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Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Ranked #33 of 1,303 Restaurants in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 17
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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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.
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Outstanding is an adjective reserved for those very special places that excel in service, food quality and presentation. Babalu excelled in all three. Guacamole made fresh at the table, taco selection...creative and delish... crab cakes amazing.
Plus, our waitress, Tia, couldn’t have been more pleasant and engaging.
Ya’ll come!

Thank djtenn
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Finally got to try the tableside prepared guacamole and it was better than I expected. Adding bacon and jalapenos was a great call. The home made chips were very good but there wad no salt shaker on the table. We like A little salt on our chips. A little pricey but a very nice treat.

Thank 431LindaF
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We love Babalu for their guacamole so we went there yesterday after a show for a lite dinner. We have recently altered our eating, cutting out sugars, grains, and dairy but figured we could get meat, veggies,and guacamole no problem. Kimm, our server was super sweet, working with us in the adjustments to our menu choices. And we were able to get exactly what we needed, no issues. BUT...we got a little bowl of cut peppers and celery for our guacamole.. leave off the big basket of chips! We got only a burger patty and the sandwich serving of the ahi tuna... leave off the cheese, 2 buns, mayo or any other sauce! Seems we saved you guys some money by paying full price for sandwiches and guacamole and chips! THEY CHARGED US $2.50 EXTRA FOR THE ONE LITTLE BOWL OF VEGGIES!! Shame on you Babalu!

Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

What can I say? the tableside guacamole was amazing, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and our tacos were filled with fresh and flavorful ingredients! we will be back soon! The service was great too

Thank Luke1lee
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

We took a party of six to Babalu to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were seated without a delay, in spite of the restaurant not taking reservations or calls ahead. We got there in early evening (5:45 PM) on a Saturday, and good thing because the restaurant filled up quickly after we were seated. The tapas menu worked well for us as we shared a number of dishes. The guacamole is worth a try if you like guac, made at table side. And they even had a bit of a fireworks display at the table in honor of my wife's birthday, but no singing from the wait staff (good thing because my wife dislikes that). Overall,a good experience, good food, good beer.

Thank David R
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