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Rudy's Tacos

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2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
319-234-5686
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
love this place - must try the nachos!

Came here recently after working hard all morning outside for a late lunch. Shared a large plate of the muchos nachos - the are SO delicious and completely covered with toppings. The are always busy but we never seem to have a problem getting a table. Service is quick so tables circulate quickly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
tawney112
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Waterloo, Iowa
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  • Local cuisine
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Waterloo, Iowa
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190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Came here recently after working hard all morning outside for a late lunch. Shared a large plate of the muchos nachos - the are SO delicious and completely covered with toppings. The are always busy but we never seem to have a problem getting a table. Service is quick so tables circulate quickly. Kind of had to get over the... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Best tacos. Fresh tasting beef and good tomatoes.Good salsa. Rudies special is the best. Enough to share.

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Denver
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Love the chicken taco salad- the lunch portion is plenty big. Have been coming here several years and never a bad meal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Rudy's Tacos has long been a family favorite. The menu is fairly straightforward, an Americanized "Mexican" offering with the traditional tacos, nachos, burritos, and chimichangas. They offer smaller portions at reduced prices but even the smaller portions are hefty. Rudy's purchases a majority of their products locally, which usually insures a very fresh product. The food is always out fast,... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I would describe Rudy's as great American Mexican food. Like what your mom made at home growing up, but better. Nothing terribly authentic here ... Rudy's is it's own thing! That said, there ingredients are very fresh and largely locally sourced. The tacos (I recommend chicken) are huge - one is plenty for me! The house salsa is great. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

this is our family favorite.. Homemade guacamole and authentic Mexican food. Unique decor with wooden puppets from Mexico hanging throughout the restaurant.. Excellent margaritas😄

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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Rudy's has the freshest ingredients because the purchase their ingredients from local producers, that is why they may be a little on the expensive side for Mid-west Mexican food. If you are looking for fresh Mid-west Mexican that is very good this is the place. If you are looking for authentic Mexican you will need to get closer to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Rudys is a great place for family and friends good prices great food fun Mexican atmosphere you have to check out the ceiling very cool and the sweet nostalgic tables. Its just a great place to dine

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

Fresh hard shell tacos loaded with locally grown ingredients. The atmosphere is wonderful and the tables are straight outta the 60's and 70's...chrome,chrome and color inlaid tabletop's....cool!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I understand this is a local favorite but I don't get it. Not overly clean, expensive microwaved food, and average tasting. Don't get me wrong, I will go if someone invites me but overall, not impressed.

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Additional Information about Rudy's Tacos

Address: 2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone Number: 319-234-5686
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-234-5686

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?