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“Great Mexican food, fun atmosphere”
Review of Adobe Cafe

Adobe Cafe
Ranked #925 of 4,690 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$ 1 - US$ 30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Manayunk
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Really love this restaurant as it truly reminds me of Texas! The spices are not over done, just very tasty!

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

I order a Margarita and it was not good sent it back and got a beer O.K Now to the food Chicken wing is great and now to the salad the salad last for 3 day my partner had nachos and he say it was the best he had. Thank you for your service Bastion

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Reviewed 13 October 2015

This is my husband's favorite Philly restaurant, with its complement of delicious vegan/vegetarian entrees to the meat entrees. He often wants to sit outside, but I prefer the booths indoors. We love the seitan fajitas. Portions are ample, so ask to pack the leftovers. This time he ordered the traditional 'tres leche' cake, made of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream (which cannot be made vegan).

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

In short, this is a local, independent, non-pretentious neighborhood restaurant! You will get delicious food and friendly service in an older venue. While some staff are seasoned and knowledgeable, you’ll find newer staff, while pleasant, are definitely green in their skill set. If the place is packed, service may be slow. Unlike a huge chain, they don’t have a pile of greeters and wait staff just standing around. Also unlike a huge chain, no one will recite from memory the required “up-sell sales pitch”. Be thankful for independent business, support the good ones so they survive, and have a little patience when things get hectic.

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Now residing in the Roxborough / Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia since early 2015, I am fortunate to have many local, small and independent restaurants and bars from which to choose. One of my newest favorites is the Adobe Cafe (I have been here at least 8 or 9 times in the course of 5 to 6 months). The restaurant with bar is in a nondescript location right a midst the neighborhood residents. It’s a casual and comfortable spot where it appears many folks are long-time regulars. I have yet to actually dine in the dining room, instead choosing the bar area (same menu). I am guessing they have been operating for 20+ years and the owners have 1 other location in South Philadelphia.

They are self-described as South Western Cuisine, but many would also consider it Mexican. The extensive menu features many options of Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Burritos, full entrees and lots of appetizers. They also feature an entire page of Vegetarian choices. Some of my favorites (I’m still discovering new favorites) include the Vegetarian Quesadilla, the Steak Tips, Fish Tacos and Chicken Burrito (it’s huge). I keep promising myself I will soon try the Peanut Butter Pie for dessert.

The Adobe Café features 2 main dining areas, the bar with lots of tables for seating (plus about 8 at the bar), and an outdoor dining area. The full bar service of course features plenty of Margaritas and Daiquiris, as well as a large selection of Frozen Drink specialties. Plenty of beer choices, but a limited selection of wines (but very reasonably priced). As I add other reviews of my neighborhood spots, you’ll find most offer a very basic selection of wine.

Thinking this mostly served neighborhood residents, after speaking with other patrons (a huge benefit of sitting at the bar in any restaurant) is many come from other parts of the city to dine here, which speaks volumes for the quality. The staff appears consistent, and they are all friendly and welcoming (though some are very “green” at their skills). If you try the Adobe Café (or any local neighborhood restaurant), keep in mind they are imperfect which in parts makes them unique. Every month, on the 4th Thursday the Adobe Café does a benefit night with a significant portion of the proceeds going to the charity of the month. It will likely be extremely busy, so if it’s your first visit, don’t go on charity night as they almost always have an amazing turnout (as they do for other community events). Independent restaurants are the opposite of most chains – which is why I love them. As soon as you are seated, free chips and homemade salsa are served (and you don’t need a rewards membership to get them). Prices range from around $8 to $16 for most appetizers and entrees.

They feature Karaoke on Saturday nights in the bar area, though I have yet to attend. Otherwise, there is a jukebox in the bar (I really am not a fan of these unless a staff member can manipulate them), or often one of the TV’s is on with sound. There is actually free municipal parking in the lot across the street or just find a spot on the street (it’s still a bit easier to do up the hill in Roxborough than in Manayunk). If this was a chain with the same review, they would get 4 stars, but small business cannot compete with big corporate chains, so 3 cheers for the bonus star!

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Reviewed 21 July 2015

We live in Roxborough and have eaten here often. The food is good, we like the lobster bisque soup, chicken wings, stuffed peppers and so abundant that taking home leftovers is routine. My one peeve is that they add an 18% tip as an added menu item with no line separating it from the food or drinks so, unless you read the bill carefully you end up adding an extra tip when you pay which is very irritating to me, since, as others have remarked, the service is not outstanding. So, go but caveat emptor.

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Thank 555nury
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