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“A Different Kind of Mexican Restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Azul 17

Azul 17
9400 Snowden River Parkway, Suite 127, Columbia Market Place, Columbia, MD 21045
410.309.9717
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Ranked #33 of 224 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Columbia, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A Different Kind of Mexican Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If Tex-Mex is your preference, don't go here. This classy-looking restaurant has a very different (and, I'm told, authentic) selection of delicious and well-prepared Mexican dishes. Everything we've tried in 3 visits has been new to us and wonderful. Some things are quite hot (spicy!) but the chef will tone the heat down at your request. The sauces are sensational as is the selection of Tequilas, which can be sampled in flights. Even the desserts are authentic and terrific (try the churros and the chocolate flan)! Service was attentive and personal and the prices weren't bad, considering the high quality of the food and the well-thought-out presentation.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hanover, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A great surprise. Fresh ingredients.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Guac made table side. Everything was very fresh. Friendly, helpful staff. And the mole sauces was the best outside of the desert southwest. I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Good Mexican Food in an Unlikely Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Located in an unpretentious strip shopping mall, our expectations upon entry weren't particularly high. But the food was good and the service outstanding. I plan to go back.

Visited May 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great tequila bar- we chose the prickly pear infusion. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the menu, service fast. Appeared to be kitchen guys bringing the food out. Tableside Guacamole was the best ever. Entrees were imaginative and similar to food we had while in Mexico City. I chose the flank steak- delicious and perfectly cooked. Served on a bed of very tender cactus. The side dish was extremely hot- I found myself gravitating to the blander parts of the meal to take the edge off. Rich and delicious flan for dessert

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Still working out the kinks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

It was 10 minutes after we were sat by the hostess that a server came to our table to tell us that another server would be right with us. After taking our drink order, drinks were another 10 minutes behind. So, 20+ minutes to get a bottled beer.

The guacamole was prepared table side and was good. The fish tacos were fair and fajitas were good. Overall the food was OK, the service just needs to speed up. They had lots of staff but everyone appeared as if they were in the weeds. Twice I saw two staff members break out into a run in the restaurant. Sorry to say, we probably won't be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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