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Ay! Jalisco Tex-Mex Restaurant

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425 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2326
240-631-6868
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Pupusas.

The pupusas with curtido that they serve here are simply amazing and as a bonus their kitchen closes late! Not a fan of the garlic shrimp. Stick to the traditional...fajitas, yuca con chicharron, sopa de mariscos (I ask for the cream on the side)!!!! TIP: They are usually on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
Cristine C
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Olney, Maryland
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DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Applies only to location on 425 Frederick. The number of stars should actually be not shown, as we were unable to rate it. 7:00PM Wednesday 10/15 our group of nine mature adults, who had called ahead to ensure accommodation, visited, seeking a venue for our weekly, informal gatherings. The 'music' was ear-splitting and painful. After several requests, the staff lowered... More 

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Thank nameisalreadytaken
Roanoke, Virginia
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527 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I recently had lunch at Ay! Jalisco. They have a typical Mexican/Tex-Mex menu. The food was good but nothing special. Prices were reasonable but service was slow.

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Thank hbhakh
Rockville, Maryland
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My enchiladas were OK, nothing special. Wife had Chimichanga which was about 50% diced potatoes. Will not go back.

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Thank Tom B
Olney, Maryland
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The pupusas with curtido that they serve here are simply amazing and as a bonus their kitchen closes late! Not a fan of the garlic shrimp. Stick to the traditional...fajitas, yuca con chicharron, sopa de mariscos (I ask for the cream on the side)!!!! TIP: They are usually on www.restaurant.com...great deal!

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Thank Cristine C
Randolph, New Jersey, USA
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33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Food was not the best mexican I ever had, but very good. Portions were huge. Would eat there again. Service was very good

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Thank George H
Katowice, Poland
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I go there for lunch when I work on weekends. They show La Liga, mostly Real and Barcelona games. Good Salvadoran food. Try mixto from the appetizers.

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Thank Pawel Z
Damascus, MD
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I am not versed enough in "authentic" Tex-Mex and Salvadoran food to say that this is the best. All I can say is that this place is terrific. I have enjoyed every meal I have had there, which has been many. I love the pupusas revueltas as a starter. Try horchata for a refreshing beverage that is not too familiar... More 

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Thank cager1113
Rockville, Maryland
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Cocktail Vuelve a la Vida is just the best. I really love this seafood mix, a delicious taste just like in Mexico. We also like Fajitas and Carne a la Parrilla.

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Thank jazzcancun
Charlottesville, Virginia
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136 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It is worth the trip just to try their pupusas which is a stuffed bread. The cheese stuffed pupusas is the best. The soups are great too. Their chile relenos are very good. One time there was a safety issue when a questionable person entered the restaurant. Service is ok, not anything special. The other Ay Jalisco near the airpark... More 

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Thank Albequerque
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

My server was grumpy and did not refilk my water despite the fact that I was the only table in the restaurant. The tacos carbon were very good but the other food was average. The saksa was fair. I am not planning on comming back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2326
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 240-631-6868

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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