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1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
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10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Rochester, Minnesota
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591 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Haven't dined here for about 7-8 years, went back again yesterday (Friday evening) because we were tired and wanted something quick and knew the style of this place. You order at the counter, they had you a basket of chips (free) and you make your own salsa from different ingredients at the counter. Also a self-serve beverage dispenser. Food menu... More 

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South Venice, Florida
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Seriously have no idea who was cooking. Carrots and zucchini in a quesadilla? It was so watered down from the veggies it was squishy. Shrimp so overcooked it was like a rubber ball. And absolutely no flavor. Should have known when we tried to find flavor in the salsa, nothing. My husband ordered a burrito dinner. What came was the... More 

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Thank HELEN B
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Maybe I'm getting picky about my mexican food. The shrimp was dry... bland. The service was sketchy. Just unorganized. Slow. And I was rather shocked at the bill. 3 adults and 3 kids for $110. What did we even eat that cost that much?? I'll go somewhere else next time. Not worth it. Sorry. My first bad review.

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Thank Alvarado76
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

I go to this place quite a lot because it is just so good I can always count on them to deliver me great food! I have ordered a variety of things and they have all been up to par. I love their tacos and burritos. Their refrained beans aren't to bad either.

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Thank Happy H
Goldfield, Iowa
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

The food was excellent. We are not from the area and it is not in a real popular location. We were kind of confused when we went in because there were people standing at the counter ordering so we thought we had to order before being seated. Not the case, we should have been seated first. Plenty of food for... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Don't bother with the meal plates, just get a variety of their tacos and dig in and you'll be very happy. And don't forget the tortilla chips with their burnt salsa - the best I've ever tasted!

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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164 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

We were there for late lunch and ordered taco salads with beef. the salads looked fresh, but the beef was cooked hours ago and was too hard. The salads came 3 minutes after we ordered. They were mixed prepared ingredients. It is OK @ rush hour, but is bad thing when certain meat stays hours before served. You pay when... More 

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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

We enjoyed a lunch here recently on their "patio". It's really just a converted trailer but it's done so nicely, you hardly notice. Food is always good- enchiladas, tacos, tamales, tortas, fajitas- and chips are unique and tasty. Service is friendly and always fast and good. It's a great value for a really good meal.

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Thank Mdomnick
Rochester, Minnesota
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

This is the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in southern Minnesota. Great family atmosphere, variety of freshly prepared condiments. Wide selection of menu options. Family owned and run, delicious food and a reasonable price.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

I used to be a regular here but the prices almost doubled and the quality of the food declined. The prices are just too high for so-so food served on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 22:00
Monday
10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1503 Highway 14 Rochester, MN 55904-5190, Rochester, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
Description
The most authentic mexican cuisine in Rochester, MN.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?