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“Good taco, sad tortilla ☹️”

Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Ranked #34 of 1,306 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 5 weeks ago 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. Yuck! At least heat it up.

Service was great though and lots of cocktails.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 will address this immediately! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 30 October 2018

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 the crisp "Taco Bell" style of tacos.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

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!

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Reviewed 19 October 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

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!

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Reviewed 10 October 2018

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!

Date of visit: October 2018
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

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!

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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 fantastic. The table side guacamole is a MUST. And if you get sweet potato fries, make sure you ask for comeback sauce.

Date of visit: July 2018
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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!!

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