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“Number 1 restaurant in Raleigh?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Gonza Tacos y Tequila
7713-39 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
919-846-5478
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Ranked #10 of 1,212 restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, South American
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Come experience the best Mexican restaurant in Raleigh.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Number 1 restaurant in Raleigh?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I give this five stars on all counts. Waitresses were friendly, helpful and fast. Atmosphere was colorful without being tacky. Food was very good and prices moderate, what is there not to like? We were asked if this was our first visit and we said yes. So the owner made a trip to our table to say high and welcome us - that's friendly!

We started with appetizers of guacamole and Ceviche. The Guacamole was fresh mashed avocado with little else, not exactly what I call guacamole. Ceviche is normally raw seafood that has been marinated and cooked with the acid from the marinade and served as a thick Pico de gallo salsa. Gonza served what I consider a "Mexican Cocktail" as their version of ceviche, it was cooked seafood floating in a tomato based sauce. Both were very good, just not what was expected.

My wife ordered the shrimp taco's and said that they were the best that she has had.
I ordered Pibil, which is achiote cooked pork tacos, it was very good and spicy.
The portions are not huge like some Mexican restaurant, they are more petite like a gourmet restaurant.

Would I recommend it it? Absolutely! Would I rate it the best the restaurant around? I don't know. But my guess is that as far as tripadvisor is concerned, they have very few complaints which floats then right to the top.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“A treat for sure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

This place is really nice if you want to enjoy nice Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere. We sat outside and just let the waiter pick the food and everything from starter to dessert was excellent. We will come back again....

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, NC
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great but Overrated Here on Tripadvisor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is probably the best Mexican/Latin restaurant in Raleigh. Good food and a friendly owner (he's originally from Colombia, not Mexico). They wait is often quite long, so call ahead. However, this is not the #1 restaurant in the city, as ranked here on TripAdvisor. For serious cuisine, try the more upscale places like Poole's Diner, Second Empire, Glenwood Grill, Bloomsbury Bistro, Sitti, Vivace, Margaux's, etc.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Too far from home
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Food is Good but Very Noisy Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This restaurant was very busy. The food was very good (not excellent). They charge for chips and salsa. They bring the food out on a dolly which was extremely loud and annoying as it bounced on the tile floor.

The restaurant was so loud that the server could not hear our order and brought out incorrect drinks.

The restaurant offered an excellent red snapper that isn't often found in Mexican restaurants but often found in Mexico so my wife loved it.

Definitely not as good as TripAdvisor's rating.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Your going to have to wait but ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We found this gem before any reviews had appeared and watched as the crowds grew through simple word of mouth ... then the glowing restaurant review ... now it is a long wait to get in at dinner time ... we have switched to lunch which is every bit as fantastic but we have to do without their margaritas which are out of this world wonderful!! We have never had anything to eat here that was not delicious. Enjoy!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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