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Alvarez Mexican Foods

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1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-2232
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 26
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  • 18
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  • 12
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  • 9
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
The real deal, for better and for worse

I've been going to Alvarez since the 80s, but there are better choices now. Alvarez has served Mexican food since it was "exotic"! i.e. the 80s. Always loved their Chiles Rellenos... a batter dipped, deep fried poblano pepper stuffed with cheese. Healthy? Maybe not. Tasty? Oh yeah. And wonderful... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Devata
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Holmes Beach, Florida
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Holmes Beach, Florida
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been going to Alvarez since the 80s, but there are better choices now. Alvarez has served Mexican food since it was "exotic"! i.e. the 80s. Always loved their Chiles Rellenos... a batter dipped, deep fried poblano pepper stuffed with cheese. Healthy? Maybe not. Tasty? Oh yeah. And wonderful with some Dos Equis or Tecate. Atmosphere inside is pretty retro.... More 

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Thank Devata
Florida
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bad service from authentic Mexican staff pretending they don't speak English. Flies on the food, dirty tables, typical Mexican offerings. This restaurant is recommended to me but I don't see the draw. The interior unpleasant. Don't go here.

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Thank CricketFlorida
Parrish, Florida
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128 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Their menudo is so yummy. I ate a bowl for lunch recently then ordered some to take home. Service can be iffy but I wasn't in a hurry. I ask for the hotter sauce since the chips & sauce served is very bland.

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Thank casinogal
Ocala, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

The authentic Mexican food was some of the best I've ever had. I ordered a steak burrito that was filling and had plenty of toppings. We also tried the fried ice cream and a margarita, both of which I would get again. If you've never had fried ice cream before, give it a shot here! It's sweet, crunchy, and delicious!... More 

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Thank Timothy H
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

In Palmetto Alvareaz is just...Alvarez...it has been here forever and if you eat there you know why! They just updated their menu, and added a few new touches. I love their salsa...and go for breakfast too!!

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Thank judy l
Bradenton, Florida
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Looking for good Mexican food in the Bradenton area? Alvarez offers a nice selection of menu choices at reasonable prices. The atmosphere in this family-owned establishment is friendly, and the servers work hard to please. We'll definitely dine there again.

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florida
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Dirty bathrooms, dirty floors and live bugs. Need I say more? Even my three year old commented on the state of the bathroom. Yuck.

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Thank beachgirl027
Palmetto
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have loved this place since 1984. The food is always good and authentic. Canteenia atmosphere fits the mood. They used to have a lovely Mariachi band. Miss that.

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Thank Betty K
Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

We absolutely love Alvarez. They have the best home made salsa I have ever eaten. Sometimes the service isn't the best. Usually on Sundays when the younger folks are there it can be off. During lunch and going during the week is the best time. The food is very good and authentic. I have been going there since I was... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

How have they stayed in business so long? We gave up on the food here years ago. I hate to write a poor review but we decided to try Alvarez again and we left wondering why did we ever come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palmetto
  • Phone Number: 941-729-2232

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?