This fiesta-colored eatery is a popular and lively place for twenty- and thirtysomethings to have a pitcher of Margaritas and great Mexican food. ... More
This fiesta-colored eatery is a popular and lively place for twenty- and thirtysomethings to have a pitcher of Margaritas and great Mexican food. Draws include Taco Tuesdays, when said tacos go for less than a dollar and Friday's After Dark Party with live music until 2am. Specialties of the house include Carnitas en Lechuga with honey-roasted pork shredded, and topped with guacamole and served in a lettuce leaf, and Pollo Achiote, tangy grilled marinated chicken. The service is great whether in the restaurant or the full bar, and the atmosphere is always like a party.
We really try and support local restaurants, but with the service and the food we have received each time we have we wont be back. There MO ( Seat you, forget, and then blame some else why you werent waited on.. blah, blah,, Wheres our food. Food tasted like it had alot of filler such as beans, and reheated chicken in it.
You would think with business being down the service might turn up, no such luck.
It is maddening when you see alot of wait staff standing around and you cant even put your arm in the air to get service and they still wont come over.
After a few visits I'd say that this place is pretty good. Good food, good service, nice atmosphere; it's one of our favorite places for Mexican food in Santa Rosa. Again tonight? Perhaps. We're thinking about it.
Food was excellent. Service was another story. Waited 45 minutes after plates were taken to get bill...asked for it twice before it finally arrived. Then waited another 20 minutes to get change back. Woudl never go back.....not worth the time, better restaurants in the downtown area.
Been here twice, both times the food was extremely average. But we won't be back again due to the cockroaches we saw at the end of our meal. We saw one scurry under a table, then as we got up to leave, one scurried from under my purse (gross!) when I picked it up. Can't imagine what the kitchen looks like!
Perhaps it's my fault. I asked the helpful concierge for a "good, cheap Mexican restaurant". Perhaps she didn't hear "good" or "cheap" in my request and merely pointed us to the one "Mexican" restaurant that she knew.
It was very busy the night that we went, which we thought was a good sign. And, the margaritas were pretty tasty (once we got them). The restaurant's decor is rather Bennigan's goes to Mexico (lots of bric-a-brac around), and the kitchen certainly was making the right pleasing smells. However, it rapidly went downhill from there.
The chicken on the chicken nachos was nowhere to be found. The nachos were also the "pile a bunch of chips on the plate" variety, which translates as very few chips actually have any topping on them. The guacamole was barely passable (it's pretty sad when you can't get at least decent guac in a Mexican restaurant).
The entrees were, in a word, horrible. The chile coronado sounded fairly tasty in theory. In actuality, it resembled Dinty Moore stew. My partner had carnitas, which were bone dry and essentially flavorless.
Our waitress was, er, distracted. Granted, she was busy at the beginning of the meal, and we cut her some slack for that. However, as the restaurant cleared out and she continued with her lackadaisical service, it became clear that she was just not a good waitress (and was tipped accordingly).
We're not hard to please when it comes to Mexican food or dining out in general. We will even give a place a second chance if it meal or service was so-so (everyone has a bad night) However, for the prices they charge, the service they don't deliver, and the abjectly awful food, this place deserves no second chance. Stay away - far away.