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Alvarez Mexican Foods

1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-2232
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Ranked #14 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
Ackley, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were all disappointed with our meal and experience at Alvarez Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant itself is small, needs cleaning and updating, and smelled bad. The food was edible but not good. We all felt a bit sick later. We have no plans of returning.

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Stopped on a 'whim' and had breakfast with my wife, food was delicious and Ricky, our server, was a delight.

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Lincoln, NE
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My wife and I ate at Alvarez on a Tuesday, around 2pm, while we were on vacation. I asked for a vegetarian version of a burrito and the restaurant was quick to oblige. The red (rojas) sauce with the burrito was flavorful and despite having no cheese in the burrito (at my request), it was tasty. The chips and salsa... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

i went to this restaurant because hadn't been there in 20 years. I remember it was really good back then so wanted to give it a try, again very good food stopped in for lunch and got a lunch special for 4.99 I had the beef enchilada, beef and beans burrito and beef taco, number three on the menu everything... More

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Palmetto, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8,272 helpful votes 8,272 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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