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La Esperanza

1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
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Ranked #40 of 257 Restaurants in South Bend
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 22, 2014
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English first
South Bend, Indiana
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Mishawaka, Indiana
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159 reviews 159 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Huge menu, very friendly service and overall good food. Don't think they have a liquor license, but do have beer and wine. They did have Dos Equis amber on tap which was excellent. The carnitas were very good, and the accompanying salsa and corn tortillas delicious. Recommended.

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South Bend, IN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is an authentic Mexican restaurant that is very close to the University of Notre Dame. The service is great and so is the food. Very authentic. My husband is a big fan of the carnitas, and I like the fajitas. For some reason, I've never tried any drinks here, but I do know they're available. If you're visiting Notre... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I'm not an expert on Mexican food, but I think of the food at La Esperanza as "home cooked" Mexican. Everything was fresh and delicious. The staff is patient with the undecisive and always ready with a smile. I like a restaurant at which children are made welcome, and La Esperanza gave me the impression that they like families. Great... More

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