For the first evening of our fourth annual "girls weekend" on Catalina, we tried Coyote Joe's for the first time. The outdoor patio was pleasant and inviting, and the location was just off the main street so we could hear each other talk. Warning #1: The table decorations included cheap plastic flowers in small pots - not really conducive to the authentic Mexican theme. Perhaps this should have been our first clue as to what was ahead of us.
Warning #2: the John Daly (vodka/lemonade/tea) was touted as being "better than a Long Island Iced Tea, and makes you feel twice as good." Five of us decided to try it. One sip and we all looked at each other winching in disgust. The rancid taste made us all return our drinks to be replaced with greyhounds. How can you mess up Vodka and grapefruit juice? Ask the bartender at Coyote Joe's, since apparently he'll be able to tell you!! None of us finished our replacement round of drinks either. Very disappointing.
Warning #3: Our first clue as to the quality of the food was spotting the deep fried Dodger dog on the menu. We order the basics: super nachos (burned beef ); chicken enchilada (no flavor and very dry); and tacos (minimally "okay."). There was literally no flavor and very bland. This place needs an authentic mexican chef and sous chef to deliver on the promise of Mexican food and flavors which were completely absent from every dish!
All in all the WORST eating experience we've had in the four years we have been coming to the Island for our girls weekend. I would say beware, be warned, and be wise to avoid eating here at all costs. Sorry to be so harsh, but other than the fair service, this place has almost no redeeming qualities.
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