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Babalu Tacos and Tapas

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Latin, Mexican, Seafood, Spanish
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622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS
16013665757
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local...
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.
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    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere, food, and service

Consistently good and this visit was not different. The table side guacamole is always great and all of the tacos we tried were wonderful! The server was kind, quick, and a pleasure!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Leslie H
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Consistently good and this visit was not different. The table side guacamole is always great and all of the tacos we tried were wonderful! The server was kind, quick, and a pleasure!

Helpful?
Thank Leslie H
Jackson, Mississippi
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there to try the guacamole because we had heard that it was good. Did not disappoint us. Service was great!

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Thank deb12122015
Jackson, Mississippi
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a reason that these guys take home so many Best of Jackson awards every year. Their food is consistently great, the service is top notch, and the atmosphere is like no other. Make sure you get the guacamole. If you're a hamburger fanatic, try the baba-burger.

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Thank kccrawford
Mississippi
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439 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped here for dinner on a Saturday night. Luckily, I arrived at 5:30pm and immediately sat at the bar. There was a 5 min wait at that time, but by 6:15 it was packed. I ordered the fresh table prepared guacamole. It was great. For dinner, I had the beef empanadas and they were outstanding and served very quick.... More 

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Thank Gary C
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Too cool because: 1. Temp was cold inside. 2. Our party of three walked in for happy hour with no RSVP. Asked if we could sit at the bar for just a drink. Hostess said no, we must provide a name and wait for a table, despite that over half the tables in the place were vacant and the "community... More 

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Thank David G
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

David G., Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your recent experience at Babalu. We would like to extend our apologies for the service you received, beginning at the hostess stand. We will be letting our management team know about these issues. They will be remedied immediately. We have sent you a private message in hopes of obtaining a... More 

Louisville, MS
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seated quickly; great service and great food from the appetizers (guacamole made at the table and the best calamari ever!) to the drinks, entree, and dessert! I am planning a return trip to Jackson now mainly just to eat here again! And we live 100 miles away.

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Thank toty2007
baton rouge
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87 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eating here with friends was fun. The tableside guacamole was not that tasty. It seemed to lack salt pepper and an acid. The shrimp tapas was good but not great. However the margaritas were very good.

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Thank HILCHA
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

HILCHA, Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are sorry to hear that your meal was not up to par. We are always happy to customize the guacamole to your liking. We would like to hear how we could make the shrimp tapas better. We value the feedback of our customers. We have sent you a private message and... More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

try the small plates with a couple of margaritas at the bar. good selection of small plates, no need to go to the entrees-

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Thank Stan J
Madison, Mississippi
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have not been back to Babalu's in a while. Noticed that the atmosphere was getting a little dingy, table was very shaky and uneven. We had some good appetizers though, my son loves fish tacos and his was great. The experience was good even though it took a little time to get our drinks and food.

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Thank surviv0r1
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

Surviv0r1, Please, accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your review of Babalu. We appreciate your taking the time to provide feedback, as we use it in order to improve. We have sent you a private message in order to receive more detailed information regarding the dinginess. Cleanliness is a top priority. We hope the unsteadiness of your... More 

Florence, Mississippi
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go to the location several times a year, as well as the Memphis location. I love the small plates. There's always a great option, or two, or three. Plenty of parking. Fun environment, with 'I Love Lucy' playing, how can you go wrong?

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Thank JElliottHarris

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Jackson
  • Phone Number: 16013665757

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Latin, Mexican, Seafood, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?