13730 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA | Directions 9142334.148157 -118.432043
Sun - Thu, 11am - midnight; Fri, Sat, 11am - 2am
Neighborhoods: South Valley
Dissapointed – I had an horrible experience here! The server was rude, the food was just as bad. I know I will never be back there.
The absolute worst! – I drove by and from the outside, I was intrigued to park my car and walk back to Senor Frog. Of all of the restaurants on Ventura I passed, I am extermely disappointed that I selected this one.
Firstly, it is more like a college bar than a restaurant. The place was empty during the lunch hour, except for a few people who were watching the World Cup. The bartender did not acknowledge me when I walked in. There was one server. She did not acknowledge me either. I waited 20 minutes until I finally flagged them down to take my order. Not sure how a server can walk around a restaurant or stand at a bar and not make eye contact with the customers for fear that they may wish to take an order. However, that was my experience.
I ordered something like an Enchilada. I can't even remember because whatever it was - it was HORRIBLE! Bar food at it's worst.
Lesson learned about doing drive-by evaluations. Don't judge a book by its cover.
Upscale Mexican in cool digs – Don't expect mushy refried beans and glops of cheese from this space. The food is really upscale with Mexican ingredients. The crab enchilada is wonderful, but yes, expensive. And the churros are to die for. The environs are really dark and the design is more Spanish bordello than Mexican. I like that it's different. I can find cheap Mexican in a crappy setting on every street corner. This is more of a place to take other people and enjoy the ambience. I don't know about the bar drinks, I stick with water or Coke.
Is business so bad they can't afford air conditioning? – First, the plusses...really great service, very friendly and accommodating staff. And a great, strong margarita (although I don't understand how $8 is a "happy hour" price for a margarita). The food was good, but nothing spectacular. The crunchy beef taco was quite good, and the cheese enchilada was very tasty with lots of cheese.
What made the dinner miserable was how hot the restaurant was. They opened up the doors to the patio and it was so hot I was sweating the entire time we were there. Outside it was comfortable, but we were sitting inside and it wasn't.
Overall I was disappointed, as I understand these are the same folks who run Max, which is one of my favorite restaurants. There's a little hole in the wall Mexican place on the southwest corner of Laurel Canyon and Burbank Blvd that's great (I don't know what it's called, it's in a little strip mall there) ... go there instead.
shouldn't call themselves a mexican restaurant. – i highly agree with the people who gave "not good" reviews. yes we were seated quick, and yes, the place is very nice. but the food, drinks, and service...were not. let's start with the food. being mexican american, i would not eat it again. it was bland, and very over-priced. i usually order the carne asada, but i couldn't because it was $24. i have never heard of carne asada being that expensive. EVER!! drinks.... my margarita was practically all margarita mix. could barely taste the tequilla. not what most people expect when they order an $8 margarita from a "mexican" restaurant. service..... the waitress was nice, but couldn't understand what i said when i ordered my enchiladas con queso (cheese enchiladas). it says it in spanish on the menu, but she didn't know what it meant. my friend ordered jalepenos, and didn't get them until he was almost done with the meal. i will never go there again. and wold not advise anyone else to go there either.
bring taco bell sauce packets to add flavor to the food if you go – bland food. just no spice or flavor. bring taco bell sauce packets to spice up the food. went on a friday night and it's really LOUD in there. you can't even hear the person across from you, so it's kind of annoying to have a conversation while you eat. I would NOT go back. For the money, Mexicali is WAY better !!!
not impressed – Food was just ok. Drinks were good. Ambience? They just seem that they are trying too hard to be something they are not. Like the previous review said, go down the street to Casa Vega. Not worth the money. Seems like hanging out in the bar is your best bet here.
For socializing only – Every bad review on this place about the food & service is right on. Talk about middle of the road food at best but you pay for top notch food? If the price range were between 8 & $12 bucks, and 12 being the most you could pay for anything on the menu, then it's in the ball park. But bottom line is, as said in one review, go to Casa Vega a couple blocks east to eat then come back to this joint to scam on chics at the bar. End of story,
Stingy With Pours, Indifferent Service – You better bring a flask along to dinner here as they are real stingy with the alcohol in their mixed, and overpriced, drinks. You can order a shot of tequila, but look out because they are not priced on the menu and you may be in for a big surprise when the check comes. The service is slow and the portions small. I have been here over a dozen times since they opened, and my feeling is that they have let things slip. Needless to say, I won't be returning.
great food, great serice – this was our first time here, and we loved it! the food was great, our waitress was super, and the margaritas were delicious. we got bunch of appertizers to share and they were delicious, the entries were huge and the desert menue makes you want to order every item on that list...my favorite was the churros with hot chocolate --- a must have!
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