816 S 5TH St, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5320443.022751 -87.916720
Neighborhoods: Walker's Point
Average Food, Below Average Service – Bad service from the minute we walked in the door, to the minute we stepped out. The Mexicans practically beg for a tip, reminding you to 'give 15%.' I can see why they need to remind people, given their bad service they are probably used to making less than average in tips. If they only could grasp the concept of good service translating to a tip that exceeds 15%. The manager is terribly unpleasant, I can see why the wait staff don't smile or have any manners. I had spicy pork tacos which were terribly dry and bland. I applied the table salsa to add some flavor. My husband had enchaladas which were sub-par. Will NEVER go back or recommend this place to anyone. There are many Mexican restaurants on this corner, this has the least quality overall.
food was o.k. service was good. margaritis were excellent. nice astmosphere. awfull doesn't begin to describe how terrible the guacomole was. it was the worst i have ever had. i could not even eat it!! it was the consistency of a milkshake. i think they put avocados in a blender until smooth. it's just gross. no flavor. no onion, tomatos, jalepenos, garlic, lime, or cilantro. i know this is not the way there mom taught them to make guacomole. no time or effort involved. go ahead, order, you have been warned.
My favorite Mexican in Milwaukee – Love it. This restaurant has the appropriate balance of truly authentic mealsand the usual standby cuisine. Drinks are good and atmosphere is fun. I eat here often for lunch and dinner and have not ever been disappointed.
Lousy at Best! – Had a date here this weekend, but found the atmosphere rather dull...... After picking at the stale chips and salsa and watered down margaritas we decided to go down the street. Not recommended.!
All around great – Just went to Botanas for the first time after going to many other Mexican restaurants around Milwaukee. We were impressed. The patio was nice, each table had an umbrella. We got tons of refills on chips and salsa and water was refilled promptly. The margaritas were super and our food was great. We had empanadas and tamales and both had good portions. The service was great. We were not rushed at all, even though the patio was full by the time we were done. I will definitely go back and bring friends and out of town guests. Highly recommend Botanas for awesome Mexican food!
Worst Mexican Food in Milwaukee – My husband, my friend and I stopped in at Botanas for what we thought was going to be a good dinner. We ordered the most standard appetizer, guacamole. Unfortunately it was very bland, had no flavor and wasn't very fresh.. We had to ask for extra limes (which were dry) to give it some flavor but our attemps failed.
The plates came without basic items (limes, tortillas). The shrimp coctail came with no crackers, lime, cilantro, etc.... Also the shrimp weren't deveined. The beer was cold, that's good. I guess this place is good for patrons who just want to drink and don't care for well prepared Mexican food.
The best authentic Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee! – We found out about Botanas when it first opened because a Mexican-American frien recommended it. At that time it was a tiny restaurant and always packed. Business has been so good that the restaurant has expanded several time and is still packed. The bustling atmosphere excudes pride and energy.
There is good reason for this. The menu is extensive. Sometimes it is difficult to decide which excellent dish to order. The food is authentic Mexican. Mole's and seafood dishes not found at other local places along with other unusual dishes make this the place to go. My favorite is enchiladas mole poblano.
I think the service is quite good. The owner comes around to greet each table. Every employee is Mexican-American, unlike almost all Mexican restaurants. Everyone is so friendly.
Skip La Fuentes! It used to have the authenticity and flair of Botana's but has completely lost that. I am completely puzzled by the negative comments. I guess some people don't know good food tastes like.
Avoid – Unimpressed. I would rather go to Taco Bell which I haven't gone to since college. Maybe they should revisit their menu and hire new people that will provide service. The other couple we went with was so embarrassed about their choice of restaurants. It was our first time there.
Great environment, great service, great food – The environment - from the mural on the wall, to the tables and the chairs, to the ambient music - gives this restaurant a very authentic feel. Although I was already on a short vacation, stepping into the restaurant made me feel so much more relaxed - as if I were in a whole different country.
Service was exceptionally quick. Our orders came quickly, and were tasty, but not exactly something worth raving about. I enjoyed the ambiance more than anything.
Best Value for your Dollar – Jaime....i just love your resturant...service food all great....and its fun to watch you and your wife get smashed at the bar! I live in the neighborhood and try to come monthly...its great to see you do well. Id encourage those who are coming to the Latin Quarter for the first time....Botana's and/or La Perla are the places to go.
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