San Jose >Food & Dining > Taqueria Tlaquepague
2222 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA | Directions 9512537.290431 -121.887815
Neighborhoods: Willow Glen, Willow Glen
Dirty Restaurant with Unfriedly Service – Taqueria Tlaquepague has so much potential - good location, great food, etc. However this place is just dirty and the service is awful. I just can't understand why people flock to this place when there are other great Mexican restaurants in the San Jose area that try harder for their customers, such as Amigo Burrito on Stevens Creek. I wonder if the owners of Taqueria Tlaquepague have any pride in their business. This place has never been clean when I have been there and in need of a major makeover. While I love small funky restaurants, they have got to be clean. I can't say I will ever go back here. Very sad.
Known for its large burritos, authentic Mexican restaurant also serves tacos, enchiladas and frozen margaritas at affordable prices. – In Short
Outside of the restaurant, a sign says, "Master of Mexican Munchies!" A line is usually formed before the restaurant opens for dinner and the food proves to be worth the wait. Burritos, margaritas and fajitas draw locals in where chile verde, carnitas and combination platters that come with rice and beans are served. As soon as guests are seated, a fresh basket of homemade chips and salsa is given out. Inside, Mexican decorations adorn the walls and create an authentic south of the border atmosphere.
Good food. Sloooooooooow Service. Extremely limited parking. – Food is good -- authentic and plentiful. You'll get baskets of fried chips and homemade spicy salsa at your table. The menu has a good variety of traditional Mexican fare. Their chicken dishes, in my opinion, are top notch. No weird dark chicken here -- lots of shredded white meat chicken in their taquitos, burritos, etc. The flautas are the best!
However, I must say that their service is slow and you could wait a long time to be seated. Especially for dinner most nights and lunch on Sundays. Parking is pretty limited, too, so be prepared to find alternate parking on the street, etc. Plus, the strip mall they're in is pretty seedy, which doesn't really help matters.
The other location on Willow is about the same on all fronts (parking, food, service), but the area is a little nicer. However, it's frequented by some pretty dicey characters and we've stopped going there, even though it's in Willow Glen. I don't need to look at the Virgin Mary tatooed on anyone's head while I eat lunch.
Overall, maybe just better to get take out and avoid the restaurant experience altogether.
Simply The Best – Being Mexican, and having grown up eating homemade Mexican food at home and in garages/makeshift taquerias in Guadalajara, I must say this is THE BEST Mexican food you can get in San Jose and beyond. The ambiance is terrific (especially in their new location on Willow Street). It is truly rare that you find great food with great ambiance. With Mexican Restaurants it's usually either/or (i.e., Pedros/ambiance or El (name your hole-in-the-wall)/food). I tell everyone who will listen: THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST YOU CAN GET.
Great Food and Service – The service at Taqueria Tlaquepaque is greatly improved. While I would agree two years ago that it was an issue it is fine now. Everyone is friendly and on top of that there is not one thing on the menu that is not worth trying. There is no other mexican place worth going to after you have been here. The salsa is great, and try some of the salsa verde (have to ask for it) as well as the red salsa.
Best taqueria in willow glen – Though the food is a little pricier than other taquerias in the area, its worth it. I usually get my food to go because the wait for a table is usually too long.
bestfood worstservice – I love tlaquepaque taqueria i think it is one of the best but the service is the worssssse ever. if you have all day off nothing to do then go and tasted but if you are like me with little time go somewhere else.
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