La Bamba | Mexican Restaurant

Google Rating:4.2

La Bamba | Mexican Restaurant
4.2 based on 278 reviews
  1. yami 2023/12

    I ordered the Pollo gringo // no mushrooms w/ corn tortillas and it was amazing !!!! The chicken breast’s were seasoned so delicious. The rice & beans reminded me so much of my mom’s cooking. 10/10 on everything. I also got horchata which tasted just as amazing as well
    Service
    Take out
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

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  2. Jason Seeman 2023/10

    Very good food, I’d recommend the Chori Pollo, server was very engaged checked on me very frequently.
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  3. Emiliya Shulgan 2023/10

    Got chicken tacos which were pretty good- I would come back here for them. Also each meal comes with chips and salsa which were fresh and also good. My only issue was that I got a pina colada which was clearly artificially flavored and overly sweet.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $1–10
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Salsa, Chips, Chips and Salsa

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  4. Cheyenne Combs 2023/10

    I visited this establishment today right before heading out of town. I frequent the area a lot but this was my first time visiting this specific restaurant. For what I paid, the food was fresh, well seasoned, and cooked to order. The portions were also very nice! I will definitely be returning
    Service
    Take out
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Chips and Salsa

  5. Neil McWilliams 2023/09

    Definitely a joint – where you come for food, not ambience. Extensive menu, hearty portions and kind prices. English is a second language here. Service and meal preparation are prompt. The food comes hot to the table but the shredded lettuce is crisp, the tomatoes locally sourced and the Mexican rice features individual grains (not scooped from a pot in one gloppy mess). I would certainly eat here again.
    Food: 4
    Service: 4
    Atmosphere: 4

  6. Brandon Powell 2023/09

    La Bamba is the quintessential small family run Mexican restaurant that’s been around forever and knows their food. I’ve been dining here for close to 20 years. Not once in that time have I ever had a bad dish or left hungry. The decor is lively but still has hole-in-the-wall charm. If you want good food, this is your place to go.
    Service
    Take out
    Meal type
    Other
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Combinacion De Tres Quesadilla Enchilada Y Burrito Con Arrozito Y Frijoles, Chimichanga, Chips and Salsa

  7. Andrew Sanford 2023/08

    $1.99 taco Thursdays! A wonderful authentic family business! Delicious food that accompanies an at-home hospitality!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $1–10
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Chips and Salsa

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  8. Jacob Dubois 2023/08

    Best Mexican in Richmond, hands down. Nothing fancy, just good authentic Mexican.
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5

  9. Amber Paruchini 2023/06

    Rude make you feel uncomfortable food is not worth the wait or money
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  10. Desiree J 2023/06

    DO NOT PATRONIZE THIS PLACE!!! When visiting this area of Richmond, I decided to get takeout from this place. MISTAKE!!! Quick recap – there were just 3 customers, all seated and already eating. My order was taken by an older woman with salt/pepper hair pulled back from her scowling face. Yes, she was literally scowling, I am not taking shots. Due to the language barrier she was not helpful in answering my questions regarding their offerings. As a result, I digressed and ordered from the Sides menu, a chicken quesadilla at $3.25 and a fountain drink at $2.75. The after tax total she gave me was $7.99. That seemed a little high to me so I requested to see the itemized bill. She told me they do not have them. I knew this was untrue but, I wanted to see where this went. So, I asked how much they charged for meals tax. After taking a moment to chat with her co-worker, she told the waitress to tell me it was 13.5%. Once again, I knew this was incorrect because it did not align with the total bill and I know meals tax in VA is not that high. [I quickly realized she was trying to up-charge me, because their minimum debit card purchase is $6 and for whatever reason she wanted the bill to be higher.] I continued to inquire about the total, reiterating that the amount was incorrect. After about 3 minutes or so of her hemming and hawing, and flipping out in her native tongue, the waitress finally told me that the first woman, took it upon herself to charge me $7.00 for the items I ordered and then added tax to that. First, I was shocked they admitted that and then I was shocked because they acted as if they have the right to do something like that. I started to go in and fling the terms false advertising, fraud and law-breaking but, opted to rescind the order and vacate the premises never to return again.

  11. Satisfied Betty 2023/06

    Food is just OK. Not impressed. Drink was watered down.

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  12. PatrickHenryPDX 2023/05

    Delicious and authentic, and super friendly.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  13. Danielle logan 2023/05

    Small language barrier, decent food, weak alcoholic drinks. Margarita was mostly mix
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Food: 4
    Service: 4
    Atmosphere: 4

  14. F. De Mascio 2023/05

    We got there on a Tuesday evening. It must have been close to opening time, it took a while for our orders to be taken, but once the order was made, the food came out “muy pronto.” And the food was great. The Carne Asada tacos were delicious, as were the rice & beans sides. Of special note, the salsa that was served with the tortilla chips was fantastic.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 4
    Service: 3
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Salsa, Taco, Chips and Salsa

  15. Cade Long 2023/05

    Felt very authentic and looked the part too. The service was amazing, she was very sweet. My only complaint would be the food/price. The food was good but nowhere near what we expected to pay for the quality of it.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30

  16. Aaron Cross 2023/05

    My partner and I don’t eat here very much anymore. A few months ago we came in on a slow night in the middle of the week several hours before closing time, and the manager was rude and over charged us for the food. The waiting staff is polite and attentive, but who I assume may have been the owner of the restaurant was not.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 4
    Service: 1
    Atmosphere: 4

  17. United With Love 2023/05

    great drinks and the food was perfect. appreciated the heat and in depth flavors.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20

  18. M K 2023/04

    “Food was good but hard to find parking if there busy”
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Cheese Dip, Taco, Chips, Chips and Salsa
    Parking space
    Somewhat difficult to find parking
    Parking options
    Free parking lot

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  19. SirRockton j 2023/04

    Great food. Worth the stop.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  20. CRUSADER 2023/03

    Great authentic Mexican food spot. Would definitely recommend if you’re hungry.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch

  21. Shawn Davé 2023/02

    Great service and food.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Fajitas, Chips and Salsa

  22. Regina Mcneill 2023/02

    My friend bit into her burrito and looked and almost at a cockroach. They still made us pay for drinks and chips and salsa.

  23. John Sauls 2023/02

    If you’re looking for the best Mexican food in Richmond, you will find it at La Bamba. We’ve been several times and are always guaranteed some amazing food. The menu is pretty extensive with your standard Mexican fare plus even more, also they have LOTS of vegetarian options. The piña coladas always come out perfect and pair well with their house made guacamole. We always have the same waitress and she is always so kind. Please pay a visit to this local restaurant when in the neighborhood and you will not be disappointed.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  24. Jon 2022/12

    This place is amazing!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  25. Jordan Moghanaki 2022/12

    This is a great family Mexican restaurant in Shockhoe bottom. I usually come here for lunch during the workweek or weekend when I’m walking around.

    They have a good vegetarian menu with variety, and the food comes out quick and tasty.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  26. Christopher Elliott 2022/11

    Good salsa an cheese dip

  27. Benny Hall 2022/11

    Delicious and authentic Mexican food

  28. Charles Hutchison 2022/11

    I order my food and they brought it to me and I started to eat it then it wasn’t made right so told the guy about and all the guy said was the customer is right
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $20–30

  29. K Farineau 2022/11

    Very alright . No drink menu (which is probably so they can get away with charging 10$ for a very subpar margarita ) . The food was okay , nothing standout, not bad but not great . Chips , 2 (cheaper ) entrees , a tacate and a marg was like 50 bucks ? A bit steep for what was essentially Guadalajara quality . If you’re looking for food and drinks there’s better for less in the area .
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30

  30. Brenden Murphy 2022/10

    Solid food, good service
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  31. Jarvice Randolph 2022/10

    Friendly service, very welcoming, and great food too

  32. Stephen Wilson 2022/10

    Great prices and good food. Love the lunch specials.

  33. Aviya K 2022/10

    DO NOT EAT HERE!!!!

    Went here with my boyfriend and friends around 8 o’clock at night . The food was good but the owner up charged us on every item we got because they got the order wrong (the waitress didn’t speak English well) . When we confronted him about the menu and the HUGE bill he said the me he’s we’re old and they had upped there prices (no where on the menus did it say this… like not even a sharpie mark telling us). The guy didn’t like us because his waitress messed everyone’s order except for my boyfriend thank god my boyfriend covered the bill because we wouldn’t be able to pay separately. Every menu was the same he literally up charged us. I’m reporting him to the better business bureau because this is outrageous I have never been scammed like this in my life. I have also never been to a restaurant in my life where the prices on the menu were different than the actual prices. Also how does he know what the prices are if they not menu because there at least 40 or 50 items on that menu.

  34. Sam 2022/09

    Fairly priced, large portions!

  35. Angel Whaley 2022/09

    Food is GOOD, fresh, authentic Mexican food. Super friendly service. I will definitely be back!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20

  36. Justin Vaughan 2022/09

    I was out from New York looking for good food and that’s what I found. Very authentic and cooked to profession Amazing service as well
    Service
    Take out
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Wheelchair accessibility
    Easy access to Building

  37. Walter Jones 2022/08

    Drinks kinda of strong
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Brunch
    Price per person
    $20–30

  38. Tiffany Layden 2022/08

    Fabulous experience. Lots of vegetarian options too.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: Not sure
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  39. Nathan Knouse 2022/08

    Really good food for the price, pretty much my go to for lunch when I’m working in the area.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Vegetarian options
    Nearly 2 dozen opinions for vegetarians and they don’t phone it in. Really good food!

  40. Sweet Emotion 2022/08

    I ate at this place last night and order the nachos and they were so yummy and fresh, Thanks! It was a great order and great ingredients so thanks. Five stars for me and I will be back.

  41. Nick Myers 2022/08

    Food is ok, nothing special, nothing bad by any means. Definitely don’t order online or your order is actually placed when you show up, and then they get upset with ya for not calling ahead as well so call ahead or just eat there.

  42. James Robey 2022/07

    Our waitress was so kind and very attentive great quality food too.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  43. Gregg Tomes 2022/07

    They made me feel right at home. The food was served fast. And it was right. Will definitely eat there again. It you are in Downtown Richmond….

  44. O K 2022/07

    This is our regular lunch spot. The food is delicious and the people are wonderful. I can eat here every day!

  45. Nichole Kennedy 2022/07

    A good variety of vegetarian options and prices were reasonable. Food was well seasoned and fresh, guacamole was yummy, and even the free table salsa was nice and spicy!
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: Not sure
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  46. J Mo 2022/07

    Our server was beyond awesome and the food was magnificent. This is the best Mexican food restaurant that I have found in Richmond. This hidden gem is my new go to for a Mexican meal.

  47. Wyatt Vinson 2022/07

    The best authentic Mexican food I have ever had, I feel like someone’s abuela is in the kitchen personally hand making everything. I especially love the flan, queso, salsa, and shrimp quesadillas 😍. Very home-like feeling dining in. Friendly staff and EXTREMELY affordable. Very low prices. I’m always amazed when me and my wife can eat meals and dessert with a drink for $20.

  48. Shauntez Ivory 2022/06

    This is a very authentic Mexican restaurant. The servers are really nice and sweet. The food was delicious and tasted fresh. There is an upcharge for anything additional that you might want. And the Margaritas aren’t strong. You’re better off getting a few shots.

  49. Paola Sánchez-Aguilar 2022/05

    It was really hot inside, the chips and salsa were great, horchata great, but my enchiladas were okay. Not the best.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  50. Kevin J 2022/04

    Great food.

  51. K Alderson 2022/04

    Great place to stop in and grab great NY style hotdogs.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: Yes
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: No
    Curbside pickup: No

  52. Katheryn B 2022/04

    Hidden gem of a Mexican restaurant. Has some of the best salsa in greater Richmond

  53. Brian Bangs 2022/04

    Amazing local business, great value and friendly service. I echo the comment that someone’s (very talented) abeula is cooking this food (because it’s really good)!

  54. Chris Berlin 2022/03

    I swear to God I love this place

  55. mac 2022/03

    Amazing food good prices
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  56. Brooklyn Griffin 2022/03

    This place is me and my boyfriend’s favorite place to go in Richmond. Well-priced, delicious, and the owners are lovely!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Yes

  57. Michaela Hartmann 2022/03

    The food is always amazing! If you’re one of those VA suburbanites that believes you need the abomination that is white sauce (a Virginia invention) don’t come. La Bambas is authentic Mexican food made by a family from Morelos. The Mole is to DIE FOR. The queso, guac and salsa are addictively delicious.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Yes
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  58. WAYNE WILKINS 2022/01

    Warm and loving. Customer FRIENDLY. EXCELLENT!! The food is of the best! The best in the area!!!

  59. Abigail Hauschild 2022/01

    The most homey, delicious Mexican style food I’ve had in RVA!! I love this place SO much!

  60. Fisheye Digital 2022/01

    This place has some of the friendliest service, and has delicious good as well. Would definitely return and eat here again
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20

  61. Kirsty P 2022/01

    Our work treated us to a lunch out today. We were a 7 top and both servers were so efficient and sweet. It was pretty busy for lunch but they were lovely and despite all of us, everything came out in order and we were all given refills, more chips promptly. I got the veggie taco salad it was really good but I might ask for extra beans next time. Thank you all!

  62. Wren Kincaid 2021/12

    Great food and service!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20
    Features
    Outdoor seating: No

  63. Philip Thornton 2021/11

    The 3 amigos is delicious 😋 …

  64. Cameron Whitaker 2021/11

    I’m not sure how this place has an average 4.2 star review when it deserves 2, tops. It’s a hole in the wall Mexican joint that makes up it’s own prices when it’s time to deliver the check. There’s no way 2 lunch special fajitas and 2 margaritas should come out to 40.00 but the waitress acted like she didn’t speak English and I didn’t have the patience to argue with her. A few other notes: the drink prices aren’t listed on the menu, there is no patio all though they advertise one and there’s a mudroom in the men’s bathroom with all of their cleaning tools just hanging from the walls next to the toilet. I think my new rule of thumb for grading a restaurant is to make a bee line for the bathroom, see if it’s disgusting and go from there. Thanks amigos!

  65. Nixon Rodriguez 2021/10

    Good and spicy

  66. Lee Cook 2021/10

    Best salsa I’ve had in RVA.

  67. B A 2021/10

    Very reasonable and tasty lunch specials! I had beef fajitas!

  68. Sarah C. 2021/09

    The ladies are all so nice and the food is fast and delicious.

  69. Michael Peddle 2021/08

    Good Mexican food 🥑 for Richmond …

  70. Bobbie 2021/08

    Ehh. The best thing about this place is the prices. The food wasn’t great.

  71. Kelley 2021/08

    This place is amazing! Easily one of the best restaurants in Richmond. Great food, awesome atmosphere, and phenomenal service. I would definitely recommend going here.

  72. Daniel Angster 2021/08

    Great spot for cheap eats. Amazing salsa. Don’t be shy if it’s not crowded, we had the place to ourselves and had amazing service. Sleeper spot in the bottom.

  73. eric covington 2021/08

    A warm and cozy place with authentic Mexican food. The server/hostess is always pleasant, courteous and attentive. The owner is personable and very appreciative of his patrons AND they remember their customers. I have no complaints about this restaurant. It’s a gem and I plan to visit it often!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  74. Jerri Damron 2021/07

    Good $1.00 tacos on Tuesdays & Thursdays!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $1–10

  75. The Feel Good Experience 2021/07

    The older gentleman is so sweet! The food and drinks are a great bonus to his wonderful service.

  76. Devonte Ragsdale 2021/07

    This restaurant offers the best food and prices against it’s competition. I tried 3 restaurants located on the same corner and La Bamba is a runaway. Food is absolutely delicious and the servers are really nice. Wait time is nonexistent. Service, vibes, food all worth the visit

  77. Lauren 2021/07

    The food was disgusting. The taco salad soggy and gross and the “ground beef” smelled alot like dog food. Then they didn’t even cut my tomato. They simply slapped a whole slice on top like an after thought. Never again. There is no way that their ratings are accurate.

  78. Jason Apolo 2021/06

    Great food, very accommodating experience.
    Service
    Take out
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $1–10

  79. Danielle Bryson 2021/06

    Small mexican restaurant with good prices and food. Will definitely be back.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $1–10

  80. Benjamin Mancheril 2021/06

    Stopped by on our drive down from Washington DC. Right off I95 and great food! Server was very professional and food was well priced. Will return on future road trips.
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $1–10

  81. Travis Clark 2021/06

    Such a bitter owner! Too many rules about what i could and couldnt order. Owner became argumenative. Got mad at me because i aked for cilantro. he then says… “it doesnt come with cilantro”!! ok but can i have some. dude made me pay extra for cilantro.
    thats like paying for salt. unbelievable. bad experiene all around.. margarita wasnt even good. STAY AWAY !! Owner is not a pleasant person.

  82. Edis Bachez 2021/06

    Starting with their service, they are very warm kind people, I past by when I was coming back from New York to Florida, and I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is delicious and made from scratch from their kitchen to your table. Honestly, it’s not common to receive this warning welcome at other restaurants.

  83. Aayan L (anarch3) 2021/05

    Food is very poggers

  84. Samah Mohamed 2021/05

    This place is gross. Super dirty and smelly on the inside and out. Really tiny as well. Food was really salty and mediocre.
    Service
    Take out
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $1–10

  85. Helena Holder 2021/05

    Food was great. Server was nice and the food came out fast. So much to choose from.

  86. Ed C. 2021/05

    If I lived closer I might go more, nothing wrong with the place but not worth driving in from the West End.
    Service was disorganized but friendly but it was a holiday.
    Small place with booths that allow for some privacy even when it’s busy.

  87. Nobody Cool 2021/04

    Really poor quality food, definitely not “traditional Mexican,” and for some reason my check was several dollars more than the menu price + tax (and it was already way too expensive for what it is!). A veggie “burrito” literally filled with nothing but green peppers and onions. Red sauce tastes like ketchup. Reviewers who give this anything more than 3 stars are drunk.

  88. Yosselyn 2021/04

    went to this place about a month ago and the food was not that bad, very average mexican food. the day I went I noticed an ad on the outside of the restaurant that said “taco Thursday’s, tacos for only $1”. Yesterday was Thursday and I was thinking about getting tacos and remembered the sign. I went ahead and called and said I wanted to place an order for 3 chorizo tacos. I am not sure who picked up the phone but they started laughing and said “nice try, chorizo tacos are 3.50 a piece and that special only applies to hard shell beef or chicken tacos” in the most rude way possible. I apologized and told them I was not aware of that and all they kept saying was “that was a good try” “nice try” as if I was trying to scam them or something. I was actually going to tell them that it was fine the tacos were 3.50 and that I wanted them anyways but the guy literally would not let me speak basically claiming I was scamming him. I literally hung up in the middle of him speaking because he would not shut up about my “nice try” by far the most awkward and worst experience I’ve ever had trying to place an order.

  89. Ethan 2021/03

    Just eat there
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $1–10

  90. Katherine Rios 2021/02

    Mala atención, no soy Mexicana y le dije a la mesera que me diera Pico de Gallo y me dio el peor, tanto que no pude seguir comiendo

  91. juan carlos 2021/02

    Very good food

  92. Joelle Mitchell 2021/02

    Food was so low quality. I’m confused how my enchiladas ended up being so dry. I gave this restaurant two chances and both times it was beyond disappointing.

  93. Nicole Johnson 2021/02

    Guacamole and fresh chips were great! I got the steak quesadilla and my bf got the fajitas Texacana. Everything was delicious! Service was kinda slow, but nothing that would stop us from coming back.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $10–20

  94. Olivia Decker 2021/01

    Food sucks & Service

  95. Shraddha 2021/01

    I don’t really post reviews but this place is AMAZING!! The lady there is the sweetest and the salsa is AMAZING!! The food is affordable and everyone is so nice. I’m surprised it doesn’t have 5 stars
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $1–10
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Yes
    Curbside pickup: Yes

  96. Manny AMV 2020/12

    La comida muy buena y trabajadores muy amables una experiencia fantástica
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $10–20

  97. Sherri Hakes 2020/12

    Best Mexican food I have had in a very long time. Maybe the best Mexican food I have ever had. I had Chimichangas friend got tacos and chimichangas. Service was good. I only wish they had air conditioning or fans circulating air. The food was so good I still have 5 stars. Highly recommend this place!!!!!!

  98. Sonya McMillan 2020/11

    Food was perfect

  99. Adriana Z Rountree 2020/11

    Great tamales and mexican taquitos
    And shrimp cocktail
    And great service

  100. David Johnson 2020/11

    Great hole in the wall Mexican joint. Nothing fancy, no frills, just your standard Mexican dishes, but very well done.

  101. lubin Aldana 2020/10

    Puede mejorar. La comida no desquita el precio

  102. Ana Gabriela Lopez 2020/10

    Muy mal 2 tacos y una soda más de 10 dólares

  103. Minh N 2020/10

    Lots of tasty food for a great price. My coworkers and I order from here multiple times a week!

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  104. Sam Smith 2020/09

    Food was good.

  105. DLP 2020/09

    Go try out 1 dollar taco night on Thursdays

  106. TimewithUKno Reed 2020/09

    Small, quaint- would like more sauce variety

  107. Annie Weinberg 2020/09

    We love La Bamba!! The people who work here are such great members of this community. Help keep them afloat during COVID!!

  108. Michon Plonski 2020/09

    Food was very tasty! Service was AWESOME! Thank you! Will frequent this establishment!

  109. Samantha F 2020/09

    My favorite Mexican place in RVA. The enchiladas are the best. Staff seems off putting at first but we visit so much they’ve become friends

  110. Sean Brasch 2020/08

    29 steak, mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm

  111. Chandler Powers 2020/07

    Who charges 4$ for a small bag of chips and 7$ for two of those small plastic containers that usually houses sour cream to go?

    Not the best, but the staff has always been friendly and it’s local and convenient

  112. BillieJean Fox 2020/06

    Great food and drinks!!!

  113. Adam Qualters 2020/06

    Good food, good prices.

  114. Heather Safley 2020/06

    been coming here for 15 years, absolutely love the owner, Armando and his food ! great atmosphere, excellent prices and fine service .. i highly recommend this place to get your Mexican food fix, right in the heart of historic downtown Richmond

  115. Shaun Chandler 2020/06

    Food was great. Overcharged for my food. I initially was to order online. Did not want to pay surcharges so I went to order and pick up in person. I was over charged compared to the online order and was asked to tip as well before he sent back my order. Idk what’s that all about won’t be coming back. Found a new authentic place. Good bye

  116. Kristen Combs 2020/05

    My go to stop for tacos and Tequila!

  117. Aaron Spencer 2020/05

    Excellent food. Fast service.

  118. Lauren Aghjayan 2020/05

    This is usually our go to place but after tonight I highly doubt we’ll go again. We ordered our food online, two vegetarian dishes and queso. Unfortunately when my fiancé picked up the order and brought it home both dishes had chicken and there was no queso AND no chips. Every one has a bad night so I thought to give them a call to redeem themselves but to my dismay when I called they couldn’t be more rude. The person on the phone handed me over to what I assumed was a manager and he proceeded to tell me it was my fault and I ordered wrong and that was that. This has been our favorite place since moving to Richmond but now I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

  119. L Lee 2020/03

    Dollar taco 🌮 Thursday… you get what you pay for …

  120. Joshua Stock 2020/03

    Great food for a low price.

  121. stuart harrison 2020/03

    Always great, quality just gets better

  122. Cody Earles 2020/03

    The waitress was very prompt with the food and drinks, and made good conversation! Food was delicious. 😋 …

  123. Daniel Kovach 2020/02

    delicious margs!

  124. Rochelle Alberti 2020/02

    Excellent food great service!!!!

  125. Maria del Carmen Weaver 2020/02

    Very bad experience today! Owner demanding tip, when service dosen’t deserves it.

    Last time there!! NOT good service, DON’T recommend!

  126. Phillip Davis 2020/02

    Horrible drinks and they make up there own prices when your ready to pay horrible restaurant terrible customer service

  127. Ezekiel Marshall 2020/02

    I’ve been to many Mexican restaurants but La Bamba is the best tasting so far from the chips and dips to the main course. Very friendly too. 2 thumbs up

  128. C Vasquez 2020/02

    Prices are significantly different than prices posted on their online menus. By like $8 additional dollars on an “$11” order online, even after I showed the posted prices. Have eaten here before, food is good. Hence the two stars. Ended up just going to Chicano’s. What you see is what you get there.

  129. Kimberly Guthrie 2020/01

    Always prompt service!

  130. Kevin Moses 2020/01

    The food was delicious

  131. alicia 2020/01

    Mixed chicken & steak fajita

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  132. Tiffani Tucker 2020/01

    Drinks sucked never again. Tacos were nasty

  133. Sheila M 2020/01

    Very friendly staff. The food and beverages are cheap. The food is nice in proportion and flavor. The seats are fabric and have stains they should be cleaned or changed.

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  134. Victoria Hall 2019/12

    The staff was attentive and the food was authentic and delicious!

  135. James Fendley 2019/12

    fresh food, amazing staff, amazing prices. recommend ALWAYS

  136. James Brockman 2019/11

    I always have great food and great service here.

  137. Letitia Washington 2019/10

    Delicious!!!

  138. Antonio Bell 2019/10

    Good

  139. Megan Olsen 2019/10

    Legit af. Best 95 detour I’ve ever made

  140. Miriam Sandoval 2019/10

    Great restaurant and a wonderful meal.

  141. Mike Cooper 2019/10

    Good food prepared quickly at a great price

  142. R S 2019/10

    I had the steak quesadilla. It was amazing and fresh. Would definitely recommend you check it if you haven’t.

  143. Gus Humphrey 2019/10

    Unsuspecting Mexican restaurant, definitely a small place but the food is really good and table service was prompt and super friendly. Will be returning!

  144. Bud B 2019/10

    Atmosphere is comfortable, great food and personable staff!

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  145. Jess Lauher 2019/10

    The Chori Pollo is amazing at La Bamba. An awesome hole in the wall spot in Shockoe Bottom with some of the best Mexican food around!

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  146. James Rieber 2019/09

    Authentic

  147. Liz 2019/09

    We walked in and walked right back out.. There was no one there and it was about 80 degrees inside.

  148. chris mcnair 2019/09

    Quick service great food and the staff is friendly

  149. Jason Robertson 2019/09

    Always a great experience. Food is served quickly, service is responsive, and the salsa is perfectly picante!

  150. Robert Elliott 2019/09

    Delicious neighbourhood Mexican joint. There’s fancier places in the vicinity but LaBamba has great food and huge beers at reasonable prices.

  151. Mackenzie Hoel 2019/07

    Their was a cockroach in our cheese dip. And the high chair had poop in it.

  152. Tracy Johnson 2019/07

    Food was good & price was reasonable

  153. Ivy Edwards 2019/07

    This place was horrible. They gave us a baby high chair with poop in it. A cockroach came out of the chips. After that we left. This place was really bad. DO NOT GO HERE.

  154. A Newby (Newbianqueen) 2019/07

    The food is so authentic and delicious..The staff are friendly and polite jus the all around atmosphere is relaxing. Love..love.. love coming here

  155. Studedeyez Niece 2019/07

    Went in order a drink, the waitress tried to force a large margarita on me when I had simply asked for small. So she came back with a medium glass, which by the way I didn’t know at the time, so then I order my food and so did my friend. Then my friend wanted a drink, she tried to force a large on my friend as well. Meantime I’m thinking we have small glasses as we asked for. The food cake, my food had not one, not two, but THREE hairs in it. My friends food was fine. So I got the bill and realized it was high as hell for my meal, which I returned and told her I didn’t want any food, and our small $6.99 drinks which we were charged $8.50 for. So he said she gave us medium and I told him I asked for small, the bill went down to $35 and I just wouldn’t go back there again. First and last time

  156. Harmony Russell 2019/07

    I’ve been going here 2-3 times a week for three months and today they upped the price by over $2…who I believe is the owner didn’t care and when I said I wouldn’t be back he wished me a “Merry Christmas”…food is decent, salsa is awesome, but won’t do business with wonky owner who shows no customer appreciation. The place across the street has better tacos anyways!

  157. Nadia Gouldin 2019/06

    Great food!

  158. Annetta Johnson 2019/06

    Service was super quick and the food was good.

  159. Victor Blake 2019/06

    Few drinks to pick from. Food was ok but not great. Disappointing

  160. Patrick Todd 2019/06

    One of our fave Mexican hot spots. Definitely a fantastic experience.

  161. Pollie Barden 2019/06

    Excellent authentic Mexican food. Not frills and delicious. The decor is lively and fun. Note: no restrooms.

  162. Adriana VH 2019/06

    Took a group here and only got our cups of water and cheese dip before a cockroach came crawling out of our basket of chips. Just say we left immediately! There was also baby poop on the high chair when they brought it to us. 😣 …

  163. Drew B Darby 2019/06

    Provides authentic and decent food. We experienced moderately slow service, and had some trouble communicating with the waitstaff due to a bit of a language barrier. Was also incorrectly charged for my meal, which was a bit unfortunate. Likely won’t return, but not overly disappointed.

  164. savita c 2019/06

    A very nice and cozy place with good and authentic Mexican food… My personal favorite is the taco salad here.
    I like their portion size but it can get a little expensive at times.
    I usually do take out here.

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  165. pip blank 2019/06

    This was a real find for me. The food was delicious and traditional for sure. They have an amazing lunch menu with many plates of food under 10 dollars. The service was extremely friendly and attentive. There was a tiny language barrier with our waitress, only because I dont speak Spanish. But she took our order correctly and was very friendly. If you are looking for a nice sit down authentic Mexican restaurant experience, without excessive prices, this is your place. I’ve eaten at a few Mexican places in Richmond. And this is my favorite by far.

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  166. Betty Southerland 2019/05

    Loved the atmosphere and the great service. The food and selections were wonderful and drinks were huge (a lot of bang for the bucks). I encourage all to visit!!

  167. Timothy Neiger 2019/05

    I used to go there and the salsa would have me sweating and needing their sweet tea which was delicious. Salsa wasnt that hot sweet tea was not very sweet and the queso is much more watered down. Ive been going there for 15 years.

  168. David Miller 2019/05

    Well I ordered two specials, but it kinda felt like I only got one. Oh well it was very good and they kept me happy with chips and salsa. I will definitely be eating there again

  169. Robert Stone 2019/04

    great food

  170. Darrel Ramage 2019/04

    Food great

  171. Alex Ratti 2019/04

    Best Mexican food in town!!

  172. Michael Harrison 2019/04

    The best authentic Mexican food I’ve had in the Richmond area.

  173. Carl Slate II 2019/04

    Wonderful, cozy spot for standard Mexican items. Staff is kind, prices are decent. I’ve had the chimichangas and fajitas and was happy with the food. Had a “dive” vibe.

  174. LCH Sdrano (LCH RADIO) 2019/04

    Great service real good food including the hot sauce, will go back most definitely.

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  175. Meagan Garcia 2019/03

    Great food, freshly prepared, and nicely priced. I highly recommend.

  176. Aki Kim 2019/03

    Nice stop for some cheap Mexican food. Looks like there is only street parking but the food is pretty good. I got a burrito for about 5 dollars. Nice place to go with coworkers.

  177. Evan Zalewski 2019/02

    They were actually really nice

  178. Steven Cox 2019/02

    Really good moli and large portions.

  179. Andre McDonnough 2019/01

    Good food

  180. Andre Williams 2019/01

    Authentic Mexican food, it was delicious

  181. Galina Varchena 2019/01

    Excellent no fuss Tex mex

  182. Sharon Craddock 2019/01

    Food is good, home atmosphere.

  183. Kay Ford 2019/01

    This hole in the wall is some of the best Mexican food in Richmond.

  184. Vanessa mac Glen 2019/01

    The place was very dirty……there was also a cockroach on the table. and babypoop in the highchair. i don’t recommend this place

  185. Kim Brown 2019/01

    Great service. Food was authentic and delicious. And it was one if the best margaritas that I have had!

  186. Cindy Davis 2018/12

    Best food ever!!

  187. Donwan Harrell 2018/12

    Good location, convenient parking, authentic Mexican food but mediocre tasting food. The Horchata was watered down.

  188. John Glynn 2018/12

    Terrific food, dependably delicious. The service is very friendly, they are always patient with my horrible Spanish. And to boot, they have several parking spaces in their own parking lot. The servings are large, so if you’re muy hambriento, this is the place to go!

  189. Hannah O'Toole 2018/12

    Lime green margaritas the size of your head and aggressively mediocre, greasy food. They have dollar tacos for dine in only on Thursday nights

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  190. Jerome Stewart 2018/11

    Sometimes the owners have hard time of understanding you and sometimes get your order wrong

  191. Stacey Malone 2018/11

    The food is really good, definitely adding this place to my list of favorites.

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  192. Alexander L 2018/10

    Хорошее место для любителей мексиканской кухни. Порции огромные, на двоих можно заказать одну.

  193. Erik Alford 2018/10

    Great food!

  194. Kp Stevens 2018/10

    great place , staff is very friendly.

  195. Elizabeth Prettyman 2018/10

    Great prices, fast service, and most importantly delicious food. It’s great Mexican fare, and the best darn margaritas you can buy in this city.

  196. Maria Gonzales 2018/10

    A clean place with good service. I thought the enchiladas unexpectedly flavorful. Prices are right for my wallet, servers are good and know what they are doing both inside and outside on the patio.

  197. Magtanggol Sanvictores 2018/09

    Food good..

  198. Trey Parsons 2018/09

    TACO THURSDAYS ! Love this place and have been here the past 3 Thursdays in a row and will probably continue the tradition starting from now on! But don’t just go here for the tacos because they have a great menu full of other authentic Mexican cuisine! Insanely fast service and the gentlemen who usually waits on us is hilarious and makes the night all that much more enjoyable. My other half told me to also say the chips and atmosphere make the spot and I’ll agree with it as well !

  199. Carri 2018/08

    Most authentic Mexican food. Most like the food out West i.e. Colorado, New Mexico

  200. Harrison Villhelm 2018/08

    Pleasant experience, food was great, and the wait staff and owner are very nice.

  201. Eric Jenvey 2018/08

    Food’s great. Don’t order delivery, portions are super small, but you’ll get better portions if you order takeout.

  202. Amy A 2018/08

    If someone can tell me the name of a good Mexican restaurant in Richmond I will buy you dinner. This place is small, has orange cheese dip and slimy chicken. I can’t seem to find a decent Mexican restaurant in Richmond!

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  203. iCS Discover 2018/07

    Good food. Friendly Service

  204. John Glynn 2018/07

    Dependable and delicious. The owners are exceedingly friendly and will even teach you Spanish if you are willing.

  205. Erin Rogers 2018/06

    This is my favorite restaurant in Richmond. I stop here everytime I’m in town.

  206. John Atwood 2018/06

    It’s a hole in the wall mexican joint. Don’t expect fanciness or fanfare. The food and drinks are good.

  207. Jose Arbelaez 2018/05

    Great food specials. I got food for a whole week

  208. Logans Johnson 2018/05

    The best restaurant in Richmond!! Great people with a small town feel!

  209. Miranda Williams 2018/05

    Papí hooked it up! Amazing food!! So happy I live just down the block from incredible authentic Mexican food. Yum yum yum!

  210. Matt L 2018/05

    Went for taco Tuesday once and I must say the couple working there was very nice. For $1 tacos this is the best I’ve had in town thus far. Their margaritas were not too shabby either. Overall enjoyed my meal.

  211. Andrew Higgins 2018/04

    Best dollar tacos in town.

  212. stephanie collins 2018/04

    Such a great place to eat and everyone is so friendly

  213. Marc E. 2018/04

    Que rico! Loved my experience here. Affordable, friendly, delicous. A solid choice for Mexican in Shockoe Bottom.

  214. Brandy Page 2018/04

    Never disappoints! Great lime margaritas and amazing food! It’s my fave Mexican spot in richmond!

  215. Somer Martínez 2018/03

    The best maxican food in u.s.a

  216. Andrew Cheatham 2018/03

    This place is one of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve ever been to. Incredible prices, really friendly staff, and great food! Try the guacamole! I can’t believe what you get for the price. Try this place!

  217. Amber Martin 2018/02

    Love it!!!

  218. Mariah Gannon 2018/02

    Great food, amazing lunch specials.

  219. Oriel Mitchell 2018/02

    Food is hit or miss , extremely hot plates everything comes out sizzling.

  220. Heidi Kara 2018/02

    Food was great, Prices right on target, very friendly service, virtually no waiting for our food

  221. James East 2018/01

    Good food and great texana margarita!

  222. Sarah Abigail Ibanez, DO 2018/01

    Cute little Mexican place but seemed to be short staffed. The horchata was worth it!!!

  223. Kirpal Sukumar 2018/01

    Cheap, great food. Authentic Mexican flavors at a great price.

  224. Brett Combs 2018/01

    Ordered Chori Pollo for take out.. it was amazing AND they gave me a bag of chips and salsa

    Fantastic food and great people

  225. Kevin Bright 2018/01

    This place is a hidden gem. The food is incredible, the prices are great and the staff couldn’t be nicer.

  226. Jessica Claudio 2018/01

    Best authentic Mexican food for a reasonable price. Love the staff as well!

  227. Dennis Godwin 2018/01

    The food was great. The waitresses was timely an very friendly. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

  228. Jesse Haynes 2017/12

    Assume

  229. Ashton Lindsay 2017/12

    The food is always on point here. Never had a bad dish

  230. T Tompkit 2017/12

    Pos: I finally had dinner staff was extra nice and the meal was good you got plenty for the price .Had a nice evening.
    Neg: my drink was weak

  231. Alex Curti 2017/11

    Perfect authentic Mexican food

  232. A M 2017/11

    Forget that “margarita” place next door. This place is AUTHENTIC and I know my Mexican food!

  233. Shannon Roulet 2017/11

    Awesome service and really, really good salsa and chips. Huge margaritas too. Usually not too busy.

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  234. Ranyelle Reid 2017/10

    Authentic and Pleasant

  235. Tammy Harris 2017/10

    The food here is amazing! Ate here twice this week.

  236. Nicholas Bergh 2017/09

    This Mexican food is the real deal, the kind you’d get at a hole in the wall Mexican place in California. Reasonably priced and delicious.

  237. Sam Walker 2017/08

    Awesome food!!

  238. Barrie Jo Rew 2017/08

    Food was delicious & service was very good.

  239. Michele Henry 2017/08

    Cutest little restaurant in RIC, fresh food that was super yummy—- the Mole sauce was one of the best I’ve ever had, loved the quaint atmosphere! Will definitely be back for more!

  240. Reggie Johnson 2017/07

    Fast service and great food and drinks

  241. Ross McInnis 2017/06

    This this this is an this is an average this is an average this is an average restaurant this is an average restaurant

  242. Adam Krause (SysTech Computers) 2017/06

    VERY PROFESSIONAL. Great food. Outstanding value. Highly recommended.

  243. Caelyn Nagle 2017/06

    Great tacos served traditionally, friendly service. A mix of traditional Mexican music and Mexican pop music played over the speakers.

  244. Tati Forbes 2017/05

    Food is great

  245. Daniel Breed 2017/05

    Do not go here. Dirty, TERRIBLE SERVICE and the food is not good

  246. Cody T 2017/05

    Friendly staff, authentic feel, good food

  247. Liz K. 2017/04

    Great food and service. The cheese dip is tasty crack.

  248. Courtney Howell 2017/04

    Great service, and delicious food! Our meals were served quickly, and the waitress/kitchen staff were very accommodating for my vegan father. We will definitely be back!

  249. Mudiver 2017/03

    Maybe the best Tex-Mex around

  250. Scott T 2017/03

    Eh, not that great. Cheap eats close to downtown.

  251. Chassity Lassiter 2017/03

    Can’t beat the flavor and the price. Always delicious.

  252. G. Johnson 2017/02

    Great food and Alicia is an awesome server.

  253. Dwayne Martin 2017/02

    Food is great prices are good considering it downtown Richmond. Food hit the table quick. And The margaritas are off the hook

  254. Ryan Resavage 2017/01

    Totally awesome. Everyone’s food was amazing. The mole sauce is to die for. Thank you!

  255. Sarah Longfield 2017/01

    Delicious food. My boyfriend and I frequently order takeout and the workers here are wonderful and go the extra mile, even if we haven’t gone in a couple months. They always treat us well when we eat in also.

  256. Jeffrey Sargent 2016/12

    Good stuff

  257. Mythili Kameswaran 2016/12

    An average mexican restaurant. Weekday Lunch menu is priced low and have a variety of food.. Food taste is ok, not so good. Interior looks very dark and dirty. Wont go again.

  258. Simon_top 2016/11

    Good food with a nice happy hour.

  259. Amanda Palma 2016/09

    They charged extra for everything! The tacos didn’t even have cilantro or onions on them and they gave us 3 small slices of limons for two order of tacos in total 6, and no salsa! Customers service was lousy!

  260. Adam Sanabani 2016/09

    This place is fantastic. The outdoor patio is very European. The service was spectacular. The food was delicious. And the margaitas were yummy. I reccommend going to this cute little restaurant any day!

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  261. Myles Cadwell 2016/07

    Your “go to” Mexican place with a majority of the expected items at a good price. Every place has one and this is one of em.

  262. Joel Siehien 2016/07

    Based on the food & good service I would have given a 3.5 because it was basic Mexican food, nothing exquisite. But the service was awful! We weren’t greeted when we walked in, although we made eye contact, there were three tables occupied & the rest were dirty, they severs acted like they had far more better things to do than provide good service, & they were in a bad mood. Very disappointing to say the least.

  263. Dre Williams 2016/04

    Can’t beat this. Great food, great service, great price.

  264. Ivan Witteborg 2016/04

    The Thursday dollar tacos comes with a catch, each person must order a soda… they were kind to my wife and I and allowed us to not have to do that since we did not realize that was the case. Otherwise the tacos were very tasty!

    Note: only hard shell corn tortillas, no soft

  265. Clint 2016/03

    Great authentic tex-mex food, unique Mexican Atmosphere and a wide variety of margaritas

  266. Joe Anderson 2016/01

    The food is cheap and wonderful.

  267. Kristin Daniels 2015/07

    Awesome food and great service! I work night shift downtown and its hard to find decent places that deliver. After ordering several customized menu items and then calling back to tweak or add different things, everything arrived exactly the way we ordered which never happens. While they were a little late getting here, it was worth it the wait for the price and quality of food. FINALLY a Mexican place that knows how to use spices correctly! Will definitely be ordering again.

  268. John Cundiff 2015/06

    Absolutely love this place. Best molé in town! Eat there every chance i get!

  269. Ben Tuckwiller 2014/12

    Dollar Taco nights Thursdays… HUGE margaritas, and outdoor seating make this a great place for a casual evening. Food is great.

  270. Fred Alberti 2014/06

    I’ve been coming to this place for years. Authentic Mexican food made fresh at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.

  271. David D Bigness Jr 2014/04

    Cheap and solid. You will never leave hungry.

  272. Jonathan Smith 2013/12

    Hit this place up pretty often as it’s right by my work. Never disappointed !

  273. Sarah calton 2013/04

    Awesome! Cheap and good !

  274. Krystal Nagorka 2013/03

    Food was great we had chicken and steak fajitas margaritas are pretty good too. I think there could be a slight language barrier I speak Spanish so it was no problem for us and the waitresses was very nice and attentive to us.

  275. Eugene Touchon 2013/02

    The food is excellent, of course its mexican restaurant. Their is somewhat of a language challenge but then it wouldnt be Mexican. Service is great, waitresses are at the top of their game. I will be a regular their.

  276. calvin smith 2012/11

    #29 (beef)… That’s all you need to say.

  277. Ben Uecker 2011/02

    A place in Richmond that knows how to use spice. Congrats! I read some funny reviews about this place so I had to check it out. Listen, if you can’t handle spice, your a wuss. I WANT Mexicans cooking and working at a MEXICAN restaurant. It is totally fine if the server can’t (and couldn’t) speak English. The portions were smaller than most places but it was very affordable and comes with chips and salsa. Salsa would be “mild” by Texas standards but still much better than most places here. Again, GREAT VALUE!!

  278. k hinirchin 2010/12

    Standard, decent mexican fare

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