Fiesta Vallarta
Fiesta Vallarta

Fiesta Vallarta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fiestavallarta.com/
  • Phone: 6505595871
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to ample street parking, there are a number of public lots nearby(2nd/State Street or The Plaza Central).
A word from Fiesta Vallarta
The moment you step inside our Mexican food restaurant and bar, you are immediately transported south of the border to a world of colorful spices, cheerful music, happy laughter, and tastes that are unsurpassed anywhere else. Fiesta Vallarta of Los Altos, California, specializes in the careful blend of authentic Mexican Cuisine using the freshest ingredients and secret family recipes. From our carefully prepared homemade salsa and enchiladas to traditional tacos and flan, we have all the tastes you crave at prices you can afford. With a lifetime of experience, the chefs at our Mexican restaurant and bar carefully make all our meals from scratch, giving our Mexican food that homemade taste. Whether you are in the mood for some homemade salsa and enchiladas or you want to experience flan for the first time, you can find it all at Fiesta Vallarta.
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Fiesta Vallarta reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (11)neighborhood gem (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (2)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)fit for foodies (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good basic Mexican
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I like going to Fiesta Vallarta because of the patio. The food is good, but not over the top. This time, our service was a bit slow even though they were not busy. Thus the 3 on service when normally they would get a 4.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too many kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Somehow parents who are seated on the patio feel it is OK for their kids to run wild, because it is "outside". We were bumped and stepped on by 4 children playing tag and cutting through the plantings. Maybe dining much later would have been better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun ambiance, food is ok
    jimmy
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    There aren't that many "cantina" style restaurants in Los Altos. This one is very fun, with the live mariachi and blues bands. The margaritas were excellent. And the ambiance of the courtyard was fantastic. Unfortunately, the food was only mediocre. LuLu was better/cheaper and there are better options elsewhere in mountain view. I think the best place for mexican food is Mi Pueblo ( in east palo alto or rengstroff ). It's a grocery store with a food court, so there is no ambiance, but the food is AWESOME! In addition, there are a ton of mexicans eating in mi pueblo. At Fiesta Vallarta, it was definately not a local mexican destination.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Fiesta Vallarta reviews archive.
  • Excellent all around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We had great service, great drinks, and great food. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great margaritas!
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband enjoyed the chicken fajitas and I really liked the tasty carnitas filling in my tacos. We tried two different kinds of margaritas and thought both were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous, as always!
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Friendly, accommodating, and the food was as good as ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistance with authenticity
    veg8tableVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    just good, excellent and our weekly Mexican dinner.. we love it and hope others (not too many) come to enjoy it too...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Margaritaville.....
    TUESDAYVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Consistently good food. Margaritas are the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was OK
    lovedthefillet
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    The best part of the entree was the rice and beans. Fish taco was watery.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our group of 7 had a great
    Michelle
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Our group of 7 had a great time at Fiesta Vallarta. They have heaters outside, so it was comfortable even though it was a cool autumn night. The service was good and the margaritas were very good. We might make this a regular destination for our Friday night happy hour!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Mexican Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Food was great . Service was good (polite but server was busy) . Great outdoor seating and very kids friendly . Not the best place to go on a first / romantic date . Live music was fun and lively but drowned out any conversation you might be having (went on a Sat. evening so live music might be only on weekends) . Will go again !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location, Average overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Service was really slow and inattentive. $13 for a burrito and $11 for tortilla soup is a bit pricey even for the neighborhood. The patio and location saves the place, but lower expectations on everything else
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We went on a Friday evening, 14 of us in total. They were able to accomodate us last minute which was great, considering the restaurant was packed. The waitress brought the margaritas fairly quickly, but it was 20 minutes (and 2 trips to remind her) until the kids got their lemonades. It went all down hill from there. Several tables around us got food before ours (in fact left the restaurant before our food even arrived), all the while the waitress telling us it is because we were a large group. This is a big restaurant that deals with big groups all the time! When our food came it was burned (literally), overcooked, and just not good. We will not be going back, which is too bad since the food 'scene' in Los Altos is extremely limited.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    JrjettVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    We were passing through the area at lunch time. Did an Open Table search for availability and found this hidden gem. Had their chile verde and chile rellenos. Both were fabulous. We will definitely stop here the next time we are in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Well-Prepared Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Yum!! Fresh Guacamole! Fresh Crab Enchiladas! I had trouble deciding, so I chose the Combo plate so I could have two choices. I had the Grilled Beef - so glad it wasn't Ground Beef as you find in most Mexican restaurants, but then, this is Los Altos. My husband also had a decent glass of wine. We will return to try other items on the menu and to have Margaritas when the weather is warmer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patron
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Great Mexican food and nice ambiance. Staff is very friendly, however we did encounted a very nice lady that didn't speak any English.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super convenient, local location,
    ekzooksVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Super convenient, local location, paired with very good mexican faire, a courtyard for outdoor dining and a roving mariachi band make this one of our favorite spots that we keep coming back to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually Food is great... this
    JRGomez
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Usually Food is great... this last time was not the case
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They have heat lamps, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    They have heat lamps, but they need to actually use them. We attempted to sit outside, but it was too cold at our table while a bunch of heat lamps remained unused, on a Friday night no less. Outside sitting is always better, but when it's unpleasant, a consensus builds with the group to "just move inside." This is an automatic negative for the group and not a very economic use of resources for the restaurant. Perhaps have the meriachi band take up the task as they move table to table? It would make sense, we enjoyed their music and gave them a tip... Also, make your own hard shell tacos, it's not authentic to use boring hard shell tacos from Costco. Salt on chips, more salsa. Good service overall.
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  • Wonderful experiences repeatedly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Go there a lot and it consistently exceeds expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good place for vegetarians,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Not a good place for vegetarians, every sauce had some meat broth in it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot, with great food
    ekzooksVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    Fun spot, with great food and accommodating staff. Our grandson loved the mariachi players and the menu had plenty of kid friendly bites and a neat outdoor courtyard in the middle of the restaurant- surprised to find this gem in downtown Los Altos.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Outdoor Patio!
    Jude
    Dined on 6/18/2012
    On a Monday, we were seated right away on their lovely outdoor patio. There were quite a few tables and they were about 85% full. Chips and salsa were brought immediately with drink order and the food was good. We will go back to try other items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had the pork burrito and it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Had the pork burrito and it was fantastic. Great flavors with a little kick. rice and beans were good as well. My wife had 2 tacos....expensive a la carte $5.95 each?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor patio dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Great outdoor patio dining. Lots of kids and dogs. Calamari was just ok, but rest of food including enchiladas, shrimp soft tacos, beans, rice. Table next to us had someone who loved to hear themselves talk, but otherwise noise and activity level for outdoor dining was perfect. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place. Great food
    Chuckk9032
    Dined on 3/28/2012
    Love this place. Great food and bar, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great hidden courtyard with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Great hidden courtyard with musicians, excellent food, fabulous top-shelf margaritas-by the pitcher! Excellent for kids and dogs to run around while parents linger...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant in downtown Los Altos, always friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, presentation, and ambiance
    Luncher
    Dined on 11/14/2011
    Food, presentation, and ambiance are poor and not worth the expensive prices. The interior is awkward and not pleasant. If I ever return, it would be in warm weather so I could eat in the patio. But then I'm not sure I would return just to eat poor food in a pretty patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A sight for sore eyes in otherwise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    A sight for sore eyes in otherwise rather boring downtown Los Altos.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The worst "Mexican" food ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2011
    Our food experience ar Viesta Vallarta was very poor and we will certainly never go back there.
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  • All patio dining in a cozy
    ekzooksVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    All patio dining in a cozy urban setting. We just found the town of Los Altos and were surprised to find many great restaurant offerings like Fiesta Vallarta. Fresh food, great salads and traditional mexican dishes and a large patio within the courtyard make this an easy place to return to without traveling very far.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific ambiance. Staff
    Chuckk9032
    Dined on 8/11/2011
    Terrific ambiance. Staff very attentive and the food is excellent. Very good for a casual meal, conducive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had the best time. The staff
    Pegasus
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    Had the best time. The staff was so accommodating. They moved us when asked. We were a group of seven so I was really impressed. The food was fantastic. I now have a new lunch place when I crave shrimp tacos. They were delish. Loved everyone who served us. Very friendly. Only one complaint. We were there till 10:30 and no one cleared our table.. Pet peeve of mine. Not relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Place for Family Dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    We enjoyed our visit to Fiesta Vallarta. It's in a pedestrian-friendly area with lots of shops, so it would be good for anyone who wants a nice meal and a stroll afterward. We particularly liked the fact that they have a selection of "light dinners," which have small portion sizes. Perfect for those who don't want to get stuffed. The margaritas were also good, and had a nice kick. We also liked the crab enchiladas. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The also had a mariachi band playing on the patio, which was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been here 4 or 5 times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    We've been here 4 or 5 times with our kid and really like the place. The patio out back is cool (reminds us of actually being in PV) and the food is solid. Nice folks run the place as well.
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  • Great food, reasonably priced,
    LauraW
    Dined on 10/31/2010
    Great food, reasonably priced, very personalized service. Nice outdoor garden setting or inside options- Giants world series game was on TV at the bar. Recommend it for all!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Service wasn't good. Food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2010
    Service wasn't good. Food was very average and the band was too loud. I couldn't carry on a conversation during dinner.... Don't bother. This restaurant won't make it!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great margaritas, chips,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    Always great margaritas, chips, salsa, and entres. Occasionally the service is a little slow. Great entertainment on the weekends as well as Thurs evening during the Los Altos Farmer's Market.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't count on this restaurant
    ThumperVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2010
    Don't count on this restaurant crediting you with OpenTable points. They are completely feeble when it comes to OT. Best place to eat here is out back on the patio. Great salsa. Everything else if just run of the mill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet