My husband and I took our friends to Casa Bonita for dinner last month. I had heard so much about this establishment and was excited to see it and experience it for myself. Our friends were visiting from the east coast and had their two young boys with them (ages 5 and 8). We arrived early and only had to wait for about 20 minutes. Later in the evening we noted that the wait time was well over an hour. Dining at Casa Bonita is an interesting experience. Each person must order an entree which costs around $15/person. As vegetarians, we found the menu very limited. I hope that people don't choose to visit Casa Bonita for the food...it is really terrible. I don't know how a restaurant can get away with charging so much for such awful food, but they manage. After ordering an entree, you are seated at a table in one of the many dining areas. I would suggest asking for a table near the waterfall. The inside of Casa Bonita is difficult to describe. It reminded me of an odd mix between The Rainforest Cafe and a cruise ship. There are no windows inside the restaurant. It is a maze indoors...various dining areas, an indoor waterfall, arcades, cheesy gift shops, and caves. Chips, queso, and salsa is included with each order. The queso was the most edible part of our meal. The waitstaff is attentive and friendly. On each table is a placard with the schedule of entertainment. The entertainment staff puts on pirate fights, cliff diving, and other performances centered around the indoor waterfall. The place is filled with kids running around. It was a great place to let the kids run around and expend some energy. One tip...make sure that one person in your party is at your table at all times. Once the table is empty the staff will assume that you have left and seat the next party. All in all...I was happy that I finally experienced Casa Bonita, but I don't feel the desire to ever return.
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