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“The best Mex in Taos !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orlando's New Mexican Cafe

Orlando's New Mexican Cafe
1114 Don Juan Valdez Ln, El Prado, Taos, NM 87529
575-751-1450
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Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in El Prado
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Calais, Vermont
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“The best Mex in Taos !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Went to this cafe 9 yrs. ago w/ my daughter and loved it then. Was just back out for her wedding and my New England family said they wanted authentic Mexican so we drove to Taos and i managed to find Orlandos again . It was so worth it , everyone loved the food and we bought shirts and take out to bring back to our cabins . The men in the family love it HOT and they were totally satisfied . This was a highlight of the trip for the N.E. crew and a memorable time w/ family. Everything is well prepared and the portions are generous . The staff are extremely courteous and helpful and the decor is just plain fun !

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westcliffe, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This little "hole in the wall" has astounding food....if you wan TRUE Mexican...go here. The "make your own bowl" was a gastronomical delight! had a lunch that carried me thru dinner and the prices are reasonable. The wait staff was attentive and I cannot think of a single "poor" comment. The restroom is sort of weird....you have to walk around the kitchen. I had 2 people recommend and it did not disappoint!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“One the recommendation of a local, we tried Orlando's New Mexican Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Wow, is all we can stay. We stopped in the little village of Arroyo Seco on the way back from seeing Taos Sky Valley looking for good Mexican Restaurant. The owner of one of the very nice art gallery shops in the town told us to go towards Taos, not the Sky Valley, but the actual town of Taos and there we would find a small, quaint restaurant, but she warned "you might have to wait as it is very small." To our surprise we found the restaurant and were seated immediately. As we were visiting with one another we noticed a fire pit outside and it dawned on us that it was for overflow...and boy was it needed. When we arrived at 5pm we were one four or five tables that were filled. Within ten minutes the place was completely full and a crowd had gathered at the fire pit to keep warm as they awaited their turn to eat delicious Mexican meals. Rick ordered Chicken Fajitas and I ordered Los Colors, which is a dish of three enchiladas each with a different chili sauce. As the orders came out, I soon realized it was very hot Mexican food. This I discovered by the way reading articles on how good the food was while awaiting the restroom. This restaurant has a big following among the locals in New Mexico. Anyway, Richard had wanted what I ordered but didn't want to order the same thing, so we exchanged meals and both of us were more than satisfied. It was a great dinner. The place as character. The service was excellent. This restaurant made for an excellent end to our first day in New Mexico!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waynesburg, PA
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21 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Rush at 5:00 p.m. for dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had been sightseeing all day. We were tired, had read Trip Advisor, and wanted to try the restaurant. We stopped across the street in a trading store. We arrived at the restaurant at just before 5:00, the opening time. We got out of our car. Within 5 minutes, numerous other cars flooded the parking lot. We were second in line. We sat down. Soon the place was full. The waitress was very nice. We could not eat "hot " food. She explained to us that we could have the toppings "on the side". Following her suggestions, we enjoyed the meal. Small, clean, not expensive. The experience was a good way to end the day.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Best New Mexican food EVER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

And we live in Albuquerque (sorry local guys!)

Small. Could easily find yourself waiting. Staff is friendly, service great.

And the food is probably the BEST New Mexican food we have ever had (and my husband agrees and he's a native!)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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