I am reluctant to grade this restaurant, because there are many things I really like about it, and some disappointing things. And, as a relatively new restaurant, they still have time to work out the kinks and make it a really, really good dining experience.
Having lived for 3 years in Texas I miss truly good, authentic, Mexican food. There is a void and a need for that in Tampa. None of the Mexican restaurants in town are particularly good or authentic.
I have been to Catrina's 4 times and was immediately attracted by their menu. They offered the hope of having, at last, a truly authentic Mexican restaurant in town. But, as much as I applaud the effort, at some point you have to deal with the reality of the food that is served. And the problem with Catrina's is that sometimes it can be really good, while other times is just blah. Inconsistency is preventing this place from being what it can potentially be.
Service needs to be improved: the servers, while friendly, lack proper training. The other big issue here is seasoning. In more than one occasion my food was under-seasoned and the result was bland flavors. C'mon, bland flavors is not what you expect in Mexican cousine!
I hope they can get their act together, improve their weak points, and continue to strive to be the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Tampa.
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