Plaza Garibaldi

Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City: Hours, Address, Plaza Garibaldi Reviews: 3/5

Plaza Garibaldi
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1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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This raucous and sometimes crazy plaza is filled with mariachi bands and other musicians.
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Neighborhood: Coyoacán
Once you step into Coyoacán (“Land of the Coyotes”) you'll find picturesque parks and cantinas that will transport you back to the colonial era thanks to the brick and stone details of the area. Iconic writers such as Trotsky and great painters like Frida Kahlo seeked refuge and inspiration in this area, and you can see the unique spirit of this neighborhood reflected in its colorful market where nieves, sopes and all kinds of traditional 'antojitos' are a must try. Restaurants and cafés throughout its peaceful paved streets contain traditional but unique murals and decorations, where one can enjoy a mezcal at noon or the best churros with a cup of coffee.
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Sep 2020
The reason for a three star instead of a one is the mariachi in the plaza. They were entertaining and offered to play music at a decent price. The rest of the experience was poor. There are individuals offering to take you into restaurants where they imitate singers such as Vicente Fernandez and Jenny Rivera. The shows themselves are decent but everyone from the individual guiding you to the staff of the restaurants are shady. They reel you in saying there is no compromise for watching the show. False. My partner and I ordered 3 drinks (at the price of a bottle in store) and 3 tacos. We ordered one margarita, and two Pina coladas. The margarita was really one shot with a bit of fruit syrup and the Pina colada had more than enough ice so that you were getting more ice than drink. .The bill came out to 599 pesos. However, they added a hidden 50 pesos per person fee for entertainment and 200 pesos of "taxes". The waiter said the taxes were due to a 16% tax. Also false, 200 of 699 is not 16%. The price itself is not what was most concerning its the fact that they lied about the cost and charge whatever they want. If you plan on going to this plaza do it for the mariachi. If you plan on going into the restaurant be mindful that everyone will lie to you to get the most money out of you.
Written September 29, 2020
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Parrsboro, Canada11 contributions
May 2022
If you don't mind drunks sleeping rough, constant mariachi music and aggressive restaurant staff hustling for your business, this might be for you. The Garabaldi Plaza is not near any of the city highlights and lovely eating areas. From the nearest bus stop, one must walk through a very distasteful neighbourhood. The hotel had meagre amenities, holes in pillows and towels, and a breakfast worth missing. I have to think that the reviews we read were fake.
Written May 4, 2022
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras6,228 contributions
Plaza Garibaldi - Where Mariachis congregate in Mexico city.

Great experience in the outside plaza, but one simple detail ruined my night. I want to warn others of this scam. It works like this.

In plaza Touts lure you into restaurants by showing you brochures or fliers of typical Mexican entertainment and singers. They state there is NO COVER CHARGE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Once you ask for the bill an added service/table charge known as "Cubierto or Cto" is billed. For 15 minutes and 3 overpriced beers I was added US$10 + high mandatory service fee + tax (tax in all other places is included in price). When I complained about this to waiter, a mean looking guy wearing a suit approached me and showed me the menu and pointed to the fine print at the bottom where it deceptively states "a service fee will be charged". Total bill for 3 beers was US$30. I reluctantly paid but noticed that multiple customers fell into this scam. Taxi driver told me this scam was typical and even Mexican tourists fall into this trap. Cops know, but are bribed into supporting this scam.

Always ask for cubierto fees. It is always in tourist areas that they have this charge and most of the time it is undisclosed until you pay the bill.
Written August 28, 2006
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Maricella M
Killarney, Ireland3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Tourist beware!!! This place can quickly make you feel uncomfortable. Salon Tenampas is a joke! I made a reservation thinking it was a family restaurant and they did not allow my 12 year old in to have dinner with us without an ID. They did not care that we left our passports in our hotel safety box. Don’t bother with this Plaza Garibaldi or the establishments within.
Written January 1, 2020
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Chris B
Boise, ID681 contributions
Feb 2020
If you go, it has to be at night and on a saturday or sunday. We went twice. The first time was on a Thursday afternoon and nothing was going on. Skip the small food market on the North end. Stay in the square and you will be alright and safe. Highly recommend to go to Tenampa restaurant. Make your reservations and then was a 100 feet to the Tequila museum. So interesting. Go to the roof top and take some shots. Know that each song cost 130 peso's. We tried to barter but they would no budge. When done take an Uber right out side the museum.
Written March 5, 2020
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New York City, NY84 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Went to Plaza Garibaldi with a few girlfriends. Unfortunately, it was raining so the mariachi's were indoors in the restaurants. A man would not leave us alone trying to get us into his restaurant. First restaurant on the right after the open square. We asked if there was a cover, we were told repeatedly no. Food and drinks were mediocre and entertainment was good. However, we were overcharged for items we never ordered (got them taken off the bill) , charged a "cover" fee of $200 pesos which we were forced to pay. And finally, my friend used a $500 peso bill to pay and the waiter swapped it for a $50 peso bill and stole her money. We all speak fluent Spanish and the waiter put the blame on us. To avoid a very unsafe situation we double paid and left. I would stay away from this cesspool! Last weekend, one of my coworkers went there and reported the same scam happened to him with the swapping of the bills.
Written September 9, 2014
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Bologna, Italy45 contributions
Aug 2011 • Friends
Thieves everywhere, in the plaza and above all inside the restaurant : the waiters give you a bill with IVA, Service, Taxes, Show added!
So we suppose to spend 500 mxn and the bill was 800 mxn !
And more!! they try to fool you with the money change : if you give a piece of 500 mxn they show you a piece of 50 mxn (the color is similar). So, if you are a tourist, you suppose to have done a mistake. THIEVES !!
And the food is very disgusting.
Written October 3, 2011
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John S
San Antonio, TX1 contribution
Oct 2013 • Couples
**Highway Robbery! Hideen Fee's and they swap bills when you pay**
My wife and I decided to check out Plaza Garibaldi while we were visiting Mexico City. Upon arriving to Plaza Garibaldi, we were immediately swarmed by Mariachis just trying to earn a buck. While we passed on that, we instead headed to find a place to eat. After walking around, we were convinced by one of the restaurant guys to eat at this place. I can't recall the name of the restaurant but it was a 3 story building, orange in color, next to a white 3 story and a pink 3 story building. Anyway, we sat down and ordered 2 plates and a beer. The mariachi played inside while we ate dinner. My mental math said the total should be right about $150 pesos. When the we asked the waiter for the bill, we noticed that a different man, (not the waiter) with a long trench coat came and brought the bill. The total, almost $600 pesos! They charged for the mariachi, liquor service, and taxes. When I asked the guy what all this was, he pointed at the bottom of the menu, where in smaller print it shows all these charges. I was outraged, but I paid anyhow as I knew this would go nowhere, especially with the security goons at the doors. I handed the guy two 500 peso bills, expecting change. He picks up the money and begins to check the bills in the air. I found that rather strange. After he inspected both bills, he puts the bills back down on the table and says we are short in money. I was like huh? He points down at the bills where now there was one 500 peso bill and a 50 peso bill... WTF? This guy changed the bills right in front of our faces! He was that good that we never saw the swap! Now I understand why the waiter never came back... The waiter brings and provides service, while the magician brings you the bill and steals from you right in front of your face. Of course, I didn't argue with him, we laughed, and gave him another bill and asked if he had change for this one. He said yes and brought back the change. We left as fast as we could and never looked back. You have been warned, stay away!
Written October 18, 2013
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Roman d
2 contributions
Dec 2014
Avoid at all costs a certain restaurant called "La tequilera", you get talked into it by a guy outside the restaurant about how there is no cover and you only pay for what you consume... all a bunch of crap. not only did they tool about an hour to bring the bill (we asked every waiter for it, until I got mad and asked the manager for it) but the total costs were supposed to be around 700 pesos, we were charged 1230, while looking at the barely understandable bill we noticed tax related charged, and "other expenses" which the guy argued it was due to the dancers/singers... we payed the guy with two 500 peso bill a 200 peso bill and a 100 peso bill (1300). the guy said we were short on money! he showes us a 500,200,100 and a 50 bill, we paid to avoud trouble but yeah basically we paid 1800 instead of 700.
Be warned!
Written December 28, 2014
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1 contribution
Oct 2014
Do not visit this place a man will greet you and provide you with false advertising. The information provided on the menu has hidden fees. Which are add ed at the end. Afterwards you will be threaten with violence if you dispute the fee.
Written October 9, 2014
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