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Mexican
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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Reservations, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed January 15, 2022 via mobile

This was an impromptu birthday drinks gathering. It was MY first time visiting this place. It was getting really cold out and our friend who was getting ready to move out of state away from us had her birthday. A last minute drink was decided...and this place came recommended. When we arrived it was packed. We were not very comfortable with what we saw. There was no way we were getting in. Most tables were set 6ft apart, but still, it was a packed house. They took our number and said they would text/call us when a table became available. They definitely did. We went in and where we were seated, was perfect. It was away from the more crowded area and we were still being safe. I did notice however that a couple of the main floor service folks had an masks but it was always below their noses. I was NOT comfortable with that and had to ask one of them before speaking to me to pull it up. Either their masks are too worn so they become loose or they are simple not their size. Get with it staffers! We sat for at least 8 mins before I had to stop one of them to ask if they could get our waiter. He proceeded to take our drink order and then told us that our waiter would come and take our food order in a couple of mins. She did and she was pretty nice. Our appetizer came before our drinks, but the drinks were definitely on point. It was a bit loud, as if I was in a club and I could hardly have a conversation with my girls needless to say, the mask only made it harder for anyone of us to hear exactly what the other was saying. They had a whole karaoke vibe going on in there. The vibes were on point. And the drinks were right. Our meals finally arrived. My steak was cooked just as I liked and ordered but my overall love of the meal wasn’t there. The food was ok. Just OK! Nothing to right home about. I felt they were a bit pricey especially for the service and felt cheated that they would help us celebrate my friends birthday by coming to sing, bringing a slice of cake, a hat that my girl had to put on for a few seconds. Any other place you get a slice of cake on the house. For the money that we spent on our entire meal you would think that the cake would have been for free. A bit disappointed on that part. Another thing, just because it’s a Mexican bar/restaurant doesn’t mean all the music you play has to be in Spanish. They had mixed patrons from what I could see, even kids from the university close by. Don’t just cater to your own people. All in all it was fun. Loved the vibe and I would def go again but just for drinks and apps.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 19, 2021

Before anything is said I have pictures of the original receipt, I am not a sir as mentioned on the google review response from this restaurant, They must think I am my Fiance, lol and would appreciate it if someone would reach out to me...instead of just commenting that I am lying. My fiance and I ( The Female ) went to this restaurant, we sat at the bar, had two appetizers and 5 drinks and a dessert and our bill came out to $121, my Fiance looked at the bill and realized that they had gone ahead and added a 30 percent Gratuity which came out to $25 and change. We noticed that a young women to our right had the same issue, we can see the bartender entering it in the system manually by in the POS system as it was in front of us. We asked to speak with the manager and the bartender mentioned that gratuity is automatically added by the system. The manager came up to us and her first words were "Did you not like the service?" We responded by saying the service was good but it was insulting to charge a 30% gratuity especially without notifying us of this. It was not posted on their menus, or anywhere at the bar or in the restaurant. I went ahead a wrote a google review prior to this one and the managers was that they had gone ahead and out a 18% gratuity, not 30% but the receipt we were originally given, clearly had a 30% tip already added to the bill. The icing on the cake was that my fiance mentioned that after we signed our bill and left a tip which was 18 percent even after the issue, that the bartender picked up the signed copy and first thing he did is show it to a coworker. What was said I could only speculate but I won't. It sad to say that no one apologized for the error, they just removed the 30 percent gratuity and gave us suggested options and pretended like nothing happened and pretty much just said we should be happy that we had no issues with the service. As a business that wants return customers, you should own up to this type of practice, My fiance has been here several times with friends and once for a political even and we went for new years eve and that was not the practice. We would gladly return but once again reach out to us, ( owner ) please.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed January 12, 2020

I ordered from this restaurant for a late dinner after flying to the area for business and getting settled into the hotel. The food was delivered in a timely manner, still very hot, and delicious. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

I was impressed with this restaurant! The service was great! They were very attentive! The food was good and the drinks rocked! I definitely recommend!!!

Date of visit: December 2018
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