This traditional restaurant serves typical Mexican food, and has been the subject of many local legends and a song (it is said there is a ghost ... More
Restaurante Bar Cafe Tacuba
This traditional restaurant serves typical Mexican food, and has been the subject of many local legends and a song (it is said there is a ghost hanging around the place). Established in the 19th century, it has been visited by many personalities including presidents and artists. The decor consists mainly of Talavera tiles, covering the Colonial-style building. Wooden hand-made furniture in traditional colors such as orange and royal blue add a festive touch. Music plays while you enjoy the delicious Mexican delicacies: enchiladas, tamales or freshly baked sweet bread.
If you seek out a restaurant for its food and service, and not its atmosphere, give Cafe Tacuba a miss. Before we were seated, we were asked to order drinks. The staff could not name a wine by the label, so we ordered by the glass. The white and the red were dreadful, easily the worst we have encountered in the past 30 years. The food was bland and bloating. The waitress, stolid and unsmiling, stood near our table for much of the evening, whisking away plates and glasses as quickly as possible. As we left the table, a busboy pushed his way through us to clean up asap for the next guests. A dreadful experience, to be sure. If you seek wall decorations, go to a museum. Try Casa de las Sirenas for great food, drink and service.
tucked away in the historic downtown, cafe tacuba is a national treasure. as Mexico City's oldest restaurant, it's stained glass and mural of nuns making mole are worth the visit. Add a wonderful menu of traditional dishes and it becomes a "must" for every traveler's list. i enjoy the cuatro cositas (the 4 little things)...a delicious platter of taco, tostada, enchilada, and tamale; to be savored while listening to the wonderful musicians. (Purchasing their CD helps to hold the memory.) I only wish I were about to enter the door......
I was returnung to Mexico City for the first time in almost three years with two friends who were visiting for their first time. We decided that Cafe de Tacuba would be a great idea for lunch after we had wandered throughout the Centro Historico.
Our meals were mediocre at best, the service was slow and inattentive, but the ambience is wonderful. After we finished eating, we sat for almost fifteen minutes waiting for our check. Once our meals were served, our waitress disappeared. Finally, a manger brought us our check. We were never offered dessert, or even a second round of drinks.
The strolling mariachis were excellent, and were possibly the only thing that made the place worthwhile. This might have been just an off-day, but based on my experience I would not reccommend this place to anybody.
My wife and I were visiting Mex City in Feb '05 and were walking down the street after visiting the National Basilica; it was lunch time and we happened upon Cafe Tacuba. We went inside without reservations during the usual lunch rush. The service, food, drinks and Mariachi Music were very good!
Ambience was average for lunch. I haven't eaten here for supper so can't comment.
I'd certainly go back to Cafe Tacuba if I were in the neighborhood again! My wife loved every bite of every dish and I loved the check! Good price for great food and service.
We go everytime we visit my aunt and uncle.
The menu is varied and on each visit we have
not found anything bad. The spinach enchiladas are to die for. The staff is friendly and always welcome you back home.
We visit Mexico City at least once a year, and save Caf� Tacuba (Tacuba 28, Centro Hist�rico; #55184950) for our last dinner, as we always stay in the Historic Center. We have been guests at hotels in the Zona Rosa and other venues, but prefer the atmosphere of the z�calo, with its convenience to minor museums, the metro, government buildings, markets, stores, etc.
Try Caf� Tacuba if you desire good food -- and don't forget to take many pesos!
Their signature "cafe Tacuba" (I believe) is out of this world! It's already been approximately 3-4 years since my last trip there and my best friend and I still go on and on about it! We'd even stop in, even if we weren't having a full meal there - which was also very good - just for a rich and satisfying coffee to complete the day properly.
How magnificent an experience.
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