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01/04/09Provided by Citysearch
Inside patrons were all gringos and only one Hispanic family - BIG HINT!. Waiter had a huge Mohawk and recommended either the fajitas, the chili relleno or the Rib eye steak. The first two were already poorly rated here. Wish I had read these reviews first! I ordered the Vallarta steak - a rib eye with onion, pepper and tomato on top. He did not ask how I wanted it cooked - BIG HINT #2. I did not get a Rib eye. I got a half of a ROUND STEAK sliced 1/8th of an inch thick and cooked to a crisp.
DH ordered the Two Burrito?s. They were extremely small. Meals came with just rice & pureed beans. We paid $12:50 & $9:50, We could have gotten huge portions of great food, with side salads & guacamole at Estella?s Restaurant. I also ordered a side dish of Guacamole - but I said if it?s not fresh don?t bring it. He offered to bring a fresh sliced avocado instead HINT #3
When the waiter asked how it was, I said ?BAD? and he asked if I wanted to order another dish. He disappeared and never came back. Another waiter took over and he said to another in Spanish - ?they just want a discount?. HINT #4 they assumed I did not speak Spanish. I asked to see the manager and he never came.
I wrote a note on a napkin telling the manager about our food and service. I took it to the front receptionist and asked her who the manager was. She looked at our old mohawk waiter and in Spanish he told her to say it was a guy sitting in a chair who had been chatting with her (her boyfriend?). He looked nervous and played along. We were so disgusted with the meat scam and one lie after another.
I will also try to report the misrepresentation of the steak to the restaurant inspectors.
04/30/08Provided by Citysearch
After hearing recommendations. I Took my family there for dinner. As soon as we were seated we all agreed there was a terrible odor throughout the place. It was a soaked in spoiled stink. Then, my son used the bathroom. He came back and said it was a mess. I checked, it was a filthy mess. WHERE'S THE HEALTH INSPECTORS. We didn't order. It was badddd! Employees had no answers for the odor on filth.
So disappointed. Just moved nearby.
02/23/08Provided by Citysearch
I was born and raised in mexico and still live there, so i know really mexican food when i taste it and let me tell you people this is not it. I came to visit my cousin who lives in tampa and she decided to take me to this restaurant thinking i would like it, boy was she wrong. When you walk into the restaurant the first thing you see are the servers who are dressed with sloppy t-shirt that don't even have the restaurants name on them, of course I ignored that fact because i don't judge a book by its cover but when i tasted the watery salsa and greasy food i thought screw that i should have. The salsa has no spices what so ever, you can tell that it is made with nothing but tomato juice that i bet aren't even freshly squeezed but from the can. After dumping a pound of salt in the watery whatever they call it i ordered the fajitas and not suprised gagged at the first bite. Im not the kind of person who returns the food and asks for money back so instead i asked for a togo box, bad mistake I finally realized how people get clogged arteries, from eating food soiled with grease like this all the time. If anyone would like to have a heartattack go there and order their food. All the people who write good reviews for this place would not know what really mexican food was if i took a tasty carne asada and slapped them in the face with it. I mean for god sakes people quesadillas can be made by taco bell and still come out better then theirs. The only reason some of you guys think its good is because you all a tipsy off the cheap magarita they have their. Any who after almost loses all of the food i ate the entire week ,i had myself some mcdonalds i suggest you guys eat that better!!!
08/21/06Provided by Citysearch
I started going to this Vallartas on Dale Mabry a few years ago, and from the first taste of their queso, i was hooked! add to that their margaritas that are made with real lime juice and oj that are brought out in a glass that fish could make a home of and you will surely be smiling by the time your entree gets there. i highly recommend the burritos guadalajara!!!! if you want better ambiance, i suggest the new location in the veterans amc 20 plaza. its beautiful in there!
09/24/05Provided by Citysearch
I could eat here everyday! The menu is large, the price is great, and the margaritas are the best. Try a jumbo Texas margarita. The chips seem to be more fresh at the Dale Mabry location, but the total atmosphere at the AMC Veterans plaza is great with live music, outdoor patio bar, and great service.
05/08/04Provided by Citysearch
New to area and wanted good Mexican food. I've been to Texas and I'm from Southern Cal, maybe I was expecting too much, but what a disappointment. Service was quick and the chips were good is about the only plus. Salsa tasted like something from a jar. Taco Bell has better. I ordered the lunch special, a chili relleno, taco, with rice and beans. Boy what a big disappointment! The chili relleno were simply awful! I think there was a chili in there somewhere amongst the cheese. The plate and food were hot which is a good thing, but the cheese was starting to brown on top, it seemed it sat under a heat lamp. I also ordered a margarita and again was disappointed! Weak and sweet, yuck! I will never go back again still searching for good Mexican food in the Tampa area. Again, maybe I'm expecting too much.
05/31/03Provided by Citysearch
I want to caveat my ratings...we love this place, but only for the lunch buffet. For the price of items on the normal menu, I'd expect better ambiance. But the food is terrific. The restaurant is not the kind of place you would stop in with the family, unless you lived in San Antonio, and knew that restaurants that look lousy usually have the best Mexican in the city.
12/20/02Provided by Citysearch
We love coming here. I can honestly sayI have never had beter Mexican food. If my boyfriend doesn't eat here at least once a week he goes into withdrawls. They use a white cheese that is ooh soo good. All of the extras are freshly prepared. One warning though, leave room for your meal. We always over eat on the chips and salsa, they just keep bringing it. And the best part is it's inexpensive for the quality and quantity of food given. I always have a doggy bag when I leave.
06/23/02Provided by Citysearch
If that little dog on the Taco Bell commercials had tasted the food at Vallarta's, he would have had a different gig! With an abundance of Mexican restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, the competition is fairly intense. Still, Vallartas keeps the opposition at bay with an amazing assortment of authentic Mexican dishes at a price that is very affordable. If youre exceptionally hungry around lunch time, or just like to pick, Vallartas offers a lunch buffet that sports most of their menu. If you are a resident of the Tampa Bay area, or just visiting, I recommend checking out Vallartas Restaurante for one of the best Mexican dining experiences that you will ever have.
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Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Take Out, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar
Drive Through: No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes