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.

Don Carlos

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

73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 73: English reviews
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 

Thank Allie B
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Passing through Waco we stopped by for a bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised! Probably in the top 2 of the best fajitas I've eaten. If you're in the area, it's worth the stop.

Thank SpeedandTrixie
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great $3.50 margaritas & free chips, salsa & queso dip. Service was friendly and speedy. Bar was crowded with smiling regulars.

Thank Grey B
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Level Contributor
100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went here for dinner on a Saturday night. We were seated promptly but had to ask for a server to come take our drink order, waited about 10 minutes. The actual restaurant had a decent atmosphere and a large covered patio. The chips and salsa were not very good. The fajitas we had were just ok,... More 

Thank ewachtler
College Station, Texas
Level Contributor
245 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We no longer have family living in Waco, so our visits to Don Carlos are fewer and farther between; however, it is still a favorite and we plan our trips through Waco around lunch or dinner just to go to Don Carlos. Probably the best restaurant Margarita I've had and the food is outstanding. I love their enchiladas with chili... More 

Thank jrhales77
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Our tacos and enchiladas were really good. The green sauce served with the chips was good, too. The service was fast. We enjoyed our meal in a place where we didn't have to talk loud to be heard.

Thank Pamelita7117
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Only average and the area has so many other better choices. And this is after a 2nd or 3rd visit - just didn't get any better. I had a Gift Certificate so I tried them out again. Regular Salsa was good but green salsa was bland. Lunch Menu has good variety, just as a reference though, it's a Lunch "Special"... More 

Thank Traveler254_12
Level Contributor
111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

We stopped in mid-afternoon after driving from Galveston. They have both great frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas. The chips and salsa were very good.

Thank redt2play
Godley, Texas
Level Contributor
82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Went with family after going to Cabelas. I had the cheese & onion enchiladas and they were good. Our waiter did a good job of keeping chip and salsa filled. Food came out fast and hot.

Thank mt_goodrich
Elm Mott, Texas
Level Contributor
32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I love this place, always good hot appetizing food! Good chips good tea, and good food! We have always has great service we've been to Carlos several times and never disappoint !

Thank Mary Lou M

Travelers who viewed Don Carlos also viewed


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 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4651 Interstate 35-S, Waco, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco

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?