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Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant

86 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5710
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Ranked #42 of 127 Restaurants in Gloucester
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Wed 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Newton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Years ago I spent a month traveling around Mexico, and I was surprised how good the food was. Ever since I've been consistently disappointed by restaurants in the US that call themselves Mexican. They are almost never authentic. At least not in the Northeast. But Jalapeno's is the real deal. First - the soft corn tortillas. Such a dominant flavor... More

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Starts off with good selection of Mex beers and Margs. Good chips and salsa. Interesting menu of traditional mexican dishes everyone is familiar with as well as some more unusual items...One of my favorites is the Pay Azteca....a chicken & squash dish with lots of green tomatillo sauce and cilantro.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We just visited jalapeños whilst vacationing in rock port. We happened upon the restaurant and what a find it was ! The food was excellent and we were entertained by top notch musicians. An excellent evening and superb value for money. Check it out!

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
42 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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