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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Over-priced and loud but...”

Tequila Mockingbird
Ranked #12 of 64 Restaurants in New Canaan
Cuisines: Mexican
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
New Canaan, Connecticut
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Over-priced and loud but...”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

If you have a need for faux-Mexican food, you might get by... In running for the bottom of the heap on Forest Street where many good family restaurants thrive. Good for an after work bar crowd, something New Canaan needs, but don't go for the food.

  • Visited May 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Russell C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

81 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    23
    29
    19
    2
    8
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Norwalk, Connecticut
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very good but used to be better”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

We've lived in the area for 12 years now and used to frequent this restaurant a fair amount when we first moved here. Overall, it's an enjoyable restaurant. Nice staff, great decor, super kid-friendly. I was a bit disappointed by one of my favorite salads there tonight, though. The grilled hearts of palm salad. It used to be superb, now it's just ok. It struck me tonight as a little "light". Light on romaine that had good color, light on a good proportion of tomatoes, light on the avocado and since they are calling it a grilled hearts of palm, they sure as heck could do better than 3 little slices of the stuff. Really? I don't think so. Call it a salad WITH the hearts of palm, then. There's not enough on that plate to warrant a spotlight seat. Also, they've removed some great items that they used to have (roasted corn soup, baked goat cheese over olivata salad)...too bad, they were stellar and very unique.
We'll still go as it's a good restaurant, but for the money, they should up the ante on the existing items (tortilla chips just OK...they can do better) and bring back some of the golden oldies.

  • Visited May 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank aprilsg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bedminster, New Jersey
Level Contributor
119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not bad Tex-Mex for middle of CT”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

We eat here often; wait times are long on Weekend nights. Bar scene for 20-30-somethings is usually hoping then.
Food is actually pretty good and they have a number of vegetarian options. They serve descent flan and cappuccinos aren't too bad after a fatty mexican meal either!
Guacamole is good, also try their enchiladas.
Ambiance on the dining area is ok, pretty dark with some neon signs. Families and couples abound!
Service, when you get it, is good-but very patchy on busy nights.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank shivaswrath
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
norwalk
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“We love Tequila Mockingbird! Wonderful Ambiance, great staff and great food!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Tequila Mockingbird is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants!  though it is always crowded on the weekend, the crowd adds to ambiance! Our favorite entree's include: Camerones! and Jerk Chicken!!!
and of course  the owner's Original Margarita is absolutely one of the best margaritas in Connecticut!
waitstaff is professional, ƒriendly, and service is quick, but they do not rush you.
it is a great family place, but also for going out with friends, and to unwind after a busy work week.. You won't be disappointed!

  • Visited February 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank nutmeggers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
178 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Dirty and Disgusting”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Only stays in business because of the bar scene. Don't eat anything but the guacamole. Dirty, rat-infested excuse for Mexican restaurant.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
3 Thank Jacoba S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Tequila Mockingbird also viewed

 
New Canaan, CT
New Canaan, CT
 

Been to Tequila Mockingbird? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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

Claim Your Listing