This restaurant offers unique options of delicious food from various parts of Mexico, so don't be afraid to try something new! You'll find dishes here you don't often find in Tex Mex places in town. But, they also have options for the less daring gringos.
The price is decent for good food.
Just got back to the office after lunch at Sazon. The lunch specials are reasonably prices. Tacos Al Pastor was good and the Salad Mexicana was exceptional with Spinach, toasted anchos and a light vinaigrette. Margarita rocks was 5 bucks and au natural with no sweet and sour. The only way to go in my book. Overall a fine dining experience. The other menu items looked great particularly the Conchinita Pibil and several mole and pipain dishes. This is one of a growing troupe of interior cuisine spots and it can hold its own against them all. Only challange was the parking, the place was only about half full and they were out of spaces. We'll be back.
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I'd posted a scathing review here due to outrageously rude service from the manager and wait staff, however, I also contacted the owner via e-mail and we've had a very productive chat since then. He's invited me back to give the place another chance, and I've decided to withdraw the review until I've had another go at Sazon...
Pros: Owner is very nice
Cons: Mean wait staff, mean manager, had to leave
OK, so if you can get past the lack of ambiance (unless you like dining al fresco on S. Lamar with exhaust fumes and screaming sirens) the food at Sazon is the best interior Mexican food in town. Everything I've ever ordered on the menu has been great, but my favorite things are the specials, which range from excellent seafood dishes to delicious enchiladas and more. I love interior Mexican food, and this joint delivers! Just don't expect much in the way of atmosphere. You won't find it here.
Pros: Great Food
Cons: Atmosphere? Nope.
The quality of the food seemed to be good, but the flavors were not what we were used to. It tasted more authentic than most of the other "Mexican" restaraunts that we frequent, but that was also the reason we didn't much like it. The service was a also on the slow side.
Pros: Food Quality
If you are tired of impersonal restaurants with mediocre food, come here! The place is super friendly, everyone makes you feel special, the food is amazing and the drinks are awesome. Yes, I love it here. It's my neighborhood hangout. Not your typical Austin Tex-Mex. Try it!
Pros: Super friendly, amazing food, unmatched margaritas
Try the cochinita pibil or tikin xic! This food is so ridiculously good and authentic I promise you won't be disappointed. Also, a wide variety of tequilas for the perfect margarita!
Pros: Great food, happy hour specials
MY BOSS RECENTLY TOOK ME HERE FOR MY FIRST TIME AND THE FOOD WAS JUST AWESOME. I LOVE THE ENCHILADAS SUIZAS. THEY ALSO HAVE GREAT SERVICE! I'LL DEFINITELY BE GOING BACK OFTEN!
Pros: QUESO BLANCO
I cannot believe I found this place! The food is AWESOME! Steamed fish in banana leaves was savory, layers of flavors invading your senses, and I'm not exaggerating. Also ordered the roasted chiles recommended by a friend. It's the best stuffed chile I've ever had, and it's healthy because it's not fried. This place has opened my eyes to mexican cuisine. Service was also great. When I asked to try out their award-winning red sauce, the staff gave me a variety of sauces to try out. They seem to be really passionate about their food, which is a big plus.
Pros: Cute mexican restaurant, great service, AWESOME food, close to Alamo drafthouse if you are planning a date night
Everything I've had at Sazon has been fantastic. I grew up in Mexico, so I can vouch for the food authenticity. Try the pork in chile cascabel, it's amazing.
Pros: Great food, great drinks, casual atmosphere
Cons: It can get crowded
This place is great! I love the pepian (sp?) sauce on the enchiladas. Also they have great margaritas.
My wife and I were traveling on vacation and happened to spend a few days in Austin. She likes or should I say LOVES mexican food. Trouble is she only orders chicken enchalada's. I went on line and broused Austin's best mexican restaurants and happened to chose Sazon's as it was number 4 and by habit I always go for number 4. The outside decor told us that this could be risky and it didn't look inviting. My wife also suggested we go back a few blocks and try a place that "looked better". Armed with my computer review I urged her politely in the direction of the front door. What was inside was a super clean and attractive mexican restaurant/cantina. I ordered the pork with green sauce and tortillas while my Mrs went for her favorite enchaladas. Our waitress was super friendly and at our biding suggested some delicious hor d orvores. My wife stated that the enchalada's were some of the best she had ever tasted. By then I had tasted my pork wrapped in one of the tortillas with the green sauce. I hid my eyes from the crowd so they couldn't see me weeping for joy! Quickly I offered the Mrs a bite and she stated in a stunned voice that this was the first time in her life that she had ever eaten anything and was salivating while she was chewing. We went back each day we were in Austin and actually drove out of our way from San Antonio to lunch there again. Would we go back. Only for a week at a time because if we went more there is no doubt we would be raising the average of everyones weight to the super obese in this country! Go there the price is right, the food is to die for, and it is super clean!
Pros: Food Food Food!
Cons: Don't take your first date there
My husband and I have been to Sazon twice and had a great experience both times. I have tried the mole chicken and the cochinitas pibil, both of which were excellent. It is really hard to get a mole sauce right...I've tried it at a few other places in Austin and it's often not that great, but this place does it really well. My husband ordered the enchiladas & was very pleased with them. The food is cooked with great skill & a lot of flavor. They also have Mexican Martinis which are on a par with Trudy's, and that's saying a lot! The service is very informal, but it was friendly & attentive enough. There's nothing fancy about this place, and as the Citysearch review says, the atmosphere is kind of stark. The prices are reasonable. Overall, I would recommend this place very highly & I plan on going back many times.
In an area over crowded with Mexican resturants Sazon stands out. The food here is to die for. My husband and I ate there for the first time a few weeks ago and WOW!! We had the Sopes to start with and I love the cornmeal patties. They are the perfect combination of cripsy and chewy. My husband hs the Cochinita Pibil and it was amazing. I ended up switching plates with him it was so fab! If you are looking for a place with amazing decor, then this may not be the place for you. But if you love good food, go and go immediatly. You won't regret it! It has become my favorite place to eat!
Pros: Excellent food, low cost.
Cons: Plain decor
we love sazon! i've been to the many incarnations of this particular building and none compare to sazon's menu and service. it's no-frills but clean, and the food could compete with that of the higher-priced interior Mexican/South American restaurants in town. their mole is fabulous and i highly highly recommend the pollo al carbon. tortillas always soft and warm. killer sweet tea. margarito and staff are friendly and accomodating. get thee to sazon.
Pros: flavorful food, cool south austin service
Tonight was my first experience at Sazon. The food was phenomenal and the service genuine. Margarito, the owner, greeted all of his customers, most of them by name. If you're looking for flavorful, authentic Mexican food where you will be treated like one of the family, then this is the place to visit.
Pros: customer service and minutes outside downtown
I've had breakfast, lunch, and dinner on several occasions at Sazon, and I am extremely impressed with the selection of traditional Mexican dishes. The food is always fresh and the spices and sauces are rich and flavorful. You have to try one of the mole selections they offer. In addition to the great food, the wait staff is courteous and offer prompt service.
This blink-and-you'll-miss-it restaurant on South Lamar is a delicious, authentic Mexican restaurant where affordable meals can be found without sacrificing on quality or taste. Don't be put off by the exterior - this one can't be missed. Everything is very clean on the inside. The waitstaff is fantastic and the food is to die for!
In my experience the enchiladas are reason enough to go. When I want a nice fix of good old Mexican comfort food this is the kind of place I love to find. Be sure to get a Mexican Martini, they give some of the local Tex-Mex restaurants a run for their money!
I've come to Sazon on several occasions and have been consistently impressed with the quality of food and the service I receive. The menu is large and there are a lot of items to choose from. I love their Enchiladas Suizas and can't pass up one of their Mexican Martinis! Definitely worth trying out if you love authentic Mexican food!
I've been going to Mexico Lindo for a couple years now. They have great food, especially for lunch -- it's always hot & fresh and the service is very personal and friendly. The salsa is quite tasty (and hot). For $4.75, you can get a lunch plate with an entree, rice, and beans, including drink. No worries on tea refills -- their glasses are huge. Their beef enchiladas are the best, but other plates are good, too. Although you can probably find better atmosphere, you'd probably have to pay twice as much for the food you get.
Pros: very inexpensive, friendly service, excellent food
Cons: so-so atmosphere