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“Best Mexican Restaurant Around”

Viva Mexico Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 126 Restaurants in Flemington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Raritan, New Jersey, United States
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Mexican Restaurant Around”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Really well stocked and varied menu. Authentic Mexican food which is always fresh and delicious. Soups, appetizers, entrees, yummy desserts. BYOB. Pretty Mexican-themed decorations throughout. It may be on the small side, but the people there wear big smiles and treat their customers like gold.

Visited April 2013
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NJ
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“Muy bueno”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Love this place. Food consistently good. Fresh ingredients and service always with a smile. Have been going for years and will continue to do so. Gracias!

  • Visited January 2013
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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“Great food, great prices”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

This local gem is a must for anyone seeking authentic Mexican food at a great price. I was surprised to see one bad review here as we have been coming for years, and have had consistently great meals. It's a casual BYOB, and the food tasty and satisfying. I find the portions big, and always bring home leftovers. I especially love the mole, which you can have as a sauce over chicken or over enchiladas. The salsa is fresh, and the ingredients spicy. My daughter also loves their tres leches cake. I would recommend this highly as a great family place.

  • Visited January 2013
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Stockton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Oh Dear! Perfectly terrible tonight.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We've been to this place any number of times and have previously given it fairly good reviews. But tonight, when seven of us (six adults, one child) went for dinner we had a totally unacceptable experience. One member of our party ordered their special fish dish. We were not told that this dish would take unbelievably long to prepare. When after 45 minutes of waiting for dinner, we asked when our meals would be served, the waitress told us that the delay was due to the fish special. If a dish cannot be prepared and served in the same amount of time that the other dishes on the menu take, it should not be on the menu. It was a full hour before our meals were served and by that time we were in bad enough moods that the meal simply was not enjoyable. It will be a long time, if ever, before we go back. Sorry, but that kind of experience is deadly.

  • Visited January 2013
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Stockton, New Jersey
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“Reliably consistent and fairly satisfying”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We're semi-regulars at this Flemington Mexican restaurant, going there about once every 3 months or so, and have been since it opened several years ago. The menu has stayed pretty much the same over all that time and so has the quality of the service and the food. While the menu is somewhat limited (perhaps a dozen different dishes) they also generally have two or three specials available. On our most recent visit I ordered one of the specials, Ropa Vieja, which was quite tasty. My wife had their Tilapia special which she also enjoyed. If one of the specials isn't appealing to me I tend to order their Tampiquena--a small sirloin with a piquant sauce, an enchilada and, of course, rice and beans. They also have an excellent Tortilla Soup, but we tend to avoid having soup in the summer months. We usually also skip dessert, but on our last visit decided to splurge and order a bunuelo for both of us to share. While it was quite tasty (Vanilla Ice Cream drizzled with honey and served on a sweet flour tortilla), it did not come up to the quality of bunuelos we've had at Mexican Village in Princeton. This bunuelo needed to have some cinammon sprinkled on it and the sweet flour tortilla could have and should have been more delicate. Nonetheless, it was a satisfying ending to a very pleasant meal. The restaurant is in a small old building and the decor is quite simple but certainly clean and pleasant. The service is always friendly and efficient. While the place can get quite busy on a Friday or Saturday night, we've almost never had a wait for a table (I don't think they take reservations); of course we tend to get there early...around 6 or 6:30 PM. Don't forget to bring your own beer, wine or, like us, Margaritas.

  • Visited August 2012
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