Casa Alvarez

★★★☆☆
Mon-Sat 11am - 10pm & Sun 11am - 9pm
  • 3161 Walnut St

    Boulder, CO 80301

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  • 303-546-0630

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The service is always good and prompt. I enjoy twice the salsa of most people and they never complain about bringing more. Try the fajita or port green burrito. I honestly don't think there's anywhere else in town you can get these dishes done like this.

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★★★★☆

The service is always good and prompt. I enjoy twice the salsa of most people and they never complain about bringing more. Try the fajita or port green burrito. I honestly don't think there's anywhere else in town you can get these dishes done like this.

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Casa Alvarez has adequate meals and a decent bar. In the summertime, the back back patio is ideal for outdoor dining. The prices are very reasonable and service is good.

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★★★☆☆

Casa Alvarez has adequate meals and a decent bar. In the summertime, the back back patio is ideal for outdoor dining. The prices are very reasonable and service is good.

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Reserved one week in advance letting them know I was bringing a group of 26 people. We were seated upstairs in the party room, a good location, but found no set-ups (no silverware, no glasses, etc.) I asked twice about the set-ups and even offered to help bring up silverware, but was put off. They were pathetically understaffed with one waiter for 26 people. Food arrived one HOUR later and sat there cooling off - still no silverware! Finally, a harried waitress arrived with forks & knives but we won't be back. Food was "okay" but nothing to write home about.

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★★☆☆☆

Reserved one week in advance letting them know I was bringing a group of 26 people. We were seated upstairs in the party room, a good location, but found no set-ups (no silverware, no glasses, etc.) I asked twice about the set-ups and even offered to help bring up silverware, but was put off. They were pathetically understaffed with one waiter for 26 people. Food arrived one HOUR later and sat there cooling off - still no silverware! Finally, a harried waitress arrived with forks & knives but we won't be back. Food was "okay" but nothing to write home about.

Pros: One hour wait for food

Cons: Understaffed & no silverware

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We live in Lafayette and the food here is good enough and inexpensive enough to make it one of our local haunts. They will substitute tofu for almost any dish, and the featured items on the menu are good ones to stick with. Fajitas are good, and can be had with beef, chicken, or fish. Other favorites of ours is the tofu fajita salad and the pork green burrito. They have won some local awards for their green chile, so go that route if you're a fan.

I've never strayed far from the specialties of the house (haven't needed to) but I hear the menudo is pretty authentic, not that I'm going to try it.

There are a few drawbacks, like sometimes the water tastes like it has too much chlorine in it (this seems to come and go, not sure why?) And I've had better chips and salsa elsewhere (also worse!) ... everything isn't totally perfect, but two people can eat dinner here for $20 ... the prices are very reasonable compared to the quality of the food. Sometimes sitting in the bar area is very noisy. I HATE the back-corner-room off the bar (it is like dining in a closet lit with bare bulbs, and has zero character) so don't let them seat you there (this usually only happens on busy weekend nights anyway). But the main dining room and bar area are usually nice -- clean, bright, etc. Like I said, it's a place my wife and I default to when we can't decide where to go, or else when we want to go to a nice place without breaking the bank.

The servers are usually nice and the food comes quickly. It is casual enough atmosphere to bring little kids and be noisy, but as a rule it isn't a loud and obnoxious. Give it a shot, you might like it.

2
★★★★☆

We live in Lafayette and the food here is good enough and inexpensive enough to make it one of our local haunts. They will substitute tofu for almost any dish, and the featured items on the menu are good ones to stick with. Fajitas are good, and can be had with beef, chicken, or fish. Other favorites of ours is the tofu fajita salad and the pork green burrito. They have won some local awards for their green chile, so go that route if you're a fan.

I've never strayed far from the specialties of the house (haven't needed to) but I hear the menudo is pretty authentic, not that I'm going to try it.

There are a few drawbacks, like sometimes the water tastes like it has too much chlorine in it (this seems to come and go, not sure why?) And I've had better chips and salsa elsewhere (also worse!) ... everything isn't totally perfect, but two people can eat dinner here for $20 ... the prices are very reasonable compared to the quality of the food. Sometimes sitting in the bar area is very noisy. I HATE the back-corner-room off the bar (it is like dining in a closet lit with bare bulbs, and has zero character) so don't let them seat you there (this usually only happens on busy weekend nights anyway). But the main dining room and bar area are usually nice -- clean, bright, etc. Like I said, it's a place my wife and I default to when we can't decide where to go, or else when we want to go to a nice place without breaking the bank.

The servers are usually nice and the food comes quickly. It is casual enough atmosphere to bring little kids and be noisy, but as a rule it isn't a loud and obnoxious. Give it a shot, you might like it.

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We have tried about 5 different places in Louisville/Lafayette and haven't like any of them...until this one! We have only done carry-out, but the ambience is very nice when we go in. The food is good and affordable. I would recommend is for sure, a happy find.

2
★★★★☆

We have tried about 5 different places in Louisville/Lafayette and haven't like any of them...until this one! We have only done carry-out, but the ambience is very nice when we go in. The food is good and affordable. I would recommend is for sure, a happy find.

Pros: nice environment, affordable, very tasty

Cons: so so margarita, no delivery

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There are many other restaurants in Boulder if you are looking for good mexican food. Casa Alvarez has disappointed me on multiple occassionas due to their poor service, bland food and lack of a decent menu selection. It is clear that their primary source of income is from alcohol sales, as nothing else at the restaurant is very good.

One of the many issues is that they try to nickle-and-dime you for everything. If you want a refill of chips and salsa while you wait for your meal it will be $2.00. Want guacamole or sour cream with your meal, it will cost anywhere between $1-$2. This is upsetting because these are all side dishes that are normally provided for free by most restaurants.

The service was horrible at my most recent visit. Our hostess barely greeted us, walked us to our table and set the menus down, leaving before we had a chance to ask if they had a booth available instead. Once our server arrived, she began the meal by spilling a glass of water on the table. She then took our orders, and only came back once to give us our bill, she never even bothered to refill our small glasses of water.

The food was not much better. The Shrimp Coctail, which costs $9.99 consisted of a glass full of salsa and shrimp, none of which had much flavor and taste. Other members of my group had enchiladas which were undercooked. The chicken enchiladas were not even made of 100% white meat, suggesting the low quality of ingredients they provide.

I was significantly disappointed by this restaurant. We visited on a Friday evening during dinner time and the place was almost deserted, and yet the staff acted as if they were so busy they couldn't even stop to help provide us with a decent meal and a good experience. If you are looking for good mexican food in Boulder then I suggest you look elsewhere, as Casa Alvarez is nothing but a Casa de Disappointment.

PROS: They have a cactus with christmas lights on it.
CONS: Poor Quality of Food & Service.

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★☆☆☆☆

There are many other restaurants in Boulder if you are looking for good mexican food. Casa Alvarez has disappointed me on multiple occassionas due to their poor service, bland food and lack of a decent menu selection. It is clear that their primary source of income is from alcohol sales, as nothing else at the restaurant is very good.

One of the many issues is that they try to nickle-and-dime you for everything. If you want a refill of chips and salsa while you wait for your meal it will be $2.00. Want guacamole or sour cream with your meal, it will cost anywhere between $1-$2. This is upsetting because these are all side dishes that are normally provided for free by most restaurants.

The service was horrible at my most recent visit. Our hostess barely greeted us, walked us to our table and set the menus down, leaving before we had a chance to ask if they had a booth available instead. Once our server arrived, she began the meal by spilling a glass of water on the table. She then took our orders, and only came back once to give us our bill, she never even bothered to refill our small glasses of water.

The food was not much better. The Shrimp Coctail, which costs $9.99 consisted of a glass full of salsa and shrimp, none of which had much flavor and taste. Other members of my group had enchiladas which were undercooked. The chicken enchiladas were not even made of 100% white meat, suggesting the low quality of ingredients they provide.

I was significantly disappointed by this restaurant. We visited on a Friday evening during dinner time and the place was almost deserted, and yet the staff acted as if they were so busy they couldn't even stop to help provide us with a decent meal and a good experience. If you are looking for good mexican food in Boulder then I suggest you look elsewhere, as Casa Alvarez is nothing but a Casa de Disappointment.

PROS: They have a cactus with christmas lights on it.
CONS: Poor Quality of Food & Service.

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this place has great authentic food at a great price. service is always fantastic and really fast. the margarits are always really good to a great place to take a family.

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★★★★☆

this place has great authentic food at a great price. service is always fantastic and really fast. the margarits are always really good to a great place to take a family.

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Food was bad, temperature & flavor. Drinks were terrible, flavor & temperature also! We will NEVER go here again!

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was bad, temperature & flavor. Drinks were terrible, flavor & temperature also! We will NEVER go here again!

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If you know what to get, Casa Alvarez has wonderful, fresh food from homemade recipies. I love anything with their carnitas meat, marinated carne asada slices(like in the fajitas or gaucho burito), marinated chicken slices, and their shrimp. Make sure to top anything off with some green, red or inferno chile (the ranchera sauce isn't anything special)...or chimichuri sauce....ask for xtra they don't always put enough on.....I've had better chile rellenos and tamales..but once in a while Ernesto will make traditional rellenos as a special and they are yummy.....Ask for one of Ron or Alfred's special margarita's....much better than anything with cuervo gold...

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★★★★★

If you know what to get, Casa Alvarez has wonderful, fresh food from homemade recipies. I love anything with their carnitas meat, marinated carne asada slices(like in the fajitas or gaucho burito), marinated chicken slices, and their shrimp. Make sure to top anything off with some green, red or inferno chile (the ranchera sauce isn't anything special)...or chimichuri sauce....ask for xtra they don't always put enough on.....I've had better chile rellenos and tamales..but once in a while Ernesto will make traditional rellenos as a special and they are yummy.....Ask for one of Ron or Alfred's special margarita's....much better than anything with cuervo gold...

Pros: top shelf margs, fresh food, original recipes

Cons: inconsistant service, not enough chile

Message from Casa Alvarez

Casa Alvarez showcases the unique cuisine of Mexico's Jalisco region and your favorite familiar Mexican dishes.



We are a large restaurant with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options for all sizes of groups and families. Reservations are not required and our atmosphere is casual.



The Casa has many private booth options for a business lunch meeting and separate dining sections for larger group meetings. We also have free wireless Internet access. If you don't have time for a lunch visit, let us deliver the perfect lunch right to your office!



Come and enjoy our outdoor and indoor seating, exotic margaritas, and fine appetizers with a friend or a group. It's always a fiesta when you're at Casa Alvarez!

More about Casa Alvarez

Our menu features the foods, flavors, and spices that chef-owner Ernesto Alvarez savored during his childhood in the Jalisco region of Mexico. Only the freshest ingredients are used in our recipes and most of our ingredients come from local organic farms.

 

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