Viva La Mexicana

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£25 and under
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Mexican

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Good Vegetarian Options
Mexican gastronomy, with its great variety of traditional regional dishes, is rich in flavour, aroma, and colour. Its origins go back to the Aztecs and even before. Its most basic ingredient is corn, which is excellent for gluten free diets. The gastronomy is based on ancient recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation. Other staples in the diet include beans, eggs, and cheese - be assured that we are able to provide interesting vegetarian dishes.
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MB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great evening, many thanks!

MB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly recommend this restaurant - the food is always amazing and as authentic Mex-Mex as you're ever going to get ioutside of Mexico! The enchiladas are to die for and I have yet to find anything on the menu that I haven't liked! Will definitely be visiting again.

SB
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Incredibly slow and disinterested service apart from some tables containing friends
Not authentic food and certainly not Mexican style hospitality

s
Norfolk
29 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were looking for somewhere interesting to have a late evening meal and this was one of the few places to serve late. It's probably therefore unfair to suggest there was not much atmosphere because it was way past most peoples eating time and so was empty. However it was a nice place and the food was proper Mexican

MB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great margaritas and a wonderful atmosphere. We've been here several times now and have yet to find anything in the menu we haven't liked!

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food did not have much flavour. The coffee was not very good. All in all not good. Poor service only part of the table cleared. Would not go back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While it was obviously a quiet night of the week, there were still a good dozen people in this small place and the food was unique (in the good way) and incredibly tasty. Not as spicy hot as I was expecting, but that was remedied with some extra chipotle.

WB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proper Mexican food (not Tex-Mex!) with a lovely family feel.

MB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing evening at this place - food was great, atmosphere was super and staff very attentive and friendly.

MB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to this restaurant a couple of times now and it has always been amazing - great food, good atmosphere - will hopefully make this a regular haunt!

OT
Bristol
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm Mexican and I can safely say it's one of the best close to home cooked meals I've had. Menu isn't huge, and don't expect 'tex-mex' at all. Lovely little gem!

NH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food, so tasty! Great service too, and very quick to prepare the delicious food. Loved it and will be going back again soon.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was lovely and was not overpriced. Also the cocktails were under £6 which is good. Would definitely go again

m
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

authentic mexican cuisine in a lovely setting. wont be oing to las iguanas again after this!

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2015
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Went with high hopes of finding a little gem of a resteraunt but was quite dissapointed. Staff were very friendly, genuine and polite but service was slow and the food wasn't groundbreaking. Far too much dried Italian herbs! Good value with the groupon deal but overall dissapointing.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2015
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

I purchased a voucher through living social which the restaurant declined to let me use (there was nothing in the small print they just didn't want me to). This meant I had to purchase two whole new meals. The menu is confusing with options not very clear. It has a good page talking about the background of the food. The food itself is good but as we weren't sure what we were ordering (some confusion with the waitress) we ended up with an extra starter and probably wouldn't have chosen the main. I plan to go back and try and use the voucher I bought so should have better luck.

G
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Starting with 2 for 1 cocktails which were rather strong. Can't complain. Nachos for a starter, ace. Good, flavourful mains. Chocolate torta to finish. Stuffed and happy.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was tasty and genuine , not made up dishes like many Mexican restaurants.

A
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious Nachos and awesome Margaritas! A real experience of Mex-Mex instead of the usual Tex-Mex. Highly recommended!

J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff. Great and interesting food. Accommodating to my boyfriends food allrgies. Very good experience.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant and food was very nice. The restaurant is quite open about serving Mex-Mex food, instead of Tex-Mex, so there aren't fajitas, chilli con carnie and burritos, as these are all American rather than mexican. The food they do serve is really tasty, home made and there were lots of vegetarian and gluten free options.

They serve a variety of cocktails as well as beers/wine etc. We had a very nice evening, and found the staff very friendly and helpful.

s
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2014
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food seemed to be authentic Mexican, with many dishes that you wouldn't usually find in most Mexican restaurants in the UK, and tasted great. Staff was friendly too. However, unfortunately the food took long to come, and when it did, it came for 5 out of 7 of us, leaving the other two waiting another 15-ish minutes.

l
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world. Wonderful staff and great attention to detail. Definitely worth a visit or two

S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended.

I went here with my mum with a groupon voucher. The value for money was amazing for the price paid for the deal. Their menu is very reasonable and they also have a specials board where they advertise deals.

The food was all freshly made to order and taste so good. The service was extremely good, the food came out fast especially considering the freshness. The waiter was friendly and professional.

I would highly recommend if you are a fan of original Mexican food.

CA
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We absolutely loved this place - a real taste sensation, a refreshing change from the normal stodgy Mexican food we get in this country. Simple decor and food, lovely staff, reasonably priced drinks and food. We will be back!

The only reason why I haven't scored it an excellent is because the coffee wasn't so good and the desert I requested was off the menu.

T
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor food, not all served at the same time, mediocre service, I can't really think of anything positive to say about my night there.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was very slow and the staff spoke limited English so didn't understand our order; I ended up just communicating in Spanish - a bit of a problem if you don't speak Spanish. The food was really poor; I lived in Mexico and I never ate anything like the food we were served here. Save yourself the bother and find somewhere else to eat.

b
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We ordered 3 lots of nachos to start, there wasn't much salsa on the chips and the 'cheese' looked like and tasted like the cheese you get at the cinema . The mains arrived quickly, the waiter didn't bother to take the starter dishes away with him. The enchiladas were really stodgy and unappetising, I left most of mine. We sat there for about 30 minutes waiting for someone to come back to take the dishes away, offer dessert etc. This did not happen, we called the waiter over-andasked for some water and this didn't arrive, we asked for the bill and water and it took an age!
In my opinion the food wasn't great and the service extremely poor. So all in all I was disappointed, especially as it was my birthday and my choice of restaurant.

S
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was certainly a Mexican Mexican food menu. Food was delicious and unusual, more choice might have been nice but what we had was lovely. Rustic decor, plastic table cloths etc but cheerfully and unashamedly welcoming. We enjoyed our meal and plan to go backwith the kids for the cheaper lunch deals which look nice.

LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

don't expect Doritos and salsa here. genuine taste of Mexico and some very unusual flavours to be had. we found it very impressive all round

F
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2014
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Authentic food and close enough to the Tobacco Factory for pre show eats.

VB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I recently had dinner at Viva La Mexicana, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We are both vegetarians and were somewhat apprehensive as a previous diner had bemoaned the lack of vegetarian options. However, we were delighted to find that there is a good choice of these and the comments that we had read and nearly put us off proved to be totally misleading. The menu clearly marked which dishes were vegetarian or alternatively had vegetarian options. I had the Huarache Macho while my partner had the Vegetarian Enchiladas, which were both delicious. We can't wait to return to try other dishes in the near future.

R
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I visited Viva La Mexicana for dinner and we had a lovely time. The staff are lovely & genuine and the ambience was further enhanced by a live singer who was good and not too loud. The food was great and had a very home cooked look and taste. My only recommendations for improvement would be the expansion of the menu choices, especially the vegetarian options. My wife is vegetarian and the only suitable dish was two eggs cracked into two small pancakes. Vegetarian quesadillas or enchiladas would be a great addition and would help us come more often . As it stands our visits would be limited to infrequent by the menu choice. A shame as we'd love to go more often and had a great time!

N
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice relaxed atmosphere and interesting food that I'd never seen anywhere else- not your classic "tex-mex " and all the better for that
Great cocktails

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not haute cuisine but good home cooked Mexican food, friendly and helpful staff. Perhaps a little over the top with the Tourist style Mexican hats and the decoration could do with a little sprucing up, but overall a good evening out and would be happy to go again.

c
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

For a quiet Tuesday evening (half past six) the service wasn't quite as quick as I'd have thought it would be, though the manager (who served us) was very friendly and chatted with us about the dishes, giving advice on what to order. The food is authentic Mexican, NOT Tex Mex which most English people will be used to/expecting, so bear this in mind. My dish was quite nice, though there was far too much creamy sauce and cheese on the enchiladas so you couldn't actually taste the content (I went for pork). For the money spent (£7 each for a main and a cocktail) I would say it was worth it - however I would not go back and pay full price for what I had. My friend's dish was similar and far too rich for her to finish. Just too much sauce!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2014
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not the best Mexican I've eaten. Maybe its more authentic then we were used to, but it wasn't to our tastes. The cocktails were nice though.

YB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yes! - really really tasty dishes

FD
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambience is in keeping with the Mexican culture. We felt at ease and relaxed - that is how eating out should be. We will definitely come back when the weather is warmer and drier!

D
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2014
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

When walking in i thought i was walking into my lounge - it had a nice feel to it. We were served by a nice waiter but found our food took a while to arrive. The cocktails came out as just a long drink and nothing special or different. When the food did arrive it was definitely not what i expected. It had been microwaved or reheated to such a temperature it was dry. The fajitas i thought qere soft tortila wraps but these were crispy pancake rolls. Overall just very disappointing.

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