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Alvarez Mexican Foods

1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-2232
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Ranked #19 of 54 restaurants in Palmetto
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
Palmetto, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I agree with other reviewers ..... The food is just average. Service is average. They have a nice sized deck area. We had enchiladas with mole sauce and an order of tacos. Both were good and a large portion.

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Palmetto, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Alvarez has been open for decades. We have been dining there for over a decade ourselves. We count on it for authentic, top quality and tasty Mexican food. There was a short period of time a couple of years ago when the quality slipped, but it came back full strength. The outdoor dining patio is great for lunch.

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Food was just okay. Service was just okay. Tables were very close and tight together. Bars on the windows and doors. Overall seemed kind of dirty. Nothing set the food apart at all. The homemade corn chips and salsa were the best part of the meal. Won't be going back.

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Tampa Bay
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Good service, and the servers were able to answer all questions about the foods we were not familiar with. Plenty of food for the money, and good atmosphere.

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Gainesville, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3,396 helpful votes 3,396 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Folks, this is a Mexican Restaurant with real Mexican food. We even had a "pretend" margarita drink because of "no liquor license" and it was GREAT. All of us ordered several things and the food came out HOT and FRESH. The charro soup was especially good. We were not in a hurry and found the waiter to be refreshing and... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We thought we would give it a try. From the outside we were a bit uneasy should we say. Went in anyways - loved it. Don't judge a taco or any other food choices from this place by its appearance. MANY MANY locals love this place - you should give it a try when you are in town.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Went here with another couple, I personally was not impressed, the portions were good sized. But the food seemed blan. Prices were fair.

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Delton, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We love it. Good prices, loved my burrito grande. Iced glass with bottle beer. My husband liked his tacos. Our waitress Elizabeth was friendly & quick. We stayed inside, but had a nice patio.

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Palmetto, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

I ordered tacos al pastor, which was clearly written on a chalkboard as one of two daily specials for $5.99. The waiter asked me if I wanted two tacos with rice and beans or three tacos by themselves. I asked for three tacos. When they arrived, they were small-ish, just so-so, and maybe worth $5 at best. The check came,... More

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Tampa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Been coming here for almost 30 years. Here's what we get: Chicken or beef enchiladas with rice and beans. 9 bucks. Always good. They greet you with menus and salsa and chips. The iced tea is too weak for me, no Coke Zero and no O'Doul's so I get water. The place was repainted in the last year to pep... More

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