Raleigh >Food & Dining > Cafe Capistrano
8471 Garvey Dr, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761635.896394 -78.568527
Mon-Sat, 11am-2:30pm; 5pm-9pm
Had my birthday dinner here and loved it – I have been eating here since they have opened, so I decided to have a birthday dinner at Cafe Capistrano. There was about 18 of us so i made a reservation. When we got there they had a bunch of tables pulled together and had everything set up for us. The waitress got our drinks to us promptly and we ordered Guacamole, Queso Blanco, and Mango Shrimp. The Guacamole was the best I have ever eaten. We all ordered a bunch of different meals, I have to say the burrito is the biggest burrito I have ever seen. If your hungry defiantly get it. I can positively say that the food was terrific and the waitress was very on top of everything and made sure we had everything we needed. At the end she brought me a piece of wedding cake for my birthday and it was wonderful. Alot of my friends were from out of town so I am glad we went there because all my friends want to come back in town to go to Cafe Capistrano. Thank you guys for helping me have a great birthday.
Best Mango Shrimp and Enchiladas – My family and I love to eat here. We go at least twice a week. I have to have the mango shrimp everytime I go for my appetizer. I promise it is to die for. My husband loves the enchiladas with the pork tenderloin and I crave the fish tacos. I guarantee its the best in Raleigh. We have tried almost all the mexican places in Raleigh and Cafe Capistrano is seriously the best. The service is awesome and the gooey cake is worth every penny. I cant think of one bad thing to say........ wait I know, they are closed on Sundays.
I got a Spider for Free – I have eaten at Capistrano's on a couple of occassions, and thought the food was fair. There are alot better Mexican places in the Triangle, but maybe I just don't really LIKE this Cal. Mex. concept. I want Mexican Mexican. Anyway, today I ate there with 5 of my office mates for lunch. I took one bite of my taco and sat it down to chew. As I looked down at my plate a very large black spider crawled out of my taco. Needless to say, I was speechless. My boss called over the server who grabbed my plate and ran. Then I just sat there, for several minutes, while everyone else laughed and tried to eat. Mostly they were looking thru their food! A few minutes later, the manager came over and apologized and offered me something else but I declined. Call me "jaded" but that's my last meal at Capistranos.
All Mexican restaurants should be THIS FRESH !! – I flew into Raleigh to visit with my college girlfriends and they had Cafe Capistrano cater our dinner and I can say this is the best mexican food I have ever had. We started off with chips and the best salsa I have ever eaten. The guacamole and mango shrimp were out of this world. FRESHEST tasting food !! Then we had a Chicken taco bar. I was skeptical at first since I have never had a chicken taco, but oh my was it good !! All I know is when I visit Raleigh again, I will definitely eat at Cafe Capistrano.
LOVE IT!!! Sante Fe dressing is awesome, Quesadilla is the BEST! – We go almost every Saturday for lunch. The service is fast and friendly and the food is AWESOME!!! We order the chicken quesadilla most of the time which has a great blend of cheese and chicken and topped with their fantastic Sante Fe dressing. The lime dressing is also good. My husband does not like Mexican but loves their pork tenderloin wrap. If you have not been to Cafe Capistrano you MUST give it a try. Don't expect authentic mexican, EXPECT BETTER because it is soooooooooo good. :) The atmosphere is very nice and the restaurant is clean. I have not been at night but I hear it is a nice romatic setting. ENJOY!!!
Our new favorite mexican restaurant – My partner and started eating at Cafe Capistrano over 6 months ago and eat there almost every Friday night. I dont really care for mexican food but this place won us over !! I eat the Burrito every time we go and it is truly awesome. The shredded beef Burrito is my favorite. My partner has tried everything on the menu and has never been disappointed. His favorite meal is the pork tenderloin enchiladas verde. You just dont find Fresh food like this anywhere else. The margaritas are to die for. They are made with wine which is definitely different, but the food is definetly different as well. The guacamole and salsa are hands down the best we have ever eaten. The salsa is so good we buy a pint to take home. The service has always been very pleasant and efficient . We are usually too full for dessert but we have tried the wedding cake and it was so good I asked for the recipe. They wouldnt hand it over .
Don't Waste Your Money – My wife and I went to Cafe Capistrano for the first time on Saturday for an early dinner. Neither of us was tremendously hungry but we knew we wanted some nachos. We did not have reservations but we were seated immediately. We ordered the nachos and a burrito to share. The nachos arrived in a reasonable amount of time. When I saw them, I said to myself, "Only chips and cheese?". On the nacho plate was a good amount of chips, perhaps a quarter of a cup of lettuce, salsa and chopped beef. There was a good amount of cheese but it all appeared beneath the chips. I did not complain to the waitress because I did not want to embarrass my wife. We were less than a third of the way into the nachos when the waiter brings the entree (burrito). Now, a reputable restaurant knows better than to bring the entree before the appetizer is complete. Once again, I chose not to complain. The burrito we ordered was with beef. If you read the description of their burrito, it sounds quite scrumptuous. Howeverr, when I divided ours for sharing, I realized it was 99.9 percent white rice. There were no greens, no refried beans, no salsa and I found one small chunk of beef. Now, I had heard that Costco and Sams Club were limiting customers to to amount of rice sold per person, but I had no suspicion that perhaps Cafe Capistrano was hoarding the rice to put in their burritos. I have eaten in many Mexican Restauants in California, but I don't see how Cafe Capistrano can claim to be an authentic California Mexican restaurant. So, this was not a good experience at all. I hope other customers fare better. For us, we will not eat there again.
2nd Best Mexican Restaurant in Raleigh – We tried Cafe Capistrano after reading all the good reviews. We love all kinds of ethnic foods and were psyched about potentially finding a great Mexican place. We were seated quickly and our waitress was friendly, helpful and professional. The decor is a little spartan, but clean. I am a fresh salsa junkie, and I like it HOT. I cook with lime and cilantro frequently, and like those flavors. However, the salsa was so overwhelmed with the flavors of lime and cilantro that it just wasn't enjoyable. Not a good start! We ordered the mango shrimp appetizer. It sounded great, but it was sloppily executed. It was tasty, but I think it could have been a lot better - the shrimp were a little sketchy, if you know what I mean. My husband had fish tacos and very much enjoyed them. I had a nightly special (exactly what is escaping me - I just remember that EVERY aspect of it was heavily seasoned with cilantro), but I didn't really like it. The side of beans were excellent, tho. I was really bummed about our experience because this restaurant got such great reviews. We figured it must have been an off nite, so we went a second time a month later.
The salsa was better, but still too limey for my taste. We tried the queso and bean dip this time, and did not like it. It strongly reminded me of my homemade mac and cheese sauce with pintos in it. (Note: Sedona has the most awesome bean dip appetizer!) Fortunately, the entrees we chose were much better. My husband had the chimichanga and loved it, and I had the chicken tacos. Okay, those were the best chicken tacos I've ever eaten in my life. The corn tortillas were so fresh and soft, not like the flavorless, dry ones you get at the supermarket. I would definitely go back for the chicken tacos, but I think I've given up on their appetizers. The place is definitely worth a try, just don't go hankering for a margarita - they don't serve 'em! Oh, the best Mexican in Raleigh? Dos Taquitos on Creedmoor
Excellent California-inspired Mexican. North Raleigh's Best Kept Secret! – On the recommendation of friends, my husband & I dined at Cafe Capistrano last night & were totally blown away. We arrived at 6:30 & were seated fairly promptly, which was pure luck as the place was swamped 5 minutes after our arrival. My husband had the chile relleno (& a side order of fish taco just to see what all the hype was about & I must say, it did not disappoint). I ordered the pork tenderloin enchilanda on the recommendation of our waiter. WOW....both were out of this world! Our waiter was prompt, attentive, & a HOOT to talk with. After reading some of the previous reviews, I must disagree with the Reviewer comparing Dos Taquitos to Cafe Capistrano....the 2 restaurants are not on the same playing field. Dos Taquitos has that "funky/eclectic" vibe going on (with a disgustingly grungy ladies' room). Their food is good, authentic Mexican but my husband & I both agreed Los Tres Magueyes is better. Cafe Capistrano's isn't fancy, but it has a simple, quaint atmosphere that makes you comfortable. Most importantly, the food is fresh & absolutely divine. On the weekends, I'd recommend getting there early as I think we were just lucky not to have to wait long. Good kids' menu.
Great food....great everything! – We have been to this restaurant many times.....and it is wonderful.....obviously we keep coming back each week! Initially when we moved to Raleigh, we tried a lot of different restaurants. We loved Chipotle. We loved Moe's. But we LOVE Cafe Capistrano. We keep coming back for the food, the chips and salsa, and the staff. We are so happy that we live so close....so we can get our cravings satisfied. We've gone with couples who have kids and they are able to accomodate.
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