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“Very good Mexican restaurant, great location in “Wine Valley” and great outdoor seating.” 4 of 5 stars
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Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
14450 Woodinville Redmond Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072-9051
(425) 483-6633
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Ranked #28 of 95 Restaurants in Woodinville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Seattle area
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41 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Very good Mexican restaurant, great location in “Wine Valley” and great outdoor seating.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What a great gem to have so close to us. We’ve been there now 4 times, and all were very good experiences, but with varying particular pitfalls. We’ve only been there for lunch either on a Saturday or Sunday, so if there are different kitchen and/or wait staff weekdays, then caveat emptor.

The menu is impressively large to select from. Kind of makes you wonder if they do everything equally well—so far yes. On Sunday’s they have a brunch buffet that frankly has all the “good stuff” in my opinion. There is no seafood in the buffet, but really, would you want seafood sitting around? The scrambled eggs and ham has great flavor, the bacon is perfectly cooked. The potato dishes are excellent (one could make half your meal out of it). The chicken mole is really just right for my liking (i.e. not strong in chocolate), the fajita seasoned meat/veg has good flavor too. You can make a taco salad using one of those large taco shell salad bowl things. There are many more items to select from the buffet not described that are equally as tasty.

Ordering from the menu
So far tried two items, the shrimp cocktail (warm) and the steak fajitas. The shrimp cocktail is loaded with shrimp and vegies. To make it a meal, I add a side of pico de gallo (which is very good!) and it becomes an awesome shrimp “stew”. The size of shrimp are probably 30-40 count. I didn’t count how many I got (next time), but I felt it was an adequate amount. The cost for a side of pico is borderline ridiculous, but kind of have to have it.

The cuts of steak for the fajitas are cut small. Finally a restaurant that gets it! Larger cuts of meat are hard to take bites from in a small tortilla. The seasoning is plentiful to give a good flavor. The beans and Mexican rice are typical, nothing special there. The portion of steak was on the small side, especially for the price.

Hand made corn tortillas right there in the front part of the restaurant! Enough said.

Drinks
Do not order the house margarita. It is the from the gun nuclear green. Spend the extra dollar and get something better. The Mazatlan Margarita is very tasty. One time was a little too sweet with orange, another time it was just right. The bloody marry is also very good. One more word of advice, do not under any circumstances order a glass of house white wine. It was some of the worst stuff I’ve ever had, and it’s in the middle of wine valley. So sad, took one sip and ordered a bloody marry.

Wait staff
Excellent wait staff. We’ve never felt that we had to wait for any extended period of time. The senorita that seems to work there is very friendly. The hombre wait staff could learn to smile a little. Kind of always have a frown—they are nice though. Just frowny.

Outdoor seating is nice treat for summer lunches.

Parking
We’ve never had trouble but I could envision the lot filling up.

That’s about it for now.

Buen comer!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 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
Dublin, Ireland
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258 reviews 258 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
“Mexican after wineries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I visited this restaurant after touring in the Washington Wineries. I had a good lunch for a honest price in a peculiar restaurant. Food was fresh and delicious and it deserves to be recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Staying Power”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have seen many restaurants come and go at this location. This one has proven itself over the years by continually refining the experience. Special needs are cheerfully handled.

Visited May 2014
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seattle
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14 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Had a great lunch. You should try them”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Had an expired Groupon but it was still worth $10 so I took myself to lunch. Expectations weren't high but I was pleasantly surprised. Welcoming attitude, quickly receiving the stand chips, salsa and water. But the chips were fresh and still warm. Salsa was not the red junk from dehydrated mix. This was authentic with onions, chiles, tomato and cilantro. I ate too many. The entree I chose was one of the lunch specials. For the cost of a burrito at some other places I got a chile verde (green chile pork) burrito AND rice and beans. I request and got some fresh fresh pico de gallo and Tapatio was on the table. The burrito was "wet" meaning covered with green sauce and real Mexican white cheese not the gringo yellow stuff. I could only finish half. Had the rest the next day for lunch and enjoyed it reheated. Very impressed. Good place to break from tasting wine as there are many wineries nearby.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shoreline, Washington, USA
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food and service here are always good, but sometimes I think they're on Mexico time. Busy or slow, I seem to get the same unhurried pace - and I only have 30 minutes, including travel time, for lunch. It's a consideration when selecting a restaurant.

Visited February 2014
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