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“A tad overrated”

Tres Carnales Taqueria
Ranked #6 of 2,393 Restaurants in Edmonton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Central American
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: (780) 429-0911
Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A tad overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is one of Edmonton's hottest, trendiest restaurants, and it's always jam-packed and noisy with lineups out of the door on busy nights. I've been twice, once on a Saturday night and once for lunch mid-week. Be clear on one thing, however, it is not a restaurant, more of a cafeteria. You line up at the counter and order your food, are given a tag, and then you are seated. The place does not take reservations and will not seat you until your entire party arrives (and there's nowhere really to wait, you just mill around and get in the way of the staff rushing around). The seating is a variety of things; a couple of small tables, some coffee-bar-style groupings of lounge chairs and a couple of large tables where various parties would sit together. It is also like a cafeteria in that the staff would like you to eat and get out as quickly as possible so they can seat another group (one of the owners told me that's why they couldn't seat me until the rest of my party arrived -- their business is on the basis of quick turnover). The food is very reasonably priced -- $10 for tacos, a little higher for other variations. As to the food itself, there's no doubt it's an improvement on fast-food or chain-restaurant Mexican food. Ingredients are fresh and tasty; I would have preferred a non-deep-fried option for the fish taco, but that being said the fry was spot-on, very crunchy and tasty. My big criticism was that the dish was also WAY too salted. It really detracted from the overall result. The ambience definitely skews young -- very frenetic and loud. There was a rather amateurish painting of Frieda Kahlo on one wall that made me cringe, and lots of Day of the Dead knick-knacks. I also found some of the staff a bit obnoxious (others were perfectly fine, so I guess it's the luck of the draw). Overall, I'd recommend the place for a quick lunch or takeout food; not so much for evening dining.

  • Visited November 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Heavenly Food ;-))”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

I never once had to wait longer than a few mins to place our order, eat in or take away. This place should open up in Aberdeen, Scotland & show Scots what real Mexican food is about, not the drivel they pass off as, in some restaurants as Mexican! I miss this place so much!!

  • Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

I loved the freshness of everything and all the dishes we tried we definitely enjoyed! Having traditional limes served with all the various fillings was an awesome touch. It will take MANY visits to get through all the different dishes and fillings.

Service was quick and accurate plus staff were friendly and cheerful. Items are ordered at the counter and brought to your table as soon as they are ready.

Liked the day of the dead decorations and the modern flair with a Mexican touch. Real wood furniture added warmness . Chairs were not as comfortable as I wanted but everything made up for that.


Prices were good as well. Middle of the road price but not middle of road food by far!

One thing would make this place better.....a beach ! LOL. Well they may be a fib......better parking would be nice but it IS downtown Edmonton , and that is no way a fault of tres carnales.

Visited June 2013
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“Good but ...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Food was good but I felt the value was not what I expected based on the quantity of food for the cost.

I had the guacamole & chips and the special tostitos. Tasty but not satisfying. Also the chips while fresh made appear to be wheat based not more traditional corn.

I would return but knowing if you have a big appetite that it'll be a big hit to your wallet

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AMAZING-- try the papas fritas and pescado”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Great food fantastic service....Ordered, PAPAS FRITAS ( appetizer) amazing.. PESCADO ( red snaper tacos) UNREAL...POLLO ASADO( chicken tacos) these were okay. ENCHILADAS ( these were amazing too)
Highly recommend ..I am going back :)

  • Visited October 2013
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