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Alvarez Mexican Foods

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1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
+1 941-729-2232
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't let the billboard/sign out front trick you. "Authentic"? NO "Home cooking"? NO "Good service"? NO Don't waste your time. Your money is better spent elsewhere. VERY DISAPPOINTED

Thank John W
Palmetto, Florida
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

This place is rather dumpy in appearance but super popular for median. Food is good and prices are fantastic. I have been eating here for over 15 years. Places don't survive that long if there no good. Come with a big appetite

Thank crittergirl
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I got the chile rellno was not authentic salsa was awful if you say your authentic and you serve me something you just have to toss if the fryer with yellow cheese inside never again

Thank Renteria_jesse
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

We had 11 in our group(Judas betrayed us)(Joke).. They seated us quickly not efficiently(pole separating four of us. Elizabeth was our server(seen her do better). Salsa was watered down and tasteless, chips appeared stale.. Dinner was OK across the board, not sensational or outstanding. One person had Carne Asada was just OK, they made it steak n peppers, NOT ASADA.... More 

Thank PJ G
Palmetto, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

They are just down the street from me. I love their chicken chimichangas and tacos. The restaurant inside is very small, but there is a large outside covered eating area

Thank grandmapenny60
Frederick, Maryland
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Want authentic and rich Mexican food? Head to Alvarez, just outside Bradenton, Florida and you'll swear off all other Mexican eateries as this place is the real deal! When the top chefs of Florida all freely admit that this is their favorite place to go, that's saying something! Their enchiladas are PERFECTION! I tried every type and each bite left... More 

1 Thank Jim J
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I'm not Mexican but THIS seems very authentic !!! Casual Atmosphere Love the food. Love the Staff. Served Fast

1 Thank Linda C
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

Been going here longer than I can remember, it was one of the few places to get 'authentic' Mexican food in town. Now it tastes like the cook opened a jar of Cheez Whiz and poured it on a tasteless chicken burrito. Our other dish was supposed to have a chipotle sauce on the pork burrito, but I have had... More 

Thank JeanS190
Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Good food and portions at reasonable prices. Older building on main street not fancy but decorated Mexican. Big menu and all dishes are good. Chips and salsa are good as are wait staff.

Thank richard s
Fort Myers, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

Went to the Alvarez for the second time. It did not disappoint. The food is very good here. The service was slow and our orders got missed. When they realized this they brought us an amazing cheese dip and a free round of drinks. We took 2 people who had not eaten here before and they were very pleased with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1431 8th Ave West, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Palmetto
  • Phone Number: +1 941-729-2232

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?