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Rudy's Tacos

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2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been to Rudy's about ten years ago and it was time to go back. A friend and I met up there for lunch. The decor is very interesting-- a great conversational piece. I would consider it gaudy for a home, but fun to look at during the meal. We ordered at the counter and when the food came,... More 

Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here several times. Cant go wrong with anything on the menu. Plates are huge. Wont go home hungry. Good hot sauces. I like that they source from local farms as much as possible. Always a good choice even if the marionettes creep out my 8year old a little.

Thank Michael L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the friendliness of Rudy's. They have awesome food and a place to hang out with friends and family. Lunch or supper your never disappointed.

Thank Tree15
Traer, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered from Rudy's at work, off a menu online, what we though was Waterloo Rudy's. Come to find out our bill just for 1 meal was $7 more than the online version. When questioned at the counter for pick up the clerk was very rude and humiliated my co-worker over my bill. My other co-worker was missing part of... More 

Thank Lwinn1968
Waterloo, Iowa
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Rudy's uses local produce to support the community. The food portions are large, and the food is tasty. The decor is interesting to say the least.... some of those little dolls dangling from the ceiling kind of freak me out a little. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good meal with a South of the Border... More 

Thank fullmoonplayers
Waterloo, Iowa
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Their food tasted like it was straight out of a bag. Not homemade or even a little. Prices were high too.

Thank DanielleDarrellJones
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

We had the taco pizza and chimi. Both were really good. Interesting setup where you order at the counter but then pretty much a sit down restaurant with table service. My kids were disappointed since no American menu. But good food for good price. I would come back (without the kids).

Thank Lynn R
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

I love the food at Rudy's. My fave is the burrito trio with one of them pulled beef. It has so much flavor and fresh ingredients in every bite. I even like the beans, something I rarely eat. They use local produce so its not sitting in a truck getting stale. You can actually taste the freshness in the meals.... More 

Thank MelissaIowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

Not particularly my favorite Mexican style restaurant, but is fine if we ever have a group that wants to go. Food is average. Most I can appreciate is that it is a true local place and uses local suppliers.

Thank JunkerFam
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

My favorite is the Chicken Chimichanga meal! Love this. I order the twin so I have leftovers. I used to live in the neighborhood years ago, but I will still travel there whenever I crave this meal. Very good atmosphere, great service, and it has the old time diner type tables with matching chairs or booth seating. I am also... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-234-5686

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