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Babalu Tacos and Tapas

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4000
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our group went here for dinner while on town. We had 6 of us and had to wait about 35 mins on a Friday night. The table side guacamole was awesome!!! We also go the queso...oh my goodness!!! The tacos were great and the short ribs were great too!! My food was a little cold but tolerable. Wait staff was... More 

Thank Alana S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have had dinner at this restaurant a couple of times. It has a nice, casual yet elegant ambience. Ask for the outdoor/patio seating if the weather is good. Very tasty food and cocktails. Good service. Moderate pricing.

Thank Charles D
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My roommates and I try to go out together a few times a semester. And we can never decide so we default to babalu. Taco Tuesday is the best, margarita monday is where it's at. The baba burger and babarita are a perfect soul food meal. Just. Go.

Thank Danielle F
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fun place to enjoy friends and festive drinks. The daily drink special is always interesting and worth exploring. I love getting several small plates and sharing with everyone. There's nothing but fun going on at Babalu. Sit outside if you can Nab a table

Thank Cathy J
Madison, Mississippi
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh, did I mention this is my favorite places to eat. First, you must try the guacamole! It's made fresh in front of you. Also, try the chicken Satie [sic]. It's is delicious for an appetizer or main course. The redfish is superb. That would be my first choice. If your looking to splurge on the calories try the tacos!... More 

Thank Rodericklrichardson
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As everyone else has said, you've got to try to guacamole, which is made fresh tableside, where you can vary your ingredients as you wish. We tried several dishes, and did not come upon anything we would not order again. THe dishes are typically smaller, but the idea is to order several items to try and share among friends. Just... More 

Thank rollondad
Layton, Utah
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for the first time while in town visiting family. Went for a light meal and drinks. We sat at the bar and had a great waiter (Ryan). Tried the pomegranate mimosas and a couple of tapas. All was very good. I thought the food was excellent but a bit overpriced for the amount of food. I was very impressed... More 

Thank Angie B
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just a fun, funky place to hang out! It was recommended to us by a local and it was amazing! They make the guacamole table side and it is delicious! There is a subtle "I Love Lucy" theme to the restaurant. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank Shiloh B
Karnes City, Texas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love the free kids meals on Sunday! The food is delicious and the servers were nice. The food is artistic and beautiful! They make guacamole at your table! And birthday's are awesome... you get sparkle with your dessert!

Thank ggsbluesky
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had eaten at Babalu in Birmingham and loved it so we decided to try it again in Jackson. We asked for a table outside and were told it was full despite empty tables there. we were willing to eat inside as there were many open tables but the (very rude) woman at reception said it would be 5-10 minutes... More 

Thank Carol W
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

Carol W., Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are very disappointed to hear about your experience. We would like ensure you that this issue will be immediately remedied. We have sent you a private message, as well. Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Otie H. Guest Relations Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4000
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Jackson
  • Phone Number: 16013665757
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.

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