Eww is an understatement! I would rather eat Taco Bell any day of the week than to dine at this horrible establishment ever again. I do not understand how anyone actually enjoyed their meal here! To top it off, our waitress was surly and acted like we were an inconvenience. I should have headed for the hills the second she brought out the chips and salsa. The salsa looked and tasted like watered down V8 with a few scattered chunks of tomato. I had the chicken enchiladas (ugh I m gagging just recalling the wretched meal) and they looked and tasted like they had been regurgitated. The chicken was all dark meat with hardly any flavor. The only decent part of the meal was the rice and beans. Save your money and your stomach, do not eat here!
My wife and I had dinner at Ortegas recently. Its cozy, understated decor welcomed us. The wait staff and owner were friendly and attentive. Our waitress quickly served us complementary warm corn chips and freshly made salsa that had a little kick. We enjoyed the chips while they prepared our food. My wife had the chimichanga which was tasty and too big for her to finish. I had the plato picante, well seasoned cubed steak with rice and beans, It was delicious, not overly spicy and big enough to leave me ready for an after dinner nap. Very reasonably priced (around $40 including tip), It's a perfect place to have a quite, well prepared dinner and conversation with a friend or two. I'll be back.
Anyone who says Ortega's food is not authentic has never had authentic Mexican food. I have traveled extensively in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Mexico, and have eaten at some very good Mexican restaurants. While I wouldn't say Ortega bests some of those restaurants, it comes pretty close, and that's more than you can say for ANY of the others in this area. For a change from overly-Americanized pseudo-Mexican, this is the place I recommend.
The worst and blandest Mexican-like food I've ever had! I can't believe the owners are Mexican. Service is lazy, food is BLAND. The refried beans tasted like dirt. If you want awesome, authentic Mexican-make the drive to Branford for Jalapeno Heaven. In the meantime, if I want something local-I'll go to Margarita's (sad, a chain is better than Mexican-owned restaurant)
As a long time lover and preparer of Mexican foods at home, I was delighted to find Ortega in Groton after trying every Mexican restaurant I could find in Ct and being disappointed. The first month, I think I was there 10 times. We still love it many years later and try to plan our trips between Westerly and Farmington to include lunch or dinner there. Especially like the cheese enchiladas with chili gravy and the chile rellenos, which many Mexican restaurant wanna-be's dont do well or at all. Pablo laughs at me and says I am stuck on a few dishes but I do like them very much. I have tried nearly everything at one point or another and have brought many friends and family there too. Me encanta.
A personal favorite. Complementary tortilla chips seem to be fresh and salsa definitely is. I have not encountered a dish I didn't like: I live for the [beef] enchiladas al carbon, however.(The wise man eats to live: the fool lives to eat.)
The owners and staff coould not be nicer.
As an update to an older review spirits are now available.
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