Seattle >Food & Dining > Chile Pepper Restaurant
1427 N 45TH St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.661265 -122.339452
11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Neighborhoods: Wallingford, Lake Union
A Taste of Home – The Chile Pepper is an excellent restaurant. The dishes are fresh and uncompromisingly authentic. I know my Mexican food, and know that flautas, are simple and boring.
For those who truly want to experience Mexican food, I would recommend something more interesting and complex. Try the "Especialidades de la Casa." The Chiles Rellenos, the Pollo Adobado, and the Chile Guajillo are all tasty.
Bland food – I went here with a friend for lunch and was unimpressed. I had heard good things about this restaurant. I ordered the flautas. The food was bland and boring. It was cooked nicely, but just had zero flavor. The service was decent, although we had to go up to the counter to pay - we waited at least 5 minutes after they took our plates away with no one bringing the bill to our table.
Not worth the wait or money – Very poor food. Makes Taco Bell look good. Yuck is about all I can say. The margaritas were made from some grocey store mix and I could not bring myself to finish it. Save your tummy and your time :o(
Good food, grumpy service – The meals are good, nice sauces and fairly quick. The man running the joint (seemed like the owner) seems like he could care less that you're there. I've gone twice, and both times he seemed annoyed if you didn't immediately order. He was also adamant that he wouldn't change the meat in a dish - I just wanted carne asada in my burrito instead of ground beef.
A converted residence becomes a favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant. – In Short
This cozy Wallingford home is popular with locals for its simple dishes that are primarily drawn from central Mexico and its casual, kitschy atmosphere. Aside from the expected burritos, nachos and combination plates, the kitchen is known for its traditional dishes such as seviche, mole and homemade tamales.
The Best Mexican Food in Town – I found that the food at the Chile Pepper to be refreshingly authentic. The dishes to come out of the kitchen are incontestably some of the most delectable Mexican dishes that I have ever had in the US, Mexico or anywhere else in the world. The service was prompt and attentive. The atmosphere was quaint and relaxed. I cant wait to visit again!!
Best Mexican Food in Seattle – Authentic home made Mexican food that tastes and smells of freshness. If the decour does not make one feel like they are enjoying the calm and relaxing atmosphere of Mexico, once you taste the food you feel like you are back there.
The owner is also nice and friendly and knowledgeable about all aspects of Mexican history and culture as well as the Spanish language. A perfect place to learn more about the history and culture of Mexico and to practice your Spanish language speaking skills!
Very disappointed – The ambiance was very authentic, but the service and food was awful. The chips were so stale they hurt my teeth. When we asked our server, who also seemed to be the owner, what type of tequilla he had, he got into an argument with us. First he wanted to know if we planned to get drunk (we did not) then told us if we didn't like his tequilla (which he couldn't tell us the name of) we should get beer. We ordered queso fundido which tasted like melted velveeta and the 4 tiny flour tortillas that came with it were also stale. The owner did bring us a free sample of his tequilla for us to try, but by that time we wanted to just pay and get out of there. This was the absolute worst Mexican food we have ever had in Seattle.
Best Mole in town! Slow food beats fast... – This casual, friendly dining establishment serves up excellent, authentic food from the central Mexican states. Forget Southwestern, forget TexMex... this is delicious, unadulterated Mexican. No one in town beats their mole. Enjoy lounging with your "slow food" and a Negro Modelo in a relaxed atmosphere. Ask about the soccer game, Mexico, or the food and you'll enjoy a friendly and enlightening conversation. If you squint, you'll swear you were in a small village tucked away in the Tehuacan valley.
Regarding the two bad reviews. First, if you didn't realize the person serving your food was Mexican, than I'm not going to accept your take on "authentic" Mexican. Second, Soccer is the national sport of Mexico. So if there is a big game, the TV in every authentically Mexican restaurant on the planet will be tuned to it. Imagine eating out in Greenbay during a Packer game.
Me gusta mucho! – I love this restaurant. It's not fancy, but it's defintely where I go for great tasting Mexican food and small but strong margaritas. I've tried nearly the entire menu, and yet I still have a hard time trying to decide what to get. The verde sauce and the mole are both delicious and spicy. Love the waiter. He's gruff, but he smiles -- and he knows me well enough to bring a marg straight to the table. :)
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