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“Rocking the Vibe at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar”

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar
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Ranked #124 of 3,863 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Description: Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar serves the best authentic, fresh, and reasonably priced Mexican food featuring the simple recipes of everyday Mexican life. The corn tortillas are made by hand and cooked fresh on the comal just as they are made in kitchens throughout Mexico. Enjoy fresh guacamole prepared tableside. Order a Margarita mixed with housemade sour mix. Sample one of the 220 different Tequila's Rocco's keeps on hand (The Largest Selection in Florida). The bar is always busy and the crowd's energy level reaches a crescendo when "Rocco" himself does his now famous "TEQUILA DANCE" on top of the bar. Rocco's Tacos offers outdoor lakeside dining along beautiful Sand Lake. Come join the fun at Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar!!
Reviewed June 16, 2013

The setting couldn’t be any better. Where else in town valets Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bentleys, Maserati, Porsche, not to mention the host of huge SUVs? Restaurant Row, to be exact Roccos Tacos. This is the most happening place around town with wait times rumored in several hours. Really, it’s just a restaurant right?

Well dah, yes, but not just any restaurant. It is a restaurant that wants to be a hip cool hang out spot, with DJs and full blast music. Two outdoor bars and huge indoor bars makes place more about libations than food. But does it really matter? After all people go out to have a good time.

Although this is build as a Mexican place, it has a more modern take. The décor is very Mexican contemporary, if that is an option. Tin ceiling, heavy wood, traditional carvings, splashy lighting all invites and invokes a very progressive fun atmosphere. No Mariachi singers coming along here.

Beckenridge Agave Wheat Lightly refreshing with a hint of wheat and slight sweetness.

The large selection of Margaritas and Specialty Drinks distinguishes from a Mexican mom and pops to a hot spot. How many Tequilas do you know? Take a look and sample this enormous selection. These selections will make any Mexican proud, Viva Mexico!

Food is the full gamut of Mexican selections. Although, like the décor, it seems food has taken the same nod and up it’s ante. The presentations and flavors appear bold and appealing.

Roccos Chips was a crisp light seasoned dusting of pure pleasure. However, I was always under the impression that chips were served with whatever dip at the same time. We stared at the chips for a good while before the tableside master guacamole maker showed up.

Tableside Guacamole was an interesting concept. But if I am to pay that much for a showing in guacamole making, at least have the guacamole master attempt a little useless conversation or not wonder off in conversation with every other staff member who walks by. But this is a relaxed laid back atmosphere so I guess it is okay to ignore the guest.

The guacamole itself is quite remarkable. Flavors are bold, fresh and bursting.

Tortilla Soup Chicken, roasted tomato chipotle broth,
tortillas, cilantro, lime crema, cotija cheese. Slightly lacking in something.

Pesca and Chorizo Taco Grilled Mahi was spot on, juicy, tender, and delicately flavored. Chorizo was a little unrecognizable. Wasn’t sure which ground meat I was eating.

Gaucho Platter Skirt steak, chicken breast and Spanish chorizo with refried beans and red rice. The flavors here was a little under whelming. Nothing distinguishing. Portion size was enough and not over sized.

Churros lightly dusted with sugar, chocolate and cinnamon. The star of the show. Maybe I am just inclined to fried dough. Crisp and delightfully delicious.

This is a great place to hang out and blow off some steam or just have a grand time. The setting of loud music encourages that sort of throw caution to the wind blowing in off the lake and have a fiesta. Maybe my food selections were not representative. Although very full, I was still lacking. Maybe this is not about food, or food is just one part. Great addition to the dining scene on Restaurant Row. At least the people driving fancy cars think so.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Loud, long waits, lots of drunk females, a bit overpriced, average food. If you go on a weekend make a reservation. If you don't mind the wait, you might mind that it's hard to get a drink because people at the bar won't move for you. I doubt I return. Also, they have a DJ who plays old songs from Salt N Pepa, Tone Loc, etc (really?). Just awful. The best part is it overlooks the lake and they have some really cute servers and runners.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

My cousin told me about this place, and so I was really looking forward to trying it out during my visit to Orlando. The ambience is great--it's really laid back, and the decor is fun. It definitely seems like it would be enjoyable for late night or happy hour. But I wasn't really impressed by the food.

The homemade tortillas and guacamole ($12+!!) were excellent, as were the fruity Margaritas, but that's pretty much where it ended. I ordered the chicken mole, as I usually do when I eat at taco/Mexican spots, but thsi did not taste like mole at all. It was good, but again, not mole. My husband had another chicken dish, which I do not recall, but he was underwhelmed as well.

I'd probably go back for drinks when visiting, but probably not for a meal.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Rocco's Tacos is the whole package. Where some other Mexican restaurants will hit the bulls-eye with their table-side guacamole, diverse entrees, tequila drinks, or vibe, Rocco's Tacos is one of few that nails all categories. Too often, a sit-down Mexican meal will taste canned or cheap on ingredients, have watered-down (or mix-diluted) margaritas, or have a confusingly hokie vibe. Rocco's has the ambiance and the complete menu to stand up for the feel that the scenery creates. I know that a visit will leave me full and happy, and know that I can happily take guests there and expect the same.

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Thank JTHolman
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

we loved this place. It was super lively, good people watching, cool atmosphere, and really really great food!! The guacamole is awesome.... as are the chips. Tacos were excellent. My husband had the fajitas - which are not typical fajitas. And he was blown away by how amazing they were. The tequila selections were very extensive, as was the beer selections. We loved this place... we'll be back.

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