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“Nice dinner spot” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grill Caliente

Grill Caliente
Ranked #13 of 87 Restaurants in Ruidoso
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Food is Southwestern
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice dinner spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

We just had salads and a taco each but we both thought the deep-fried avocado was well done and tasty. The waitress was friendly and attentive and took good care of us. The tacos were also well-done and were a nice side to the generous salads. Overall, an enjoyable experience and we would definitely go back.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Chuck C
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fort Worth, Texas
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119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Delicious!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

We dined on a Tuesday evening so there was no issue with waiting — were seated right away on the front patio. The service was prompt and we had some wine while waiting for our food, which came out much quicker than expected! We both ordered the Chicken Poblano. It was some of the best southwest food we've had. Sooooo good!! And the portion size was just right for us — not too much to where you over-eat and feel miserable later. The atmosphere on the patio could have been a little better, but it was nice sitting outside in the pleasant evening air. Definitely worth a try!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Linda B
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Texas
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“just get the fried pepper rings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food was good but the fried pepper rings were so good that was all I wanted. inch wide slices of poblano, green chili, and jalapeno fried in a crispy light batter and chilpotle ranch to dip in. I don't normally eat fried food, but these were so good I didn't care and chowed down. Not too hot...my friend is not a "hot" person and still loved them. I may make them my whole meal next time and not share. Small was big enough for two to share lots of peppers. Just the best I've had.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank TAbeliever
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159 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good taste”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Pork tenderloin,mash potatoes with black beans. Very good taste and the waiter was good. The restaurant needs some tender loving care from management instead watching customer come in. Had to wait for refills due to waiter over working routine. Hamburger looks good on the table nearby

Visited August 2014
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Thank SDC73
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Some aspect were good, some...not so much...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

We obviously arrived during a rush on a Saturday night. The organization at the front was completely non-existent. There was one guy, sometimes, taking names. Other times he was wandering around, serving wine, I was very confused to his function. There was an entire line of people waiting just to put their names in and the front was completely empty. There were several empty, dirty tables that sat unbussed for at least 10 minutes, despite the amount of people waiting.
Moving on from the service, the menu looked very good, lots of interesting options to choose from! We ordered the Queso Blanco for an appetizer. It was quite bland. When our food arrived, all of the french fries were cold. That was disappointing but everything else was very good. The service in the front and the cold fries are the only reason this restaurant didn't get 4 stars!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank VahnCairbourn
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