Austin >Food & Dining > Curra's Grill
614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.236851 -97.749740
Neighborhoods: Greater South River City, St. Edwards
Curra's is THE spot for avocado margaritas. This Baja inspired Tex Mex spot is always packed because the fish tacos always always impress.
Two words: Avocado margarita. Run, don't walk to happy hour at Curra's folks, and order this immediately. Cold weather is no excuse. Thick, creamy and frozen, this is Curra's most famous cocktail -- it's margarita consistency is unconventional and strange, and maybe that's why it appeals to Austinites so much.
Great tasting food – This restaurant is not much to look at and even the menus seem about 20 years old but the food is just really good. A lunch special of pork flautas was crispy and full of flavor. A pork dish wrapped in banana leaf was so tender and flavorful served with amazing plantains. Lamb empenadas were crispy with a nice filling. Great Salsa. Great churas which are pinto beans with bacon. Great meal overall and terrific value
Food is yummy but the manager is not – I used to be a south Austin Curra's regular. I loved the food. The service wasn't always great, but that was ok.... until one night. My boyfriend and I were hungry, and went to Curra's. To make a long story short, a waiter seated us after we were ignored for a long time waiting to sit. Then, the manager bitched him out right in front of us for him having sat us. He calmly apologized to her, stating why it seemed ok for him to sit us there. (She had totally ignored us up until that point) We were quite embarrassed, and so was our waiter. We asked him if that was his manager, and we told him we were so sorry that he had to work for someone like that. He told us that not only was she the manager, but she was also the owner.
I do not want to support a business that mistreats their employees, especially in such an embarrassing, unprofessional way. There was no need for the owner to yell at our waiter at all, except perhaps for some sense of control or power.
I now don't go to Curra's. I miss the food from time to time, but I do not want to give that woman any of my money.
Great tomales – Tomales do not get better than this. Service is fine, prices terrific. The best guacamole margarits too. They also do great catering!
consistently good – A good place to go. Friendly waitstaff, good queso, hot food. Worth the money, you wont be disappointed.
Not a Vegitarian option – i like curras, but the food is always different.. sometimes plentiful and delicious, other times lacking and bland. for example, i was excited to try the blackened fish enchaladas with the chipotle cream sauce fot the first time. it was great, but when i got it the second time it just didn't tase anywhere near as good. similar thing with breakfast tacos. one day they are small and the next they are just right... always tasty. the breakfast tacos are great when they're good(does that make sense? i will continue to eat there and take my chances... ) i would discourage vegitarians from going because they like to lie about using chicken stock in the rice. i found out from a server who was reluctant to admit it, but he did. this was after years of being told otherwise. i don't really fault them for lying.. it's mexican food, what do you expect? however if you are going to act like you cater to vegitarians, then you probably should.
They have VEGETARIAN chorizo – Wow. Best mexican food I've had in Texas all month. This little unassuming joint of Oltorf, next to a gas station and another mexican place, has spectacular food. If you're vegetarian, you know that vegetarian chorizo is a rarity, and they make it in house. Highly recommended.
I go there often – I have to agree, things have begun to decline at Curra's over the past--oh, 6 months? Especially the one off Oltorf. They fired our favorite bartender, got new menus, raised prices and hired a horrible staff. Last time we were there, our server forgot he had seated us (we flagged another waitress and he apologized for forgetting) and then proceeded to forget we were there again. ?? Up North, the staff is pretty much clueless, as in, never coming by to ask for what you need and never being able to answer questions about the menu. HOWEVER! The food is AMAZING. I've decided to just flag down waiters/waitresses when I need them and forget about the annoying service. ///// The food is a bit better up North. What to get? Cochinita Pibil, Shrimp anything, Tacos al Pastor is a favorite, Colorado Enchiladas. What not to get? House margaritas (get them made fresh instead!). Get ready to ask for what you want, insist on getting it, and enjoy the wonderful meal you're bound to eat. I'll be back as long as the food rocks!
I give up – My wife and I have been going to Curra's for years, but we've given up and won't be going back. Over the course of several years, the prices have gone up, which is to be expected and not too offensive. But the high pressure up-selling is a turn off. You have to pay for chips, and then the wait staff tries to pile on queso, brand name tequila, and on and on. After three or four "no thanks" you start to feel like a cheapskate.
The much bigger problem is the deterioration of service. Two weeks ago (and I'm still mad) five of us went. It took 25 minutes from the time we were seated to get four drinks. It took six more minutes to get the exotic drink (a glass of white wine). From there, things went downhill, with the food arriving a loooong time later in some cases cold and in other cases badly overcooked. The poor waiter was so in the weeds. I told him we were not happy, but no manager ever came to consult with us. There was a line out the door - why provide good food and service if people will come anyway? There are too many good restaurants in our neighborhood for us to put up with a customer-hostile place. This feels like writing a breakup letter...
Excellant Mexican cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere – I have eaten at Curra's Grill twice in the past two years on visits to Austin. Both times the service was excellant. The wait staff was well informed and engaged in thier work. The food was excellant. I don't like to use the word authentic but this is NOT your typical "American" Mexican food. The atmosphere is family friendly and relaxed. Be sure to get there early as the place fills up fast. Locals reccommend Curra's which is a sure sign of it's resilient appeal. I am in fact moving to Austin in a month and Curra's will be a regular haunt.
Worst Service EVER!! – Look I understand that some servers have a bad day . . . or that they just hate their job..... but sometimes some behavior is not excusable. My husband and I went to Curra's for breakfast and had the rudest waitress we have ever had. She was not even friendly when she greated us and her attitude just got worse throughout our meal. I will never return back to Curra's again!! P.S I won't name names but her name does start with a J. She has long blonde hair and is petite. Diners beware!
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