Chile Verde Cafe

★★★★★
  • 4852 Sawmill Rd

    Columbus, OH 43235

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  • 614-442-6630

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Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

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I've been going to Chile Verde for nearly 3 years as they're one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Columbus. On Cinco de Mayo I made a reservation for me and my special gal. When we arrived the place was crowded with people standing

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★★★★★

I've been going to Chile Verde for nearly 3 years as they're one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Columbus. On Cinco de Mayo I made a reservation for me and my special gal. When we arrived the place was crowded with people standing

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I want to love Chile Verde. It is a cute little restaurant at the Carriage Place Plaza. I like the decor and it has nice atmosphere I've been there four or five times. I want to like it so much that every few years I give it another

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I want to love Chile Verde. It is a cute little restaurant at the Carriage Place Plaza. I like the decor and it has nice atmosphere I've been there four or five times. I want to like it so much that every few years I give it another

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Place is ok but nothing special.... there are 15 others just like it. Wish i could find awsome mexican restraunt...

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★★★☆☆

Place is ok but nothing special.... there are 15 others just like it. Wish i could find awsome mexican restraunt...

Pros: Chips and salsa

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They have awesome, fresh food. They people there are always friendly. They have the worlds best margaritas and they are kid friendly. You couldn't ask for more! A million times better than Taco Bell! Totally worth the price for amazing food, services and drinks!

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★★★★★

They have awesome, fresh food. They people there are always friendly. They have the worlds best margaritas and they are kid friendly. You couldn't ask for more! A million times better than Taco Bell! Totally worth the price for amazing food, services and drinks!

Pros: Wide Variety on menu including beverages and kids choices

Cons: a little pricey..they charge for guac. and sour cream

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food is always fresh, and hs great flavor in every bite. The offer the best margiritas in town. one of columbuses true hidden gems

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★★★★★

food is always fresh, and hs great flavor in every bite. The offer the best margiritas in town. one of columbuses true hidden gems

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We love everything on the menu. Anyone who compares this wonderful food to Taco Bell is nuts. Taco Bell uses dog meat. We want to thank everyone for the great service, wonderful menu and look forward to many more visits.

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★★★★★

We love everything on the menu. Anyone who compares this wonderful food to Taco Bell is nuts. Taco Bell uses dog meat. We want to thank everyone for the great service, wonderful menu and look forward to many more visits.

Pros: My mom and I just love this restaurant. The food is so good

Cons: none

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O VER 28.00 FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND FOR LUNCH 2 BEEF BURRITOS AND A BOWL OF SOUP AND WATER TO DRINK, I WILL HONESTY SAY TACO BELL TASTE BETTER THAN OUR MEAL. WE WILL NOT GO THERE AGAIN, SAVE 22.00 AND EAT AT TACO BELL. MAKES A BETTER CHOICE.

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★☆☆☆☆

O VER 28.00 FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND FOR LUNCH 2 BEEF BURRITOS AND A BOWL OF SOUP AND WATER TO DRINK, I WILL HONESTY SAY TACO BELL TASTE BETTER THAN OUR MEAL. WE WILL NOT GO THERE AGAIN, SAVE 22.00 AND EAT AT TACO BELL. MAKES A BETTER CHOICE.

Pros: NICE SERVICE

Cons: VERY POOR TASTE OF FOOD

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From the owner to everyone else who works there, the service is amazing. Go a couple of times, and you are sure to meet the owner Tom who might be the nicest owner of a restaurant in town.

The restaurant went through a renovation and doubled in size recently. They also added a chip warming machine and a glass chiller, so all of those reviews on cold chips can note that the owner listened!

Love the margaritas, and the food. I know you will never please the folks who came to Ohio from the Southwest, but hey, I just moved from Ohio to Oregon and I can't find what I'm used to in Ohio here either. It's life.

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★★★★★

From the owner to everyone else who works there, the service is amazing. Go a couple of times, and you are sure to meet the owner Tom who might be the nicest owner of a restaurant in town.

The restaurant went through a renovation and doubled in size recently. They also added a chip warming machine and a glass chiller, so all of those reviews on cold chips can note that the owner listened!

Love the margaritas, and the food. I know you will never please the folks who came to Ohio from the Southwest, but hey, I just moved from Ohio to Oregon and I can't find what I'm used to in Ohio here either. It's life.

Pros: Drinks, just doubled the space of restaurant

Cons: Not cheap, but worth it!

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Fajita meat is excellent, service was wonderful -- salsa is chunkier than I would like but the main course more than made up for it.

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★★★★★

Fajita meat is excellent, service was wonderful -- salsa is chunkier than I would like but the main course more than made up for it.

Pros: Fajitas, service, quality

Cons: Salsa (for some)

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I typically dine out several times a week and my job requires to travel all over the country as well as overseas. That said, eating at Chile Verde is a staple for me. Whenever I am in town I always go to Chile Verde the first or second day I arrive. The food is superb and the service is outstanding. The variety is good and if you like hot/spicy food, I highly reccommend their green sauce.

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★★★★★

I typically dine out several times a week and my job requires to travel all over the country as well as overseas. That said, eating at Chile Verde is a staple for me. Whenever I am in town I always go to Chile Verde the first or second day I arrive. The food is superb and the service is outstanding. The variety is good and if you like hot/spicy food, I highly reccommend their green sauce.

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Certainly not authentic Mexican cuisine, but they are better than El Vaqueros...the dishes are more interesting and have more flair, however, portions are smaller, and more expensive too. Appetizers arent cheap either...four very small one-bite crab cakes, $7.00.

Complimentary chips and salsa are refrigerator cold. Not as appetizing as Vaqueros and Casa Fiestas, which served warmed chips. They also dont offer the 4-5 different hot-sauces on the tables. In fact, they offer any. When I asked for hot sauce, the waiter brought out some very slightly spicy salsa...certainly not hot, even by the most sensitive palate.

I rated Verde as "Recommended" as opposed to "Average" because of their Fajitas. The marinated in honey and soy sauce (thats right, about as un-Mexican as it gets) chicken or beef are some of the best offered. The sugar in the honey caramelizes on the meat and vegetables, giving a great crunch, while the soy offsets the sweet perfectly. I highly recommend them.

While not on my "Must go again list", I would visit again if I were in the area, and had Fajitas on the brain.

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★★★★☆

Certainly not authentic Mexican cuisine, but they are better than El Vaqueros...the dishes are more interesting and have more flair, however, portions are smaller, and more expensive too. Appetizers arent cheap either...four very small one-bite crab cakes, $7.00.

Complimentary chips and salsa are refrigerator cold. Not as appetizing as Vaqueros and Casa Fiestas, which served warmed chips. They also dont offer the 4-5 different hot-sauces on the tables. In fact, they offer any. When I asked for hot sauce, the waiter brought out some very slightly spicy salsa...certainly not hot, even by the most sensitive palate.

I rated Verde as "Recommended" as opposed to "Average" because of their Fajitas. The marinated in honey and soy sauce (thats right, about as un-Mexican as it gets) chicken or beef are some of the best offered. The sugar in the honey caramelizes on the meat and vegetables, giving a great crunch, while the soy offsets the sweet perfectly. I highly recommend them.

While not on my "Must go again list", I would visit again if I were in the area, and had Fajitas on the brain.

Pros: Fajitas

Cons: Value, location

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I would say this place has more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican food, having lived in both California and Arizona. The best thing about this place is their delicious sopapillas. Many "Mexican restaurants" in Ohio know nothing about authentic beans, rice or pulled meat dishes. Not only does Chile Verde make a mean Aztec BBQ Burrito (it's mildly spicy and very delicious) but the sopapillas are the fried doughy kind, not the fried tortilla kind you find in many Mexican restaurants throughout the area. It's a smaller place, so it might be busy or you might have a minimal wait but it is certainly worth it. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

I would say this place has more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican food, having lived in both California and Arizona. The best thing about this place is their delicious sopapillas. Many "Mexican restaurants" in Ohio know nothing about authentic beans, rice or pulled meat dishes. Not only does Chile Verde make a mean Aztec BBQ Burrito (it's mildly spicy and very delicious) but the sopapillas are the fried doughy kind, not the fried tortilla kind you find in many Mexican restaurants throughout the area. It's a smaller place, so it might be busy or you might have a minimal wait but it is certainly worth it. Enjoy!

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I should preface this review by saying that I lived for a number of years in Arizona, where I routinely had FANTASTIC Mexican food. Ever since moving to Columbus, I've been looking for something that stacks up. And so, after seeing that Chile Verde Cafe won Citysearch's Best Mexican Food of 2007, I had to try it. In my opinion, it fell way short. I went for lunch and tried the BBQ fajita burrito, which many other reviewers have suggested. First of all, $10 for a burrito at lunchtime WITHOUT any rice OR beans on the side is way too much, but I was willing to try it anyway. I wasn't impressed. The quality of the meat was pretty poor, and I didn't care for the combination of sweet BBQ sauce and chile con queso topping the burrito. I realize that they were going for a "sweet and spicy" type of taste, but in the end, it just wasn't very good, at least according to my tastes. I barely finished my meal. On the other hand, my wife's tamale lunch was fairly tasty, and more reasonably priced, so the experience wasn't all bad. Perhaps it's unfair for me to compare Ohio Mexican restaurants with Arizona Mexican restaurants, but I have yet to find what I consider good Mexican food in Columbus. The search continues...

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★★★☆☆

I should preface this review by saying that I lived for a number of years in Arizona, where I routinely had FANTASTIC Mexican food. Ever since moving to Columbus, I've been looking for something that stacks up. And so, after seeing that Chile Verde Cafe won Citysearch's Best Mexican Food of 2007, I had to try it. In my opinion, it fell way short. I went for lunch and tried the BBQ fajita burrito, which many other reviewers have suggested. First of all, $10 for a burrito at lunchtime WITHOUT any rice OR beans on the side is way too much, but I was willing to try it anyway. I wasn't impressed. The quality of the meat was pretty poor, and I didn't care for the combination of sweet BBQ sauce and chile con queso topping the burrito. I realize that they were going for a "sweet and spicy" type of taste, but in the end, it just wasn't very good, at least according to my tastes. I barely finished my meal. On the other hand, my wife's tamale lunch was fairly tasty, and more reasonably priced, so the experience wasn't all bad. Perhaps it's unfair for me to compare Ohio Mexican restaurants with Arizona Mexican restaurants, but I have yet to find what I consider good Mexican food in Columbus. The search continues...

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This place is awesome. It is the first mexican place where I have taken one bite and been like WOW that's good. It beats the Don Pablos type of mexican food, this is the real deal. Pretty inexpensive too. Only downside really is the amount of seating, but honestly I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table.

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★★★★★

This place is awesome. It is the first mexican place where I have taken one bite and been like WOW that's good. It beats the Don Pablos type of mexican food, this is the real deal. Pretty inexpensive too. Only downside really is the amount of seating, but honestly I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table.

Pros: good food, inexpensive

Cons: small

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We had a birthday at the office and decided to have lunch delivered through Cafe Courier.

Our food arrived about the time it should and quickly we realize someone didn't receive part of their meal. We call back and they said they would take care of it. Then the same person found their taco to be mushy on the bottom and called back to complain because they couldn't eat it. The rest of us also noticed our meat was dry and the rest a bit soggy. We do not know who is at fault for these things.

I would be willing to give the restaurant a try if I went to eat there for dinner but some of my co-workers said they would never eat there. How can you blame them? If they team up with Cafe Courier and then treat their "to go" as dispensable (by serving sub-standard quality food), does this mean they rely on the great margaritas and surroundings to make up for the bad food?

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★★★☆☆

We had a birthday at the office and decided to have lunch delivered through Cafe Courier.

Our food arrived about the time it should and quickly we realize someone didn't receive part of their meal. We call back and they said they would take care of it. Then the same person found their taco to be mushy on the bottom and called back to complain because they couldn't eat it. The rest of us also noticed our meat was dry and the rest a bit soggy. We do not know who is at fault for these things.

I would be willing to give the restaurant a try if I went to eat there for dinner but some of my co-workers said they would never eat there. How can you blame them? If they team up with Cafe Courier and then treat their "to go" as dispensable (by serving sub-standard quality food), does this mean they rely on the great margaritas and surroundings to make up for the bad food?

Pros: Affordable lunch items, Delivered

Cons: Dry meat, Soggy

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Thankfully, not your typical Vaqueros. Innovative, great quality mexican. If I want mexican, this is where I go. I have never had bad service, or experience. Salsa is the best, and they have some of the best wraps you can get anywhere.

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★★★★★

Thankfully, not your typical Vaqueros. Innovative, great quality mexican. If I want mexican, this is where I go. I have never had bad service, or experience. Salsa is the best, and they have some of the best wraps you can get anywhere.

Pros: Salsa, all the food, service

Cons: Location. Small strip mall, and it fills up fast.

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My family and I are Mexican food junkies - we ahve been to every Columbus restaurant, and we frequently vacaton in Sante Fe. Chile Verde is by far the best, most authentic Mexican food in Columbus. Nowhere else in Columbus can you dine, have made from scratch margaritas and blue corn enchiladas, and look up on the walls to see RC Gorman replicas. I truly feel like I am in the South when I eat there!!!

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★★★★★

My family and I are Mexican food junkies - we ahve been to every Columbus restaurant, and we frequently vacaton in Sante Fe. Chile Verde is by far the best, most authentic Mexican food in Columbus. Nowhere else in Columbus can you dine, have made from scratch margaritas and blue corn enchiladas, and look up on the walls to see RC Gorman replicas. I truly feel like I am in the South when I eat there!!!

Pros: RC Gorman replicas and blue corn tortillas

Cons: Location - in a shopping plaza

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At Chile Verde CafeI your money will be well spent.The Mexican food prove to be very filling as well as delicious.After our meal we just set their and relaxed or should I have said let our meal settle.

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★★★★☆

At Chile Verde CafeI your money will be well spent.The Mexican food prove to be very filling as well as delicious.After our meal we just set their and relaxed or should I have said let our meal settle.

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After growing up in California, and living in Branson, MO for the last 26 years, I've eaten all kinds of a variety of great food. However, my wife and I enjoy going to Chile Verde Cafe over all the other places. My favorite food there is the Bar-b-que grilled fajita burrito. In fact, I love it so much that I used to stuff myself with the chips before I got the main course. My strategy was I wanted to be full, so I would eat only half of the burrito. Then I would take the other half home and enjoy another meal. However, my plan soon failed. I ended up eating the chips and the big meal at the place. Anyway, all that to say, I love the food, and the atmosphere. Perhaps the best part, however, is the friendliness of the ownership and staff. If you walk in a stanger, you can't help but walk out a friend, and a pretty full one, at that. There's a theme park in Branson called Silver Dollar City. Their motto is: "Create Memories Worth Repeating." That ought to be the motto of Chile Verde Cafe. Each time I go there is a memory worth repeating.

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★★★★★

After growing up in California, and living in Branson, MO for the last 26 years, I've eaten all kinds of a variety of great food. However, my wife and I enjoy going to Chile Verde Cafe over all the other places. My favorite food there is the Bar-b-que grilled fajita burrito. In fact, I love it so much that I used to stuff myself with the chips before I got the main course. My strategy was I wanted to be full, so I would eat only half of the burrito. Then I would take the other half home and enjoy another meal. However, my plan soon failed. I ended up eating the chips and the big meal at the place. Anyway, all that to say, I love the food, and the atmosphere. Perhaps the best part, however, is the friendliness of the ownership and staff. If you walk in a stanger, you can't help but walk out a friend, and a pretty full one, at that. There's a theme park in Branson called Silver Dollar City. Their motto is: "Create Memories Worth Repeating." That ought to be the motto of Chile Verde Cafe. Each time I go there is a memory worth repeating.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Parking, Friendliness

Cons: On weekends, need to arrive early to avoid a wait.

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My first visit there was great. The food was terrific and our server, Rita, was very pleasant. I plan to go back often.

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★★★★★

My first visit there was great. The food was terrific and our server, Rita, was very pleasant. I plan to go back often.

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After being gone 10 years, Chile Verde is a welcome sight now that I've moved back to Columbus. Everytime I was back in town I made it a point to go.. They have stayed true to their roots and have the best mexican food (dare I say it) I've ever had. I like spicy food, and they balance "hot" with true flavor- a truely euphoric taste in my opinion. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

After being gone 10 years, Chile Verde is a welcome sight now that I've moved back to Columbus. Everytime I was back in town I made it a point to go.. They have stayed true to their roots and have the best mexican food (dare I say it) I've ever had. I like spicy food, and they balance "hot" with true flavor- a truely euphoric taste in my opinion. Highly recommended!

Pros: Excellent food, good prices

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I love this place for mexican food. The quality is outstanding. The price is a tiny bit above average, but worth every penny. Its usually pretty busy and you usually have to wait a little bit for a table, but again, its worth it. I do have two little kids though and because of the wait - I don't take them there. We only go here without them.

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★★★★★

I love this place for mexican food. The quality is outstanding. The price is a tiny bit above average, but worth every penny. Its usually pretty busy and you usually have to wait a little bit for a table, but again, its worth it. I do have two little kids though and because of the wait - I don't take them there. We only go here without them.

Pros: Fanatstic food.

Cons: Really small store, have to wait for table always.

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We have been going to Chile Verde's for over fifteen years! It is by far the best Mexican restaurant in town!! The food is very Southwestern and authentic. The green sauce is very spicy without too much heat that you loose the flavor. There are some very original menu items that have become our favorite. The best place for very consistant food preparation and friendly service!!

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★★★★★

We have been going to Chile Verde's for over fifteen years! It is by far the best Mexican restaurant in town!! The food is very Southwestern and authentic. The green sauce is very spicy without too much heat that you loose the flavor. There are some very original menu items that have become our favorite. The best place for very consistant food preparation and friendly service!!

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Having read the reviews, I was expecting something really excellent. What we got was really average. I loved everything about this place except the food. Sure, the portions were huge but everything tasted the same. The meat in my chimichanga was great quality but really bland and boring. I got fed up with it quickly, and never did eat the half I took home. The accompanying rice was undercooked, and I discovered I don't much like pinto beans. The margaritas, however, were awesome. Our server was really friendly and attentive, and I loved the decor and atmosphere, but we'll be sticking with our regular Mexican restaurant.

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★★★★☆

Having read the reviews, I was expecting something really excellent. What we got was really average. I loved everything about this place except the food. Sure, the portions were huge but everything tasted the same. The meat in my chimichanga was great quality but really bland and boring. I got fed up with it quickly, and never did eat the half I took home. The accompanying rice was undercooked, and I discovered I don't much like pinto beans. The margaritas, however, were awesome. Our server was really friendly and attentive, and I loved the decor and atmosphere, but we'll be sticking with our regular Mexican restaurant.

Pros: Parking/location, A little different, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking/location, Bland

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Chile Verde is the mexican restaurant in Columbus by far. I have tried almost everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. Their dishes are really flavorful and you if you like spicy food you'll love this restaurant.

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★★★★★

Chile Verde is the mexican restaurant in Columbus by far. I have tried almost everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. Their dishes are really flavorful and you if you like spicy food you'll love this restaurant.

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BBQ Fajita Burrito and the Margaritas are incredible. Everything is made from scratch and it shows in the presentation and bold taste. There is no other Mexican/Southwestern restaurant that my wife and I would rather go to.

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★★★★★

BBQ Fajita Burrito and the Margaritas are incredible. Everything is made from scratch and it shows in the presentation and bold taste. There is no other Mexican/Southwestern restaurant that my wife and I would rather go to.

Pros: Cozy , unique

Cons: almost too small

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This is authentic Southwestern Cuisine. A real find, the food is the best in Columbus! The sevice is prompt, professional, and friendly. I have been there in large groups, and for romantic dates, and it is perfect for both. I have been to all the mexican restaurants in Columbus, and none can top this one. (Hint to Low Carb Diners: They have a secret entry for you and a low carb margarita; you just have to ask).

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★★★★★

This is authentic Southwestern Cuisine. A real find, the food is the best in Columbus! The sevice is prompt, professional, and friendly. I have been there in large groups, and for romantic dates, and it is perfect for both. I have been to all the mexican restaurants in Columbus, and none can top this one. (Hint to Low Carb Diners: They have a secret entry for you and a low carb margarita; you just have to ask).

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I have been a customer for many years and they are so much better than the alleged Mexican cuisine restuarants. This is Mexican. If you have been to Mexico, this is close. Their margaritas are made from scratch.... go figure and are by far the BEST IN TOWN Good taste, good quality.

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★★★★★

I have been a customer for many years and they are so much better than the alleged Mexican cuisine restuarants. This is Mexican. If you have been to Mexico, this is close. Their margaritas are made from scratch.... go figure and are by far the BEST IN TOWN Good taste, good quality.

Pros: Service is good, food is tasty and fresh, Margaritas are superb

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A longtime favorite. Beats all the other "Mexican" restaurants by a mile, and I've been to them all.

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★★★★★

A longtime favorite. Beats all the other "Mexican" restaurants by a mile, and I've been to them all.

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I've been to Chile Verde many times and it's always the same, perfect. Even carry-out is good which is a hard thing for Mexican restaurants. It's small but very comfortable. Try the Blue-Corn Enchalata's(sp?)

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★★★★★

I've been to Chile Verde many times and it's always the same, perfect. Even carry-out is good which is a hard thing for Mexican restaurants. It's small but very comfortable. Try the Blue-Corn Enchalata's(sp?)

 

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