Lakewood >Food & Dining > El Tango Taqueria
14224 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH | Directions 4410741.477221 -81.792935
Mon - Sat, 11am - 10pm; Sun, closed
Shame – It is sad that after a customer for 5+ years I was told by the cowboy owner the well get the __ out!! A few weeks ago the owner instructed his cook to to stop using plates for server tacos and to place them in paper line, plastic baskets in order to save money. Yes, I'm sure it save money but it truly takes away from the wonderful food that he makes. Given that a taco is almost $4 this is not a freaking taco bell, nor other fast food joint.
I came in to tell him what my feeling of the baskets and paper were and he did not want to hear it... I brought me own plate to eat off of and he was mad... It is his business and he can surely run it as he wishes, but what's sad is he did not care about my opinion, just trying to tell me it all about saving water.
So ends a 5+ year relationship. I will miss the cook Mr. G.T.
Maybe Not Having an Liquor License Keeps His Temper Under Control... – The only reason I am taking the time to review this restaurant is because my experience was THAT BAD. The problems involved are threefold:
1) the manager does not know how to respect customers or deal with them in a civilized manner and
2) they refuse to even provide water and offer only a handful of canned sodas.
3) if A=A, a taco is a taco - they should not be 3 or 5 dollars.
I went to Tango Taqueria with a friend, and after spending $25 on tortilla chips, 2 tacos, and a burrito, we decided it would be best to purchase a jug of water from the convenience store down the road rather than having to buy another bottle of water whenever we ran out. I drink a LOT of water. Apparently, because the owner mysteriously cannot come into possession of a liquor license, it is supposed to be common knowledge that BYOB is acceptable but any other liquids are not. After we went and purchased water elsewhere, and were waiting for our food, the manager came over and started yelling at us. Since his policy on beverages is basically "fend for yourself" we didn't even know there would be a problem. Instead of asking us not to bring anything but liquor next time, he simply started screaming at us. It was absurd. We had to ask for our food to go and it was all very awkward and inappropriate. The food really isn't bad, but I will never return knowing that the owner really does not care about customer satisfaction, but only milking them for all their worth. For those who would claim that this is my fault, and not that of the owner, I would ask you to provide justification for any restaurant owner who cannot provide paying customers with ice water and does not respect them enough to refrain from verbally assaulting them.
Prices: Not Worth It
Decent "Californian" Restaurant in Cleveland – Firstly I would consider this place more Californian than Mexican. The dishes are tasty but overpriced in my opinion. I like the fact that they serve 3 kinds of salsa instead of just 1. I don't really want to pay over $10 for a burrito, granted it is a lot of food but it would be cheaper and just as good at a more authentic Mexican place. The food does seem very fresh though. Also if you want a coke, do not expect refills as they are only served in cans.
The service is not the greatest as they forgot to bring out our chips and salsa before our meal. It is also a little cramped during peak hours. The ambience is nice and a good place for a date, but probably not for kids.
Amazing food so stop complaining! – Some of you people need to stop whining. Good lord. This is the best Mexican food on the near west side -- we eat there probably once a week and have never witnessed any of the things you say supposedly happened during your visit there. El Tango's food is amazing, reasonably priced and head and shoulders above the competition. The vanilla limeade alone makes it worth a trip, let alone the food. I think I could probably eat the salsas alone as a meal -- and the tomato lime soup is heavenly. Even if you hate sweet potatoes, the tequila lime sweet potatoes will have you salivating for more. In short, this restaurant is amazing, and people like you are the reason why we can't have nice things in Cleveland.
Outrageous policy – Upon spending over $10 for food AND a beverage, my daughter requested a glass of water (in addition to her lemonade) with her meal, my daughter was refused any water. She really needed some water and so she decided to get some water from the ladies bathroom to take a pill. The manager came out and threatened to throw her and her friends off the premises unless she gave up her cup of water. Note - her friends had also spent almost 10 each so they were not deadbeat customers or loitering.
I think this is shameful and in very bad form for a restaurant to refuse a paying customer a glass of water, especially when the customer had already purchased a beverage.
I consider this type of treatment just as indicative and important as the food and service when assessing a restaurant or any other type of establishment.
We will never eat at this restaurant, again.
The best burrito I've EVER had! – My fiance and I ate here for the first time this past weekend. We'd heard nothing but great things about the food but no one told us what do do when we walked in so we kind of just stood there looking confused! Luckily the drill was explained to us by a man who I assumed was the owner. He was really friendly and upbeat, which usually annoys me but not here--his enthusiasm seemed sincere and genuine. We were slightly disappointed to find out that they didn't serve alcohol, but I had the iced tea and it was absolutely delicious. Now that we know it's BYOB, I'm sure we'll be taking advantage of that! The decor was really unique and interesting, and we liked the fact that the dining area was small and UNcrowded (Saturday night at 6:30pm, and we were the only ones in the dining room, though several groups came in for carryout while we were there)
I ordered the California Avocado-Lime burrito with fish. It was the absolute best burrito in the entire world. I'm a Chipotle nut, but I'm not sure I can go back there now after eating this burrito! I'm still dreaming about it, and probably will until I go back and eat another one!
When we left, the three employees who were there gave us a friendly thank you and good night, as if we had been coming there every day for years. It was really nice. I definitely recommend it.
Best food in Northeast Ohio, BYOB! – Best food in Lakewood, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and beyond. I cannot believe this place still has seating available on Friday Nights. People in Cleveland accept mediocre food and I have eaten plenty of it since coming to the area. But Tango is bar none the best food I have eaten anywhere in Cleveland. They could double the prices on the menu and I'd still go back. Oh yeah, it's BYOB so as the owner tells me "bring as much as you can carry." My wife and I are now lifelong customers at Tango.
Unique, fresh Mexican & Latin American food – This great little gem on Madison in Lakewood serves unique Mexican, Southwestern, Cuban, Latin American food. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant with tacos & burritos. They serrve delicious, unique dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients. My personal favorite dish is the Ropa Vieja. Some other favorites are their unique (and huge!) quesadillas and the fish tacos. They also have great housemade salsas and guacamoles. Finally, they do not have a liquor license but you are allowed to bring in your own beverages. There is no corkage fee. I gurantee you will go home satisfied and stuffed!
Outstanding example of unique food for those adult enough to try it. – There are few restuarants that are as outstanding as El Tango Taqueria. In spite of what one bitter customer is spreading on the Internet, the restuarant is clean, friendly and serves some of the best food in the Cleveland area. (It should be noted that health inspectors are some of the most loyal customers.)
The specials change frequently, so you can eat something different everyday you visit. I have eaten at El Tango Taqueria on several occasions and haven't decided what I like the best. The burrito was outstanding and large enough for a large eater like myself to have leftovers.
If you are one who likes the mass produced Mexican food that is everywhere in the United States, then this probably isn't your place. They don't serve hot sauce in small plastic packages. But if you are someone who likes to try varied and unique foods, El Tango Taqueria is the place for you. Don't be discouraged by one review from someone who should have stuck to Taco Bell.
RE-USED FOOD! – Don't eat at El Tango unless you want a nice case of Hepatitus. I saw the owner himself remore half eaten salsa cups from a table and then pour the remains into new cups, which he then tried to serve to me! I looked over the counter and would you believe it- There were ten or fifteen half used salsas sitting there waiting to be re-used! I have already called the health dept. but who knows if they will catch him doing it or not. I don't know if they have "health spies" which is what they would need- but if you don't believe me, just peer over the counter (it's an open kitchen) and see for yourself!
God knows what else he re-uses. This place is revolting. Never, never eat here.
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