Seattle >Food & Dining > Luisa's Mexican Grill
9776 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.700831 -122.362715
Mon.-Thur. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Greenwood, Northwest Seattle
Passable food, can be ignored – The food was hot, service excellent but the food was nothing outstanding.
My spouse had ordered "ARROZ CON POLLO " which he thought was decent enough but my lobster taco's were not even interesting.
They make their own fresh tortilla's which is good but doesn't matter if the food is nothing to talk about.
The only thing I liked there was their Cuervo Tradicional Margarita ($8) which was tasty and strong and the dips (red and green) which came with the warm chips which were half crushed)
We paid about $40 for 2 entree's and a Drink which for me is as expensive as most places but not even half as sumptuous.
Needless to say, we will not be visiting them again. As it is we went there just because we had a coupon from resturants dot com
Best Mexican seafood dishes – If you're craving Mexican food and want something del mar, go to Luisa's. I ordered the Lobster Tacos which I've never seen on a menu before. I got 3 HUGE soft tacos stuffed with lobster. I have a huge appetite and I couldn't finish them all. And the flavor was excellent. Came with whole pintos and rice which was also good. They also have crab tacos which I want to try next time. Chips and salsa also pass the test. You get two different salsas and the avocado-based one was my favorite. Service was very good. As soon as we walked in we were presented with a fresh, hot, corn tortilla with butter and pico de gallo. It was delicious. I actually liked the flavor better than Rosita's fresh corn tortillas if you've ever had them.
Blah – The staff is very friendly and service is good. I have eaten there twice now. The first time by choice, the second as a company. Both times, I thought the food I ate was very blah. No real flavor at all. No one in either of my trips in there enjoyed their meals. Each person said it was flavorless.
Great food, great service, great margaritas – I love this place. I have been going here at least once a week since I moved to the neighborhood three years ago. Having spent a lot of my life eating Mexican food either in or really close to Mexico, I was pleased to find a place that met my standards. Traditional mexican american food, and a few more authentic dishes (the mole and tacos al carbon are both fantastic) are made with high quality ingredients. Their red salsa is actually spicy. Their homemade corn tortillas are delicious. Their natural margarita (fresh squeezed lime juice) is fantastic, and they have a large selection of tequilas. Service has always been warm, welcoming, and very competent. I see families with children enjoying themselves as much as I do when I come in to dine alone with a book.
Lazy service, tastless food, great for kids, not romantic – When I went to Luisa's for dinner I left feeling very disappointed. I had just moved to the Ballard area about six months ago and was in desperate search for a good mexican restaurant. The nicest part of my experience was being greeted by the hostess. After that, it all went down hill. I felt like it took about 20 minutes before my waitor even came to my table and another 20 minutes just to receive the bill. Although the food arrived at our table rather quickly, the margarita I had tasted like it came from a mix, and the meal I shared with my husband was very simple and lacked flavor. Romantic atmosphere? I did not think so. However, it appeared to be great for children. Now that I have tried other mexican restaurants in the area, I came to the conclusion that Luisa's is not all that it is made out to be. If you want a comfortable atmosphere, great food and decent service you are better off going to El Burrito Loco (also on Holman Road) or heading one freeway exit south to Rosita's.
Middle of the road Mexican – After glancing at all the highly recommended reviews, we decided to try this place. No arguments about the prompt service but the food was very mediocre. I decided to check those highly recommended reviews further and found that most of those reviewers had only one restaurant reviewed - are they employees I wonder?
My Favorite Mexican Food In Seattle – I love Rosita's...I have never had anything there that I didn't like. The service is good & they serve delicious, complimentary tortillas w/butter and salsa. I would recommend Rosita's to anyone.
The Best Mex I've had in Seattle – I just had a friend bring me a chicken fajita burrito to me at work last night, and I swear, this was THE BEST BURRITO I HAVE EVER HAD. It was to go, but they still packaged it up with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, two types of salsa, rice, beans, tortilla chips... It was sooo good.. Hugh with lots of chicken and peppers. I am dying to go check this place out in person - it was that good.
nothing special – There is a certain formula to Mexican restaurants of Luisa's ilk. Clean though worn 70's stereotypical "Mexican" decor. Rows of padded booths just waiting for the suburban family night out. The "Combo #3" select 1 taco, 1 enchilada, 1 tamale. The really artificial tasting margarita. The too-hot tortilla chips too thin and too crispy, and taco shells too thick and too-well fried (though here all are mercifully cooked in vegetable oil, and not lard).
While the service was prompt, attentive, and friendly, the food was, alas as mediocre as the decor. Average cuisine in every way and not worthy of any special visit unless you are driving by and are in a must-have-Mexican-food-now mood.
Even the Beans are good! – Coming from the Southwest to Seattle can be a shock to your palette. There is no good Mexican food! We have searched Eastside to Westside, Northside to Southside looking for something to satisfy our craving for great Mexican food. On a whim, we decided to try Luisa's. This was like finding a needle in a haystack. I had center cut sirloin grilled with vegetable on top of corn tortillas. It was delightful, tender, full of flavor, and quick too! The chips were crunchy and flavorful, and they didn't use that clove flavoring in everything like some other places do around here. GO, GO, GO! You won't be dissapointed.
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