101 E Cleveland St, Lafayette, CO | Directions 8002639.997232 -105.090216
Mon., Wed. - Sun. 11am - 9pm;Tue. CLOSED
Best Mexican restaurant, service can be slow when they are packed, but worth it, and there house Margaritas have a kick and not made with mostly mix like other places. This place gets super busy and I have experienced wait times up to 90 minutes, so call ahead. The crowds prove the restaurants worth it. Recommend the Costillas 1st & Chile Verde Burrito 2nd. Exceptional Hot Green Chilli
Gringo Mexican Food not for me – If you like gringo mexican food one step up from Taco Bell this is the place for you. Having lived in So. Calif and Texas, I have tasted lots of authentic mexican food and this is not even close.
Best Mexican Food in Colorado – We have been driving to Efrains for 17 years now (25 minutes each way), if that tells you what we think of their food. I grew up in Austin, TX and this is as good of Mexican food as I have found in Colorado in the 20+ years of living here.
Aside from the above mentioned dishes, the Beef&Bean Burrito is a bargain. The Enchiladas are very good and the Green Chile is usually hot. For something a little different, try the Green Salsa...it carries a good amount of heat and the garlic flavor goes well with many of the dishes here.
House Margaritas are smooth and Dos XX Amber on tap is always cold. Drive up and enjoy a hearty meal at Efrains that will not break the bank!
Awful. Very disappointed. – We go to Efrain's about once every 6 months. Usually we are quite happy with our visits but our visit yesterday was awful.
The hostess was rude, didn't say one word to us and expected us to just know that we needed to follow him thru the restaurant to find our seats. Then he brought me a straw that he touched with his fingers and threw on the dirty table. It was hot and stuffy in the restaurant and overall just looked dirty in there.
We were seated fast but waited about 30 minutes for our food only to get a taco that tasted like it was cooked the day before and a tamale that was thoroughly cooked.
We won't be returning to this Efrain's anytime soon!
Best service and food in Boulder location – If you haven't tried the green chili you haven't really tried Efrain's. Hot and spicy with wonderful flavor. For best service and most consistent food go to the Boulder location across from the recycling center. It's easy to miss but always busy. Great margs too.
Great for tasty and affordable Mexican cuisine – Efrain's (the original in Lafayette, though the other locations I've been to are also good) is IMHO, by far, the best Mexican restaurant in Boulder county. It is not without it's faults (merely ok margs and salsa and hit-or-miss service), but the strength of their best dishes coupled with the generous portions and very affordable prices make it a clear winner. Their chile verde burrito is superlative: it makes your face sweat while also being full of flavor. That said, the dish does vary (probably with the cooking staff): some days it's awesome, others, merely quite good. My wife and I also dig their altogether too humble sounding "beef burrito" which comes in an absolutely amazing (and fairly mild) red sauce. That said, the portions are generous and the prices surprisingly low.
Efrain's margs are ok. Served in a mason jar with salt (unless you request otherwise) they are generally reasonably priced and unremarkable
The service can be spotty. Sometimes you get lots of attention from your waitperson, other times very little. In my experience, there is little correlation between business and overall level of service.
Overall, I think it the best Mexican restaurant I've tried in Boulder county. It's nothing fancy, but has great food, great value, decent salsa/margs and highly variable service.
Burn your face off green chili, stumble over your own feet margaritas & absolutely satisfying food! – I have been eating at Efrain's for many years. My boyfriend of over 5 years now used to live two blocks from Efrain's. Before we moved in together, we used to walk down there for dinner and margaritas just about every weekend. Now that we live all the way out in Aurora, we still talk about how much we miss it. After Christmas a few weeks ago, we were on our way back from northern Colorado and took a detour to Lafayette just to have lunch. It was worth every extra minute we drove, every dollar spent and every extra bite we stuffed in our mouths just because we couldn't bear to leave anything on our plates! My boyfriend always gets the chili verde burrito, which is a dish I dare not tread on. I love spicy food, but this one is painfully spicy. I had a chicken chimichanga. Still spicy, however well balanced by juicy chicken, cheese, sour cream, guac and the lettuce with vinaigrette they serve with it. Unfortunately, we had a long drive ahead of us and it was the middle of the day so we didn't have any margaritas. Efrain's has branches open in Boulder & Longmont as well. I have eaten at both. While all 3 are very consistent with each other, the Lafayette location just seems a little better. The only drawback is the horrible, slow service. I have gone ignored with an empty glass of water (and a burning mouth) more times than I can count. We have sat for long periods of time waiting for the check or even waiting to just place an order. This is the only reason I gave Efrain's 4 stars out of 5. The price, value, food, flavors & drinks are all marvelous! Regardless of the crappy service, I can't wait until I get to go back!
Horrible, horrible, horrible service! Why do you employ these deadbeats? – We were rushed to the bar area for seating and totally ignored by the "We are busy" excuse-ridden waitress. We don't need an excuse, just take our order! Tables seated after us were promptly serviced and maintained. We had to refill our own drinks by returning to the bar, obtaining our own water refills, etc. No return by the waitress from hell other than to give us the bill. Bartender was wonderful, thankfully. Why do you employ these types of "Don't Care" wait staff? We understand that this review will have no impact but we are fuming over a ruined evening because of shoddy service. Skip this one unless you have many hours.
does the trick – It's not the highest quality food, but its inexpensive and tastey and the Margharitas do the trick, you know?
Excellent authentic mex food. Yes, the service is slow when it's crowded just like everywhere else. – This restaurant has excellent authentic mexican food - the best in the denver metro area. I love their chicken enchiladas and chicken chimis. I don't eat red meat but my wife does and she says the tamales are the best she's ever tasted.
Are there times when they are crazy busy and the service gets slow? Of course! What do you expect on a Friday and Saturday night at a good restaurant? Go on a week night or on Sunday and everything will be fine.
Oh and you can order takeout. Mmmmmm.....
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