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“Best to speak some Spanish - no English menus” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Tacuba

Cafe Tacuba
Calle Tacuba 28 | Centro, Mexico City 06010, Mexico (Centro)
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Ranked #82 of 1,791 Restaurants in Mexico City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Centro
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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199 restaurant reviews
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“Best to speak some Spanish - no English menus”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a very fun restaurant – beautifully decorated, festive atmosphere, packed house and band of musicians playing from room to room. It's listed in our guide books and also recommended by staff at our hotel (Hampton Inn - bit of a walk about 20 minutes). We went there for dinner on our first day in the city and had a great time even though the food wasn't remarkable (could be that we had no idea what we were ordering - every dish turned out to be a surprise). Best if you speak some Spanish as they don't seem to have English menus and the servers don't speak English. Also prepare some change as the musicians will come around to collect tips.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A rather charming place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Cafe tacuba is right next to the Metro stop Allende. The decor is wonderful, really nice tiling. The staff were friendly and they had a mexican folk band playing which created a good atmosphere. The food was good, but pricey for what it was i thought. The staff were helpful and offered me meat free equivalents to most things on the menu which is always nice (im veggie).

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Penticton, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Friendly and colourful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The tiled decor inside is worth a visit alone. The food is traditional and tasty although not amazing. But the vibrancy of the place, the live music and the overall effort in the service carried the night.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Fabulous Typical Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The best restaurant service we had on our entire trip! The waitress was genuinely concerned that our dishes were to our liking and even recommended alternatives based on our "spiceyness" pallet. FYI-ask for salt and pepper shakers since a new law passed prohibiting their being placed on the table to limit the rate of cardiac damage to locals businessmen.

Visited April 2013
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New Jersey
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Good food, beautiful decor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Food was good, not great, but the ambiance makes this a place where you’d like to stay for a bit longer. There are several intricate details all around that deserve attention. The mariachi band can get loud when you are trying to have a conversation over meal, and I did not completely appreciate that they make the rounds and one felt obligated to tip them, but that is typical of all tourist attractions. I would recommend the enchiladas and tamales, although each person has a different taste for traditional dishes. Service was slow, and not very pleasant.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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