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Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant

86 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5710
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Ranked #43 of 128 Restaurants in Gloucester
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Aug 18, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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80% Recommend
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English first
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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Restaurant was busy due to downtown block party so we sat at the bar. Started with cocktails which were fine. Complimentary nacho chips & salsa were OK, but salsa was needed some zing. We split seafood soup, which was bland & missing something. We added S&P, which helped. Finally, we split a chimichunga (spelling?) with rice. Both were bland but... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We recently took our grandchildren here while on vacation in Gloucester, thinking it would be a nice change from the seafood we all had been eating, We were so wrong. The food was just ok & very bland. It was not hot when we received it, only lukewarm & the beans had a film on them like they had been... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I think the title says it all -- pretty grossed out. Place was dirty and food bland. Nothing looked fresh and the rice was dry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our party of four arrived at 5:30 on a weekday. The restaurant was quiet & we were promptly seated at a large table. I was very impressed with the extensive choices for margaritas! The steak tip dinner was well presented and tasty. As it was delivered with rice & beans, I remembered the menu stated it comes with diners choice... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We always eat at Jalapenos when we come to the Rockport/Gloucester area. They serve freshly made salsa with your chips. Along with typical Mexican fare, there are many seafood-based dishes. And they have a large margarita menu!

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Beverly, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We are always excited to find decent mexican food on the east coast. Coming from California we have high standards for mexican food, which most places fail to live up to. Jalapeno's has very good margaritas and good enchiladas (I had chicken). Portions are big when you include sides so come hungry!

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Cape Ann, MA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Gracious and informal hosts and service. Large selection of outstanding margaritas. Excellent food. Extensive menu. Good selection of seating areas. This is not a TexMex or ersatz Mexican place. Parking can be and usually is a challenge. Is extremely noisy, especially on weekends. Best to avoid the large dining area at those times or go really early.

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Northampton, MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

As an expatriated Californian, I am underwhelmed by Mexican food in New England. Alas, Jalepenos!!! This is some really good stuff. My favorite, chili rellenos, are particularly hard to recreate from California or New Mexico. These did the trick. Roasted poblanos, tasty batter, spicy!! Guacamole was good too and we also had some tasty sirloin fajitas. I'll be back.

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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants and shocking to find it in downtown Gloucester. Right, not Tex-Mex. An ample menu and a great margarita list. My favorite: The Horny Margarita (Hornitos, of course). Just about everything is good. Given that it is in "fishtown," be brave and try seafood.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My husband and I both love Mexican, and the food here was very good. I highly recommend the Sirloin Fajita, it was tender and flavorful (can't vouch for the lower cost steak fajita, didn't have it). The shrimp ceviche was great too, and I enjoyed my margarita, even though I didn't order any of their more exotic ones. Quite a... More

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