We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Don Carlos

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
4651 Interstate 35 S, Waco, TX 76706-4608
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 82: English reviews
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
116 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Don Carlos after a Baylor game. It was a good place to get a little bit away from the campus, and a large group got in and seated quickly. It's not my favorite Mexican food, but they did a fine job that weekend.

Helpful?
Thank e_recruiter
Central Texas
Level Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good Tex-Mex. They make the best margaritas in town. They also have the best beef and/or chicken fajitas in town. Nice place but, not fancy, just good food and drinks. Very consistent. We are locals and eat here about twice a month.

Helpful?
Thank lgt190
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The good was very good. I met a friend from Austin for lunch and to visit. We never felt rushed. The music was a little on the loud side, but we were seated out of the traffic area and were able to talk and enjoy a relaxed lunch. Great lunch specials. It's my Mexican food fix place in Waco now.

Helpful?
Thank Pamelita7117
Belton, Texas
Level Contributor
62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Don Carlos is decorated like a typical chain restaurant. Bar in the middle with numerous TV's. The food is average Mexican fare. Not bad but nothing to brag about. Service is quick and waiters are pleasant. The front door greeter needs a bit of work on being social. She walks you to the table without saying a word. Good place... More 

Helpful?
Thank trouthook69
Eddy, Texas
Level Contributor
234 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The food was hot and the portions very large. The guacamole was tasty but not cold. The green salsa was good but you had to request it. The chips were tasty and warm. The sampler plate in the appetizers was enough for a meal. Almost everyone ordered tacos with rice and charro beans.

Helpful?
Thank JoyfulEddy
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

We had eaten at Don Carlos before. In fact, I had done a glowing 5 star review on TripAdvisor regarding our first visit. I have since removed that review since we returned a month later to eat Mexican food at Don Carlos. Amazing how different one month makes in this review. The first time everything was good. This time I... More 

Helpful?
Thank mbtexas76
Level Contributor
31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Quick seating quick service. Food had great flavors. Clean restaurant and bathrooms. It is a college atmosphere but still family comfort. Will definitely come back. They had samples of their food on display and free ice cream on the way out

Helpful?
Thank Jeremy W
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Often overlook Don Carlos Waco although I've been a number of times. Have always found the food to really be pretty good. They do need to work on the chips. Everyone knows, the chips make the difference between just OK & great.

Helpful?
Thank eli709
Fayetteville, Georgia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Very good food, atmosphere and service. Waitress went out of her way to serve my wife and I. Prices are very reasonable and ample servings. Highly recommend it.

Helpful?
Thank Bharris1954
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant before the lunch rush, but the kitchen seemed to be in their 'lunch rush mode.' My waitress, Crystal I believe, was nice and attentive, but the food was lackluster. I ordered the enchiladas de pescado. They started out great, but after a few bites I munched into something hard and bitter. It was a lime seed.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Allie B

Been to Don Carlos? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4651 Interstate 35 S, Waco, TX 76706-4608
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco
Description
http://www.doncarlosrestaurants.com/locations.htm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Don Carlos staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?