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“Mexican Food is all the Same - Wrong” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Guadalajara Fiesta Grill

Guadalajara Fiesta Grill
750 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710
520 296 1122
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Ranked #109 of 1,702 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: $15 - $31
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Speedway
Transit: Prince Rd and Mountain Ave. http://www.suntran.com/routes.php
Description: Mexican Food with flare for fun! Fresh Salsa made at your table-side every evening starting at 5pm. Nightly live music begins at 6pm until 9pm. The widest range of authentic dishes from home-made tortillas and chile rellenos and carnitas to innovative new dishes with many seafood selections such as Chilean Sea bass, halibut enchiladas or lobster stuffed salmon!
Saratoga Springs NY
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114 reviews 114 reviews
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“Mexican Food is all the Same - Wrong”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I have seen the reviews that mention the noise level but we were there on a Tuesday and wasn't bad at all even though they were quite crowded - which tells you something in itself.

We were promptly seated and ordered our drinks - a huge 20 oz. House margherita for $3 and a Modelo,draft for $3 - happy hour prices until 6PM.

A young lady brought her salsa cart to our table and asked us how we would like it prepared for the excellent in house tortilla chips she brought. We watched as she added the appropiate ingredients and crushed them together to produce a generous bowl of salsa.

We chose the carnitas chimichango and the Mexican paella. The chimi was good but not deep fried, so if you want a crispy chimi you may want to ask for it. The paella was outstanding. Usually you have to rake through a restaurant paella to get the meet or sea food, but in this case there was so much lobster, shrimp, chicken, scallops and chorizo that we couldn't fonish it. The rice was flavored perfectly - one of the best Mexican dishes I've ever had.

The wandering mariachi trio was quite good with voices that harmonized well.All in all one of the best Mexican food experiences I've ever had.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grayslake, Illinois
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“Below average food, but nice people”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Went to Guadalajara Grill with my brother's family while I was in Tucson. The only positive I can site was the wait service folks. They were very friendly.

The food was sub-par. We waited for our food for nearly an hour after we ordered and when it finally arrived, some of our party's food was hot and some of ours (including mine) was cool. I ordered a 2 combo with a ground beef taco and a chili relleno. The taco was tasteless, the fried taco shell was soggy and the red sauce on the relleno detracted from the taste. The best part of the meal was the rice and beans, which were unremarkable.
If I got this food at the airport in a small regional airport, it would be about what I expected, but the long wait and large crowd created the expectation of something good.

In summary, I hope to never eat in this restaurant again. You should 't either.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“excellent drinks and food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We celebrated out last night in Tucson at the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. The drinks (Margaritas) were great and the food was tasty. And all that for a reasonable price. We will be back for sure.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Powell, Ohio
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“Great place to eat during the week”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have now been here a few times, much more enjoyable when it isn't on a weekend. Parking is very difficult when they are busy, we have been helped by an attendant on weekends but if the restaurant is busy, parking will take a while.

Guadalajara Grill has a great tableside salsa service and pretty good margaritas. We had the Steak Fajitas tonight and they were very good. Tortillas are thin, not doughy and plenty were served with the meal. Our waiter was around just the perfect amount, not overdoing it. I would highly recommend this establishment for Mexican fare while in Tucson.

If you like fajitas, you might ask them to do the peppers and onions well, they come out nicely browned that way. Otherwise, the onions are a bit undercooked for my taste. They were happy to do this and it really helped the flavor from the first time I tried the fajitas on a previous visit.

  • Visited February 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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Tucson, Arizona
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“Try the Mulcajete Ultimo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Yes, crowded. Yes, noisy. Yes, you better have a reservation. Because it is a good value with good food. Service was very good. Table side quacamole is a great addition.
The Ultimo is a signature dish that stays hot for your entire meal.
Is enough for two. We had a table for 35 and there were multiple servers and multiple dishes
and were still served in a reasonable amount of time.

  • Visited February 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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