Tejas Private Dining

★★★☆☆
  • 3910 W 50th St

    Minneapolis, MN 55424

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  • 952-926-0800

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Tejas closed in December 2009. The best restaurant ever! rent increase was the reason, they have not reopened anywhere as of August 2010.

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★★★★★

Tejas closed in December 2009. The best restaurant ever! rent increase was the reason, they have not reopened anywhere as of August 2010.

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Upon reading the many reviews of Tejas I realized few restaurants ilicit such a broad range of feelings and opinions. Like many things in life, the truth lies somewhere in between. It is defintley better then a 1 star rating but should not be considered an unbelievable choice either. The restaurant itself has a lot going for it. The ambience is great altough it can be crowded. The 50th and France area is a nice place to eat so the general area is desirable. The menu however is fairly limited. The choices that are offered however are very good. In particular, the fresh Guacamole is incredible and to not try it would be remiss.
The drinks are very expensive and if you order more then one be prepared for a hefty bill. The service is good and overall the food is tasty. I just don't feel the food justifies the expensive prices.

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★★★☆☆

Upon reading the many reviews of Tejas I realized few restaurants ilicit such a broad range of feelings and opinions. Like many things in life, the truth lies somewhere in between. It is defintley better then a 1 star rating but should not be considered an unbelievable choice either. The restaurant itself has a lot going for it. The ambience is great altough it can be crowded. The 50th and France area is a nice place to eat so the general area is desirable. The menu however is fairly limited. The choices that are offered however are very good. In particular, the fresh Guacamole is incredible and to not try it would be remiss.
The drinks are very expensive and if you order more then one be prepared for a hefty bill. The service is good and overall the food is tasty. I just don't feel the food justifies the expensive prices.

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We dined at Tejas tonight. It was a great restaurant.It featured southwestern cuisine.They brought a very nice trail mix to the table when we arrived. The bread was unique and delicious,there was a dark corn bread that was wonderful. The prices are a bit high but it is a great stop for a nice meal.

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★★★★☆

We dined at Tejas tonight. It was a great restaurant.It featured southwestern cuisine.They brought a very nice trail mix to the table when we arrived. The bread was unique and delicious,there was a dark corn bread that was wonderful. The prices are a bit high but it is a great stop for a nice meal.

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My parents came to town to visit so we decided to try Tejas for supper. The Fresh Guac was the only thing that was good. My mother and I had the short ribs.....It tasted like chewing on a hard, fatty, chunk of beef jerky. I would have preferred a McRib sandwich from McDonalds! Didn't even eat it because it was so bad. The service was horrible, the waiter never returned with chips to eat the guac with...we sat with no beverage refills for the entire meal, never was once asked how the meal was. And at the end of the night we had a $140 bill for 4 people. If I was able to give this place a half star I would have.

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★☆☆☆☆

My parents came to town to visit so we decided to try Tejas for supper. The Fresh Guac was the only thing that was good. My mother and I had the short ribs.....It tasted like chewing on a hard, fatty, chunk of beef jerky. I would have preferred a McRib sandwich from McDonalds! Didn't even eat it because it was so bad. The service was horrible, the waiter never returned with chips to eat the guac with...we sat with no beverage refills for the entire meal, never was once asked how the meal was. And at the end of the night we had a $140 bill for 4 people. If I was able to give this place a half star I would have.

Pros: Good Parking and Good Guac

Cons: Horrible Entres, Horrible Service, Over Priced

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I will never return to Tejas. Our waitress was very friendly but seemed to be very rushed. The food was horrible.

The calamari appetizer was over cooked and way to spicy. The nachos were so-so but I think Tejas has run out of cheese.

I has the flank steak "fajita style" - the steak was inedible and the salsas were cold. I sent the whole thing back.

My wife had a steak "special" - I use the term loosely - it was dry, overcooked and touch.

My daughter had a pasta "special". She said it was ok.

My son-in-law had the steak "special" also. He said it was ok.

All in all a bad experience. Bad food that is overpriced in an atmosphere that reminds me of a bad hotel restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never return to Tejas. Our waitress was very friendly but seemed to be very rushed. The food was horrible.

The calamari appetizer was over cooked and way to spicy. The nachos were so-so but I think Tejas has run out of cheese.

I has the flank steak "fajita style" - the steak was inedible and the salsas were cold. I sent the whole thing back.

My wife had a steak "special" - I use the term loosely - it was dry, overcooked and touch.

My daughter had a pasta "special". She said it was ok.

My son-in-law had the steak "special" also. He said it was ok.

All in all a bad experience. Bad food that is overpriced in an atmosphere that reminds me of a bad hotel restaurant.

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Tejas has been a Minneapolis landmark for 20 years now and it's still a great place to get great food on any night. The menu has changed slightly now that winter is coming with great dishes like Tamarind glazed shortribs, which pretty much melt in your mouth. Try the salmon too, don't be scared b/c it says beans, the chorizo adds a little kick and the savory beans blend beautifully with the perfectly grilled salmon. The lamb shank is always a crowd pleaser as well. New specials seem to appear weekly and are not always southwestern, which is good b/c change is nice, but they always seem to be pretty good. This week try the seared tenderloin with pureed potatoes and a creamy ancho sauce, just what the doctor ordered. Service can be decent to spectacular just remeber your servers name and sit in their section if you can, its worth it. Overall this is a great place to cozy up for a great dinner or lunch. Try it yourself and see what I mean.

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★★★★☆

Tejas has been a Minneapolis landmark for 20 years now and it's still a great place to get great food on any night. The menu has changed slightly now that winter is coming with great dishes like Tamarind glazed shortribs, which pretty much melt in your mouth. Try the salmon too, don't be scared b/c it says beans, the chorizo adds a little kick and the savory beans blend beautifully with the perfectly grilled salmon. The lamb shank is always a crowd pleaser as well. New specials seem to appear weekly and are not always southwestern, which is good b/c change is nice, but they always seem to be pretty good. This week try the seared tenderloin with pureed potatoes and a creamy ancho sauce, just what the doctor ordered. Service can be decent to spectacular just remeber your servers name and sit in their section if you can, its worth it. Overall this is a great place to cozy up for a great dinner or lunch. Try it yourself and see what I mean.

Pros: Food and drinks great margaritas

Cons: decor is a little outdated

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I debated between selecting "recommended" and "average" as my rating for this restaurant and concluded that I would be doing a greater service by lowering your expectations before you go. The problem with Tejas is consistency. We live in Edina and this can be great place to grab drinks after or before a movie or lunch while shopping, though you never know what you are going to get. For the prices, you should always receive great food and dependable service, this is not the case. Our servers have, more often than not, been very good, but we have had two who have been inadequate. Our experience has taught us to write down the names of those we have liked and to specifically wait for their sections on future visits, this makes a big difference in the experience. Find a good one and stick with them and at least the service aspect of the experience will be good.
As far as the food is concerned, if they are very busy, the food quality seems to drop off. To avoid this, makes specific requests (and allow yourself the time to wait for it, it will be worth it). We order our food "extra hot" during the dinner rush and it comes out simply hot, which is perfect. Also, even to our Midwestern bland taste buds nothing on the menu is very spicy, so if that is truly what you want (it is Southwestern fare mind you), then specifically ask for "extra spicy" and the food arrives with the zing that should be part of Southwestern cuisine.
So, go, but expect an average experience, then order and be specific and then maybe the food will surprise you. Take a chance because the experience can be great.

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★★★☆☆

I debated between selecting "recommended" and "average" as my rating for this restaurant and concluded that I would be doing a greater service by lowering your expectations before you go. The problem with Tejas is consistency. We live in Edina and this can be great place to grab drinks after or before a movie or lunch while shopping, though you never know what you are going to get. For the prices, you should always receive great food and dependable service, this is not the case. Our servers have, more often than not, been very good, but we have had two who have been inadequate. Our experience has taught us to write down the names of those we have liked and to specifically wait for their sections on future visits, this makes a big difference in the experience. Find a good one and stick with them and at least the service aspect of the experience will be good.
As far as the food is concerned, if they are very busy, the food quality seems to drop off. To avoid this, makes specific requests (and allow yourself the time to wait for it, it will be worth it). We order our food "extra hot" during the dinner rush and it comes out simply hot, which is perfect. Also, even to our Midwestern bland taste buds nothing on the menu is very spicy, so if that is truly what you want (it is Southwestern fare mind you), then specifically ask for "extra spicy" and the food arrives with the zing that should be part of Southwestern cuisine.
So, go, but expect an average experience, then order and be specific and then maybe the food will surprise you. Take a chance because the experience can be great.

Pros: Great drinks, convenient location and fund atomoshere.

Cons: Pricey for what you get, lack of drink specials.

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I've eaten lunch at Tejas a few times in the past and found the experience pleasant. But a recent dinner venture my wife and I took there convinced us this establishment has taken a southward turn (for the worse) rather than a southwestern one. Nearly all around, we were treated to haphazardly strewn, bland, luke warm food. Not good. We started with the tableside guacamole which was the only highlight of our meal, it turns out. Fresh, nicely green avocados smashed together with garlic. This could have used some more lime to give it a citrus bite, but the taste was fresh and fulfilling. Far less pleasant, however, were the items we received following our appetizer. The wild mushroom enchiladas (the only vegetarian entre option) were an oily mess of mis-matched pungent flavors (madiera cream, fig and celery root puree, earthy mushrooms) that rendered it inedible - just a very badly conceived dish I was only able to get a few bites down from. The cob salad my wife ordered was impressive in presentation, a rainbow of minced steak, eggs, blue cheese, bacon, sliced avocado, but the steak was gristly and the overall dish lacked flavor - only a hint of seasoning in the vinaigrette that was so sparsely hidden in the lettuce you wondered if the kitchen had simply run out of it. We cast our largely uneaten entrees aside and opted for a dessert. Surely the "molten chocolate cake" would help us past the doldrums of our disappointing entrees. No such luck. Substitute "tepid" for "molten" and you get the idea. Our desert had effectively reached morgue status by the time it made its way to our table - no pulse, no warmth, and despite a brilliant description in the menu, lacked any semblance of flavor. Where was the vanilla in the "vanilla sauce", the espresso in the "espresso syrup"? Tejas appears to have taken a page from rest home cuisine rather than the southwestern flavor it espouses. Not good. We won't be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've eaten lunch at Tejas a few times in the past and found the experience pleasant. But a recent dinner venture my wife and I took there convinced us this establishment has taken a southward turn (for the worse) rather than a southwestern one. Nearly all around, we were treated to haphazardly strewn, bland, luke warm food. Not good. We started with the tableside guacamole which was the only highlight of our meal, it turns out. Fresh, nicely green avocados smashed together with garlic. This could have used some more lime to give it a citrus bite, but the taste was fresh and fulfilling. Far less pleasant, however, were the items we received following our appetizer. The wild mushroom enchiladas (the only vegetarian entre option) were an oily mess of mis-matched pungent flavors (madiera cream, fig and celery root puree, earthy mushrooms) that rendered it inedible - just a very badly conceived dish I was only able to get a few bites down from. The cob salad my wife ordered was impressive in presentation, a rainbow of minced steak, eggs, blue cheese, bacon, sliced avocado, but the steak was gristly and the overall dish lacked flavor - only a hint of seasoning in the vinaigrette that was so sparsely hidden in the lettuce you wondered if the kitchen had simply run out of it. We cast our largely uneaten entrees aside and opted for a dessert. Surely the "molten chocolate cake" would help us past the doldrums of our disappointing entrees. No such luck. Substitute "tepid" for "molten" and you get the idea. Our desert had effectively reached morgue status by the time it made its way to our table - no pulse, no warmth, and despite a brilliant description in the menu, lacked any semblance of flavor. Where was the vanilla in the "vanilla sauce", the espresso in the "espresso syrup"? Tejas appears to have taken a page from rest home cuisine rather than the southwestern flavor it espouses. Not good. We won't be back.

Pros: Nice ambiance

Cons: Flavorless, tepid food, slow service

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It had been years since I'd been to Tejas, and after going last night I'll go back. We had an incredible server, she knew everything on the menu backwards and forwards, and was very accomidating to everyone. We ordered the guac, which she made right at our table while going through the menu with us. Good specialty margaritas, yummy guacamole, highly recommend the chicken sour cream enchiladas and the flutas. Loved the little chocolate bites they served us when giving us the bill too.

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★★★★☆

It had been years since I'd been to Tejas, and after going last night I'll go back. We had an incredible server, she knew everything on the menu backwards and forwards, and was very accomidating to everyone. We ordered the guac, which she made right at our table while going through the menu with us. Good specialty margaritas, yummy guacamole, highly recommend the chicken sour cream enchiladas and the flutas. Loved the little chocolate bites they served us when giving us the bill too.

Pros: Amazing service, electic menu, yummy food

Cons: not a place for kids or groups of more than 6 people

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The food was not good whatsoever. There were four of us, and none of us liked our food, and that is saying a lot since there are only about 8 entree options on the menu. Our bill with 1 drink each and an entree was more than $100 total and it was not worth it at all. The food is bland, and portions are small.

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★★★☆☆

The food was not good whatsoever. There were four of us, and none of us liked our food, and that is saying a lot since there are only about 8 entree options on the menu. Our bill with 1 drink each and an entree was more than $100 total and it was not worth it at all. The food is bland, and portions are small.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food

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went there after a salon vist in the area and had a great meal. staff was great and knowledgeable about the menu. Me and my girlfriends will definitley be back.

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★★★★★

went there after a salon vist in the area and had a great meal. staff was great and knowledgeable about the menu. Me and my girlfriends will definitley be back.

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I can't believe how SMALL the wine glasses are! And their wines are pretty limited and unimaginative, yet EXPENSIVE. It's a shame, because the ambiance is great.

The tableside Guacamole is FANTASTIC and the BEST THING on the menu. The rest is hit and miss, but I'd say decent enough for most people. Don't expect true gourmet food though. The menu is also pretty limited, especially in the seafood department.

1
★★★☆☆

I can't believe how SMALL the wine glasses are! And their wines are pretty limited and unimaginative, yet EXPENSIVE. It's a shame, because the ambiance is great.

The tableside Guacamole is FANTASTIC and the BEST THING on the menu. The rest is hit and miss, but I'd say decent enough for most people. Don't expect true gourmet food though. The menu is also pretty limited, especially in the seafood department.

Pros: free parking, great atmosphere

Cons: small wine glasses, expensive, one small tv in bar

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Visited Tejas at 1:30pm on a Tuesday for a client meeting. Although we were a bit taken aback by the limited menu, it was a chance to try something new. I tried the Chicken and Wild Rice burrito and expected a traditional sloppy burrito. Instead, I received a beautiful presentation of a burrito (with chicken and wild rice) topped with apple, red onion, and red pepper matchsticks. Everything was on top of a mango puree. The flavors were excellent together. This was a light dish that left me feeling satisfied. I would recommend Tejas for lunch again.

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★★★★☆

Visited Tejas at 1:30pm on a Tuesday for a client meeting. Although we were a bit taken aback by the limited menu, it was a chance to try something new. I tried the Chicken and Wild Rice burrito and expected a traditional sloppy burrito. Instead, I received a beautiful presentation of a burrito (with chicken and wild rice) topped with apple, red onion, and red pepper matchsticks. Everything was on top of a mango puree. The flavors were excellent together. This was a light dish that left me feeling satisfied. I would recommend Tejas for lunch again.

Pros: Presentation, Food

Cons: , prices, limited menu

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We chose Tejas for its wonderful desserts rating and boy were we dissapointed. First and foremost the bartender needs a fundamental lesson on mixing drinks. Its not 9 parts alcohol! We had to send back two drinks at a table of five. And then onto the desserts... they tried to be innovative with some dessert favorites and were extremely unsuccessful. I felt completely robbed of the evening. If it wasn't for the attentive wait staff and the gorgeous music playing in the background it would have been a complete disaster

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★★★☆☆

We chose Tejas for its wonderful desserts rating and boy were we dissapointed. First and foremost the bartender needs a fundamental lesson on mixing drinks. Its not 9 parts alcohol! We had to send back two drinks at a table of five. And then onto the desserts... they tried to be innovative with some dessert favorites and were extremely unsuccessful. I felt completely robbed of the evening. If it wasn't for the attentive wait staff and the gorgeous music playing in the background it would have been a complete disaster

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Came to Tejas after much hesitation since the mister needed a Tejas fix. After hesitation, the gulf shrimp appetizer, white and black bean soup, and southwestern caesar salad was excellent. After the first course, I was excited for dinner. The dinner came, and the food was mediocre. I had the chicken special with a "twice baked potato". Well, it should have been called "twice baked potato skin" since it was all potato skin, no potato, and the stuffing was made of over-powering blue cheese and mushrooms. To top it off, the service was poor for a so-called gourmet restaurant. I found myself needing a refill on my water as the water girl passed me several times.

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★☆☆☆☆

Came to Tejas after much hesitation since the mister needed a Tejas fix. After hesitation, the gulf shrimp appetizer, white and black bean soup, and southwestern caesar salad was excellent. After the first course, I was excited for dinner. The dinner came, and the food was mediocre. I had the chicken special with a "twice baked potato". Well, it should have been called "twice baked potato skin" since it was all potato skin, no potato, and the stuffing was made of over-powering blue cheese and mushrooms. To top it off, the service was poor for a so-called gourmet restaurant. I found myself needing a refill on my water as the water girl passed me several times.

Pros: good appetizers

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What a better way to spend a summer day than sitting outside eating chips and salsa and drinking margaritas? That's what we had planned, but didn't want to go to a local Mexican chain. We were pleasantly surprised by the guacamole prepared tableside and couldn't resist the goat cheese ravioli, which was to die for. I will definitely be back to try all the margaritas!

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★★★★★

What a better way to spend a summer day than sitting outside eating chips and salsa and drinking margaritas? That's what we had planned, but didn't want to go to a local Mexican chain. We were pleasantly surprised by the guacamole prepared tableside and couldn't resist the goat cheese ravioli, which was to die for. I will definitely be back to try all the margaritas!

Pros: outside dining, margaritas, tableside guacamole

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Been here twice for dinner. The service has been fine and friendly, and the prices aren't as outrageous as some reviewers claim (They are even offering a 3-course meal for $15 -- how's that for value?) The food is hit and miss. We've had some delightful meals (spiced melon soup hits the highest mark) and some clunkers (over-cooked but very flavorful chicken). The main thing here is that it's not the same old same old dishes at the chains. The menu is unique and innovative, yet comfortable enough to order without fear. The problem is that the execution is hit and miss. All in all very enjoyable.

2
★★★★☆

Been here twice for dinner. The service has been fine and friendly, and the prices aren't as outrageous as some reviewers claim (They are even offering a 3-course meal for $15 -- how's that for value?) The food is hit and miss. We've had some delightful meals (spiced melon soup hits the highest mark) and some clunkers (over-cooked but very flavorful chicken). The main thing here is that it's not the same old same old dishes at the chains. The menu is unique and innovative, yet comfortable enough to order without fear. The problem is that the execution is hit and miss. All in all very enjoyable.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service, Innovative Menu

Cons: hit or miss food

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I was suprised when I was received by the rudest service staff in the city, right in the heart of Yuptown. Maybe it's because I wasn't wearing a Hugo Boss suit, or even Banana Republic. Either way, I paid too much for a mediocre meal served by a lousy waitress. Yuck.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was suprised when I was received by the rudest service staff in the city, right in the heart of Yuptown. Maybe it's because I wasn't wearing a Hugo Boss suit, or even Banana Republic. Either way, I paid too much for a mediocre meal served by a lousy waitress. Yuck.

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Make Tejas a regular stop on your nights out and you won't be disappointed. It does get a bit busy and loud at peak times on weekends, but the food is both creative and superbly prepared. Love the seafood and nearly everything else on the menu. Can appear a bit pricey, but trust me ... it's worth it.

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★★★★☆

Make Tejas a regular stop on your nights out and you won't be disappointed. It does get a bit busy and loud at peak times on weekends, but the food is both creative and superbly prepared. Love the seafood and nearly everything else on the menu. Can appear a bit pricey, but trust me ... it's worth it.

Pros: Location, Service, Great Food

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I went to Tejas for dinner Saturday night, on a recommendation from a friend. I don't know what this friend was thinking by giving it a good review. The menu is small, and everything is ala carte-- as in dinners don't come with any sides. Our bill for 2 people was well over $50 with tip, which is fine at most other restaurants, but for a small pork tenderloin with no side dish (just the meat), cold cheese filled ravioli, and 2 sodas, it's horrible. That's right-- no appetizer, no dessert, no sides, and no drinks for $50-- and 2 still-hungry customers. The service was nothing to brag about, and the atmosphere was ok, except for the tables are so close together there is no privacy. To sum things up, there are many options in the metro-- and even quite a few in this area-- take your $50 somewhere else!

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★★☆☆☆

I went to Tejas for dinner Saturday night, on a recommendation from a friend. I don't know what this friend was thinking by giving it a good review. The menu is small, and everything is ala carte-- as in dinners don't come with any sides. Our bill for 2 people was well over $50 with tip, which is fine at most other restaurants, but for a small pork tenderloin with no side dish (just the meat), cold cheese filled ravioli, and 2 sodas, it's horrible. That's right-- no appetizer, no dessert, no sides, and no drinks for $50-- and 2 still-hungry customers. The service was nothing to brag about, and the atmosphere was ok, except for the tables are so close together there is no privacy. To sum things up, there are many options in the metro-- and even quite a few in this area-- take your $50 somewhere else!

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The service was phenomenal. The menu was excellant but there were few vegetarian choices.

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★★★★★

The service was phenomenal. The menu was excellant but there were few vegetarian choices.

Pros: good service, good parking, location

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One quick note: in the more information section of the editorial review it says very casual. This is not true. I would have felt out of place in jeans.

In general it was a pleasant experience. The food was good, but as is common in hip restaurants, it was very easy to get a very small portion. Everything seemed just a little too pricey for what was delivered.

Our service was just fine, so I'm not sure if it has improved since other reviewers, or we just had a good server.

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★★★★☆

One quick note: in the more information section of the editorial review it says very casual. This is not true. I would have felt out of place in jeans.

In general it was a pleasant experience. The food was good, but as is common in hip restaurants, it was very easy to get a very small portion. Everything seemed just a little too pricey for what was delivered.

Our service was just fine, so I'm not sure if it has improved since other reviewers, or we just had a good server.

Pros: unique food, nice ambience

Cons: small portions, fairly pricey, a little crowded

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The food was good, but not great. Especially considering the price. I would equate the quality of the food for the price to a sports bar quality. The wait staff good and knew their products. I would reccommend that at least in Edina, go to the movie across the street and if you want a great desert, skip the meal (or eat else where) and go straight to the dessert.

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★★★☆☆

The food was good, but not great. Especially considering the price. I would equate the quality of the food for the price to a sports bar quality. The wait staff good and knew their products. I would reccommend that at least in Edina, go to the movie across the street and if you want a great desert, skip the meal (or eat else where) and go straight to the dessert.

Pros: desert, good edina location, pleasant staff

Cons: food average, expensive

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The desserts are absolutely incredible at Tejas. Everything is great actually - but life is short - eat dessert first!

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★★★★★

The desserts are absolutely incredible at Tejas. Everything is great actually - but life is short - eat dessert first!

Pros: decent price, good parking, Awesome service

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Best Pastry Chef EVER! Chef Lynne's creations could melt the coldest heart.

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★★★★★

Best Pastry Chef EVER! Chef Lynne's creations could melt the coldest heart.

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Tejas food is great. Love the atmosphere. Service is friendly and prompt.

2
★★★★★

Tejas food is great. Love the atmosphere. Service is friendly and prompt.

Pros: good parking, good price

 

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