Botanas Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 816 S 5th St

    Milwaukee, WI 53204

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  • 414-672-3755

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This restaurant is the best, and their staff is awesome! I LOVE their chicken quasadeia. Their rainbow Marquita are five times better than La Fuentes and bigger portions. Best Mexican restaurant in MILWAUKEE!! Two Thumbs UP!

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★★★★★

This restaurant is the best, and their staff is awesome! I LOVE their chicken quasadeia. Their rainbow Marquita are five times better than La Fuentes and bigger portions. Best Mexican restaurant in MILWAUKEE!! Two Thumbs UP!

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Bad service from the minute we walked in the door, to the minute we stepped out. The Mexicans practically beg for a tip, reminding you to 'give 15%.' I can see why they need to remind people, given their bad service they are probably used to making less than average in tips. If they only could grasp the concept of good service translating to a tip that exceeds 15%. The manager is terribly unpleasant, I can see why the wait staff don't smile or have any manners. I had spicy pork tacos which were terribly dry and bland. I applied the table salsa to add some flavor. My husband had enchaladas which were sub-par. Will NEVER go back or recommend this place to anyone. There are many Mexican restaurants on this corner, this has the least quality overall.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bad service from the minute we walked in the door, to the minute we stepped out. The Mexicans practically beg for a tip, reminding you to 'give 15%.' I can see why they need to remind people, given their bad service they are probably used to making less than average in tips. If they only could grasp the concept of good service translating to a tip that exceeds 15%. The manager is terribly unpleasant, I can see why the wait staff don't smile or have any manners. I had spicy pork tacos which were terribly dry and bland. I applied the table salsa to add some flavor. My husband had enchaladas which were sub-par. Will NEVER go back or recommend this place to anyone. There are many Mexican restaurants on this corner, this has the least quality overall.

Pros: None

Cons: Many

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food was o.k. service was good. margaritis were excellent. nice astmosphere. awfull doesn't begin to describe how terrible the guacomole was. it was the worst i have ever had. i could not even eat it!! it was the consistency of a milkshake. i think they put avocados in a blender until smooth. it's just gross. no flavor. no onion, tomatos, jalepenos, garlic, lime, or cilantro. i know this is not the way there mom taught them to make guacomole. no time or effort involved. go ahead, order, you have been warned.

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★★★☆☆

food was o.k. service was good. margaritis were excellent. nice astmosphere. awfull doesn't begin to describe how terrible the guacomole was. it was the worst i have ever had. i could not even eat it!! it was the consistency of a milkshake. i think they put avocados in a blender until smooth. it's just gross. no flavor. no onion, tomatos, jalepenos, garlic, lime, or cilantro. i know this is not the way there mom taught them to make guacomole. no time or effort involved. go ahead, order, you have been warned.

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Love it. This restaurant has the appropriate balance of truly authentic mealsand the usual standby cuisine. Drinks are good and atmosphere is fun. I eat here often for lunch and dinner and have not ever been disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Love it. This restaurant has the appropriate balance of truly authentic mealsand the usual standby cuisine. Drinks are good and atmosphere is fun. I eat here often for lunch and dinner and have not ever been disappointed.

Pros: Best Mexican in Milwaukee

Cons: none

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Botanas has, in my opinion, THE BEST Mexican food in Milwaukee. I could eat their homemade chips and salsa and be satisfied. Their enchiladas are to die for- try them with the mole sauce. My family agrees this place is the best- and we can be hard to please.

The staff is also very friendly. I've noticed they love babies. I can think of three different times when I've been at Botanas, and seen one of the employees holding a customer's baby and dancing with it. The staff always goes out of their way to be friendly.

MUST COME HERE IF ON THE SOUTH SIDE

5
★★★★★

Botanas has, in my opinion, THE BEST Mexican food in Milwaukee. I could eat their homemade chips and salsa and be satisfied. Their enchiladas are to die for- try them with the mole sauce. My family agrees this place is the best- and we can be hard to please.

The staff is also very friendly. I've noticed they love babies. I can think of three different times when I've been at Botanas, and seen one of the employees holding a customer's baby and dancing with it. The staff always goes out of their way to be friendly.

MUST COME HERE IF ON THE SOUTH SIDE

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Had a date here this weekend, but found the atmosphere rather dull...... After picking at the stale chips and salsa and watered down margaritas we decided to go down the street. Not recommended.!

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★☆☆☆☆

Had a date here this weekend, but found the atmosphere rather dull...... After picking at the stale chips and salsa and watered down margaritas we decided to go down the street. Not recommended.!

Cons: Lousy food, lousy drinks and lousy service

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Botana's by far is the best Mexican restaurant in town. Great service staff, great good -- just add some good friends and good laughing and definitely the best place in town!!

3
★★★☆☆

Botana's by far is the best Mexican restaurant in town. Great service staff, great good -- just add some good friends and good laughing and definitely the best place in town!!

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Just went to Botanas for the first time after going to many other Mexican restaurants around Milwaukee. We were impressed. The patio was nice, each table had an umbrella. We got tons of refills on chips and salsa and water was refilled promptly. The margaritas were super and our food was great. We had empanadas and tamales and both had good portions. The service was great. We were not rushed at all, even though the patio was full by the time we were done. I will definitely go back and bring friends and out of town guests. Highly recommend Botanas for awesome Mexican food!

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★★★★★

Just went to Botanas for the first time after going to many other Mexican restaurants around Milwaukee. We were impressed. The patio was nice, each table had an umbrella. We got tons of refills on chips and salsa and water was refilled promptly. The margaritas were super and our food was great. We had empanadas and tamales and both had good portions. The service was great. We were not rushed at all, even though the patio was full by the time we were done. I will definitely go back and bring friends and out of town guests. Highly recommend Botanas for awesome Mexican food!

Pros: Parking, food, service, margaritas

Cons: none

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My husband, my friend and I stopped in at Botanas for what we thought was going to be a good dinner. We ordered the most standard appetizer, guacamole. Unfortunately it was very bland, had no flavor and wasn't very fresh.. We had to ask for extra limes (which were dry) to give it some flavor but our attemps failed.
The plates came without basic items (limes, tortillas). The shrimp coctail came with no crackers, lime, cilantro, etc.... Also the shrimp weren't deveined. The beer was cold, that's good. I guess this place is good for patrons who just want to drink and don't care for well prepared Mexican food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband, my friend and I stopped in at Botanas for what we thought was going to be a good dinner. We ordered the most standard appetizer, guacamole. Unfortunately it was very bland, had no flavor and wasn't very fresh.. We had to ask for extra limes (which were dry) to give it some flavor but our attemps failed.
The plates came without basic items (limes, tortillas). The shrimp coctail came with no crackers, lime, cilantro, etc.... Also the shrimp weren't deveined. The beer was cold, that's good. I guess this place is good for patrons who just want to drink and don't care for well prepared Mexican food.

Pros: decor; cold beer

Cons: quality and presentation of food.

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We found out about Botanas when it first opened because a Mexican-American frien recommended it. At that time it was a tiny restaurant and always packed. Business has been so good that the restaurant has expanded several time and is still packed. The bustling atmosphere excudes pride and energy.

There is good reason for this. The menu is extensive. Sometimes it is difficult to decide which excellent dish to order. The food is authentic Mexican. Mole's and seafood dishes not found at other local places along with other unusual dishes make this the place to go. My favorite is enchiladas mole poblano.

I think the service is quite good. The owner comes around to greet each table. Every employee is Mexican-American, unlike almost all Mexican restaurants. Everyone is so friendly.

Skip La Fuentes! It used to have the authenticity and flair of Botana's but has completely lost that. I am completely puzzled by the negative comments. I guess some people don't know good food tastes like.

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★★★★★

We found out about Botanas when it first opened because a Mexican-American frien recommended it. At that time it was a tiny restaurant and always packed. Business has been so good that the restaurant has expanded several time and is still packed. The bustling atmosphere excudes pride and energy.

There is good reason for this. The menu is extensive. Sometimes it is difficult to decide which excellent dish to order. The food is authentic Mexican. Mole's and seafood dishes not found at other local places along with other unusual dishes make this the place to go. My favorite is enchiladas mole poblano.

I think the service is quite good. The owner comes around to greet each table. Every employee is Mexican-American, unlike almost all Mexican restaurants. Everyone is so friendly.

Skip La Fuentes! It used to have the authenticity and flair of Botana's but has completely lost that. I am completely puzzled by the negative comments. I guess some people don't know good food tastes like.

Pros: Delicious authentic Mexican food. Friendly atmosphere. Parking is provided for patrons.

Cons: When it is very busy you might have to wait for a table but the wait is worth it.

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My whole family loves to eat at Botanas.
Their newly remodeled outdoor area really opens up the outside area.
Their mexican food is easily one of the best around.
Their service is outstanding.

5
★★★★★

My whole family loves to eat at Botanas.
Their newly remodeled outdoor area really opens up the outside area.
Their mexican food is easily one of the best around.
Their service is outstanding.

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The food is great! It is really good Mexican food with a lot of variety on the menu. Many Mexican restaurants in the area use too much salt in their food, but this one relies on good flavor. The atmosphere is really nice, but the place is small and draws a crowd so there can be a wait on weekends and it is crowded inside.
The service is good and friendly.

4
★★★★☆

The food is great! It is really good Mexican food with a lot of variety on the menu. Many Mexican restaurants in the area use too much salt in their food, but this one relies on good flavor. The atmosphere is really nice, but the place is small and draws a crowd so there can be a wait on weekends and it is crowded inside.
The service is good and friendly.

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Unimpressed. I would rather go to Taco Bell which I haven't gone to since college. Maybe they should revisit their menu and hire new people that will provide service. The other couple we went with was so embarrassed about their choice of restaurants. It was our first time there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Unimpressed. I would rather go to Taco Bell which I haven't gone to since college. Maybe they should revisit their menu and hire new people that will provide service. The other couple we went with was so embarrassed about their choice of restaurants. It was our first time there.

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The environment - from the mural on the wall, to the tables and the chairs, to the ambient music - gives this restaurant a very authentic feel. Although I was already on a short vacation, stepping into the restaurant made me feel so much more relaxed - as if I were in a whole different country.

Service was exceptionally quick. Our orders came quickly, and were tasty, but not exactly something worth raving about. I enjoyed the ambiance more than anything.

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★★★★☆

The environment - from the mural on the wall, to the tables and the chairs, to the ambient music - gives this restaurant a very authentic feel. Although I was already on a short vacation, stepping into the restaurant made me feel so much more relaxed - as if I were in a whole different country.

Service was exceptionally quick. Our orders came quickly, and were tasty, but not exactly something worth raving about. I enjoyed the ambiance more than anything.

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Jaime....i just love your resturant...service food all great....and its fun to watch you and your wife get smashed at the bar! I live in the neighborhood and try to come monthly...its great to see you do well. Id encourage those who are coming to the Latin Quarter for the first time....Botana's and/or La Perla are the places to go.

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★★★★★

Jaime....i just love your resturant...service food all great....and its fun to watch you and your wife get smashed at the bar! I live in the neighborhood and try to come monthly...its great to see you do well. Id encourage those who are coming to the Latin Quarter for the first time....Botana's and/or La Perla are the places to go.

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better than average mexican, a little bit dirtier than i would have hoped a bit . Liked the chips service

2
★★★★☆

better than average mexican, a little bit dirtier than i would have hoped a bit . Liked the chips service

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Stopped for dinner the other night about nine. Waitstaff said they were closing early, but the manager said they would serve us as there were other patrons in the restaurant, so we stayed.

Ordered drinks and fajitas. Everything came at once - the drinks, the food...and the bill! Soon the other patrons left and the waiter asked us to pay, so they could close the till. He returned with the change and a styrofoam container and told us they were closing and asked if we wanted to take the food home with us!

I don't think we were in the restaurant for more than 20 or 25 minutes!

They must've wanted the quick buck and don't care about their reputation.

Rude service makes this a total deal-killer. With food only on par with others - skip this place and try one of the many friendly Mexican restaurants in the area.

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★☆☆☆☆

Stopped for dinner the other night about nine. Waitstaff said they were closing early, but the manager said they would serve us as there were other patrons in the restaurant, so we stayed.

Ordered drinks and fajitas. Everything came at once - the drinks, the food...and the bill! Soon the other patrons left and the waiter asked us to pay, so they could close the till. He returned with the change and a styrofoam container and told us they were closing and asked if we wanted to take the food home with us!

I don't think we were in the restaurant for more than 20 or 25 minutes!

They must've wanted the quick buck and don't care about their reputation.

Rude service makes this a total deal-killer. With food only on par with others - skip this place and try one of the many friendly Mexican restaurants in the area.

Cons: Service, Quality , Value

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Great food, quick service - like La Fuente, but without the wait!

2
★★★★★

Great food, quick service - like La Fuente, but without the wait!

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I love mexican food, and was so impressed with everything. The drinks were strong, and even with eating I left with a little buzz. The aura of the place is amazing, and romantic a little if you get the right table. Jaime, I am bringing my date, and I want to test the real thing with him, since he is latino, I am sure he will love it too!

Thanks again

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★★★★★

I love mexican food, and was so impressed with everything. The drinks were strong, and even with eating I left with a little buzz. The aura of the place is amazing, and romantic a little if you get the right table. Jaime, I am bringing my date, and I want to test the real thing with him, since he is latino, I am sure he will love it too!

Thanks again

Pros: decor, parking, price

Cons: space

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As the title suggests, the walls and the ceilings fill you with a curious feeling as you walk into the restaurant. There are Aztec looking paintings as well as sculptures. They add an interesting twist to the restaurant's ambience. The food is good, filling, and relatively inexpensive, without being out of the world. We met a very friendly, English-savvy, and prompt waiter. The presence of ample parking is a boon.
The seating can be a little crowded and you may find yourself fighting for elbow room with the next set of guests.

2
★★★★☆

As the title suggests, the walls and the ceilings fill you with a curious feeling as you walk into the restaurant. There are Aztec looking paintings as well as sculptures. They add an interesting twist to the restaurant's ambience. The food is good, filling, and relatively inexpensive, without being out of the world. We met a very friendly, English-savvy, and prompt waiter. The presence of ample parking is a boon.
The seating can be a little crowded and you may find yourself fighting for elbow room with the next set of guests.

Pros: Great decor, Prompt service, Ample parking

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My friends and I go to Botanas almost every weekend. The staff is fabulous, especially the owner, who comes to our table each visit.

The food comes so fast that we always order our delicious margaritas much earlier than our food, so we have ample time to enjoy them. Food is cheap, and great.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I go to Botanas almost every weekend. The staff is fabulous, especially the owner, who comes to our table each visit.

The food comes so fast that we always order our delicious margaritas much earlier than our food, so we have ample time to enjoy them. Food is cheap, and great.

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the food comes to you lightning quick. ample portions. tasty margaritas. amazing value. very pleased with our meal.

2
★★★★★

the food comes to you lightning quick. ample portions. tasty margaritas. amazing value. very pleased with our meal.

Pros: Value, Portions, Margaritas

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My family visits Botana's frequently becuase it is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. The food, service and value is second to none. We love Botana's!!

2
★★★★★

My family visits Botana's frequently becuase it is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. The food, service and value is second to none. We love Botana's!!

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Food, Great Margarita's

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The atmosphere may not appeal to all, but I've never received so much food, so promptly, and at such a fair price. Also, the enchilada soup is to die for.

2
★★★★★

The atmosphere may not appeal to all, but I've never received so much food, so promptly, and at such a fair price. Also, the enchilada soup is to die for.

Pros: Inexpensive, Fantastic Food, Great Margaritas

Cons: Parking, More inside seating

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Bien hecho Jaime!! You've listened and granted your patrons' recommendations. The outdoor patio has been restored to its former glory.

Now we can enjoy the GREAT food, EXCELLENT service and SUPERB ambience with a touch of sunshine!! But for those who haven't been yet, you've got to try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Bien hecho Jaime!! You've listened and granted your patrons' recommendations. The outdoor patio has been restored to its former glory.

Now we can enjoy the GREAT food, EXCELLENT service and SUPERB ambience with a touch of sunshine!! But for those who haven't been yet, you've got to try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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Jamie what did you do to your patio?
We used to love sitting on your patio enjoying the weather. Now you put a "TENT" over all but a few tables!! You have wonderful food and drinks but I will be looking for a new open air patio to enjoy the few nice days of our summer. Does anybody have a sugestion?

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★★★☆☆

Jamie what did you do to your patio?
We used to love sitting on your patio enjoying the weather. Now you put a "TENT" over all but a few tables!! You have wonderful food and drinks but I will be looking for a new open air patio to enjoy the few nice days of our summer. Does anybody have a sugestion?

Pros: good food, good drinks, Norma

Cons: PATIO, PATIO, PATIO

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Botanas has great food and great service. Until this week, they also had a wonderful patio for open air dining. A very large tent with roll-up sides now covers almost all of the patio. It's kind of like eating in a Beer Tent. No more looking up at the beautiful sky while dining at Botanas. Sure, you could get one of the tables outside of the tent, but the ambvience is gone. We loved Botanas, but at least for the summer, we are looking for a new place to eat dinner outside and enjoy Milwaukee's beautiful summer weather.

2
★★★★☆

Botanas has great food and great service. Until this week, they also had a wonderful patio for open air dining. A very large tent with roll-up sides now covers almost all of the patio. It's kind of like eating in a Beer Tent. No more looking up at the beautiful sky while dining at Botanas. Sure, you could get one of the tables outside of the tent, but the ambvience is gone. We loved Botanas, but at least for the summer, we are looking for a new place to eat dinner outside and enjoy Milwaukee's beautiful summer weather.

Pros: Great food, Great Service

Cons: No uncovered patio

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After having eaten at just about every Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee (La Perla, La Fuente) and a few good ones in New Mexico, there is just something about Botanas that makes it stand out from the ever growing crowd. I think it comes down to outstanding value. In most restaurants, I have a favorite entre' but here, I have several.

Definitely cannot go wrong.

2
★★★★★

After having eaten at just about every Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee (La Perla, La Fuente) and a few good ones in New Mexico, there is just something about Botanas that makes it stand out from the ever growing crowd. I think it comes down to outstanding value. In most restaurants, I have a favorite entre' but here, I have several.

Definitely cannot go wrong.

Pros: quality of food, parking, reasonable price

Cons: smoking throughout

 

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