Raleigh >Food & Dining > Cafe Capistrano
8471 Garvey Dr, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761635.896394 -78.568527
Mon-Sat, 11am-2:30pm; 5pm-9pm
Great Place to take a Family – Our family goes here fairly regularly, and we have always had a positive experience. The food is better than any Mexican restaurant I have visited in the area (we love the guacamole), the service has always been great, the food comes in a timely manner, the atmosphere is family friendly, and prices are reasonable. They are even great about working with allergy/dietary restrictions. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a family night out, but it's not where I would go to celebrate a special event.
Good Mexican Food...LOUSY service!!!! – Had the review been only about the food, I would have given it 4-5 stars...but the service sucks.
I moved out here from CA, and could not find a decent mexican place...especially one that had great pintos & cheese burritos (my favorite in CA, and on virutally every Mexican a la carte menu). Well, on Cinco De Mayo, we finally tried out the food at Cafe Capistrano...and we were pleased! We had great food, great Salsa (we even bought some to take home), great Guacamole & chips, great service and I got my bean and cheese burrito that I had been longing for since moving here.Although it was not on the menu, they told me they would make it for me and charged me the price that would be expected if I ordered one on an a la carte menu. My new favorite restaurant...wait a minute.
I was so thrilled with this place that we just came back this evening only 6 days later. This time, me, my kids and my husband ordered the exact same thing, but now my bill was A LOT more, my burrito was 1/2 the size(a kids burrito size)...and the waitress was SO RUDE!!!!! WTF????
My new favorite restaurant??? NOT!!!!!!!
She tried to charge me $12.95 for a kid size Pintos & cheese burrito. Can you effing believe it??? For pintos & cheese???
What??? Even my husbands plate with 2 tacos, pintos and cheese was only $10.95.
When I brought that to her attention, she DID NOT want to reduce the price, even as I pitched a fit in the middle of the restaurant. She told me that it was an adult burrito price!!! What???The size of a child burrito WITHOUT any meat. She then told me that if she reduced the price, the owner would take it out of her paycheck...PULEEZ!!!!
My new favorite mexican restaurant is now the #1 restaurant to avoid at all cost!!!! If the manager was smart he would get rid of her!!!PRONTO!!!!!
Great Food, but do not get take out unless.... – Terrific food, but the last 2 times I ordered take-out, I was told it would be 10-15 mins. I waited 40 mins and 55 mins, respectively from when I called it in...which is silly. But worse is how much packaging they use for the take out that you throw away. Huge plastic containers, plus a big styrofoam case of tortilla chips for EVERY entree you order (way too much) and all packaged in a shopping bag the size of Macy's shopping bag. No wonder its so expensive. If you go, eat there, do not get take out unless you like killing the environmment quickly. The food is good.
One of Raleighs Best – The food will have you coming back with your Family and Friends to show off this Great Place to eat. I am glad that I stopped in and tried the food now I can't wait to return for the 20+ times.
The best! – This place is great! The portions are huge and the quality of their ingredients is second to none. I visit the North Raleigh location and find the staff very friendly (and accommodating to our toddler!).
Try their cheese dip!
This was my first time.
If you like quick pre-made Mexican food, don't go, but if you're looking for high quality food this is a great place. It's not as expensive as Jibarra and the quality and quantity are 100% better.
This past Tuesday night there was a live saxaphonist playing at the front of the restaurant. I don't know if they have live music regularly, but if I see that they do I will definitely go back with a few friends. I think the place would be too stark without the jazz ambiance.
Fantastic! – I'm picky. Giving anything 5 stars means I was impressed. This place was a terrific dining experience. The staff was hospitable, they were fast, and they were thorough. We ordered the guacamole, mango tacos, and quesadilla. All were exceptional. Granted this was in the early afternoon on a saturday when the restaurant was sparsley occupied so it might have been a different story during a dinner crunch. But from this on trip I have nothing but but praise. Also have to recommend the Mexican Wedding Cake for dessert, OMFG this was the BEST cake I ever had. Absolulety check this palce out.
Mahi Taco Heaven! – Capistrano was recently rated "Best New Restaurant" in Wake County and they really deserve it!! I'm a tough nut to please. Their fish tacos made with Mahi Mahi, fresh cabbage and a delicious and creamy citrus sauce of some sort are wonderful, but don't think you won't clean your plate. The beans and rice are delicious and so flavorful, a perfect accompaniment to the tacos. If you have any room left, try the Wedding Cake (Tres Leches) its the best we've ever had. Owners are friendly and approachable, decor is simple, not garrish, very warm. Happy eating folks!
Best Mexican Experience Hands down – Cafe Capistrano is an amazing Mexican experience, I will not even say "just a restaurant" The Staff is warm and fabulous. I enjoy so many of the different dishes I have a hard time deciding what to eat. It is "my show off place to eat" meaning when I have company in town I take them to eat here, b/c they will be _WOWED_by the mango shrimp and pork tenderloin...LOVE IT! I have used them for take out and for catering a shower for me as well. I can't say enough...but when my husband says...where do you feel like eating tonight.??..it is hard not to KEEP saying Cafe Capistrano! Great Place, Great food!
Amazing service and foods. gotten to know waiters and manager! – This i have to say it the best restaurant in the city. The combination of fresh delicious ingredients and great prices makes this place a personal favorite. My family has been going there every Thursday night for a year. I strongly recommend the tacos with as much Santa Fe sauce as possible. As for desert i cannot recommend the wedding cake or fudge brownie. The waiters are quick and nice. I cannot recommend any restaurant more!
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