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La Esperanza

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1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
574-273-0345
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 15
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty

Good find. Salsa was fresh and spicy. Mexicano Burrito was tasty with lots of onions cilantro and chopped up steak. Rice and refried beans were very good. I did NOT get an MSG headache for once. Service was friendly and fast. I recommend it for a reasonably priced, fast, quality meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Jackthewhack
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Clifton, New Jersey
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Clifton, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good find. Salsa was fresh and spicy. Mexicano Burrito was tasty with lots of onions cilantro and chopped up steak. Rice and refried beans were very good. I did NOT get an MSG headache for once. Service was friendly and fast. I recommend it for a reasonably priced, fast, quality meal.

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South Bend, IN
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87 reviews 87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I think we go here enough to be considered "regulars". We've tried most of the things on the menu by now. This past Saturday evening we went again - she had the seafood burrito (one of her favorites) and I tried something new - grilled trout smothered in veracruz sauce. Both entrees come with rice and beans. Wonderful as always!!

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Granger, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We love the food here. Always fresh and they will change anything you wish since all is made to order. No frozen burritos here. Their salsa is great and the Diablo sauce is hot. The owner and all the servers are friendly and attentive. Prices are very fair.

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South Bend, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I shouldn't have expected much since we are in the Midwest (I'm used to delicious Mexican food in Texas). The margaritas are made from a mix (eww) and the enchiladas were a little better than Taco Bell. The chips and salsa were tasty (spicy!), the beans were good, and the atmosphere was cute. The staff was very friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The interior of La Esperanza is not at all fancy (even nondescript), the staff is fast & friendly, & the chile rellenos are very good. A cut above most "authentic Mexican food" joints but not extraordinary.

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Chicago, Illinois
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49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The mexican food is good (don´t fill up with the chips). Try the enchilada with agua de horchata (rice water- does not sound as good as it is). This is a very friendly place. They have Spanish cable, so if you ever need a soccer game (champions league, any FIFA tournament), and do not know where to watch, this is... More 

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South Bend
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Mexican food at a reasonable price in South Bend, IN. Close to Notre Dame. Great staff that was quick to respond to our needs and the food was served quickly. Everyone in the group was extremely pleased with the appearance and taste of the food that they ordered. Get there early to beat the lunchtime rush.

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South Bend, IN
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87 reviews 87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

La Esperanza is our favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is very good (I don't like the pork meals). The wait staff is friendly and helpful. Nice family owned restaurant.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

I've been here a couple of times. Food was good every time. Service was average. Prices are reasonable. My preferred dishes: Tacos de asada Gorditas de rajas con queso Reviewer from Jalisco, Mexico.

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indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Love the fish tacos - light and citrus-y. I have not had a bad dish here. The nice thing is that is you want to try several different things you can order a la carte and still end up with a reasonably priced meal. Excellent service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: 574-273-0345

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?