Ol' Mexico Restaurante And Cantina

★★★☆☆
  • 1754 Lexington Ave N

    Roseville, MN 55113

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  • 651-487-2847

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My fiance and I Love this place, it has the best Mexican food in the twin cities and it is reasonably priced. You have the freedom to create your own combination or order one of their suggested menu items. I usually have a chimichanga

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★★★★★

My fiance and I Love this place, it has the best Mexican food in the twin cities and it is reasonably priced. You have the freedom to create your own combination or order one of their suggested menu items. I usually have a chimichanga

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I have been to Ol' Mexico several times for both family dining and Happy Hour. Most recently I hosted a baby shower there and can I just say it was outstanding!
One of the only restaurants that doesn't have a minimum purchase requirement since they don't charge for the private seating area.
We had a reservation for 24 people, they called me to confirm a week in advance just to double check the head count, and when I arrived they had tables all set up and arranged for us.
The Mother-To-Be wanted the tables arranged a little differently and they had no problem accomodating her. We were able to decorate, and play games. It was a blast.
Also, I have to give great praises to Karen our server. Most of the time when gratuity is already included for large parties, the service can be lacking since they aren't earning the tip, but she was great. I never felt that our party was neglected even though she had other customers. It was a great experience, the food was awesome, and the price was right!

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★★★★★

I have been to Ol' Mexico several times for both family dining and Happy Hour. Most recently I hosted a baby shower there and can I just say it was outstanding!
One of the only restaurants that doesn't have a minimum purchase requirement since they don't charge for the private seating area.
We had a reservation for 24 people, they called me to confirm a week in advance just to double check the head count, and when I arrived they had tables all set up and arranged for us.
The Mother-To-Be wanted the tables arranged a little differently and they had no problem accomodating her. We were able to decorate, and play games. It was a blast.
Also, I have to give great praises to Karen our server. Most of the time when gratuity is already included for large parties, the service can be lacking since they aren't earning the tip, but she was great. I never felt that our party was neglected even though she had other customers. It was a great experience, the food was awesome, and the price was right!

Pros: Food, Price, Employees, Atmosphere, Nice Patio

Cons: Lighting is a little Dark

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The food was a great experience- Love the maragritas and the bartenders don't skimp on the alcohol like lots of other places. The servers earn their tips ( unless you're a cheapskate DS and don't leave one) I'd love to work there just for the fun it looks like one could have-I'm to old though, although I have many friends that are servers and they make more money then a 9-5 so called" non-shitty job". I'd take the serving and being able to socialize at the sometime, making more money then I would looking like a monkey- What could be better.

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★★★★☆

The food was a great experience- Love the maragritas and the bartenders don't skimp on the alcohol like lots of other places. The servers earn their tips ( unless you're a cheapskate DS and don't leave one) I'd love to work there just for the fun it looks like one could have-I'm to old though, although I have many friends that are servers and they make more money then a 9-5 so called" non-shitty job". I'd take the serving and being able to socialize at the sometime, making more money then I would looking like a monkey- What could be better.

Pros: The food- drinks-Great service

Cons: none

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The food is really good but the prices are a bit high. Depending on when you go, it is quiet or REALLY busy, especially near the bar area during a game. Chips and salsa are yummy and we usually get the fajitas!

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★★★★☆

The food is really good but the prices are a bit high. Depending on when you go, it is quiet or REALLY busy, especially near the bar area during a game. Chips and salsa are yummy and we usually get the fajitas!

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This used to be one of my favorite restaurants years ago, but the last two times I've gone the food has been mediocre, and recently my friend and I both commented that their margaritas were weak. A disappointment considering it has such potential.

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★☆☆☆☆

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants years ago, but the last two times I've gone the food has been mediocre, and recently my friend and I both commented that their margaritas were weak. A disappointment considering it has such potential.

Pros: Great potential, nice decor

Cons: Weak drinks, terrible service

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A bussness like this you think it would be a bout money and that means take care of customers people don`t come there no more because of certian employee`s and you have to know because of money made when they work looked at these comments and just can`t believe you would let a place be run like that you have some of the best help and some of the worse and should take a good look family or not because is going to catch up sooner then later the way see it going too bad for place at one time was so good !!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

A bussness like this you think it would be a bout money and that means take care of customers people don`t come there no more because of certian employee`s and you have to know because of money made when they work looked at these comments and just can`t believe you would let a place be run like that you have some of the best help and some of the worse and should take a good look family or not because is going to catch up sooner then later the way see it going too bad for place at one time was so good !!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: some of employee`s

Cons: wheater silver spoon has had good or bad day

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Very compairable to food I've eaten while in the south west. Consistant and tastie!

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★★★★★

Very compairable to food I've eaten while in the south west. Consistant and tastie!

Pros: Food, drinks, service, mgmt

Cons: far from where I live

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Ok, when we arrived, the place was hopping. The hostess greeted us warmly and on our way to the table, said "You're in luck, the Mariachi band is just starting!"
Who doesn't love Mariachi? We were happily seated near the wedding reception and the guests of which were eating delicioso mucho! Since we were seated with only the drink/app menu, we waited (too long) for a server to deliver the actual menu. Ricardo took our drink order (a beer and a rocks margarita. Beer arrived fine, margarita arrived blended - then promptly returned to sender for the aforementioned rocks) Chips and salsa.... cold, saltless chips, watery, flavorless (not a single chunk of tomato or onion) salsa. We then asked if we could get a "hotter" salsa, and were graced with THE SAME SALSA plus tabasco sauce. Also ordered the guacamole. Joke, right? Mashed avacado with topped with tomato. Ugh, gross... though we made the best of it and mixed the "hot" salsa and guacamole to make it remotely edible.

Then dinner arrived. I ordered a chicken chile relleno - blah, and beef and cheese tostada. blah... Husband ordered a "spicy" beef and cheese chimichanga. double blah... what is their idea of spicy? Gross...

When Ricardo returned to see two full plates and a couple of very unhappy diners, he asked "How are you doing" we relied "Well, it's not what we were expecting" Ricardo: "You don't like it"? Us: "It's just not good!" Ricardo: " Do you want a box?" HUH?????

No, we don't want a box.... I wouldn't feed my dog the leftovers.... this is is just plain gross....

Please, don't bring your friends here.... head to Mi Casita's in Scandia or Don Julio's in Forest Lake. These two places actually have well seasoned and delicious food, pleasant service and great prices.... skip the big names and FIND A FAMILY RUN CUCINA!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ok, when we arrived, the place was hopping. The hostess greeted us warmly and on our way to the table, said "You're in luck, the Mariachi band is just starting!"
Who doesn't love Mariachi? We were happily seated near the wedding reception and the guests of which were eating delicioso mucho! Since we were seated with only the drink/app menu, we waited (too long) for a server to deliver the actual menu. Ricardo took our drink order (a beer and a rocks margarita. Beer arrived fine, margarita arrived blended - then promptly returned to sender for the aforementioned rocks) Chips and salsa.... cold, saltless chips, watery, flavorless (not a single chunk of tomato or onion) salsa. We then asked if we could get a "hotter" salsa, and were graced with THE SAME SALSA plus tabasco sauce. Also ordered the guacamole. Joke, right? Mashed avacado with topped with tomato. Ugh, gross... though we made the best of it and mixed the "hot" salsa and guacamole to make it remotely edible.

Then dinner arrived. I ordered a chicken chile relleno - blah, and beef and cheese tostada. blah... Husband ordered a "spicy" beef and cheese chimichanga. double blah... what is their idea of spicy? Gross...

When Ricardo returned to see two full plates and a couple of very unhappy diners, he asked "How are you doing" we relied "Well, it's not what we were expecting" Ricardo: "You don't like it"? Us: "It's just not good!" Ricardo: " Do you want a box?" HUH?????

No, we don't want a box.... I wouldn't feed my dog the leftovers.... this is is just plain gross....

Please, don't bring your friends here.... head to Mi Casita's in Scandia or Don Julio's in Forest Lake. These two places actually have well seasoned and delicious food, pleasant service and great prices.... skip the big names and FIND A FAMILY RUN CUCINA!!

Pros: The Mariachi band knew "the Macarena"

Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE!

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Never a long wait. Food is AUTHENTIC. My favorite is steak fajita pocket taco enchilada style. The chips and salsa before the meal are phenomenal (because their home made) Quick service, a little more expensive, but still affordable. You definitely pay for what you get at Ol' Mexico!

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★☆☆☆☆

Never a long wait. Food is AUTHENTIC. My favorite is steak fajita pocket taco enchilada style. The chips and salsa before the meal are phenomenal (because their home made) Quick service, a little more expensive, but still affordable. You definitely pay for what you get at Ol' Mexico!

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I had read some reviews on sites like this one that had mixed opinions about the food taste and wait staff attentiveness, but being as we were in the mood for mexican food, we decided to try for ourselves.

I took my girlfriend out on a friday night (around 8pm) and there was no wait...probably because the place was so big. We chose to sit in a lounge area surrounding the bar because it had a restaurant feel but also plenty of large tvs for me to watch the game. Our waiter (I think Shawn was his name) greeted us immediately and explained in great detail the vast margarita menu. My girlfriend and I both ordered patron margaritas of the month as recommended by our server and they were large, cold, and fantastic! We then proceeded to order off of the large menu featuring a pretty standard collection of mexican entre's. I chose the chicken chimichanga, and my girlfriend chose the taco salad with beef. The food was delicious! the plate was large and complimented by rice and beans for me, and my girlfriend was very satisfied with he salad (though we recomend using the salsa as a dressing). As far as mexican restaurants go, this is one of the better ones I've been too.

And as far as the waitstaff is concerned, our waiter Shawn was one of the most attentive and helpful waiters I have ever had. Now I know this could have been a fluke experience, or we may have gotten lucky in the rotation of waiters buzzing about, but we were very pleased with our service and will be requesting the same waiter when we visit again very soon!

Thank you Ol' Mexico!

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★★★★☆

I had read some reviews on sites like this one that had mixed opinions about the food taste and wait staff attentiveness, but being as we were in the mood for mexican food, we decided to try for ourselves.

I took my girlfriend out on a friday night (around 8pm) and there was no wait...probably because the place was so big. We chose to sit in a lounge area surrounding the bar because it had a restaurant feel but also plenty of large tvs for me to watch the game. Our waiter (I think Shawn was his name) greeted us immediately and explained in great detail the vast margarita menu. My girlfriend and I both ordered patron margaritas of the month as recommended by our server and they were large, cold, and fantastic! We then proceeded to order off of the large menu featuring a pretty standard collection of mexican entre's. I chose the chicken chimichanga, and my girlfriend chose the taco salad with beef. The food was delicious! the plate was large and complimented by rice and beans for me, and my girlfriend was very satisfied with he salad (though we recomend using the salsa as a dressing). As far as mexican restaurants go, this is one of the better ones I've been too.

And as far as the waitstaff is concerned, our waiter Shawn was one of the most attentive and helpful waiters I have ever had. Now I know this could have been a fluke experience, or we may have gotten lucky in the rotation of waiters buzzing about, but we were very pleased with our service and will be requesting the same waiter when we visit again very soon!

Thank you Ol' Mexico!

Pros: Large, immediate seating, attentive waiter, great margaritas!

Cons: none so far!

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Tried it 3 times. Bland food. Margaritas are huge to hid fact they are weak. Last time I specifically mentioned we were in a hurry, ordered immediately, got food, and we never saw our waiter again. I had to walk around to find someone to pay. Other patrons were lined up in the lobby trying to find someone to pay so they could leave. The waitstaff just disappeared!

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried it 3 times. Bland food. Margaritas are huge to hid fact they are weak. Last time I specifically mentioned we were in a hurry, ordered immediately, got food, and we never saw our waiter again. I had to walk around to find someone to pay. Other patrons were lined up in the lobby trying to find someone to pay so they could leave. The waitstaff just disappeared!

Pros: Large

Cons: Bland Mexican food, waiter vanished

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If you're looking for a casual dining experience with excellent food, this is the place. The food was some of the best Mexican food I've had in quite a while. We went on a Friday Night and didn't have to wait to be seated due in large part to their large dining area. The service was great, the restaurant was clean, and the meal was resonably priced. (about $8-$15 a plate) The only thing I would advise is piecing together your meal as opposed to ordering the prearranged, "numbered" meals. You can get the same exact meal for cheaper this way.

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★★★★☆

If you're looking for a casual dining experience with excellent food, this is the place. The food was some of the best Mexican food I've had in quite a while. We went on a Friday Night and didn't have to wait to be seated due in large part to their large dining area. The service was great, the restaurant was clean, and the meal was resonably priced. (about $8-$15 a plate) The only thing I would advise is piecing together your meal as opposed to ordering the prearranged, "numbered" meals. You can get the same exact meal for cheaper this way.

Pros: Great food, clean environment, Great Service

Cons: Drinks are high priced

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We've been frequenting Ol' Mexico for years, and the hot salsa and margaritas are wonderful! Service has always been great. Management is kind of full of themselves, but the food is always hot, drinks are always cold, and we always go back. I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life, and Ol' Mexico's food challenges many of the Mexican restaurants down there. Love it! Recommend it!

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★★★★★

We've been frequenting Ol' Mexico for years, and the hot salsa and margaritas are wonderful! Service has always been great. Management is kind of full of themselves, but the food is always hot, drinks are always cold, and we always go back. I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life, and Ol' Mexico's food challenges many of the Mexican restaurants down there. Love it! Recommend it!

Pros: Food, drinks, service

Cons: Stuck up management

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I used to live in the Roseville area for many years and always enjoyed the food at Ol Mexico immensly. We moved out of the area a few years ago but this weekend we were back visiting friends and decided to go to Ol Mexico for dinner. What a disappointment! I ordered a numero uno which is a taco and a cheese enchilada and my husband orded a taco salad. Neither dish had much flavor. Not only had the price increased dramatically, but the quality of the food was terrible. It tasted like bar b que sauce! The meal used to come with rice and beans but now it is a choice of either or. Even my husband who never complains about anything said his taco salad was the worst he ever had. I took a taste of it and had to agree that in nobody's imagination did it taste anything like a taco salad. I am sad to say that we will never go back there again. The one thing I will say in defense of the restaurant is that they did take $5 off the bill when we voiced our disappointment in the quality of the food. Even with that I will have to say the Ol Mexico I used to love so much is evidently a thing of the past.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to live in the Roseville area for many years and always enjoyed the food at Ol Mexico immensly. We moved out of the area a few years ago but this weekend we were back visiting friends and decided to go to Ol Mexico for dinner. What a disappointment! I ordered a numero uno which is a taco and a cheese enchilada and my husband orded a taco salad. Neither dish had much flavor. Not only had the price increased dramatically, but the quality of the food was terrible. It tasted like bar b que sauce! The meal used to come with rice and beans but now it is a choice of either or. Even my husband who never complains about anything said his taco salad was the worst he ever had. I took a taste of it and had to agree that in nobody's imagination did it taste anything like a taco salad. I am sad to say that we will never go back there again. The one thing I will say in defense of the restaurant is that they did take $5 off the bill when we voiced our disappointment in the quality of the food. Even with that I will have to say the Ol Mexico I used to love so much is evidently a thing of the past.

Pros: No waiting

Cons: Terrible food

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The drinks at Ol Mexico were very good, but that is where it ends. This place was quite possibly the worst meal I have ever eaten. 1st-the guacamole had a brown tint, which indicates that it was sitting out. We attempted to get past the brown tint to find out that it was an avocado cream, there were no spices in it at all. The salsa tasted like it was really watered down store bought salsa--awful. I had the fajitas, which included the brown tinted guacamole. The only saving point with the fajitas was the inclusion of pico where there was an actual leaf of cilantro and a jalapeno bits, I was at least able to taste some mexican spice. My husband got the tostada and a taco, both of which included ground beef that had NO seasoning. It was horrible, we would have got more authentic Mexican food if I had gone to Taco Bell.

Do not eat here, unless you want to pay a lot of money for bad food. It reminded us of the show Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey.

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★☆☆☆☆

The drinks at Ol Mexico were very good, but that is where it ends. This place was quite possibly the worst meal I have ever eaten. 1st-the guacamole had a brown tint, which indicates that it was sitting out. We attempted to get past the brown tint to find out that it was an avocado cream, there were no spices in it at all. The salsa tasted like it was really watered down store bought salsa--awful. I had the fajitas, which included the brown tinted guacamole. The only saving point with the fajitas was the inclusion of pico where there was an actual leaf of cilantro and a jalapeno bits, I was at least able to taste some mexican spice. My husband got the tostada and a taco, both of which included ground beef that had NO seasoning. It was horrible, we would have got more authentic Mexican food if I had gone to Taco Bell.

Do not eat here, unless you want to pay a lot of money for bad food. It reminded us of the show Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey.

Pros: drinks, service

Cons: FOOD!! all of it.

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I grew up in the Roseville area and have visited this restaurant for over 20 years. The prices have increased dramatically over time, but I always returned for the convenient location and halfway decent food.

However, on my last visit my party ordered drinks, but did not order dinner yet as we were waiting for another guest. The waitress did not bring out chips and salsa per the "new policy"; we had to order food first. We could not order our meals until all the guests arrived. We complained to a manager and he said he would get chips and salsa to us right away.

The chips and salsa never came. Later the restaurant owner came out and asked if there was a problem. I explained that I was a long term customer who would not return because of the new policy. It is a bad idea to have waiting customers drinking on an empty stomach. The owner became beligerant and told us he was mad at people who just order drinks and eat the chips. Then he told us he needed to make money and to go run our own Ol Mexico franchise if we thought we could do better. I told him that was a poor way to treat customers and he told us he didn't care that we would never come back.

We heard other customers complaining amongst themselves, so we were not alone in our dissatisfaction.

For the price of a basket of chips and salsa, Ol' Mexico has lost hundereds of dollars of sales per month from my party alone. We will never go back to Ol' Mexico.

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★☆☆☆☆

I grew up in the Roseville area and have visited this restaurant for over 20 years. The prices have increased dramatically over time, but I always returned for the convenient location and halfway decent food.

However, on my last visit my party ordered drinks, but did not order dinner yet as we were waiting for another guest. The waitress did not bring out chips and salsa per the "new policy"; we had to order food first. We could not order our meals until all the guests arrived. We complained to a manager and he said he would get chips and salsa to us right away.

The chips and salsa never came. Later the restaurant owner came out and asked if there was a problem. I explained that I was a long term customer who would not return because of the new policy. It is a bad idea to have waiting customers drinking on an empty stomach. The owner became beligerant and told us he was mad at people who just order drinks and eat the chips. Then he told us he needed to make money and to go run our own Ol Mexico franchise if we thought we could do better. I told him that was a poor way to treat customers and he told us he didn't care that we would never come back.

We heard other customers complaining amongst themselves, so we were not alone in our dissatisfaction.

For the price of a basket of chips and salsa, Ol' Mexico has lost hundereds of dollars of sales per month from my party alone. We will never go back to Ol' Mexico.

Pros: Convienent location

Cons: Poor treatment from management, slow service, very dark interior, poor value for the money

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Cheap large beers, lots of free food. Service is good. Great place for afterwork, with a few co-workers or friends.

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★★★★★

Cheap large beers, lots of free food. Service is good. Great place for afterwork, with a few co-workers or friends.

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I stopped in on a hot Saturday afternoon to have a margarita. After ordering a tall regular blended margarita, I sat back to enjoy. Having only 15-20 minutes to spare, the tall probably wasn't the smartest choice. But being the trooper I am, I managed to quaff it all down. The taste was great, but after drinking that large of a drink that quickly you would think that you'd be on your way to Margaritaville fast, I wasn't. I asked the bartender if he forgot to add the tequila, to which he replied, "They all are premixed and have booze in them." and walked away. Well I can guarantee you that one did not, but being in a pinch for time I wasn't going to press the issue. The moral of the story is, if you want a good margarita with tequila go to Boca Chica.

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★☆☆☆☆

I stopped in on a hot Saturday afternoon to have a margarita. After ordering a tall regular blended margarita, I sat back to enjoy. Having only 15-20 minutes to spare, the tall probably wasn't the smartest choice. But being the trooper I am, I managed to quaff it all down. The taste was great, but after drinking that large of a drink that quickly you would think that you'd be on your way to Margaritaville fast, I wasn't. I asked the bartender if he forgot to add the tequila, to which he replied, "They all are premixed and have booze in them." and walked away. Well I can guarantee you that one did not, but being in a pinch for time I wasn't going to press the issue. The moral of the story is, if you want a good margarita with tequila go to Boca Chica.

Pros: Convient location, lots of parking

Cons: Disappointing service and drinks from a place that used to be known for both

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I would agree that Ol' Mexico has a wonderful ambiance, but guest service is low on their priority. Children are unwelcome both to the buffet and to make a mess at the table. The so-called owner of the place and his family are disrespectful to all of their customers. If you tip the waitresses not enough- which by the way Mr. Owner is not required by law- they will complain to the owner whom is related to them. You will be asked to leave for not tipping enough. The MHD should visit this hole each day until he is shut down. Servers after their less than perfect service are expected to be largley tipped for bringing you soda to your table.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would agree that Ol' Mexico has a wonderful ambiance, but guest service is low on their priority. Children are unwelcome both to the buffet and to make a mess at the table. The so-called owner of the place and his family are disrespectful to all of their customers. If you tip the waitresses not enough- which by the way Mr. Owner is not required by law- they will complain to the owner whom is related to them. You will be asked to leave for not tipping enough. The MHD should visit this hole each day until he is shut down. Servers after their less than perfect service are expected to be largley tipped for bringing you soda to your table.

Pros: none

Cons: bad service, children unwelcome

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I think that the salsa and the queso dip were both purchased at a grocery store. The food was way below par. The ambience and drinks were both good but that is all I can recommend it for.

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★★☆☆☆

I think that the salsa and the queso dip were both purchased at a grocery store. The food was way below par. The ambience and drinks were both good but that is all I can recommend it for.

Pros: decor

Cons: Food was bad

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I've been going to the Ol' Mex off and on for years. It's a sports bar with Mexican food and about 75 televisions. I will say that the service is consistently horrible: 19-year-old girls who couldn't care less about you, with ZERO personality, not very welcoming. To give you an idea of the food quality, keep in mind that the only hot sauce in the restaurant is Tabasco, which may be good for Minnesotans, but it's not even made in Mexico, it's not hot, and it tastes terrible. Everything else comes from a can, smothered in cheese and sour cream. Even the chips and salsa are below average. They do have a free happy hour buffet from 4-7.

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★★★☆☆

I've been going to the Ol' Mex off and on for years. It's a sports bar with Mexican food and about 75 televisions. I will say that the service is consistently horrible: 19-year-old girls who couldn't care less about you, with ZERO personality, not very welcoming. To give you an idea of the food quality, keep in mind that the only hot sauce in the restaurant is Tabasco, which may be good for Minnesotans, but it's not even made in Mexico, it's not hot, and it tastes terrible. Everything else comes from a can, smothered in cheese and sour cream. Even the chips and salsa are below average. They do have a free happy hour buffet from 4-7.

Pros: for sports lovers, smoking bar, patio

Cons: terrible service, bland food, no hot sauce

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This is my favorite mexican resturant in town. Always good food and good service. I love the shreaded beef tacos! Many different flavored magaritas too!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite mexican resturant in town. Always good food and good service. I love the shreaded beef tacos! Many different flavored magaritas too!

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food, Friendly

Cons: Dark, Can be smokey

 

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