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Rudy's Tacos

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$$ - $$$
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2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-5717
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Des Moines, IA
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62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is in a building with several other businesses including two small bars owned by the same business. The food is pretty good but pricey for the quality. I have had better Mexican food for less money. However, it is better than most of the Mexican offerings in Waterloo so that helps it somewhat.

Thank NDomino
Waterloo, Iowa
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For 20 years, I've ordered the same.thing.every.visit. The mini supreme chicken taco salad. Add everything to it, but jalepenos. And get a beer in a frosty glass mug. The salad is so good, that I am never even tempted to try another eatery's taco salad, because this one cannot be topped. Food is from local sources. The decor is unique.... More 

Thank TeeSue
Waterloo, Iowa
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

First we have margarita's w/chips and salsa in one of the bar areas and it's not expensive. Then we move to the main dining area. You order and pay at the entrance then seat yourself. Wait staff then brings napkins and eating instruments. and will bring water if your want. Food arrives quickly and it's always delicious.

Thank billy12102
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

I love this place and its fresh ingredients. Everybody in my picky family likes Rudy's. My only complaint is that they're not open Sunday, and that is when we go into town. Their nachos are amazing and we love the chips and salsa. There is also a lot for the kids to look at with the puppets hanging from the... More 

Thank Lydia R
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a super fun place for lunch. Kids and adults have plenty to look at. Nice service and clean place.

Thank Heather H
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

There is nothing I don't like about this place. It is very eclectic with its decorations. It has a great bar the lava lounge the the beer bar. You can play music for free in the bars. You get free chips while there. The restaurant Rudys serves local fresh food.

Thank oceantravelor
Evansdale, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

I thought the place was clean, the staff was great! I would recommend this place to all my friends! Hope you enjoy this place as much as I did!

Thank larrygeiger100
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Kids, 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 50701-5717
  • 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?