La Cucaracha

★★★☆☆
  • 36 Dale St S

    St Paul, MN 55102

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  • 651-221-9682

About La Cucaracha

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Sunday To Wednesday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Thursday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 PM

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WONDERFUL food!!! After living in Texas for 16 years, and then finding this gem about 3 years after moving here, I felt at home. The food is perfect- everything it should be. Pork Guisado Burrito is awesome. Guacamole is awesome.

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★★★★★

WONDERFUL food!!! After living in Texas for 16 years, and then finding this gem about 3 years after moving here, I felt at home. The food is perfect- everything it should be. Pork Guisado Burrito is awesome. Guacamole is awesome.

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Went for a first date meet up...it was happy hour. We ordered the nachos grande...beef, cheese, jalepenos, etc...on chips...I am not kidding, there were 10 chips on a plate just over the size of a coffee saucer with a thick layer of cheese, etc...literally 2 tblp of a runny, smooth salsa...for FIVE dollars. Three bites each and we were done, no basket of nachos, no real size container of salsa...as we had our miniature margaritas as we saw baskets of chips go by and large margaritas...their happy hour was a joke...we left and went to Dixies for dinner...now that was a great meal! I will not go La Cucaracha again...no reason to go back...VERY disappointed. (and really, the couldn't find a full size dinner plate full of nachos with the same amount of toppings...unreal!)

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★☆☆☆☆

Went for a first date meet up...it was happy hour. We ordered the nachos grande...beef, cheese, jalepenos, etc...on chips...I am not kidding, there were 10 chips on a plate just over the size of a coffee saucer with a thick layer of cheese, etc...literally 2 tblp of a runny, smooth salsa...for FIVE dollars. Three bites each and we were done, no basket of nachos, no real size container of salsa...as we had our miniature margaritas as we saw baskets of chips go by and large margaritas...their happy hour was a joke...we left and went to Dixies for dinner...now that was a great meal! I will not go La Cucaracha again...no reason to go back...VERY disappointed. (and really, the couldn't find a full size dinner plate full of nachos with the same amount of toppings...unreal!)

Pros: location

Cons: everything

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We decided to go to this restaurant for Cinco de Mayo because we live in the area. When we got there they gave us a table in a room that was on the back of another room and we were the only people there. When the waitress came back we told her that we wanted to move to the bar because that is the only area of the restaurant that has happy hour, she started giving us a lecture about how the happy hour margaritas are not really good and that I should instead try the margaritas that are more that double the price. After insisting about moving to the bar she agreed. We sat in a booth and order appetizers, entrees and several drinks. We had just gotten our food when the restaurant started getting very busy, instantly we had four people walking by our booth every minute trying to clean our table and asking us if we needed a to go box.
We had a very unpleasant experience and the waitress was right.....the margaritas are horrible!

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★☆☆☆☆

We decided to go to this restaurant for Cinco de Mayo because we live in the area. When we got there they gave us a table in a room that was on the back of another room and we were the only people there. When the waitress came back we told her that we wanted to move to the bar because that is the only area of the restaurant that has happy hour, she started giving us a lecture about how the happy hour margaritas are not really good and that I should instead try the margaritas that are more that double the price. After insisting about moving to the bar she agreed. We sat in a booth and order appetizers, entrees and several drinks. We had just gotten our food when the restaurant started getting very busy, instantly we had four people walking by our booth every minute trying to clean our table and asking us if we needed a to go box.
We had a very unpleasant experience and the waitress was right.....the margaritas are horrible!

Pros: Only Mexican restaurant in this area

Cons: Bad service, watery margaritas and high prices

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Greasy chips and guacamole from a cub foods tub started the affair. Along with 2 sprites the total was 14 dollars... 9 for the chips and guacamole from a tub. We were so disappointed we left before ordering entrees.. Need we say more... Way to expensive for even horrible appetizers.. Yikes!

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★☆☆☆☆

Greasy chips and guacamole from a cub foods tub started the affair. Along with 2 sprites the total was 14 dollars... 9 for the chips and guacamole from a tub. We were so disappointed we left before ordering entrees.. Need we say more... Way to expensive for even horrible appetizers.. Yikes!

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First off, the chips were greasy and seemed like they had been cooked in leftover oil from the previous day. The main ingredient in the salsa tasted like stale red pepper flakes from a pizza shaker. The two entrees we have were ok, but devoid of much flavor and very bland. Glad we tried it, but wouldn't go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

First off, the chips were greasy and seemed like they had been cooked in leftover oil from the previous day. The main ingredient in the salsa tasted like stale red pepper flakes from a pizza shaker. The two entrees we have were ok, but devoid of much flavor and very bland. Glad we tried it, but wouldn't go back.

Pros: clean, good service

Cons: the food

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I just ate at La Cucaracha for the first time. I can't believe I'd never been to this gem of a restaurant. I had the Pork Guisado Burrito. It was excellent. The portions are *huge*. I was also impressed with their beer selection. You don't usually find Summit at a Mexican restaurant.

I'll definitely be bringing people back to this place.

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★★★★★

I just ate at La Cucaracha for the first time. I can't believe I'd never been to this gem of a restaurant. I had the Pork Guisado Burrito. It was excellent. The portions are *huge*. I was also impressed with their beer selection. You don't usually find Summit at a Mexican restaurant.

I'll definitely be bringing people back to this place.

Pros: Great food & beer selection

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The food was okay but nothing that I would rush back for. We'd been there a few years ago while the couple we were there with had been there only a few months ago. We both felt that the quality had gone down for the price. Refills of anything -pop (including kids) and chips (to finish the $9 guac) were all charged for. Gratuity is charged for groups of 6 and over. Just some things to be aware of if your dining as a group or taking a family.

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★★★☆☆

The food was okay but nothing that I would rush back for. We'd been there a few years ago while the couple we were there with had been there only a few months ago. We both felt that the quality had gone down for the price. Refills of anything -pop (including kids) and chips (to finish the $9 guac) were all charged for. Gratuity is charged for groups of 6 and over. Just some things to be aware of if your dining as a group or taking a family.

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La Cucaracha has a great vibe to it and being on the corner of Grand and Dale it's in a great location. Don't plan on driving because there is no parking lot and there aren't many spaces available. Finding a legal place to park can be very challenging.

La Cucaracha is more of an authentic Mexican restaurant with unique entrees. They use organic product which is why their prices are so high. There are a limited number of items that come with sour cream or lettuce and tomatoes on the side. So to get sour cream, you have to pay $3.00 for about 2 tablespoons of sour cream.

It's not the place to go if you're on a tight budget.

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★★☆☆☆

La Cucaracha has a great vibe to it and being on the corner of Grand and Dale it's in a great location. Don't plan on driving because there is no parking lot and there aren't many spaces available. Finding a legal place to park can be very challenging.

La Cucaracha is more of an authentic Mexican restaurant with unique entrees. They use organic product which is why their prices are so high. There are a limited number of items that come with sour cream or lettuce and tomatoes on the side. So to get sour cream, you have to pay $3.00 for about 2 tablespoons of sour cream.

It's not the place to go if you're on a tight budget.

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So we just arrived home from hat might be the worst Mexican place I have ever been to. We only agree that the service was pretty good although they were not really busy either. Our margarita's were ordered first and we should have figured out the rest of the meal would be just as bland. I ordered mine without salt on the rim but I guess the bartender didn't bother to check so it came with salt. Good thing too cause it was the most flat without flavor drink I have had. It was almost like drinking ice water with lime. My dinner cost 13 bucks - Good size but the ground beef had no flavor. I think they might have just chopped up a hamburger and stuffed it into the shell. Rice and beans were kinda generic, no real bite to them at all. You don't even get free chips and salsa. If you haven't been to a Mexican place before - don't go. you wont ever go to another one. If you have been - Go SOMEPLACE ELSE!! and save yourself the torture of having to sit through the meal like I did.

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★★☆☆☆

So we just arrived home from hat might be the worst Mexican place I have ever been to. We only agree that the service was pretty good although they were not really busy either. Our margarita's were ordered first and we should have figured out the rest of the meal would be just as bland. I ordered mine without salt on the rim but I guess the bartender didn't bother to check so it came with salt. Good thing too cause it was the most flat without flavor drink I have had. It was almost like drinking ice water with lime. My dinner cost 13 bucks - Good size but the ground beef had no flavor. I think they might have just chopped up a hamburger and stuffed it into the shell. Rice and beans were kinda generic, no real bite to them at all. You don't even get free chips and salsa. If you haven't been to a Mexican place before - don't go. you wont ever go to another one. If you have been - Go SOMEPLACE ELSE!! and save yourself the torture of having to sit through the meal like I did.

Pros: Good service

Cons: Food without flavor or zest

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I don't really go for the mexican food, but for their carrot cake. It is the best I've had. You receive a HUGE piece which will last you 4 days. (eat a layer a day) It is a fairly pricey piece of cake however it is 4 layers of goodness. The chocolate and the carrot cake are 4 layers deep and the piece they cut weighs a couple of pounds.
The mexican food is decent just a little bland.

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★★★☆☆

I don't really go for the mexican food, but for their carrot cake. It is the best I've had. You receive a HUGE piece which will last you 4 days. (eat a layer a day) It is a fairly pricey piece of cake however it is 4 layers of goodness. The chocolate and the carrot cake are 4 layers deep and the piece they cut weighs a couple of pounds.
The mexican food is decent just a little bland.

Pros: Carrot cake, Chocolate cake

Cons: so - so food

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We have been going La Cucaracha for the past 15 years. I loved this place. We used to walk there from our apartment regularly. My favorit e was the Chile Relleno, super hot, tasty, no meat... Also the Aztec Chicken Tostada, the tomatilo sauce was amazing and the chihuaha cheese superb. Last night we went there because I was craving the Chile Relleno and it was really bad. The sauce tasted like just poured canned puree of tomato. There was no spice to it at all. The service was really bad, and the place smelled a smell that is not appetizing. I am soooo sad that my Favorite Mexican place in town it in a downward spiral. It was great in its heyday. We won't be back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We have been going La Cucaracha for the past 15 years. I loved this place. We used to walk there from our apartment regularly. My favorit e was the Chile Relleno, super hot, tasty, no meat... Also the Aztec Chicken Tostada, the tomatilo sauce was amazing and the chihuaha cheese superb. Last night we went there because I was craving the Chile Relleno and it was really bad. The sauce tasted like just poured canned puree of tomato. There was no spice to it at all. The service was really bad, and the place smelled a smell that is not appetizing. I am soooo sad that my Favorite Mexican place in town it in a downward spiral. It was great in its heyday. We won't be back again.

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I thought I would ignore the write ups on this place and check it out for myself. It couldnt be that bad could it? I had been a server for years so I am pretty understanding. Boy was I wrong.I called ahead and talked to Katharine the host who was the most friendly person I have ever talked to on the phone. She was informative on the food, pricing and told me if I wanted free chips and salsa I could sit in the bar. SCORE! saw one booth that was dirty so I asked the server an older blonde lady (keep her in mind) if I could sit there she said sure.and walked away. So i sat down at the dirty table and waited-and waited-and waited some more.She came back and asked if I wanted anything to drink. I glanced at the dirty still not set table and said sure a Stoli Raspberry 7 please she said ok and left. 5 mns came and went and she came back and informed me they dont have Stoli Rasberry so I ordered a Absolut Citron instead. She came back with a bowl of salsa *no menu* and then left again... no chips.. just the salsa.. So she came back and I asked her if I could get some chips and a water and MORE salsa and a menuso she came back with chips no water.. no salsa.. no menu. So i sat there with my empty basket of chips and salsa and my drink and Katharine saved me and brought a menu I looked it over and waited and waited about 10mns the server came back and i orderd a taco salad. I figured I was safe with that. Sat there with my empty chips and salsa no water and dirty table. Food came I asked for more salsa which she DID bring this time but no silver ware. So i sat there looking at my food and the fruit flies waiting for me to leave and she came back to see how the food was.. i said i didnt know since i needed silverware she brought me some and never came back. She finally did but i went to pay my bill at the hostess station and left pretty sad about the situation. That could have been a great experience but was ruined by crappy service when it wasnt even that busy ;(

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★☆☆☆☆

I thought I would ignore the write ups on this place and check it out for myself. It couldnt be that bad could it? I had been a server for years so I am pretty understanding. Boy was I wrong.I called ahead and talked to Katharine the host who was the most friendly person I have ever talked to on the phone. She was informative on the food, pricing and told me if I wanted free chips and salsa I could sit in the bar. SCORE! saw one booth that was dirty so I asked the server an older blonde lady (keep her in mind) if I could sit there she said sure.and walked away. So i sat down at the dirty table and waited-and waited-and waited some more.She came back and asked if I wanted anything to drink. I glanced at the dirty still not set table and said sure a Stoli Raspberry 7 please she said ok and left. 5 mns came and went and she came back and informed me they dont have Stoli Rasberry so I ordered a Absolut Citron instead. She came back with a bowl of salsa *no menu* and then left again... no chips.. just the salsa.. So she came back and I asked her if I could get some chips and a water and MORE salsa and a menuso she came back with chips no water.. no salsa.. no menu. So i sat there with my empty basket of chips and salsa and my drink and Katharine saved me and brought a menu I looked it over and waited and waited about 10mns the server came back and i orderd a taco salad. I figured I was safe with that. Sat there with my empty chips and salsa no water and dirty table. Food came I asked for more salsa which she DID bring this time but no silver ware. So i sat there looking at my food and the fruit flies waiting for me to leave and she came back to see how the food was.. i said i didnt know since i needed silverware she brought me some and never came back. She finally did but i went to pay my bill at the hostess station and left pretty sad about the situation. That could have been a great experience but was ruined by crappy service when it wasnt even that busy ;(

Pros: Salsa was really good when you get it. Chicken on my Taco salad was very good.

Cons: Need a new WaitStaff

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I've lived near La Cucaracha for quite some time now. Whenever I get hungry for mexican food, I decide to give it another try. Well my last time was definitely my last time. Hands down the worst thing about going to this place is the service. The wait staff usually treat me as an annoyance, rather than a customer. You'll wait quite a long time to get to your table, and quite a long time again to get your drinks. Another downer is the fact that you have to pay for chips and salsa. Lame. The food is usually just fine, but seems to take a long time to get back to the table. In short, don't go. You'll be disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've lived near La Cucaracha for quite some time now. Whenever I get hungry for mexican food, I decide to give it another try. Well my last time was definitely my last time. Hands down the worst thing about going to this place is the service. The wait staff usually treat me as an annoyance, rather than a customer. You'll wait quite a long time to get to your table, and quite a long time again to get your drinks. Another downer is the fact that you have to pay for chips and salsa. Lame. The food is usually just fine, but seems to take a long time to get back to the table. In short, don't go. You'll be disappointed.

Pros: close to home

Cons: service, service, service

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I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was awful. The people sitting next to us arrived 15 minutes after us and ordered their food after us. They received their meals before us, even though we both had tables of two. The waitress was always in a rush and never listened as we tried to order more drinks. The food had less flavor than a taco from Taco Bell. The ingrediants were fresh, but there was NO spice. I would go there again for drinks, but never to eat.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was awful. The people sitting next to us arrived 15 minutes after us and ordered their food after us. They received their meals before us, even though we both had tables of two. The waitress was always in a rush and never listened as we tried to order more drinks. The food had less flavor than a taco from Taco Bell. The ingrediants were fresh, but there was NO spice. I would go there again for drinks, but never to eat.

Pros: Environment

Cons: Food and Service

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One trip to this place was enough for me. The margaritas were very good and the bar area had a nice atmosphere. The menu had a nice variety. Some items are a bit overpriced. You have to pay for chips ($2) which are very greasy. The chips & guac cost $9! I was there w/ a group of 8 so I got to see several dishes. Food presentation was not impressive. Most of the food was drowning in one sauce or another. The mole sauce was disgusting The steak fajitas made me & my girlfriend sick. We ate there 2 days ago and are still not back to feeling 100%. I will never go back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

One trip to this place was enough for me. The margaritas were very good and the bar area had a nice atmosphere. The menu had a nice variety. Some items are a bit overpriced. You have to pay for chips ($2) which are very greasy. The chips & guac cost $9! I was there w/ a group of 8 so I got to see several dishes. Food presentation was not impressive. Most of the food was drowning in one sauce or another. The mole sauce was disgusting The steak fajitas made me & my girlfriend sick. We ate there 2 days ago and are still not back to feeling 100%. I will never go back again.

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We had lunch at La Cucaracha for what was planned to be a nice afternoon but unfortunately soon after we received our appetizer the experience went down hill. I tried to order 3 tacos with one being chicken and 2 beef but to substitute chicken in 1 taco would cost $4. After we got our food numerous fruit flies swarmed our table the rest of our lunch which forced us to eat quickly because we really wanted to get out of the restaurant. I also was out of water for close to 10 minutes during lunch. After we got our check we noticed that the gratuity had already been added at 15% even though there was only 2 of us. She later explained that this had happened by accident and we weren't obliged to pay that amount but we did anyway since it was still on our receipt. To top of the poor experience it took us a long time to get our card and check back even though the restaurant was very quiet because of this receipt issue. To top off the experience when I got home later in the day there were 3 charges to the restaurant instead of 1 totaling $172 instead of the $36 we owed. It was a bad experience and we will not go to the restaurant again. We would have been much better off going to Don Pablo's.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had lunch at La Cucaracha for what was planned to be a nice afternoon but unfortunately soon after we received our appetizer the experience went down hill. I tried to order 3 tacos with one being chicken and 2 beef but to substitute chicken in 1 taco would cost $4. After we got our food numerous fruit flies swarmed our table the rest of our lunch which forced us to eat quickly because we really wanted to get out of the restaurant. I also was out of water for close to 10 minutes during lunch. After we got our check we noticed that the gratuity had already been added at 15% even though there was only 2 of us. She later explained that this had happened by accident and we weren't obliged to pay that amount but we did anyway since it was still on our receipt. To top of the poor experience it took us a long time to get our card and check back even though the restaurant was very quiet because of this receipt issue. To top off the experience when I got home later in the day there were 3 charges to the restaurant instead of 1 totaling $172 instead of the $36 we owed. It was a bad experience and we will not go to the restaurant again. We would have been much better off going to Don Pablo's.

Pros: Guacamole

Cons: Service, Fruit Flies, Charged Incorrectly

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Terribly overpriced, Marguerita's tasted like they were poured from a can, Chips and con casa were tough and were spicy with out any flavor. WON'T GO BACK!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Terribly overpriced, Marguerita's tasted like they were poured from a can, Chips and con casa were tough and were spicy with out any flavor. WON'T GO BACK!!!

Pros: Nice Space

Cons: no parking

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I have been many times as I live in the area, and people keep saying oh try it again. I have not had one good meal there. The drinks are over priced. I think the server was nice once. The last time was the last time. I took Mother who was in town for the weekend. She just wanted Mexican and some where close. She is has a sever limp and uses a cane. Walking for her is slow and difficult. It was off meal time so it was quite slow. The hostess walked passed many clean and empty tables to put the menus at the farthest one. When I asked if we could have a table closer to the door she accommodated with an eye roll and a sigh. The server did not show up to our table for almost 20 min. Just as we were preparing to leave. My mother said lets just order I am so hungry. The food was bland and cold when it arrived at our table 45 min later. When we mentioned it to the server she said well do you want it or not. The answer was no. We went to the South Robert area and had a great time. You can read my review of that place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been many times as I live in the area, and people keep saying oh try it again. I have not had one good meal there. The drinks are over priced. I think the server was nice once. The last time was the last time. I took Mother who was in town for the weekend. She just wanted Mexican and some where close. She is has a sever limp and uses a cane. Walking for her is slow and difficult. It was off meal time so it was quite slow. The hostess walked passed many clean and empty tables to put the menus at the farthest one. When I asked if we could have a table closer to the door she accommodated with an eye roll and a sigh. The server did not show up to our table for almost 20 min. Just as we were preparing to leave. My mother said lets just order I am so hungry. The food was bland and cold when it arrived at our table 45 min later. When we mentioned it to the server she said well do you want it or not. The answer was no. We went to the South Robert area and had a great time. You can read my review of that place.

Pros: In the Area

Cons: service, food, price, and they charge for chips

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1. I find it funny that people can criticize this place when the first thing you see when you walk in to the left are the awards they've received, and quite frankly earned.
2. The food is really good. It's a family owed restaurant with their own family recipies. You can't expect to walk in and pay "Taco Bell prices." They need the money to keep themselves running!!!
3. The atmosphere in the bar is fantastic! And when Uli worked there, the place was PACKED!
4. If you are gonna complain about the service or wait, you need to realize the place is busy and to get good service, you better be nice to ALL the people who serve you. I used to hostess there and I HATED rude people!
5. Yes, you are going to have to wait for the food. You are not the only person there and it's not a fast food joint. Tres colores enchiladas, enchiladas suizas, and Gina's Yucatan tostadas are obviously going to take longer than the soup and salads.
6. Don't rate this place after your first time! There are new people training, people have bad days...blah blah blah...just try it again.

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★★★★★

1. I find it funny that people can criticize this place when the first thing you see when you walk in to the left are the awards they've received, and quite frankly earned.
2. The food is really good. It's a family owed restaurant with their own family recipies. You can't expect to walk in and pay "Taco Bell prices." They need the money to keep themselves running!!!
3. The atmosphere in the bar is fantastic! And when Uli worked there, the place was PACKED!
4. If you are gonna complain about the service or wait, you need to realize the place is busy and to get good service, you better be nice to ALL the people who serve you. I used to hostess there and I HATED rude people!
5. Yes, you are going to have to wait for the food. You are not the only person there and it's not a fast food joint. Tres colores enchiladas, enchiladas suizas, and Gina's Yucatan tostadas are obviously going to take longer than the soup and salads.
6. Don't rate this place after your first time! There are new people training, people have bad days...blah blah blah...just try it again.

Pros: Food, atmosphere, GUAC!!!

Cons: Rude costomers ruining your night!

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I took my dad here when he was in town after he'd heard they had some of the best Mex in the Twin Cities. Needless to say, it was NOT the best Mex in the Twin Cities. We parked at the closest available spot, a 5 min walk down Summit. The host was cordial, but after that the service was spotty. Portions were large, which was nice given we were hungry, but lacked a certain umph that you'd expect out of authentic Mexican grub. Rather mild as well as if to suggest northerners couldn't handle the zip. Might as well be part of a chain......since it's about as authentic as Carlos O'Kelly's.

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★★☆☆☆

I took my dad here when he was in town after he'd heard they had some of the best Mex in the Twin Cities. Needless to say, it was NOT the best Mex in the Twin Cities. We parked at the closest available spot, a 5 min walk down Summit. The host was cordial, but after that the service was spotty. Portions were large, which was nice given we were hungry, but lacked a certain umph that you'd expect out of authentic Mexican grub. Rather mild as well as if to suggest northerners couldn't handle the zip. Might as well be part of a chain......since it's about as authentic as Carlos O'Kelly's.

Pros: Not all that expensive.

Cons: Not all that good.

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Here's the thing...I love this place. I've been going here since high school and it will always have a special place in my heart. That said, go for the atmosphere and order some drinks. Do not eat. Just don't. You'll get sick. Plain tortilla chips might be okay. But I'm not even willing to risk that anymore-I learn from the past.

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★★★★☆

Here's the thing...I love this place. I've been going here since high school and it will always have a special place in my heart. That said, go for the atmosphere and order some drinks. Do not eat. Just don't. You'll get sick. Plain tortilla chips might be okay. But I'm not even willing to risk that anymore-I learn from the past.

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This place is a perfect example of bad management, with a change of management this place could be great. The food is pretty good for mexican, as it is hard to find decent mexican in the Twin Cities. However I can't say I would go back as the service was ridiculous. After we were seated it took our waitress about 10 minutes to come and ask us what we would like to drink. From there it just got worse. It only took about 5 minutes to get our drinks and to order but our food took over 35 minutes to come. I had ordered chicken tacos and my friend had ordered a burrito. Not exactly sure why it took so long to make two very simple dishes but when they came you could tell they had been sitting under a warmer for quite a while as the plates were beyond hot and the cheese was burnt to the plate. The food however was pretty good but not exactly worth the prices they charge. And they waitress never came back to check on us and we had to go and look for her to get refills on our drinks and then had to go and look for her a second time to get our check. We also had asked our check to be split up which the waitress said she could not do and she asked us to figure out the "split" on the receipt ourselves and give it back to her. At this point I was just done with the "Cucaracha experience" and ready to leave so we split the check ourselves didn't give her a tip and left. With a little training from a better management this place could be ok. Unless you have a large amount of patience I would not recommend this place. It's a shame though because the food is pretty good.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is a perfect example of bad management, with a change of management this place could be great. The food is pretty good for mexican, as it is hard to find decent mexican in the Twin Cities. However I can't say I would go back as the service was ridiculous. After we were seated it took our waitress about 10 minutes to come and ask us what we would like to drink. From there it just got worse. It only took about 5 minutes to get our drinks and to order but our food took over 35 minutes to come. I had ordered chicken tacos and my friend had ordered a burrito. Not exactly sure why it took so long to make two very simple dishes but when they came you could tell they had been sitting under a warmer for quite a while as the plates were beyond hot and the cheese was burnt to the plate. The food however was pretty good but not exactly worth the prices they charge. And they waitress never came back to check on us and we had to go and look for her to get refills on our drinks and then had to go and look for her a second time to get our check. We also had asked our check to be split up which the waitress said she could not do and she asked us to figure out the "split" on the receipt ourselves and give it back to her. At this point I was just done with the "Cucaracha experience" and ready to leave so we split the check ourselves didn't give her a tip and left. With a little training from a better management this place could be ok. Unless you have a large amount of patience I would not recommend this place. It's a shame though because the food is pretty good.

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Early 90's I used to live in the apartments by La Cuc's. The place was SOOOOO good! I grew up in SoCal so I know something (not much) about flavor. I moved away; returned to the neighborhood in the mid-90's. The food was definitely not as great; rather bland. Their guac is DEFINITELY one of the best around but they do seem to keep declining in service/quality. Ate there a couple of years ago and VERY disappointed (my boyfriend/now husband used to bartend there so we knew the food). Still a fun place but has definitely thought too highly of itself and given over to quantity instead of quality. PS, I never ate their chips (which were totally FREE for years!) again after I found out that they bought bags of no-name chips and then threw them in the deep-fryer and then salted them again! I mean, YUM!, but YIKES!~

1
★★★☆☆

Early 90's I used to live in the apartments by La Cuc's. The place was SOOOOO good! I grew up in SoCal so I know something (not much) about flavor. I moved away; returned to the neighborhood in the mid-90's. The food was definitely not as great; rather bland. Their guac is DEFINITELY one of the best around but they do seem to keep declining in service/quality. Ate there a couple of years ago and VERY disappointed (my boyfriend/now husband used to bartend there so we knew the food). Still a fun place but has definitely thought too highly of itself and given over to quantity instead of quality. PS, I never ate their chips (which were totally FREE for years!) again after I found out that they bought bags of no-name chips and then threw them in the deep-fryer and then salted them again! I mean, YUM!, but YIKES!~

Pros: fun atmosphere, yummy guac

Cons: crappy parking, very mild Mexican, just gets worse

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I was pleased to find a resturant that the salsa wasn't pace picante. Coming from Denver to msp it has been very hard to find a place that has a little spice in their food. in other review in here it seem obvious that the people writing these reviews are just the good old steak and potato people. Heck we tried aother mexican resturant that every one recomended and i could of made better food that htey did. La Cucaracha in St Paul had a unique tast to it, i will go back again.

2
★★★★☆

I was pleased to find a resturant that the salsa wasn't pace picante. Coming from Denver to msp it has been very hard to find a place that has a little spice in their food. in other review in here it seem obvious that the people writing these reviews are just the good old steak and potato people. Heck we tried aother mexican resturant that every one recomended and i could of made better food that htey did. La Cucaracha in St Paul had a unique tast to it, i will go back again.

Pros: sevice, food, atmosphere

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Everything we ordered was aweful. Chili had an overpowering spice. Soup too spicy hot to enjoy. Terrible food. Other great Mexican food in Saint Paul to waste your money here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Everything we ordered was aweful. Chili had an overpowering spice. Soup too spicy hot to enjoy. Terrible food. Other great Mexican food in Saint Paul to waste your money here.

Pros: none

Cons: Food

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Again the gripes are the same. Charges for chips and salsa which are stale and cold. Food is over priced compared to other mexican restaurants and very low quality - bland and unappetizing, could have eaten better at home. Atmosphere is okay, but wait staff are pushy and not will to serve the customer's needs. I was there with some old friends and we were pushed out of the restaurant at closing time. Wouldn't have been as bad had the staff not taken so long to get our food and served it cold. Parking is difficult in the area and considering real mexican food is a short drive east of st. paul, this isn't worth stopping for. Go somewhere else!

1
★★☆☆☆

Again the gripes are the same. Charges for chips and salsa which are stale and cold. Food is over priced compared to other mexican restaurants and very low quality - bland and unappetizing, could have eaten better at home. Atmosphere is okay, but wait staff are pushy and not will to serve the customer's needs. I was there with some old friends and we were pushed out of the restaurant at closing time. Wouldn't have been as bad had the staff not taken so long to get our food and served it cold. Parking is difficult in the area and considering real mexican food is a short drive east of st. paul, this isn't worth stopping for. Go somewhere else!

Pros: atmosphere, in crocus hill area

Cons: poor food quality, overpriced, bad service

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Our server was annoying & rude. She had to of use the word Amigo 45 times. Very irritating. Almost all the food is served with onions & you can't ask without, because it's pre-made. Not made to order, mmmmm...
We had to pay for chips. Don't get that...
My Chicken Mole was horrible. I didn't think it required a quart of Mole Sause.
You could not taste the tequila in the $12 Margarita.
Over $50 for Mexican Dinner for 2. That's not right.
If you like well prepared Mexican food, stick to the Westside & keep it off yuppy Grand Ave.

1
★★☆☆☆

Our server was annoying & rude. She had to of use the word Amigo 45 times. Very irritating. Almost all the food is served with onions & you can't ask without, because it's pre-made. Not made to order, mmmmm...
We had to pay for chips. Don't get that...
My Chicken Mole was horrible. I didn't think it required a quart of Mole Sause.
You could not taste the tequila in the $12 Margarita.
Over $50 for Mexican Dinner for 2. That's not right.
If you like well prepared Mexican food, stick to the Westside & keep it off yuppy Grand Ave.

Cons: Too Expensive, No Parking, Bad Service

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I've always been a fan of this restaurant, although they continue to raise the prices frequently, provide poor service and do not allow any menu changes. The service is marginal at best, order a margarita to offset the wait time-they're excellent. You pay extra for everything, so be wary-$3.00 for a side of enchilada sauce! Anyway, the food is excellent so I keep going back. Seems like even the simplest menu change can't be accomodated, so don't ask. The service is friendly, just slow and the ambience is comfortable. After all that, I do recommend the place.

2
★★★★☆

I've always been a fan of this restaurant, although they continue to raise the prices frequently, provide poor service and do not allow any menu changes. The service is marginal at best, order a margarita to offset the wait time-they're excellent. You pay extra for everything, so be wary-$3.00 for a side of enchilada sauce! Anyway, the food is excellent so I keep going back. Seems like even the simplest menu change can't be accomodated, so don't ask. The service is friendly, just slow and the ambience is comfortable. After all that, I do recommend the place.

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Listen, try Gina Yucatan Tostada's or the Enchilada Suizas, you'll never go anywhere else again. As for the complaining about service on an occasion, remeber that this is just one meal out of your life folks. This is a relaxed and fun atmosphere, so relax. The bartenders are characters, and the balding guy loves to be cocky, but pours heavy and tastey drinks. He can also mortgage you house for you. I also recommend the shrimp soup and pico de gallo.

2
★★★★☆

Listen, try Gina Yucatan Tostada's or the Enchilada Suizas, you'll never go anywhere else again. As for the complaining about service on an occasion, remeber that this is just one meal out of your life folks. This is a relaxed and fun atmosphere, so relax. The bartenders are characters, and the balding guy loves to be cocky, but pours heavy and tastey drinks. He can also mortgage you house for you. I also recommend the shrimp soup and pico de gallo.

Pros: balding bartender

Cons: , fri/sat night wait

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This place has unbelievable atmosphere. The service is very friendly and the bartenders are probably the quickest and the best in town. They have one of the best selections of tequila in town, with about 40. If you want to have fun with great atmosphere and the most authentic food, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

This place has unbelievable atmosphere. The service is very friendly and the bartenders are probably the quickest and the best in town. They have one of the best selections of tequila in town, with about 40. If you want to have fun with great atmosphere and the most authentic food, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: The Bar

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I wanted to let every one know how good the food is a the Lacucaracha I reccomend the mole . every one was very nice and the servive was pretty quick considering how busy they were.the atmosphere is cool too.

2
★★★★★

I wanted to let every one know how good the food is a the Lacucaracha I reccomend the mole . every one was very nice and the servive was pretty quick considering how busy they were.the atmosphere is cool too.

Pros: fun, great food, nice people

Cons: lack of parking

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I rated this place quite favorable one year ago. I have definitely changed my mind. After coming here about once a month, I can just about chart the downhill slide this restaurant is taking. There are fewer and fewer servers available, the waits for food and drink delivery are extremely long, and the food is marginal and way overpriced. To top it off, I speak Spanish and have heard many of the staff members call patrons "unsavory" names behind their backs. At least take it into the kitchen before you express your feelings! I live close by and used to enjoy a pleasant stoll to this place. Now I stroll right on by...

0
★☆☆☆☆

I rated this place quite favorable one year ago. I have definitely changed my mind. After coming here about once a month, I can just about chart the downhill slide this restaurant is taking. There are fewer and fewer servers available, the waits for food and drink delivery are extremely long, and the food is marginal and way overpriced. To top it off, I speak Spanish and have heard many of the staff members call patrons "unsavory" names behind their backs. At least take it into the kitchen before you express your feelings! I live close by and used to enjoy a pleasant stoll to this place. Now I stroll right on by...

Pros: Pitchers of Dos Equis

Cons: Service slow, Unfriendly waitstaff, High prices

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So many places tout their guacamole...Chipotle, Chevy's and Bar Abiline come to mind...while good quality and price the seasoning never quite does it for me. At La Cucaracha they have the perfect blend of onion, cilantro, lime, spice and garlic that results in a smooth, savory warm mouth experience. The beer queso is great, too, served with crispy/greasy flour chips. Prices are right in line with what you'd see at chains like Chevy's and the like. The fruit margaritas are made with real fruit purees--so rare now!

2
★★★★★

So many places tout their guacamole...Chipotle, Chevy's and Bar Abiline come to mind...while good quality and price the seasoning never quite does it for me. At La Cucaracha they have the perfect blend of onion, cilantro, lime, spice and garlic that results in a smooth, savory warm mouth experience. The beer queso is great, too, served with crispy/greasy flour chips. Prices are right in line with what you'd see at chains like Chevy's and the like. The fruit margaritas are made with real fruit purees--so rare now!

Pros: Flavor, Modestlly priced, Cozy & colorful

Cons: Parking can stink, Leaving full

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First we were told that there would be no wait once our full party arrived. Apparently, you are not allowed to sit until everyone in your party is present. Shortly after, our party arrived, and we were made to wait 30 minutes. The hostess was very rude.

Most things on the menu need to be upgraded - $.90 for some kind of meat, only one refill allowed, etc. I got the impression that they were trying to soak me for every dime I had. When go for a nice meal, I dont want to feel like my third diet Coke would burden them.

The waitress was asking us if we wanted our check 5 minutes after the food came. Hate that!

There are plenty of places with the same ambiance in the Twin Cities that have better service and similar food (with better parking). Id pass on this one.

0
★☆☆☆☆

First we were told that there would be no wait once our full party arrived. Apparently, you are not allowed to sit until everyone in your party is present. Shortly after, our party arrived, and we were made to wait 30 minutes. The hostess was very rude.

Most things on the menu need to be upgraded - $.90 for some kind of meat, only one refill allowed, etc. I got the impression that they were trying to soak me for every dime I had. When go for a nice meal, I dont want to feel like my third diet Coke would burden them.

The waitress was asking us if we wanted our check 5 minutes after the food came. Hate that!

There are plenty of places with the same ambiance in the Twin Cities that have better service and similar food (with better parking). Id pass on this one.

Pros: Food - Okay

Cons: Service, Parking, Pricing

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great staff, prompt seating.
Wonderful lunch spot
Always parking on street
I've eaten lunch here 10 times with wonderful results

2
★★★★★

great staff, prompt seating.
Wonderful lunch spot
Always parking on street
I've eaten lunch here 10 times with wonderful results

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: haven't found any

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.....oh, but I think she did. We had to ask for our own silverware, napkins, and water refills. I ordered the lunch special, but what I got isn't what she told me. I don't think food should take 50 minutes and then not be very good. Poor service. The desserts looked good, but didn't try any. Most places would get a second chance, but the food was only marginal.

1
★★☆☆☆

.....oh, but I think she did. We had to ask for our own silverware, napkins, and water refills. I ordered the lunch special, but what I got isn't what she told me. I don't think food should take 50 minutes and then not be very good. Poor service. The desserts looked good, but didn't try any. Most places would get a second chance, but the food was only marginal.

Cons: Service, Not great food, Parking

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The best Margaritas in town and the food is great, but back to the margaritas - they taste like they're made from scratch.

2
★★★★★

The best Margaritas in town and the food is great, but back to the margaritas - they taste like they're made from scratch.

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On the first of the many visits my wife and I have made to La Cucaracha, the staff and cooks hit a homerun - we were sure we'd found the best Mexican food this side of San Antonio. On subsequent visits, we've witnessed a see-saw effect of both the food and service. Some days the staff is rediculously slow, even needing reminding of the fact we were present. Some days the food can be very underwhelming. Other days, La Cucaracha is spectacular - especially their unique, zesty fajitas. The decor is simple but charming, and the seating is a little cramped, especially in the booths. The tough part about rating this restaurant is you'll get a completely different set of marks depending on the day. A wise man once said something like, "[La Cucaracha] is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get."

1
★★★☆☆

On the first of the many visits my wife and I have made to La Cucaracha, the staff and cooks hit a homerun - we were sure we'd found the best Mexican food this side of San Antonio. On subsequent visits, we've witnessed a see-saw effect of both the food and service. Some days the staff is rediculously slow, even needing reminding of the fact we were present. Some days the food can be very underwhelming. Other days, La Cucaracha is spectacular - especially their unique, zesty fajitas. The decor is simple but charming, and the seating is a little cramped, especially in the booths. The tough part about rating this restaurant is you'll get a completely different set of marks depending on the day. A wise man once said something like, "[La Cucaracha] is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get."

Pros: Tasty, Subtle flavors, Inexpensive

Cons: Uneven Service, Uneven Food Quality

 

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