Estela's Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 209 E Davis Blvd

    Tampa, FL 33606

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  • 813-251-0558

About Estela's Mexican Restaurant

Hours
Thu-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm

Food

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I went here expecting great food since many people RAVE about Estela's. However, the experience was not so great. The salsa tasted like pizza sauce (no zing at all), the chips were almost stale and my main enchilada dish was mediocre at

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★★★★★

I went here expecting great food since many people RAVE about Estela's. However, the experience was not so great. The salsa tasted like pizza sauce (no zing at all), the chips were almost stale and my main enchilada dish was mediocre at

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The food was prepared much like a frozen dinner. We were rushed by the server and when spoken to the server faced every direction but ours... Very odd!

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was prepared much like a frozen dinner. We were rushed by the server and when spoken to the server faced every direction but ours... Very odd!

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I enjoyed this food immensly

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★★★★★

I enjoyed this food immensly

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Tried it twice and it was awful both times. The staff was really nice so I wanted to like it but it is just plain lousy food. It was reminiscent of the kind of "Mexican" food that is served in a school cafeteria. The salsa tasted like ketchup, the fajitas were floating in watery tasteless tomato sauce, and the cheese enchiladas tasted like they were made with sliced white american cheese from the package. On top of that, the prices were high for the quality. The fajitas were $17 and my dog ate it since I couldn't bear them. I just left the restaurant and came home to enjoy a frozen dinner instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried it twice and it was awful both times. The staff was really nice so I wanted to like it but it is just plain lousy food. It was reminiscent of the kind of "Mexican" food that is served in a school cafeteria. The salsa tasted like ketchup, the fajitas were floating in watery tasteless tomato sauce, and the cheese enchiladas tasted like they were made with sliced white american cheese from the package. On top of that, the prices were high for the quality. The fajitas were $17 and my dog ate it since I couldn't bear them. I just left the restaurant and came home to enjoy a frozen dinner instead.

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I went to Estelas whith a Group of friends for my birthday the server ofered the 2x 1 margaritas for me it was a very nice deal we sat outside we have few margaritas and then dinner the best service ever , I think they've been working on something's because the service was much better than last time

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★★★★★

I went to Estelas whith a Group of friends for my birthday the server ofered the 2x 1 margaritas for me it was a very nice deal we sat outside we have few margaritas and then dinner the best service ever , I think they've been working on something's because the service was much better than last time

Pros: Amazing food , Best Margaritas , Very good service

Cons: Any

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Save your money & go somewhere else. Awful service - would not honor the entertainment book coupon, 20 minute plus lapses without seeing waitress, took 3 attempts to get the bill correct. I'll never return to any Estela's and I am one that must have a REALLY bad experience to say that

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★☆☆☆☆

Save your money & go somewhere else. Awful service - would not honor the entertainment book coupon, 20 minute plus lapses without seeing waitress, took 3 attempts to get the bill correct. I'll never return to any Estela's and I am one that must have a REALLY bad experience to say that

Pros: Food Just ok

Cons: Service & attitude towards customer service

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Not too bad if you don't mind paying $8.50 for a 6-8 ounce Margarita with no tequila in site. The (not so) happy hour allegedly included a free appetizer (the waitress said this was the reason for the high price). The appetizer was 4 shrimp shared by the whole table. To be fair, the entree was not too shabby as was the chips and salsa. Please be aware of the Dale Mabrey location's bar. Service was slow and unapologetic.

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★★☆☆☆

Not too bad if you don't mind paying $8.50 for a 6-8 ounce Margarita with no tequila in site. The (not so) happy hour allegedly included a free appetizer (the waitress said this was the reason for the high price). The appetizer was 4 shrimp shared by the whole table. To be fair, the entree was not too shabby as was the chips and salsa. Please be aware of the Dale Mabrey location's bar. Service was slow and unapologetic.

Pros: Good considering shortage of decent Mexican restaurants.

Cons: Overpriced bar and substandard staff.

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good quality mexican dishes, great happy hour with fishbowl margaritas. very nice patio, with good service and usually prompt seating. staff is mostly spanish but understands and communicates very well. would highly recommend, due to the very casual and laid-back davis island attitude.

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★★★★★

good quality mexican dishes, great happy hour with fishbowl margaritas. very nice patio, with good service and usually prompt seating. staff is mostly spanish but understands and communicates very well. would highly recommend, due to the very casual and laid-back davis island attitude.

Pros: patio, davis island, happy hour, authentic mexican

Cons: parking on DI, live music is either hit-or-miss

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My wife & I had a very good experience dining at Estela's on S Dale Mabry. We were seated promptly outside (as we requested) and had chips & salsa in no time. Our orders came quickly thereafter (chicken quesadilla & enchiladas), which were also very good. While not the best Mexican food we've ever had, the service & quality were worthy of a second visit. NOTE: though we were served alcohol while seated outside, we later learned that they don't have a license to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors .... our server's inadvertent mistake ... so, bear this in mind when sitting outside!

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★★★★☆

My wife & I had a very good experience dining at Estela's on S Dale Mabry. We were seated promptly outside (as we requested) and had chips & salsa in no time. Our orders came quickly thereafter (chicken quesadilla & enchiladas), which were also very good. While not the best Mexican food we've ever had, the service & quality were worthy of a second visit. NOTE: though we were served alcohol while seated outside, we later learned that they don't have a license to serve alcoholic beverages outdoors .... our server's inadvertent mistake ... so, bear this in mind when sitting outside!

Pros: Prompt service; good food for the money

Cons: Atmosphere so-so

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It is really a shame that such good Mexican food is packaged with such poor service. The last 2 times we went to Estela's, they messed up our orders. In addition, I have had an easier time flagging down a cabbie in NY than getting a server's attention at this place. Just having a location on the trendy Davis Island doesn't isn't enough to overcome the rest. If they straightened out the service, I would gladly return and recommend it to others.

It is also important to note that the second Estela's on S. Dale Mabry is far and away superior in it's customer service. My advice is that if you want great Mexican food and great service, go to Estela's on S. Dale Mabry.

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★★★☆☆

It is really a shame that such good Mexican food is packaged with such poor service. The last 2 times we went to Estela's, they messed up our orders. In addition, I have had an easier time flagging down a cabbie in NY than getting a server's attention at this place. Just having a location on the trendy Davis Island doesn't isn't enough to overcome the rest. If they straightened out the service, I would gladly return and recommend it to others.

It is also important to note that the second Estela's on S. Dale Mabry is far and away superior in it's customer service. My advice is that if you want great Mexican food and great service, go to Estela's on S. Dale Mabry.

Pros: Good Food, Location, Atmosphere

Cons: Service

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Great food, nice atmosphere...the service could use improvement, but overall it is AWESOME! I recommend the steak burrito!!!

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★★★★★

Great food, nice atmosphere...the service could use improvement, but overall it is AWESOME! I recommend the steak burrito!!!

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty

Cons: Parking

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They have musical entertainment! This out of the way mexican restaurant has more of the authentic mexican food than the main chain places. The food is EXCELLENT, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is divine!

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★★★★☆

They have musical entertainment! This out of the way mexican restaurant has more of the authentic mexican food than the main chain places. The food is EXCELLENT, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is divine!

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this place has gone so downhill in recent years it's depressing.

What used to be great food at a great value has sincerely gone to the dogs. The food was inexcusably bad for the price and left me never wanting to go back.

You'd be happier with Don Pablo's or Rio0 Bravo. Wow, I never thought I'd say that...

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★★☆☆☆

this place has gone so downhill in recent years it's depressing.

What used to be great food at a great value has sincerely gone to the dogs. The food was inexcusably bad for the price and left me never wanting to go back.

You'd be happier with Don Pablo's or Rio0 Bravo. Wow, I never thought I'd say that...

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Estella's is absolutely wonderful...and when you order a chicken burrito, it is filled with chicken, sauce, and seasonings. At the other places, it's stuffed with rice, beans and assorted fillers. You know the places I'm talking about. Service is fast, and the chips and fresh salsa are always complimentary. If you REALLY wanna kick it out, try their margaritas! The menu is very extensive, and it's all good here, that's why we keep coming back!

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★★★★★

Estella's is absolutely wonderful...and when you order a chicken burrito, it is filled with chicken, sauce, and seasonings. At the other places, it's stuffed with rice, beans and assorted fillers. You know the places I'm talking about. Service is fast, and the chips and fresh salsa are always complimentary. If you REALLY wanna kick it out, try their margaritas! The menu is very extensive, and it's all good here, that's why we keep coming back!

Pros: Inexpensive, Large portions, Fresh ingredients

 

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