Cantina Laredo

★★★★☆
Cantina Laredo - Modern Mexican Cuisine
  • 201 W 3rd St

    Austin, TX 78701

    Cross street: 2nd Street District - 3rd & Colorado

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  • 512-542-9670

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went here last night and had the fajitas! they were amazing. very friendly staff and cheap beer during happy hour. I would def. recommend this place for a good meal!

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★★★★★

went here last night and had the fajitas! they were amazing. very friendly staff and cheap beer during happy hour. I would def. recommend this place for a good meal!

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Yep, its pricey for Mexican food, so don't go if that is an issue. If not, then go. The gucamole was made to order and was exceptionally good. Everybody seems to agree on the salsa's . I preferred the warm one over the cold. The rice was good, not great, the enchilada in poblano sauce was really good, though it could of had more spice on it for my liking.The tortilla soup was very flavorful, but the chicken may have come from a can. They did serve me a beer in a can and I had to ask for a glass, but the service was very attentive. All in all it was a good lunch.

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★★★☆☆

Yep, its pricey for Mexican food, so don't go if that is an issue. If not, then go. The gucamole was made to order and was exceptionally good. Everybody seems to agree on the salsa's . I preferred the warm one over the cold. The rice was good, not great, the enchilada in poblano sauce was really good, though it could of had more spice on it for my liking.The tortilla soup was very flavorful, but the chicken may have come from a can. They did serve me a beer in a can and I had to ask for a glass, but the service was very attentive. All in all it was a good lunch.

Pros: Excellent table side gucamole

Cons: Beer in a can?

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We happened into Cantina Laredo on Sunday evening, after hearing about it around town. The bar area was beautiful and the waitress/bartender and host were very nice.

While the frozen margarita was nice and strong, it was quite pricey ($9, I believe) for its size. We loved both the cold and the warm salsas along with the very crispy chips, and their queso was absolutely delicious although nothing fancy.

We both ordered combination plates (mine was cheese enchiladas and his was taco/enchilada) and while they were good, they were nothing special. The $9+ cost on the plates seemed expensive for just two items, beans, and rice. The beans were plain boring refried beans and the rice wasn't anything to write about either. My enchiladas actually tasted better the next day as leftovers, although the grease seemed to double overnight.

While Cantina Laredo served its purpose to feed us on Sunday, I doubt that we'll return. There are many other places with better food and better prices that are much more convenient to visit.

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★★★☆☆

We happened into Cantina Laredo on Sunday evening, after hearing about it around town. The bar area was beautiful and the waitress/bartender and host were very nice.

While the frozen margarita was nice and strong, it was quite pricey ($9, I believe) for its size. We loved both the cold and the warm salsas along with the very crispy chips, and their queso was absolutely delicious although nothing fancy.

We both ordered combination plates (mine was cheese enchiladas and his was taco/enchilada) and while they were good, they were nothing special. The $9+ cost on the plates seemed expensive for just two items, beans, and rice. The beans were plain boring refried beans and the rice wasn't anything to write about either. My enchiladas actually tasted better the next day as leftovers, although the grease seemed to double overnight.

While Cantina Laredo served its purpose to feed us on Sunday, I doubt that we'll return. There are many other places with better food and better prices that are much more convenient to visit.

Pros: Warm and cold salsas, crisp chips

Cons: Food and margaritas are overpriced

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Our company recently used Cantina Laredo to cater an event at our office. The food was great and the person who made the delivery got everything set up for us. I highly recommend the restaurant. You might just want to let them know that you don't need two large tins of hot sauce!

4
★★★★☆

Our company recently used Cantina Laredo to cater an event at our office. The food was great and the person who made the delivery got everything set up for us. I highly recommend the restaurant. You might just want to let them know that you don't need two large tins of hot sauce!

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My husband and I have lived on the north side of Austin for 2 years now and we looked for months before we were able to find a Mexican restaurant in this town with a lot of flavor and spice. We eventually found Cantina Laredo and now it's our favorite Mexican restaurant ever! It's well worth the drive into downtown. There may not be a place to park for free during the day, but on evenings (after 5:30) and weekends, you can usually find a metered spot (which are free during those times). Their warm salsa has a unique, smokey flavor, but it still has a spicy-ness that goes well with Mexican food. If you like a more traditional salsa, you may prefer their cold salsa. Both are brought to the table, but we usually ask if we can get some of the warm salsa to go. We haven't tried their guacamole yet, but we've seen others have it prepared at their table and it looks good! The portions are large and I'd recommend the quesadillas (on the appetizer menu), any of their salads, or the fajitas (my favorite). Their rice is a little bland, but it doesn't taste loaded down with butter like some restaurants. I also love their sizzling apple pie/ice cream. Try it out for yourself!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have lived on the north side of Austin for 2 years now and we looked for months before we were able to find a Mexican restaurant in this town with a lot of flavor and spice. We eventually found Cantina Laredo and now it's our favorite Mexican restaurant ever! It's well worth the drive into downtown. There may not be a place to park for free during the day, but on evenings (after 5:30) and weekends, you can usually find a metered spot (which are free during those times). Their warm salsa has a unique, smokey flavor, but it still has a spicy-ness that goes well with Mexican food. If you like a more traditional salsa, you may prefer their cold salsa. Both are brought to the table, but we usually ask if we can get some of the warm salsa to go. We haven't tried their guacamole yet, but we've seen others have it prepared at their table and it looks good! The portions are large and I'd recommend the quesadillas (on the appetizer menu), any of their salads, or the fajitas (my favorite). Their rice is a little bland, but it doesn't taste loaded down with butter like some restaurants. I also love their sizzling apple pie/ice cream. Try it out for yourself!

Pros: Excellent Chips & Salsa, entrees, and desserts

Cons: Parking, and it's a little pricey for Mexican food (but worth it!)

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This is by far my favorite authentic mexican restaurant in Austin. Whenever I have family or friends in town I always bring them to this restaurant. One of my favorite things about this restaurant is that have amazing homemade salsa. They also will prepare guacamole right at your table to your liking. I would definitely recommend the carne asada! That's my all time favorite dish that keeps on bringing me back for more.
The only problem with this restaurant, as with any restaurant down town, is that there is NO parking. They do however have valet parking available right in front of the restaurant if you are willing to pay.

2
★★★★★

This is by far my favorite authentic mexican restaurant in Austin. Whenever I have family or friends in town I always bring them to this restaurant. One of my favorite things about this restaurant is that have amazing homemade salsa. They also will prepare guacamole right at your table to your liking. I would definitely recommend the carne asada! That's my all time favorite dish that keeps on bringing me back for more.
The only problem with this restaurant, as with any restaurant down town, is that there is NO parking. They do however have valet parking available right in front of the restaurant if you are willing to pay.

Pros: tasty salsa, wonderful food, great service, fun happy hour, clean and classy, beautiful bar area

Cons: parking

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Cantina Laredo is an awesome place for dinner or for happy hour with friends. The ceviche is the best I"ve ever had and the margaritas are to die for. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great environment with awesome food and service.

2
★★★★★

Cantina Laredo is an awesome place for dinner or for happy hour with friends. The ceviche is the best I"ve ever had and the margaritas are to die for. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great environment with awesome food and service.

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After reading the other reviews, it's sad that others have had some bad experiences at Cantina Laredo, but I must write about our experience yesterday evening (Sunday). We arrived about 6 or 6:30'ish, and were seated immediately. Our server (whose name I forgot) was outstanding. I eat plant-based food only (no meat whatsoever, no dairy, and no eggs), so I inquired about what might be best to order and asked if the Enchiladas Veracruz could be served without the chicken or the cheeses. Our server enthusiastically volunteered to ask the chef, and turns out it was no problem, so I ordered it. I have to tell you it was one of the best Mexican food plates I have ever had, and the tableside-made guacamole was outstanding. My husband ordered the Carne Asada, and he said it was very good. In addition, my Silver Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon was excellent. We had a great time and a great meal. My thanks and compliments to the chef who tailored my entree to my dietary requirements, our excellent server, and the Cantina Laredo restaurant in general. We will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

After reading the other reviews, it's sad that others have had some bad experiences at Cantina Laredo, but I must write about our experience yesterday evening (Sunday). We arrived about 6 or 6:30'ish, and were seated immediately. Our server (whose name I forgot) was outstanding. I eat plant-based food only (no meat whatsoever, no dairy, and no eggs), so I inquired about what might be best to order and asked if the Enchiladas Veracruz could be served without the chicken or the cheeses. Our server enthusiastically volunteered to ask the chef, and turns out it was no problem, so I ordered it. I have to tell you it was one of the best Mexican food plates I have ever had, and the tableside-made guacamole was outstanding. My husband ordered the Carne Asada, and he said it was very good. In addition, my Silver Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon was excellent. We had a great time and a great meal. My thanks and compliments to the chef who tailored my entree to my dietary requirements, our excellent server, and the Cantina Laredo restaurant in general. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Individualized service, excellent food, nice ambiance

Cons: Parking?

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I have eaten at Cantina Laredo three times now and have yet to find a dish that is worth eating. It is overpriced for no reason and if you're looking for Tex-Mex you will find this place unsatisfying. I know there are people that like it, but to me much of the food lacks the flavor and spices you expect when dinging at a Mexican food restaurant. On a good note, the service is always excellent.

1
★★☆☆☆

I have eaten at Cantina Laredo three times now and have yet to find a dish that is worth eating. It is overpriced for no reason and if you're looking for Tex-Mex you will find this place unsatisfying. I know there are people that like it, but to me much of the food lacks the flavor and spices you expect when dinging at a Mexican food restaurant. On a good note, the service is always excellent.

Pros: Great service

Cons: Overpriced and bland food

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The entrees are a bit pricey, but of quite good quality, if not something to write home about. The freshly made table-side quacamole is wonderful in that you can spice it (or un-spice it) however you like. But my very favorite thing about Cantina Laredo is the Mexican Brownie -- a huge pecan brownie brought to your table on a platter sizzling with melting Mexican Brandy Butter and topped with a huge scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. It is decadent and delicious and worth the trip.

2
★★★★☆

The entrees are a bit pricey, but of quite good quality, if not something to write home about. The freshly made table-side quacamole is wonderful in that you can spice it (or un-spice it) however you like. But my very favorite thing about Cantina Laredo is the Mexican Brownie -- a huge pecan brownie brought to your table on a platter sizzling with melting Mexican Brandy Butter and topped with a huge scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. It is decadent and delicious and worth the trip.

Pros: the Mexican Brownie

Cons: parking

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I wasn't sure I wanted to go downtown, but I'm glad we did. The place was really nice and the food was excellent. I especially recommend the enchiladas veracruz and the top shelf guacamole. It's made at your table and it was the best guacamole I've had in a long time. They also had great margaritas and two different salsas at the table. Everyone was really friendly and we had a great time. I'll definitely recommend it to friends.

2
★★★★★

I wasn't sure I wanted to go downtown, but I'm glad we did. The place was really nice and the food was excellent. I especially recommend the enchiladas veracruz and the top shelf guacamole. It's made at your table and it was the best guacamole I've had in a long time. They also had great margaritas and two different salsas at the table. Everyone was really friendly and we had a great time. I'll definitely recommend it to friends.

Pros: Ambience, great food

Cons: parking

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I go every week. I work and live downtown and find the people to be so much more attentive than most downtown restaurants. The two salsa are a unique touch. One is served hot and one is served cold, but both are wonderful. I usually order the brisket tacos, but I havn't found anything I didn't like. I'll go again next week. Much better than most mexican food restaturants in Austin.

2
★★★★★

I go every week. I work and live downtown and find the people to be so much more attentive than most downtown restaurants. The two salsa are a unique touch. One is served hot and one is served cold, but both are wonderful. I usually order the brisket tacos, but I havn't found anything I didn't like. I'll go again next week. Much better than most mexican food restaturants in Austin.

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I went to Cantina Laredo two days ago on Saturday... It was the best experience in a while... Our waiter was ultra nice and really good at answering all my questions... He was awesome... It all stared with the welcoming environment and a great warm welcome from the hostess she kindly took us to a great cozy booth and told us about the Top Shelf Guac made table side... We couldn't turn that down... I had the shrimp flautas which was ultra tasty and delicious... I just say give it a shot and you'll love it...

2
★★★★★

I went to Cantina Laredo two days ago on Saturday... It was the best experience in a while... Our waiter was ultra nice and really good at answering all my questions... He was awesome... It all stared with the welcoming environment and a great warm welcome from the hostess she kindly took us to a great cozy booth and told us about the Top Shelf Guac made table side... We couldn't turn that down... I had the shrimp flautas which was ultra tasty and delicious... I just say give it a shot and you'll love it...

Pros: Nice people great food

Cons: Parking can be tough but its worth it...

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Went on a Monday night and no one was there. The guacamole is amazing, the beef fajitas are marinated so well, the margaritas are great, tortialla soup is some of the best I have had and the Camaron Poblano Asada was also really good but a bit heavy for me. Tequila flight with three premium tequilas was only 20 bucks! All is all I was pleasantly surprised.

2
★★★★☆

Went on a Monday night and no one was there. The guacamole is amazing, the beef fajitas are marinated so well, the margaritas are great, tortialla soup is some of the best I have had and the Camaron Poblano Asada was also really good but a bit heavy for me. Tequila flight with three premium tequilas was only 20 bucks! All is all I was pleasantly surprised.

Pros: Food, our waiter, creativity with the menu

Cons: its downtown, salads are kinda weak

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I have to say Catina Laredo is the WORST RUN RESTURANT IN AUSTIN. I wish I could tell you about the food, but the service was so bad we never even got a table. We came in on a quite Sunday evening around 6. I would hate to see this place if it was actually busy. When we arrived there were literally nine empty tables that we could see from the door, all with dirty dishes, but we were assured by the host it take just a minute to clean one off. After at least 10 minutes of watching the host get a drink, chat with the wait staff, and generally wonder around, he finally returned to the host stand to tell us they now had a 20-30 minute wait. Never mind no one had even cleaned a single table in 15 minutes. While we were waiting a party came in from the patio and told the bar tender that they had been waiting outside for half an hour and never saw a waiter. The bus boy brought them drinks, but no one had even been to there table. At least one other party walked out during this time, and I would suspect several more followed. The staff wasn't rude, but they were completely INCOMPTENT. Don't waste your time; there are so many other great TexMex restaurants in Austin. I won't make the mistake of going here again. If you want to try it I would hurry because I expect they will be out of business soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to say Catina Laredo is the WORST RUN RESTURANT IN AUSTIN. I wish I could tell you about the food, but the service was so bad we never even got a table. We came in on a quite Sunday evening around 6. I would hate to see this place if it was actually busy. When we arrived there were literally nine empty tables that we could see from the door, all with dirty dishes, but we were assured by the host it take just a minute to clean one off. After at least 10 minutes of watching the host get a drink, chat with the wait staff, and generally wonder around, he finally returned to the host stand to tell us they now had a 20-30 minute wait. Never mind no one had even cleaned a single table in 15 minutes. While we were waiting a party came in from the patio and told the bar tender that they had been waiting outside for half an hour and never saw a waiter. The bus boy brought them drinks, but no one had even been to there table. At least one other party walked out during this time, and I would suspect several more followed. The staff wasn't rude, but they were completely INCOMPTENT. Don't waste your time; there are so many other great TexMex restaurants in Austin. I won't make the mistake of going here again. If you want to try it I would hurry because I expect they will be out of business soon.

Pros: Wish I knew. Couldn't get past the service.

Cons: WORST SERVICE IN AUSTIN

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After reading a few less than flattering reviews, I couldn't resist adding my dos centavos:
I wandered into Cantino Laredo with seven of my girlfriends post happy hour at Cedar Street. They were able to seat us right away. Our server was friendly and patient (despite our decision to try making our own guacamole at the table-it wasn't as good as the top shelf guac he eventually talked us into). We ordered the botanas platter and, I think, nachos al carbon. The botanas platter was fabulous and the chicken and beef on the nachos had the most amazing flavor. I don't know that I've ever tasted better seasoning on a skirt steak. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was relaxed. I enjoyed having that option in the middle of the 2nd street district where ambience and price tags are a bit more Miami meets new York than my teacher paycheck can handle. So, that's my take. I liked Cantina Laredo enough that I'm taking my parents and husband back there this evening to celebrate my birthday. Maybe I'll see you there.

2
★★★★☆

After reading a few less than flattering reviews, I couldn't resist adding my dos centavos:
I wandered into Cantino Laredo with seven of my girlfriends post happy hour at Cedar Street. They were able to seat us right away. Our server was friendly and patient (despite our decision to try making our own guacamole at the table-it wasn't as good as the top shelf guac he eventually talked us into). We ordered the botanas platter and, I think, nachos al carbon. The botanas platter was fabulous and the chicken and beef on the nachos had the most amazing flavor. I don't know that I've ever tasted better seasoning on a skirt steak. The prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was relaxed. I enjoyed having that option in the middle of the 2nd street district where ambience and price tags are a bit more Miami meets new York than my teacher paycheck can handle. So, that's my take. I liked Cantina Laredo enough that I'm taking my parents and husband back there this evening to celebrate my birthday. Maybe I'll see you there.

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There are many great mexican restaurants in Austin and this is not one of them. If you are in a hurry no need to read the rest of this review. The service was absolutely the laziest I have ever seen in Austin. The server was annoyed to explain anything to us about the menu. The server pushed us through the dinner. The appetizer was quickly followed by our entree and the check was put on the table just after we started our entree. My entree was taco's on corn tortilla's which was served with flour tortilla's. The server started to argue that I ordered incorrectly, but fixxed the meal. By observing the other diners experience, the goal was to move people through the restaurant on a time schedule. The food was pricey and tasted was if came from a corporate kitchen then reheated.

0
★☆☆☆☆

There are many great mexican restaurants in Austin and this is not one of them. If you are in a hurry no need to read the rest of this review. The service was absolutely the laziest I have ever seen in Austin. The server was annoyed to explain anything to us about the menu. The server pushed us through the dinner. The appetizer was quickly followed by our entree and the check was put on the table just after we started our entree. My entree was taco's on corn tortilla's which was served with flour tortilla's. The server started to argue that I ordered incorrectly, but fixxed the meal. By observing the other diners experience, the goal was to move people through the restaurant on a time schedule. The food was pricey and tasted was if came from a corporate kitchen then reheated.

Cons: People working in the restaurant would rather be somewhere else

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I can't comment on any other menu item, because, well I ALWAYS get the soup. On my first visit I wasn't very hungry, so I ordered a cup of tortilla soup. When it came out I told the waiter there was a mistake, I ordered a cup not a bowl. He assured me the trough before me was the cup. It was delicious! I now crave it and try my best to eat it once a week.

2
★★★★☆

I can't comment on any other menu item, because, well I ALWAYS get the soup. On my first visit I wasn't very hungry, so I ordered a cup of tortilla soup. When it came out I told the waiter there was a mistake, I ordered a cup not a bowl. He assured me the trough before me was the cup. It was delicious! I now crave it and try my best to eat it once a week.

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The food wasn't seasoned enough, and tasted like was made from a can with all the tomato sauce. The music was nice and place was clean but I wouldn't recommend there food.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food wasn't seasoned enough, and tasted like was made from a can with all the tomato sauce. The music was nice and place was clean but I wouldn't recommend there food.

Pros: The place was clean, the music was nice

Cons: The food was bad it made me sick

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fun restaurant. we watched the downtown criteriums while eating on the street corner. Couldn't have been more like europe! this place had very good service from the time we entered to the time we left. Enchiladas were great! Tortilla Chips were fresh, not stale. I did like the two salsas, one tasted like toasted chiles/chipotles and the other was a more typical tomato flavored picante. Queso was a perfect appetizer. The bill was a little pricey, so I'd give it more dollar signs. Don't think the margaritas were worth the price, but the enchiladas were.

1
★★★☆☆

fun restaurant. we watched the downtown criteriums while eating on the street corner. Couldn't have been more like europe! this place had very good service from the time we entered to the time we left. Enchiladas were great! Tortilla Chips were fresh, not stale. I did like the two salsas, one tasted like toasted chiles/chipotles and the other was a more typical tomato flavored picante. Queso was a perfect appetizer. The bill was a little pricey, so I'd give it more dollar signs. Don't think the margaritas were worth the price, but the enchiladas were.

Pros: good enchiladas

Cons: Bring your pocketbook

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We had dinner here tonight and it was wonderful. The margaheritas were perfect. We will be back here for sure.

2
★★★★☆

We had dinner here tonight and it was wonderful. The margaheritas were perfect. We will be back here for sure.

Pros: food

Cons: none

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For a night out downtown, this is perfect! Much nicer than our local Tex-Mex hangout -a fun and classier place to be with table cloths and immaculate crisp surroundings.
We loved the delicious guacamole made at our table..it was so fresh and tasty...they will bring additional seasonings if you want. All the food is fun to try..the seafood and specialty Mexican dishes and sauces were divine. We eagerly tried apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and butter/ brandy sauce since it was a special occasion...YUM!
The wait staff made sure we had a festive time and took care of the details, including keeping the water glasses and chips flowing without having to ask.. how nice that is these days!
The portions were very generous and provided 2 extra meals.
Good margaritas...check the price before you order if you are concerned. Can't wait to go back for dinner again or for the Thursday Night Ladies Night !

2
★★★★★

For a night out downtown, this is perfect! Much nicer than our local Tex-Mex hangout -a fun and classier place to be with table cloths and immaculate crisp surroundings.
We loved the delicious guacamole made at our table..it was so fresh and tasty...they will bring additional seasonings if you want. All the food is fun to try..the seafood and specialty Mexican dishes and sauces were divine. We eagerly tried apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and butter/ brandy sauce since it was a special occasion...YUM!
The wait staff made sure we had a festive time and took care of the details, including keeping the water glasses and chips flowing without having to ask.. how nice that is these days!
The portions were very generous and provided 2 extra meals.
Good margaritas...check the price before you order if you are concerned. Can't wait to go back for dinner again or for the Thursday Night Ladies Night !

Pros: guacamole, location, ambience

Cons: not as cheap as the normal Tex- Mex folks are used to

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This place was a real disappointment. We split mole enchiladas and had the tableside guacamole. The mole was just boring -- tasted like it was from a jar. We kept thinking of ways to improve the guac which was completely overpriced -- more lime, a little salt, etc. Too bad they don't give you the ingredients and let you make it yourself. The kicker was when we asked for iced tea, and the server asked if we wanted regular or flavored and listed the flavors -- guess how much our flavored tea was -- $4 each. Ridiculous. Save your money and support local Austin Tex Mex.

1
★★☆☆☆

This place was a real disappointment. We split mole enchiladas and had the tableside guacamole. The mole was just boring -- tasted like it was from a jar. We kept thinking of ways to improve the guac which was completely overpriced -- more lime, a little salt, etc. Too bad they don't give you the ingredients and let you make it yourself. The kicker was when we asked for iced tea, and the server asked if we wanted regular or flavored and listed the flavors -- guess how much our flavored tea was -- $4 each. Ridiculous. Save your money and support local Austin Tex Mex.

Pros: downtown location

Cons: $4 iced tea, flavorless chain food, hotel restaurant looking interior

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Very average mexican food. More for the looks than the food. I received my food cold and it was definitely not worth the price. The atmosphere is the only good thing about this place.

1
★★★☆☆

Very average mexican food. More for the looks than the food. I received my food cold and it was definitely not worth the price. The atmosphere is the only good thing about this place.

 

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