or apologies by our waitress- we just sat there wondering. I hope Jibarra can work out the kinks and learn to hire better staff.
After college I served/bartended at a small family-owned high end Mexican restaraunt. Since I've been in Raleigh I've struggled to find a good Mexican restaraunt. I had driven past Jibarra in North Raleigh but never got up there to try it out so I was excited for the downtown opening.
The location is great. Its in the warehouse district close to The Pit (recently opened restaraunt) and Five Star (great Chinese food) Jibarra itself is in some sort of renovated warehouse and the decor is nice so it has a very cool and modern feel to it.
Right now that is the only good thing I can say about this place. Management has no idea what they are doing.
Drinks took forever to come out. We waited about 20 minutes for the first round of Margarita's, one of which came out with no tequila. Even those that were made were correctly were not all that good. We had their signature Margaritas which use the house reposado and Grand Marnier instead of triple sec. We were assured that they use fresh squeezed lime juice, but to me it tasted the a margarita made with mix that you get from Chili's.
I can't say much about the food because we really didn't get to try it. I was told an hour after ordering that they did not have the dish I ordered-they were out of it. They were also out of another of my party's order. I asked what could be made quick. I got the Quesadilla de Camaron about an hour and a half after ordering. I'm sure this comes frozen and the kitchen deep fries it. It should be on the kid's menu. My girlfriend got the Tacos de Carne Asada (this was a late dinner-we were focused on drinks and small plates) This was not -so-tender, dried out steak served on top of mashed potatoes with a few tortilla shells. My girlfriends brother in laws food was freezing cold and the server told him he wasn't surprised it had been sitting around for a while.
Don't go to this place. For a better experience try Dos Taquitos off Creedmor in North Raleigh.
Watch out for the bean shot!
Went tonight for a friend's birthday. Got there early, and sat at the bar. Took nearly 20 minutes to recieve drinks for myself and one friend. Was asked only once in nearly an hour if we needed anything else. Ordered an appitizer that never came; instead was repeated given something that was not ordered. Had an 8:30 reservation was not seated until 9:00. Original appetizer finally arrived and it looked overcooked and as if it had been sitting for a while. The waiter seemed nice enough, and knowledgable about the menu (the menu was pretty limited). Did not order a meal due to having to leave by a certain time.
Was all around NOT impressed. Will not be going back again.
Pros: nice decor
Cons: horrible service, too expensive for what it is
My husband and I tried Jibarra after I read about it in Metro Magazine back at the beginning of the year. We LOVED it. The location was terrible (off of Six Forks Rd), but we had a great experience. We were given a free app from the chef (cold, Leek soup on a ladle), which was delicious. My husband ordered the softball steak, which he loved and I got Mahi Mahi over Lobster mashed potatoes....excellent! The drinks were also great. My husband especially loved the Tequila flights. We were so disappointed when we decided to try it out again for his bday a few weeks ago and drove there, just to find another restaurant had opened up! I am so happy to have found out Jibarra will be reopening in November in a much better locale!
Nice environment. Too little food for the dollars. Decent service. Decent food. Not much else to say except there are certainly better places in the Raleigh area.
A group of my friends went to Jibarra on saturday night. First impression was great, the interior of the restaurant was very nice and inviting. We did not have any appetizers or anything but the waitress did bring out hibiscus flower juice and some fruit/vegetable combination on a stick. We tried this and were anything but impressed, but hey it was free. So i ordered ribs and my friend ordered the fajitas. The ribs were a poor cut and were very fatty and disgusting, while the fajitas had a good flavor, there were only three and the tortillas were only about 3-4inches wide. To wrap everthing up, we ended up leaving spending over $30 each. We were all hungy still, so we went to rudinos, and had four full size grinders and a pitcher of beer for less than one meal at Jibarra. Save yourself, dont waist your time.
Pros: The scene is nice.
Cons: The food, drinks, service were the biggest joke of my life full of dining.
My wife and I went last week. Neither of us were impressed at all. The Margaritas were OK at best, with the Chipotle one downright strange. I had a clams and Octopus dinner that tasted like salt soup. Not impressed. They brought out a drink with something on a stick - on the house and worth every bit of that. It was made from some flower I think. Bottom line - we have eaten in many nice places in many large cities. Jibarra has a lot of hype, but for sure our last visit here
Pros: Easy to get a table
Cons: Food, Sat next to a women who just talked and talked about surgery
I made reservations for fourteen people to celebrate my husbands birthday at Jibarra's and from the time we arrived the service was bad,from food coming late and cold to staff trying to charge $5.00 for us to cut the cake we brought to the restaurant. A few of my guest were charged a different amount then what was on the bill and one guest was charged twice. Now the service should been as good as the looks of the place for the prices they charge to eat there,and not the sever nor the manager working that evening of march 13th offered to compensate any of us on the $600.00 bill we had. I was very disappointed at the whole experience.
The owners might well be advised that some passersby will simply keep driving when they see the word "Mexican" on the exterior wall of Jibarra. It certainly is an inadequate descriptor for this unique Triangle restaurant.
The first time I was there I had an appetizer featuring the candy Pop Rocks! I'll admit: that was a bit too bizarre for me, but the remaining visits have been simply wonderful.
Pros: unique dishes
Cons: Pop Rocks with clams?
I thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday Royal brunch at Jibarra - they did everything right. The coffee was very good and had a lovely presentation, the fruit plate with yogurt was beautiful and so delicious, as was my entree choice of a burrito with flank steak and cabbage (of all things, who knew what a great combination this could be!). I had the bloody mary (with a Mexican twist) and sampled some of the pastry buffet, and found everything to be very nicely done. The waiters were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was conducive to a comfortable meal with family and friends. This was one of the best new restaurants I have found in a long time, and I will definitely be adding this to my list of favorite places.
Cons: Didn't experience any
My friend and I have visited Jibarra several times now and have yet to be disappointed. The drinks are delicious, you'd expect the fresh fruit juice to water down the tequila, but the flavors are matched perfectly. The service is wonderful, I drink a lot of water and my glass was never empty. Last night my friend had the truffle ravioli and scallops, which he loved and I had the duck, which was heavenly. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want an interesting, adventurous meal that keeps you guessing. This place is like nothing else in Raleigh.
Pros: beautiful plating, wonderful tasting food, drink
Cons: none that i can think of
Went to Jibarra Thursday before Thanksgiving with 6 other friends. Food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent. I went in expecting the standard Mexican fare and was pleasantly surprised. The menu is inventive and original with options for every palette. I would put it up against any fine dining restaurant in Raleigh. I ordered the Pato en Aromas de Mole, a spice encrusted Duck breast that was excellent. It was perfectly paired with a sweet potato puree. Every one ordered something different and they were all great.
Service was exceptional as well.... with our server taking the time to explain each dish as it was presented to the table. Can't wait to try them for brunch. I would recommend Jibarra !
Pros: Great food, service and drinks
Cons: The only one that comes to mind is price (although it is very fair)
Okay so I have to give this place an unfortunate 3 star (average), I would have rated it a 5 star previously but due to my recent visit on Sunday where the service was absolutely HORRIBLE...definitely Lazy service. We arrived for a nice Sunday brunch and as we walked in, there was NOBODY at the front to greet anyone and we waited a good 5 minutes until someone finally appeared from the back somewhere, they kindly sat us and that was great, we were given menus and left to fend for ourselves for about 20 minutes my husband almost got up to leave and so I convinced him to stay just a bit and see if I could get any of the waiters zooming by us attention...they were too busy attending a larger table and who knows what other tables....it was not full. Their food is exceptional to say the least, being Mexican myself I absolutely love it however they do need to workout their waiter/waitress situation. I would not go to Jibarra on a Sunday again and the Manager was not any help as backup.
Pros: Dishes are excellent
Cons: waiters take too long to get to your table & not check back promptly
first, dont go casual (jeans). snobbish patrons that are oh so proud of themselves will stare, like was mentioned by a previous reviewer. my girlfriends salmon tasted not so fresh and the dish was smothered in a cream sauce that didnt taste like much else besides heavy cream. it gave her a belly ache. the polenta that topped the fish was the best part of the dish. i got a steak/ tamal dish. the steak tasted like a steak. i could of gone to outback and got the same thing. the tamal had a nice texture but didnt taste like much else besides corn dough. the sauce that was drizzled around the dish was indistinguishable. the meager bit of red chile sauce that was over the tamal was unrefined. it tasted like they blended chile negros or anchos with water in a blender and that's about it. the jibarra margarita was tastey--not too sweet. my girlfriends mango margarita was bad. it tasted like the mango juice was old or had been left opened in the fridge. the staff though were all very nice and polite. i'm a huge fan of mexican food (not tex-mex) and make a lot of it at home from rick bayless's excellent cook book, "mexico-one plate at a time". i dont have time to always make my own and so i'm still searching for a good tamale in the triangle.
Pros: friendly, courtious staff. "jibarra margarita"
Cons: average food at a high price.
As a traveler to Mexico on several occasions, this is authentic Mexican food at its finest---Cabrito Asado al Horno (young roasted goat with potato confit)! I can?t agree more with the person comparing Rick Bayless? TOPOLOBAMPO in Chicago to Jibarra. I too have had the tasting menu at both and equally they are fantastic! Jibarra, though, has larger portions. Please if you are looking for tortilla chips and salsa to nibble on before your meal and expect your plate to be smothered with goopy cheese, an indistinguishable sauce and sour cream, this is not the place for you.
Pros: Food, Wait Staff
I have yet to be dissappointed at Jibarra. I have been there about five times now, four for dinner and once for brunch and each occassion has been excellent. The cochinita pibil and dos salmones are delicious and so far my favorite appetizers as were the duck and lamb entrees. The cocktails have fresh-squeezed citrus which combines much better with the tequila than the concentrated stuff although I prefer drinking tequila neat or perhaps with sangrita. The servers are friendly and always helpful in answering my questions. The prices, in my opinion, are on par with with other higher end restaurants in the area and abroad, especially considering the quality of the food and some of the ingredients that are utilized (where else do you see huitlacoche in the triangle?). All in all, jibarra is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in the area and I have found it to be on par with some of the top dining destinations I have visited in Mexico city i.e. Izote and Aguila y Sol.
Pros: innovative regional mexican cuisine, ambience, service, tequila selection
I miss real Mexican food and I wanted to love this place. It had all the right ingredients -- interesting menu, tequila, great atmosphere and a friendly staff. Did I mention tequila ?
It did not, however, have great food and it certainly wasn't worth the price. I do recommend going to the bar and ordering a drink and some appetizers. The bean soup is unbelievable as is the cerviche three ways. Everything else was artistically presented but not great food. One note --as someone who doesn't eat meat, I was thrilled to find quite a bit of fish on the menu. However closer examination revealed that almost every fish dish had meat in it and could not be served without it. There were still items to choose from --just not as many as you would have thought at first glance. My dinner companion, a blissful carnivore, found his chicken dry and unappetizing. This is mildly understandable in a chain but not when you are paying over $100 for dinner for two.
Pros: Great staff, ambience and drinks
Cons: Average food at an above average price
Went to Jibarra last night for dinner and it was totally disapointing. Food and service were less than exceptional. I would have enjoyed traditional Mexican food at a local resturant chain more and paid much less. Food portions are small and expensive. If you are looking for a new bar to try for drinks and to socialize with friends before eatting somewhere else the tequilla bar is very nice and serves some unique cocktails. Otherwise I would not go there again.
Cons: too expensive, food and service poor
great food, great service, great drinks. This high end, mexican restaurant is a favorite. Brunch is awesome too.
Try the appetizers ad seasonal specials, the seafood is especially good.
A trendy spot with Mexican food sans the obligatory chips and salsa, Jibarra really has something special going on. The wait staff has clearly tasted all the menu items and can make useful reccommendations. The tequila choices and margaritas are great, but the food is outstanding. Try the goat meat with soft tacos, or the squid in its own ink. The rabbit "taquitos" need a little oomph... but the better part of their menu is wonderful.
Pros: Great tasting menu
We went here a couple of months ago and it was just ok. I am glad I went but don't ever feel the need to go back. We didn't have a reservation and arrived around 9:15 on a saturday night. The hostess looked at us like we were idiots coming without a reservation and then took us immediatly to an open table. Why be mean if you have the tables? I never mind waiting. The service was ok, not what I I would think for upscale restaruant. The food was average, my boyfriend had a shrimp dish that was in some kind of stew. the shrimp had the tails on so he had to dig into his stew and pull the tails off. My dish lacked flavor and interest. The drinks, while expensive were awesome. Best margarita I have ever had. I think the idea for this restaurant is go and have drinks in the lounge and then go somewhere else for dinner.
Pros: Great drinks
Cons: food not exciting, too expensive for what you get
I don't even know why the word Mexican appears on the side of Jibarra's building because it fools people into thinking it's the type of Mexican food everyone is used to. They should have said "gourmet food and we have lots of tequila" because that would have been more appropriate. I wanted to check it out because I love tequila bars, however this was 85% restaurant and 15% bar/lounge, if that even. My fiancee and I arrived -- dressed casually -- and every other couple was 1) at least 20 years older than us, and 2) dressed like they were at a 5-course French restaurant. Now truth be told, I have been to various gourmet restaurants in my lifetime, and Jibarra's service and atmosphere are above-average for Raleigh (although trying desperately to validate the high priced entrees) it certainly is not gourmet cuisine.
Few dishes on the menu contain beef or chicken, so if you are looking for that you need to look elsewhere. The tequila and margaritas at Jibarra are its saving grace, as a few drinks will allow you to forget that you're paying far too much money for faux haute Mexican cuisine.
Do NOT come here expecting traditional Mexican dishes, you will not find any at all, and will be left staring down a blackberry reduction topping seared rabbit that nobody wants to eat. Do NOT come to Jibarra without at least business-casual attire or else the other patrons and waitstaff will stare at you all night. Do NOT come to Jibarra unless you are at least 35 years old, because again, people will stare at you all night. Matter of fact, do NOT go to Jibarra at all unless you go straight to the lounge area and completely skip dinner.
Pros: Wide range of tequilas and margaritas, great interior design
Cons: Not really Mexican food, high-priced, snooty atmosphere, odd menu
The concept, at least inside, is neat. This is a very sleek restaurant that - shock(in North Raleigh) sits in the parking lot of a strip mall. The specialty cocktails were interesting and tasty, the food menu inventive. However, the zestfully described dishes frankly fell flat. The spicy soup was bland and turned out to be just a mega-portion of the amuse bouche. I ordered the shrimp and scallop skewers, and the scallops were out of this world, the shrimp tasteless and rubbery(overcooked). No real consistency food-wise. Flashy enough to try once, but not sure this concept is worthy a second visit. Frankly, I wish it was. I have read a number of the reviews below. The comparisons to the likes of Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago are, simply, misplaced.
Pros: neat atmosphere
Cons: in North Raleigh; food just o.k.
Many people's only experience with Mexican foods is huge platters of rice/beans/cheese/meat filled tortillas at rock bottom prices. Jibarra is an entirely different experience with trendy, upscale decor, great tequila selection, and innovative entrees. Obviously, the prices will match this experience. The crabmeat quesadilla is delicious - as is the crabmeat soup. Try the lamb mole - it's perfectly cooked and really flavorful. I will say the salmon is pretty boring and probably to be avoided. I really like the mexican eggnog dessert - definitely worth a try! I do think that the cocktails are overpriced - I've had many other margaritas at high end Mexican restaurants that were more potent in both flavor and alcohol. This restaurant is a great addition to the Triangle dining scene , as well as a more fun and trendy date place.
Pros: Ambience, Interesting entrees
Cons: Pricey bland cocktails
I love Jibarra. If I wasn't always dieting I'd eat there every opportunity I could. The menu is gourmet Mexican so some of the items are a bit unusual but everything I have tried has been absolutely delicious. They make fabulous cocktails. The service is excellent. The decor is terrific, very hip, but the crowd is anyone who likes good food. Even though it's not thought of as a family friendly restaurant, I've even taken my preshool age child there and she found things to eat that she loved. It's her favorite "fancy" restaurant.
Pros: Everything is fabulous
Cons: One time I found it a bit loud.
Probably I should start with the note on the main door saying, "Please use other door". After one complete walk around the building we realized the "other" door was the other one of the two doors that were together. The atmosphere is nice, the restaurant is nicely decorated but my first shock was when they didn't accept the gift certificate I had. After a brief talk with the manager, he granted us the privilege to get ... half of the money on the gift certificate. Then the drinks arrived, nicely decorated but plain, nothing special (I sort of had some different expectation from a $10 drink!!!). The food was, mediocre, nothing special. Nice plates though. The super special tequilas ... maybe I don't have my taste buds developed but I didn't feel any difference between the Corazon and El Conquistador shots we tried and the cheap stuff I have at home.
Deserts ... ice cream was good, the chocolate cake something was hard, with pretty much no taste.
My conclusion: If you are in the mood of spending aprox. $150 for a dinner for two, try something different (like second empire for example)
Pros: Nice decor and atmosphere
Cons: Everything else: food, drinks
We started with tasty margaritas- each of us had a different flavor. Then we shared some appetizers that were amazing and nearly filled us up. we then had the red snapper. everything was so good. It was expensive but well worth the price. We will definitley be back!
Pros: great service. great food and drinks
Chic, upscale atmosphere, nicely done. Bar is comfortable, bartender is the absolute best at helping with the drink menu (even let us sample a couple). Do not expect any traditional Mexican fare, this is upscale, gourmet-type fare. The flavors were good and most certainly unique and interesting for Raleigh NC. We went early on a Saturday night and got in quickly, I do not recall seeing anyone actually waiting to be seated during the eve. Enjoyed pricey tequila drinks in the bar first (liked the atmosphere/decor) and then went on to sit in the dining area. A tranquil dinner setting but seemed a touch close-quartered to me. Take an open mind that craves unique fare, and lots of money and you'll probably be satisfied with this choice. I do hope it succeeds because it has something to offer that's out of the ordinary, but we probably won't be 'regulars' just due to the priceyness of the menu.
Jibarra is wonderful--it has REAL mexican food, with the spices, flavors and selection of dishes that truly represent all of the diverse cuisines of Mexico. Service was superb, but down to earth and friendly! The chef sent out some extra small dishes for many in the dining room to try--everything--and I mean EVERYTHING tasted delicious- from the shrimp that garnished the soup, to the grilled lamb, to the stuffed chicken to the homemade style green salsa. Even my 4 year old's black beans and rice were the best I've had. Took the in-laws, they loved it--we will absolutley go again. highly recommend!
Pros: Fantastic food, attentive and friendly service
This is a special restaurant for Raleigh. Having eaten at Jibarra's many times over the last several months, I can say that it is one of the best overall restaurants in the Triangle. Additionally, they serve authentic Mexican high cuisine that is not found anywhere else in the area. It's is not the typical chips, salsa, enchilada, and taco fare... it is far more. It truly gives restaurants like the acclaimed Frontera Grill in Chicago a run for the money.
The wide ranging menu is outstanding from appetizer, through entree and dessert. Try the Pechuga de Pollo or the Pescado a la Veracruzana for a great main course.
The management and wait staff are always on top of things and take the time to remember you... and what you have ordered before. It's the balance of great food and service that is quickly building Jibarra's a loyal clientele on word of mouth alone.
Pros: Great food, service and restaurant design - good wine list too
Cons: Location - Off the beaten path a bit on Six Forks at Sawmill
I was very excited about going to Jibarra for dinner the other night. We went with a couple of friends who were equally excited but, like us, had mixed reviews. Don't get me wrong, the food was good but it just was not worth the price we paid. Too bad too since this place has the makings of the 'it' place to go for dinner. I had been there once before for drinks and continued to be impressed by the bar service. The bartender took the time to answer my questions re: Tequila and my wife's questions on the wine selection. Don't go to the bar expecting to slam back shots all night - this place is far too upscale to tolerate that type. But if you would like to enjoy a glass of obscure wine or a solid selection of tequila then this is your place.
Pros: Get the Trio of Chocolate for desert....amazing
Cons: Good food but just too pricey
The food was horrible and expensive. It took over an hour to get our food, and the salmon was undercooked and very bland. We went with 5 other couples, and none of us liked this restaurant. Nice atmosphere though.
This is truly one of the top 10 food experiences I have ever had!! No, it's not a taco shack. This is INCREDIBLE fine mexican food. If you think a fajita is Mexican, it's like saying the only American food is a hamburger. The tastes are different from what you've had before....and it's just wonderful. The drinks are expensive, but they are elaborate, fresh and use the finest quality liqours - so you are getting your monies worth. Tell your friends, come here often. We really need a fine restaurant like this to counter all of the El Rodeo's and Las Margaritas (which are all good in their own way)....but wow. Jibarra is just amazing.
Pros: Food, Service, Ambience
Cons: Expensive Drinks