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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
+1 865-329-1002
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (49 reviews)
“tacos” (111 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Mexican, American, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been here a couple times and it is pretty good with a cool vibe. The taco filling is yummy and it is so surprising a place that claims to specialize in tacos and tapas would serve their tacos in a cold, bought tortilla....More

Thank Quest44757756583
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded today

Quest44757756583, thank you for your four-star review of Babalu! While we are happy to hear how much you enjoy dining with us, we are disappointed to hear that your tacos were served in a cold tortilla. We have made our culinary team aware, and they...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is mostly tacos the size of tapas rather than the range of things one would expect of Spanish tapas. But the little tacos are very good, and allow you to have a greater range than larger tacos. Also, they are soft tacos, not...More

Thank AlanLosAngeles_CA
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

AlanLosAngeles_CA, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed our tacos! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Babalu is my favorite restaurant - the filet pincho with rosti potatoes is delicious! The staff is awesome and Alyssa J is the best bartender in Knoxville - her French martini is amazing! Check it out

Thank GRoTrips
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

GRoTrips, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu, and your kind words regarding Alyssa!! We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed everything!! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was my first visit to this restaurant. A friend and I ate on the front patio. We both tried the pick three tacos. So tasty and just the right size. I am definitely planning another visit!

Thank govolscjm
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Govolscjm, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you and your friend enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Babalu is a go to for my family whether it’s a birthday, special event or just Taco Tuesday. I also frequent regularly for work lunches. The food is delicious and fresh. The chefs are always willing to accommodate allergies and special diets. The service is...More

Thank bryana w
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Bryana W., thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear that we are your "go-to place!" We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Very family friendly restaurant, saw lots of kids with their parents. Prices were very reasonable for tapas, fresh guacamole made at your table. My husband loved the sangria. They offer daily specials if you are in town for a few days.

Thank LaurenRichardson22
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

LaurenRichardson22, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you and your husband enjoyed your dining experience with us! We hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Friends met for Sunday brunch and everyone was happy with the food. Shrimp and grits were tasty with a little heat but not too much. Tapas servings as well as burgers were generous portions. Servers were prompt and attentive to everyone in our party, including...More

Thank MemphisWriter
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

MemphisWriter, thank you for your four-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your first dining experience with us! We look forward to seeing you the next time you're in town...we also have two locations in Memphis!!!

Reviewed 2 October 2018

We've visited a couple of times, the latest being a Saturday night after a long day at Creepy Con. The service was great- the staff was attentive and friendly, and the food was delicious. We love ordering an assortment of tacos to share across the...More

Thank kerbear135
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Kerbear135, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoy dining with us! We look forward to seeing you the next time you're downtown!

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Three of us went out on a Saturday night to Babalu. None of us had been here before, so we thought we’d give it a try and see how it was. The name of the restaurant is basically all that is served. So if you...More

Thank Ashley C
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Ashley C., thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your first dining experience with us was less than impressive. We would like to continue this conversation with you. At your earliest convenience, would you please email us at oheubach@eathere.com?...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the food, service and atmosphere. Great table side guacamole! Fresh and creative tacos too. Love the text service when your table is ready!

Thank rbird224
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Rbird224, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your dining experience!! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 17
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-329-1002
Description
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.
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