Put on the sombrero and head into Casa Alvarez for a taste of Old World Mexico. Owners Ernesto Alverez and Betty Cormane create traditional favorites ... More
Put on the sombrero and head into Casa Alvarez for a taste of Old World Mexico. Owners Ernesto Alverez and Betty Cormane create traditional favorites in an upscale (but bona fide) south-of-the-border atmosphere. If you feel like a change from the usual Mexican fare, order the house specialty, Mojara Frita ($8.99). The dish is a whole fried freshwater tilapia with a side of beans. Numerous shrimp selections, vegetarian dishes and old spins on standard Mexican items complete the menu. The bar offers over 30 different types of tequila.
I ate dinner at this restaurant last night with family and friends from out of town. At the end of the meal I noticed a rodent run along the wall. The food was ok and the service wasn't great. I won't be going back there.
Casa Alvarez is one of the few places that serve authentic Mexican food. What is authentic Mexican food? It is NOT all that spicy, and sea food is more prevalent on the menu. This what Casa Alvarez about; flavor, texture and satiation. This is hands down my favorite Mexican resturant. I have been going to this place since it opened up in the 90's. So if you want flavor and a laid back experience, Casa Alvarez is the place to go. If you want more heat, go to Toxic Hell. The hot and spicy notion is a Texan addition, when done in ambundance, taste is sacrifice.
We love Casa Alvarez and it offers great value. The tamales are wonderful and the green chile is great. We are always treated extremely well by staff. This is a family-owned restaurant and it shows in the warm and personal service. The Casa Alvarez specials reflect the food of Jalisco and it's always well-prepared. We have never been charged for refills on chips and salsa, though I could understand the restaurant having this caveat on the menu in a college town.
Huge burritos and cheap combo plates that provide value and a chance to taste various items. Good food, laid back place.
One reviewer mentioned that they charged for extra chips and salsa, but they really don't. It is only listed on the menu so that they may reserve the right to do so in extreme circumstances if needed. And a waitress spilled water on the table? OH MY GOD, end of the world!
This restaurant is one of my least favorite mexican restaurants in Boulder. One issue is their menu, which offers a limited selection of the "standard" mexican entrees, while providing many "Casa Alvarez specialties" which I have yet to find very good. I have given this restaurant three chances, the last ending any desire of mine to visit.
During our meal, the waitress started off by spilling the water on the table. In addition, while they provide chips & salsa like most mexican restaurants, they charge you $2.00 if you want a refill (and they don't provide much to begin with). This is in comparison with Ajuaaaa, the Armadillo, and the Santa Fe Grill located in the area that provide unlimited free chips (why charge for such a little detail). Our server was also unable to adequately describe most of the menu items, so when I ordered the shrimp coctail I received this coctail glass full of shrimp and salsa, which had only mediocre taste and was not worth the $9.99. The other individuals in my group were equally unsatisfied, as their food arrived cold and with limited taste. Lastly, our waitress came by only once to refill our drinks (and that was when she tried to clean up our table, and I told her to refill the drinks instead).
Not only has this restaurant dropped in popularity within the community, but I would not recommend it to anyone. There are plenty of other good mexican restaurants in Boulder to visit if you are in search of a good mexican meal.
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