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“Just OK”
Review of Santa Fe Taqueria

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Santa Fe Taqueria
Ranked #895 of 4,292 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Northwest District
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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644 reviews
386 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 854 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This place has been dishing up cafeteria style Mexican food for many years on popular NW 23rd. Now that there are many better eateries in the neighborhood, this one is a little tired and run down. At noon today it was not busy while many in the neighborhood were. Despite the sparsely attended food line the server/cooks were slow but cordial.
The idea is that you order ingredients for various dishes and tacos from a buffet line then plates are completed while you go through the line. Pretty good idea if the food prep is quick, which it isn't.
There are lots of better restaurants within a short walk and plenty of fast food Mexican places in Portland, but this is convenient and affordable place for a quick lunch when all other places are too busy.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Malice6
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Fort Myers, Florida
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fresh good Mexican/South American Food”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Went to lunch here and pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the place. The guy behind the counter washed his hands frequently when going between helping at the register and preparing - another guy wiping down tables and the picnic tables outside. I had the Brazilian burrito - good fresh ingredients well prepared. Enjoyed the meal. Look for Salt & Straw ice cream across the street for dessert - fabulous!

Visited July 2013
Thank GatorCraig
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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146 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great Location - OK food”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

This is a nice place in the Alphabet District but if you're looking for really good, authentic mexican food, not a great choice. It's right across the street from Salt and Straw (creamery), so load up on the Margaritas here and clear your palette at Salt & Straw.

Visited July 2013
Thank Milt R
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Portland, Oregon
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155 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“I Finally Tried It and I Loved It”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

I don't know how many times I have walked by this place but it's a lot. I'm not a huge Mexican food fan but when I'm in the mood, it hits the spot.
Wow this place is good! Took my teenage daughters with me. We had a regular burrito, breakfast burrito and a taco salad.
Everything was so good, so fresh, not overwhelmed with cheese, friendly service, real eggs (I saw him crack them myself), fast, reasonably priced, the salsa is made there not poured from a plastic tub. I was really impressed. Go try it!

  • Visited October 2012
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3 Thank mmoc65
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Carson City, Nevada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Soo Good!”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Reasonable prices. Excellent, friendly service. Large portions. Food is made while you watch! Will definately go back again!

Visited February 2012
1 Thank sierrayoyo
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