Mexican Festival Restaurant

4.6
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64 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Authentic Mexican Food in the Upper West Side.
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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Mexican Festival and absolutely loved the restaurant and will be back often. The food was great and the service (Ketty) was fabulous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent great authentic MEXICAN food love it

CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and accommodating.. nice culinary experience. Good size portions and good drinks. Service (Rosa) was outstanding!!

JI
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a weekday after work to celebrate a friend's birthday. We were seated right away and our food and drinks came right after. I never have luck with HH margaritas but I must say theirs was pretty good! Def would come back and Def recommend!

VI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with 20 friends for my birthday lunch and had a wonderful time! Lara is a wonderful manager and the wait staff took such good care of us. On top of that all, the food was delicious. Loved the Guacamole!

MM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter and bus boy were fabulous! It was my husbands birthday and they went above and beyond!! Everything was great! Thanks!

c
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal on Sunday, so we came back for the Monday Night Special -- Unlimited Enchiladas & Margaritas = $22. (Similar specials on Tuesday and Wednesday.) What a letdown! First they handed us the regular ala carte menu and the expensive list of "daily specials". Strangely, when I said we wanted the Unlimited Enchilada Special they knew nothing about it -- even though it's clearly displayed on the paper handout menu & even though the phone receptionist had told me all about it when I called for reservations. After they spent a lot of time looking at that takeout menu, and discussing it, they finally allowed us to order the Monday Night Special. Next, we were told that we could only have frozen margaritas, not straight up, with the special. Then we were told there was no mole for the enchiladas. My wife was no problem, because she's OK with frozen & doesn't like mole. I was very disappointed because I love mole and don't like frozen margaritas that much. (Too sweet & less tequila flavor.) Finally, they told me I should have called ahead to see if they had mole. WTF? Hey guys, this is your Monday Night Special -- how do you not have what you need to serve your customers? ( I'd hate to think they told me that just because mole costs $1 more on the menu??) After all this, the enchiladas were OK, but the overall experience was really disappointing -- especially after such a good dinner there the night before.

c
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went for Happy Hour and Dinner. Happy Hour is only at the bar -- but they had a nice table at the bar with tall stools, so we could do Happy Hour and Dinner without having to move. On-the-rocks Margaritas were very good -- not watered down or minisized like happy hour "specials". at other places. We ordered guacamole, which was very good, but it came out with the mains instead of with the drinks. Not a big problem, just sayin'. Our friend had Chili Relleno stuffed with meat, and really enjoyed it. My wife had a steak special, and said it was great -- but $40 was more than we expected to spend when we chose that restaurant. My lamb shank was good, but a bit overcooked. The after-dinner coffee was exceptional. Brian and the others provided very good service, so we really enjoyed ourselves. I'd just say stick to the Mexican standbys, which are always good, if you're watching your budget.

VI
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waiter never came

T
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Well intentioned but awful service, confusion, delays, noise, and mediocrity all around.

JC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I've been there with my girlfriend and I had an excellent night the food is great in the service is great

OS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and music was great

Z
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive to us as a large party. The mariachi band came out to sing happy birthday and s few other songs. They got everyone into the mood. The guacamole was fresh made and excellent. All the food for 14 people came out together.
We had a great time

OS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

He food was good and the music was great

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great casual Mexican with amazing service. Prices are too high for the overall package but a good meal nonetheless.

OS
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed Mexican festival the food was really great and the service was great as well

MJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was very par. Service was good. Would be a great place for Happy Hour.

D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience1

I chose to ignore the poor reviews on this site, but I shouldn’t have. We visited for Mother’s Day, and were served an extremely limited, egregiously expensive specialty menu of terrible food. It was so disappointing and I will never return. Nothing on the restaurant website or on OpenTable indicated that the only thing available on Mother’s Day would be a handful of overpriced, unappealing entrees. The only reason I ordered anything at all was because the waitress was so nice. Next time I’ll pay more attention to reviews!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The quality of the food was disappointing, the menu selection was very limited, and the prices were inappropriately high as well as unmarked on the menu. Service was completely inattentive and the fact that it was Cinco de Mayo is not an excuse as we saw other tables were well attended to.

g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

To give one star is a lot. Came here because there were reservations available for brunch on Saturday May 5 (yes I know, cinco de mayo) we hoped that there would be a better experience since we were a small group and the restaurant was mostly empty but we were wrong. The restaurant was not running their bottomless brunch special which was quite disappointing but on top of that they were not nice or flexible about it. We were trying to be pleasant and be calm and so we ordered a pitcher of margaritas, which we had to pour ourselves, and we are not convinced even had tequila in it. Next we ordered guacamole which was fine (the only good point. We had 3 different waiters come to our table to maybe take our order and finally someone did and we weren't confident that she was correct. When out food arrives, the fajitas had 2 pieces of hair which we sent back right away, another person in our party ordered chicken enchiladas and her chicken was pink and still raw. When we complained we were made to feel as if we were mistaken about these things, there was as excuse for the chicken not being cooked and when the fajitas were brought back the waiter made a comment that the plate was clean. We ordered a round of beers but already had decided we didn't want to leave a tip because of the attitude. When the bill arrived we were surprised to see that not only had we not been comped (common restaurant courtesy to have something taken off the bill when there are multiple issues) BUT they added almost $40 for gratuity for a small group, usually I see that with groups of 6 or more. We only paid the bill and left and you can be sure we will never go back to this place again, i would advise that no one else go there!

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food! Best Sangria, nachos, and shrimp and rice dinner I ever had! It’s not a pretty place, but food is great!

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food is very good but the service is horrible. They were not organized at all. they couldn’t get our orders together in a timely manner, main course came before the apps except for my sons plate which came last. Hard to tell who was doing what there and everyone was too busy to serve. I needed a straw so I got up and got one from the bar. Music was way too loud. Frustrating because the food and drinks are really good. It’s a management issue.

OT
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

essen gut und preislich angemessen , Cocktails im Bereich von 8-10$

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

With a reservation, we waited 30 minutes to place our orders and about an hour total to get our food. Any time we placed an additional order, the waiter would take 20 mins to come with it or not show up at all.

V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, festive ambiance. Had a very good chicken in mole sauce, good service, everyone is very nice. Drinks took a little while to arrive. Frozen margaritas in tall blue-rimmed glasses are festive. I have tasted better (I don't think the lime juice compares with fresh squeezed). Mariachi band played (Besa Me), and while they were on break, a pianist and an absolutely wonderful female operasinger treated us to a few songs (Porgy and Bess?).

OT
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great last night before vacation dinner! Strong drinks and delicious food!

N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good place, live music 🎶, we spent nice evening there, the food is not the best Mexican food,

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible!!! Made reservations and when we got there they said it would be 45 mins-1 hr before we got seated! Then what's the purpose of having reservations?!?! Not good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The sangrias were amazing and strong. I would recommend the lamb, the steak and the fajitas which were all delicious. But definitely get the sangrias fro brunch they're not listed on the menu but are available.

u
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The restaurant was not terribly busy and the kitchen was backed up. Normally, I'm pretty patient but the management at the restaurant pretended that nothing was wrong. Food finally came, it was tasty but by that point we weren't hungry. When the check came, it was the full bill, not even the drinks taken off. Done with this local place for a while.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Went on a Sunday evening for dinner with 3 people. Service was unorganized, and incredibly slow. Took nearly and hour to get an order of nachos and roast pork entree. On top of that, they ran out of avocados, and had to cancel our guacamole order. The food is actually good, the experience was brutal though.

EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a super authentic mexican meal recently with great music and singing...very friendly staff....cool margaritas....and allround good value. A must for morningsiders!

IS
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Fun place to eat...unless you want to have conversation with people you are sitting with. Live music...very loud. Recorded music....very loud. When we were leaving, the best part was live opera being sung. I had been told that opera singers come to eat/sing here. Unfortunately they started when we were done eating. The place is very festive....just too loud for talking during dinner.

SK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is our last-minute dinner for New Years, and it was such a fun treat! The Mariachi band is incredible, and adds such a fun atmosphere to the restaurant. Also, the drinks are huge, fun, and instagram worthy! Food was solid...nothing special but good enough. We didn't know there would be a New Years menu, so would have liked more transparency on that, but otherwise good!

w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simplyyyy AMAZINGGGGGG..... my friend and I went for their New Years eve/New Year pre fixed Menu and masquerade party... simply amazing The only thing I wished was that they had more options for the App and Entrees for the pre-fixe menu . Overal experience if was ENERGETIC loved the Live dj and The mariach band. The Staff and Manager was very attentive and Checked on us every now and then. The Dessert OMG the Tres leche was AMAZING AND TO DIE FOR... We will definitely come back craving the Tres Leche cake as We speakkkkk

MB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food with excellent service. We especially enjoyed the Mexican band playing catchy tunes at our table - great fun

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food and attention. The only problem was that, being very crowded, it is quite noisy

AL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect place for a fun and festive Saturday night! Along with perfectly mixed tequila and rum cocktails you can listen to live mariachi music -- such a unique treat in NYC. I had the chiles rellenos and they were great, not too saucy. Will definitely come back.

e
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It took a very long time for the waiter to come over.....then whenever we needed him, he was no where to be found, but we do love it there

NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I walked by and saw a lively bar scene, so decided to take my kids for a birthday dinner. I also got a child friendly takeout dish.

It was okay, but really just okay. They tried to seat us in the large second room, which was absolutely empty and freezing -- and had bulky, stuffy furniture. We moved to the area near the bar, which was a bit better, but still too cold to properly enjoy a margarita. The service was attentive and friendly and the food was just fine, nothing to rave about, but totally acceptable.

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