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“Lots of dining options in one package”

Tarahumara Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in Midway
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tarahumara Restaurant is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves fresh food daily. We provide outdoor (seasonal) or indoor seating for our restaurant, cantina and bakery. Our restaurant has counter service in our restaurant and bakery, and a full wait staff in our Cantina. Face painting is free for children every Tuesday, and kids are always welcome to draw and have fun! We put lots of crayons on every table in authentic Mexican food cans for the children to use (Please don't confuse these cans for food! They are only decorations that we purchased as a creative way to hold the crayons. Someone actually accused us that they weren't decorations, but we like them and so do our regulars so we're keeping them!). Our adults-only Cantina offers a full bar as well as a full-menu. We also offer live music in our Cantina, Friday through Sunday. Come see us for great food, fun, and maybe even a little dancing ;)
Orem, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Lots of dining options in one package”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

Really enjoyed our recent visit to Tarahumara Mexican Restaurant. Located just a couple of blocks from the main part of Midway's Main Street, Tarahumara offers several different types of dining options that is clearly enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike. There's a bakery/coffee shop, a cantina/bar/restaurant, a large patio, and a window-order/table service section. Frankly, it's a little confusing to a newcomer, but the end results were great.

We chose to order our food -- and drinks, there is a full bar -- at the "self-service" section and sit on the decent-sized patio behind the restaurant. Food and drinks are brought to your table, so it's essentially like a regular restaurant experience, except that you pay in advance. (I think they'd be better off doing traditional table service as we had a tiny bit of sticker shock for our lunch for two >$50 with drinks. We woudn't have noticed as much had we paid after our tasty meal.)

The menu is a cut above most Mexican restaurants in Utah with some real variety of offerings and some lighter, fresher fare. All of our food was excellent. The salsa bar was not such a big draw for us, but it was nice to have a choice of condiments for our pork and lamb soft tacos.

We took advantage of the bakery/coffee shop after our main meal. Slightly inconvenient to have to walk through restaurant and outside to the bakery to fetch the desserts and coffee, but the options they had were very good and overall it was still a plus. Desserts and coffee for two came to $11, so our whole meal was almost $65. A little high if you're taking the kids, I suppose.

We like this place. It's a little quirky but so local in feel and good in quality that we plan to return.

  • Visited September 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ribs so Dry they were like Jerky”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had dinner here on Labor Day later around 6 PM. We shared a meal and ordered the ribs with rice and beans. The ribs were very dry, almost like eating Jerky. I didn't send them back because I worry what the cooks reaction will be. I told the waiter/bar tender about how dry they were. No offer was made to reduce the bill so I paid the full price and left. It is a nice place and they have a very nice salsa bar with lots of choices. There are not very many choices for dinning in Midway Utah but the quality of this meal was way below average.

  • Visited September 2012
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Park City, Utah
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“Love this restaurant, cantina and bakery! EXCELLENT”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

What is ther not to love? The food is authenic (owners are from the Tarahumara people of Mexico, who are renowned for their long-distance running ability). (Ask to see some running sandles!) The food is very, very good. There are several dining areas to seat, a indoor dining room, the outdoor deck and a seperate cantina with a full bar. As one would expect at a great Mexican restaurant, the Margarita menu is extensive! There is also an extensive condiments/salsa bar. The atmosphere is usually full or crowded, lively, and fun. The dining room is very suitable for families, while the cantina is great if dining with adult friends. We have always experienced very good service. If in the Midway area, this is a wonderful, fun option for some great Mexican food!

  • Visited August 2012
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Hughson, California, United States
1 review
“Good eats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Delightful salsa bar - lots of options. Nice selection of beers. The Papaya Chicken Quesadilla was fabulous!!! Outside patio dining was cozy and comfortable - a nice option to avoid the TV in the main dining room and the cantina.

Visited August 2012
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Thank Dyan H
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Kinston, NC
2 reviews
“YUM!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

The food was fantastic, minus the chips. They had a really awesome salsa bar. The way you ordered was not good. You had to stand in a line that was forever long and once you placed your order they gave you a small dish of chips that tasted like they had sat under the warmer to long.

Visited August 2012
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