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“East Texas Jewel”
Review of Villa Montez

Villa Montez
Ranked #6 of 399 Restaurants in Tyler
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

Wow! Absolutely the best pork shank I've ever eaten. Excellent salsa. The spinach dip was awesome. Have to try the watermelon jalapeños margarita. Yum! Eric was our server and he did an excellent job. He gave us great recommendations for our meal and we're glad we followed them.

1  Thank Amanda J
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

OK, usually that makes one think of eating at a restaurant on top of a tall skyscraper. In Tyler, it means eating in a converted house on top of a small hill; but we loved the view just the same. Built in the early 1900's, the villa sits on it's own hill, surrounded by beautiful foliage that looks great all year round. After dark, the exterior lights make you feel like your dinner is a celebration, even if you just came for good food.
There are several rooms to eat in, preserved from the building original purpose as a home. Windows tend to be leaded, or have interesting stained glass toppers.
The food ranges from original entrees with a Latin touch to more traditional Mexican fare, only better than you expect. Prices are reasonable, especially for the ambiance, food quality and service. Atmosphere is relaxed, friendly. Dress is everything from what you wore to work(remove any ties) to shorts (summer) or jeans (winter).
Hint: get a reservation, even mid-week!

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Thank Kalmhill
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Ive been a couple of times to Villa and each time it gets better not that it was ever bad to begin with! I get the same thing everytime its a fajita burrito and it will blow you away for dollar bills you spend! ask about special drinks and they are awesome! had a strawberry basil margarita it was amazing I tried to make it at home not the same! worth every dollar and its beautiful !

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Thank foodallover
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We live about an hour away and travel to Tyler a few times each year to meet friends and because there are interesting restaurants to try. We have dined in this building on and off for more than 20 years when it has been other cuisines.

We found this cuisine to be one of the best we have eaten here!

Without a reservation, it's easy to dine 5ish on a Saturday. But when we left there was a line of people and everyone had reservations.

The food is Mexican/Spanish but it's definitely not Tex-Mex. It was fresh, very good, creative and plated nicely. I had fajita enchiladas with a red sauce. There is verde rice and black beans which is a nice twist. The salsa and chips were very good.

The service was attentive. Tyler has recently gone "wet," so it's easier to get a mixed drink in a restaurant. My friends had margaritas.

If I lived in Tyler this would probably be a regular, but with an hour-drive, we will still try it again.

Because it's in an older property (which was once an estate), there is a walk to the door from the parking lot; if you park in front, there are steps to climb. I imagine there is an approach which is more handicap friendly, but you should call to inquire. It's worth it!

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1  Thank Nittie
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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere! Owner grows fresh vegs on location and uses in cooking. Try habanero salsa.. It is hot but so good!

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