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“Very good food, so so service.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Estacion

La Estacion
Ranked #8 of 175 Restaurants in Waukesha
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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89 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Very good food, so so service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

We arrived early on a Saturday evening and were told the wait would be about 25 minutes. It was closer to 45 minutes. At least, we found a couple of seats at the bar where the service was quick and the drinks were good. We were finally seated in an upstairs dining room with about 8 other tables. It was noisy but I’ve experienced worse. We said “yes” to the chips and salsa but also asked for guacamole. It never showed up! The menu is very extensive. You will not find “Taco Bell” Mexican food here. The food is original/traditional Mexican cuisine. I ordered a combination plate that included a taco, an enchilada and a tostada with sides of refried beans and rice. The food was delicious and plentiful with just the right amount of spice and heat. My wife ordered a shrimp dish that she said was excellent. The food is why we keep coming back to this place. I would have rated this restaurant higher except for the wait and service.
Adios!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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304 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“All Aboard!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

I went with friends for a Saturday night dinner at La Estacion. This restaurant is found in the center of the city Waukesha in a refurbished old railroad station. Very picturesque with pictures of trains and blueprints of engines everywhere. Some of the restaurant's tables are actually located within railroad cars parked on a siding abutting the restaurant. Very cool, especially for kids!! This place is tough to find if you don't know the area. Even my Garmin kept trying to have me turn up non-existent streets. Make sure you know where you're headed before you leave for the restaurant. Also, make reservations for high activity times like weekend evenings. Without reservations, you'll likely have to wait 40' at the bar as we did. That's not all bad, they have some interesting custom (and inexpensive) margaritas. Finally, parking is an issue here at peak hours; you may need to walk a couple blocks to get to the restaurant as I did if you don't want to do the orbiting thing through the attached lot. The menu emphasizes traditional Mexican rather than "Americano" Mexican dishes. You may need translation for the more unusual dishes. Our various dishes, steak fajitas, Mexican steak and a seafood dish were all nicely done and were fresh, enjoyable and filling. Portions were perhaps a little smaller than at many Mexican restaurants. Our waiter was friendly and knew the menu well, but he was very, very busy. He was late getting our chips and salsa to us and then unfortunately never brought us the guacamole and tostada appetizer we had ordered. He made essentially no attempt was made to interest us in coffee or dessert, though we were filled enough we probably would have passed. I'd have been interested to hear his pitch though. The restaurant is loud and festive in many of its separate dining areas, but others are much quieter. Kids fit in well here. This is an interesting spot to try, both for its food, but also for it location and décor.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joe C
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Waukesha, United States
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

We ate at the buffet on Sunday lunch. The selection was truly awesome and tasted beyond description. We ate here for a buffet Sunday lunch before and it was good but this day it was over-and-above! The meat selection was chicken, pork and steak. Each prepared in a special way. Some buffets would have one good selection and the other so-so, but not here. Each was so good I over-ate. The deserts were good too, but I still can taste the main course. There definitely is something for everyone at the buffet. Inside the restaurant there are different areas to sit down each with there own abeyance. They have Mexican food at the buffet and on the menu. The buffet is not overly spicy for those who do not like spicy-mexican food, but it is very tasty.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gary G
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142 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A fun Mexican restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a good place to go before high school football games as it's within walking distance of the playing field. It gets very crowded and busy later. An appetizer is a meal in itself and more than one person can eat. The plates of Mexican food are huge and eating it all will leave you stuffed. Food is very good, as is the service. It's fun if you can get a table in the old train car.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marilinda69
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sunday brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

It felt a little confusing, but the food was good, the service great, and the price outstanding. A very good value with good food.

Visited May 2013
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