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“Love This Place”

Pappasito's Cantina
Ranked #80 of 3,600 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Benton, Arkansas
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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Love This Place”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We live in another state and drive to Dallas just to eat at this restuarant! We love it. The food is always good. We went on a recent Saturday afternoon and met friends for lunch. They never rushed us out. The food is pricier but you get large portions.

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TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Can'tina get it right this night”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

A disappointing, sub-par Sat. night at PC.

Partly our fault for arriving at 7:00pm, although our wait time was only ~ 20 minutes.

A packed house and waiter confusion led to an incorrect drink order, incorrect / mixed-up entree orders, and a MIA entree that finally came after everyone else was halfway thru their meal. "...It's coming right out..." was a meaningless tease.

Black beans were as bland as paper (did they just open a can and pour them into a bowl?.) One diner's untouched drink and virtually untouched entree should have at least prompted the waiter to ask if everthing was OK?

Felt as if our party of four was sitting at a table built for two with plates hanging off the edge.

Expecting much better at these prices.

  • Visited January 2013
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Large portions of food. Average mexican food at best. The only thing as great was handmade tortillas!!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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97 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Times”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

I had been told about Pappacito's by some work mates that it was the place to go to for Mexican food in the Dallas area. So meeting up with some friends while in town they recommended that we go there to eat. To put it mildly it was a fantastic experience.

First of all the look of the building when you pull in is great. They really went all out decorating the outside to look like an aged cantina that would dot any countryside in either Texas or Mexico. Impressive fountains line the sides of a wooden bridge leading into the entrance. Immediately to the left of the front door is a huge outdoor sitting area. Given the time of year, it was a little chilly to eat outside but another part of the year I imagine it would be fun. Inside the decor is much the same as one large room is filled end to end with tables and one wall is lined by the bar. Overall I really liked the ambiance and feel of the restaurant both inside and out.

As for the food, where to begin? We had a large party on a Friday night and the staff was very accommodating helping us. The first thing we ordered was guacamole. The have a special person on staff that comes to the table and make the guacamole fresh right at your seats. We had two batches made one with jalapenos and one without. With expert grace he made up the dish in seconds and it was delicious. My only knock on the meal was the regular salsa they served, it was mediocre and bland. Some bites had heat but still no flavor. The salsa was disappointing. The meals however quickly overcame this small complaint. My friends ordered a fajita dish made with seafood that blew me away. It had lobster, shrimp, chicken, and a host of vegetables. The server started out pouring the melted butter down a skewer of shrimp. It was a mouthwatering display of greatness. For me I ordered a grilled Mahi-Mahi that came on a bed of vegetables with rice and beans. As most places do in Texas they grill using Mesquite pieces. I personally love Mesquite and when cooked with the flavorful fish made a very tasty dish. In fact it was the best Mahi-Mahi I have ever had and one of the best pieces of fish I have ever eaten. The kids at the table ordered chicken quesadillas that looked more like an adult portion that a child’s. They were well done and looked very appetizing, although due to the size of them, none of them finished it.

My final verdict is that Pappacito's is everything that its reputation said it was. If you are looking for a genuine Mexican food experience in the Dallas area this is the place to go. It has the ambiance, the marvelous food, and a great location that make it well worth a visit, or perhaps three.

  • Visited December 2012
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Glendale, Ohio
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“Great place for a party!!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We had a Birthday party here for my 85 year old mother. This was our second party to host here an they are the best. Food was great, the room set-up and decor are beautiful, the service is very attentive. Great experience both times!! Highly recommend!!

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