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Casa Nueva

4 W State St, Athens, OH 45701
740.594.8691
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Ranked #12 of 106 restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Albany, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Everyone in town talks this place up and after trying it twice, I won't be returning. The food quality was good, not very good, not exceptional. The price for that food, very high, too high. Some say "oh, but there's no tipping, so it's cheaper". The tips are already baked in to the price of the food and drinks and... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Our meal was among the first to be served at dinner service. First thing we noticed is the odor of mild or mildew. Second, we learned that servers no longer work for gratuities, and it seems the result of that is the sever has NO motivation to do his/her job well. My food was absolutely the worst I've had in... More

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Athens. Whenever possible they use fresh, local ingredients and it shows through in the food. Casa would rather temporarily remove something from the menu than use sub-standard ingredients. The restaurant and cantina has a very creative and tasty cocktail menu featuring in-house infused spirits and fresh mixers. This is a... More

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Athens
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a very long wait to be seated, but I was not disappointed with the food. A nice atmosphere for the older crowd. Very good margaritas. The tips are donated to a local charity which is a nice touch but somewhat explains the slow service.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We started coming here late in our college career, and just returned two nights in a row during our 20th reunion trip. I love that Casa aims to serve locally grown ingredients ... and it's a GREAT spot for vegetarians. The fact that all tips get donated is one of those lovely elements that makes this feel so Athens. We... More

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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have been going to Casa for 30+ years. Here's what it is: it is a social gathering place catering to long-time townies and the older college crowd; with good drinks, fresh but uninteresting food, terrible service (rude and downright ignorant waitstaff and managers) and the most unorganized billing you will ever experience. They operate in a niche that they... More

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Newport, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

much better than typical Mexican food. I loved the unusual filling choices for my quesadilla. - roasted radishes, nice crispy touch- their seasonal menu offerings are great too. One of us had the Mexican Meatballs over rice - he said it was yummy! I love that this place doesn't just drown food in lots of cheese, refried beans and cheap... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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202 reviews 202 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We travel through Athens several times a year and usually time our trip to be able to eat at this superb establishment. The variety of options, especially the seasonal specialties, always makes this an enjoyable dining experience. The fact that nearly any dish can be ordered in a vegan, vegetarian or carnivore style makes it very versatile for all diners.... More

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Athens, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Casa has good food and a decent bar. During peak times, the wait can be quite long and turnover seems very slow. Definitely an Athens original with local food, but not for someone looking for mainstream Mexican. Lots of good vegetarian choices.

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Athens, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Athens is a really unique town, and Casa is Athens. New Age locally grown Mexican, tasty food and fine value, plus it's worker-owned. Where else can you get a combination like this? Great bar, craft beers, fine music, what more can one ask.

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