Meridian >Food & Dining > Hacienda Colorado
10500 Bierstadt Way, Englewood, CO | Directions 8011239.543625 -104.867914
A lot of really great food – As soon as you are seated, the hostess brings the chips and salsa (very good thin chips and spicy salsa) to your table and tells you who you will be taking care of you this evening. Very nice touch. Promptly, a server (whose name you already know) comes by and takes your drink order and sees if you have any questions about the menu and specifically their signature sauces, all of which are deliciously unique and listed from hot to mild (top to bottom). Try the spicy pork green chile and the spicy queso on one of their giant combo platters. If you are not looking for the gutbuster special, try a house specialty. The Salmon Pacifico is fantastic, The Camarones are little tastes of heaven and the Fajitas are out of this world. Not too heavy on the spicy, the authentic flavors are allowed to shine through. Anything on the menu paired with an icy bottle of Sol or a salt-rimmed house marg (made with Herradura Coin)will not dissapoint!!!!
Truly Lousy Food, Service -- So Why is Everyone There? – I'm with a lot of these other reviewers -- the food at Hacienda is lousy, as is the service, and the wait does not ever justify the experience. So why is everyone there? I'm more intrigued with how this place became "the" place to be and be seen. It was operated by the guys who run Blackeyed Pea restaurants (meatloaf, anyone?), so they obviouslyaren't exactly specialists in the whole Mexican cooking thing. Hacienda is all about marketing.
I've been a victim of the marketing twice, and both experiences were awful. The food doesn't resemble anything Mexican -- authentic or gringo Mex-- and on BOTH my visits, the food was cold! What's with that? The wait was long, and once we were seated we were rushed to get out of the place. Not because it was crowded and they needed to turn over tables, but because the server wanted to go home. How did we know? She TOLD us!
Don't be a fool -- don't fall for the marketing that Hacienda is a great place to go. There's truly nothing to recommend it.
Undeniably my family's favorite Mexican restaurants – I can't think of one reason to not like this restaurant. Granted if you don't come at the right time there is a wait, well worth it I think. Make sure to use the call ahead seating if you are going to dinner there at a busy time. The chips and salsa are awesome, but if you want something extra try the Queso Hacienda. Superb service, always had someone at the table making sure we have enough chips or drinks. I had my husband's b-day party there this year and it was great. They have 2 private rooms, one seats up to 10 and the other up to I think they said 75. Their tortillas are wonderful and we usually order some to go to eat with our leftovers. Every time family is in town we take them and it always gets rave reviews from them.
If you don't like Tex Mex this is the place – I am sick of the Tex Mex Mexican Food in Colorado. If you don't like red sauce smoothered everyting with cheese cheese and more cheese (so everything on your plate tastes the same) then this is your place. They actually have REAL Mexican food with flavor and variety. The food comes to your table VERY fast. The only thing I would change is have the service more personable, you have 3 sometimes 4 different people coming to your table and they all wear ear pieces, a little annoying. But other than that, the food is great!!!
Worst Mexican Food Ever – Hi, I've been to Hacienda Colorado twice, only giving them a second chance after
a disappointing first time. This is the blandest Mexican food I've ever tasted. I
would recommend all the well known Fast Food Mexican restaurants as vastly superior
to Hacienda Colorado. I can do vastly better than this at home. Also, the service is
mediocre as well.
Big Disappointment – My date and I gave the new restaurant on 104th and Hwy 36 a try yesterday and it was thoroughly bad. Salsa was bland and we should have cut our losses and left after a weak, expensive margarita. Headsets on the waitstaff is just too stupid. The 'vegetarian' fajitas consisted of green peppers fried in lard and a teaspoon of guacamole with about five pinto beans in a cup of soupy sauce that tasted of liquid smoke. My date had to send back the chicken enchiladas because it was bad tasting processed chicken and too much cheese.
Actually pretty decent – The Hacienda is close to my place of business - near Echostar, Teletech and First Data. This is a wonderful place to take business partners and clients for lunch. Service is prompt and its priced lower than the decor would lead you to expect. The cuisine is neo-tex-mex, so be warned - it ain't "real" Mexican food. Its just GOOD food, with plenty of variety. Smoke from the bar doesn't filter into the dining area either.
The Worst! – This has to be the worst "mexican" restuarant I have ever been to. And I tried to give it another chance and also tried another location. I don't think I've ever received food there that is actually fully cooked. Every time I've ever been there someones (if not more than one person) meal has to be sent back because it's not right or not what they ordered. The service is horrible!!! The first time we went we waited at least 30 minutes for our drinks (and that was AFTER waiting for the waitress to to even come to our table). We even spoke to a manager on one occasion, but he was rude as well. I will never go back to this place again!
Pleeezz ! – My family has been their twice, trying to give them another go round, we just can't stomach it. I ordered the chicken fajitas, now you think to yourself, "how can you mess up on fajitas?" Well they did, an open faced griddled chicken breast with raw onions and bell peppers as a condinment, the beans are something out of ranchero chuck wagon, the guacamole salad was O.K. but what they charge for it I could probably buy a case of avacados. Ambience is great, but you would think that with all the money they poured into these places they would pay attention to their customers and get "real" mexican food in there. We live in the southwest part of town, and when you ask your freinds whether they want Colorado Hacienda or Taco Bell and we all choose the latter, its time for an overhaul in the kitchen!
you've got to be kidding! – was casa bonita the only competition. standard/below average food, and there is plenty of that in denver. tried red and green sauces, burritos enchildas, all fair at best.
good place for the soccer mom's to take the kids, then they stay out of the good restaurants!
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