Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest
Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest

Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gonzatacosytequila.com/
  • Phone: 9192052500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Colombian, Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: David Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest
A Raleigh favorite opens a new location. Come experience the best Colombo-Mexican restaurant now with a location in Wake Forest!

Hand Crafted Latin Cocktails
Extensive List of Tequilas & Regional Spirits
Carefully Selected List of Latin Wines & Latin Beers

Voted Best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine!

Won the Indy Award for Best Mexican / Latin American in the Triangle!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (9)special occasion (8)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Just perfect! Best in town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is the best Mexican food I have tried in the triangle. I had the shrimp tacos and they were amazing!! Just the right amount of spice and texture. I left there wanting to go back for dinner but they were booked that night. I will be back! And often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    David68VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is a definite place to go if you like good food and tequila. We eat here regularly, both lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning with a Friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been many times in past. Took friend who had never been. May return tonight with my wife. Always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris Kelly Lisa and Gregg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were a bit surprised by the menu, but the food was very good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gonza Doesn't Dissapoint
    Terri
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've dined at Gonza 5-6 times at various times of the day/evening and the service and food are always terrific. This is NOT a junky taco/Mexican joint with mexican hats/blankets on the walls. The decor is fabulous--from the glistening stars over the hostess stand to the nacho libre masks at the communal table and the swinging mannequins over the bar, you'll enjoy the ambience. All the servers are well trained, friendly, professional and clearly enjoy taking care of you throughout your meal. And then, there's the food. I haven't been through the entire menu, but I have sampled from every area and the food is fresh, flavorful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Mexican food!
    Lizanna
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lunch menu was not as extensive as dinner. They don't have salads??? Or at least I didn't see any. Food is good though:)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time for Lunch
    David68VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A regular spot for dinner; always great. Now we can say the same for lunch. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Annoula
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went for Anniversary so had a very early dinner (3:45pm) in order to make it to later plans. Didn't realize they weren't serving dinner yet until we were seated with lunch menus. When I commented that we had hoped for an early dinner not so much lunch, our server went to the kitchen and requested dinner plates for us and came back with a "no problem at all, they are special making them for you. Now that is good customer service! We were able to enjoy our favorite plate El Plantano which was out of this world good . Awesome restaurant. Food is divine, and servers are above grade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    David68VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is now our 4th visit. The food is still very good. The Tequila is excellent. I was a little disappointed with the service but it was still good. The atmosphere was great and the noise level this time was a little to loud for me but that was because of a party table right next to us. The food and drink still makes it a great place to visit and the floor manager acknowledge our problem with the service. As I said all in all it was great and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and service.. Alittle too noisy in the dining area outside dining very nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NewtoNC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a reservation and when we arrived they put us on the patio, in the sun, on a hot and humid day. We were told they only had this one accommodation. We decided we would leave and go elsewhere, but then the manager came and within a few minutes we were moved into the a/c restaurant and had a marvelous meal. The table behind us remained empty the whole time we were there. We enjoyed the food and will give the restaurant another try at some point. The noise level was quite high though, so was hard to hear and have a conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    CaptainTex
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife and I had another great meal at Gonzo's last night. She had the Carne Tacos and I had the Chille Relleno with Chicken Tienga. Both were excellent. Our waitress, Amanda, was new to us, but extremely efficient and constantly checked to be sure we had all we needed it when we needed it. This is just a great place to dine and is one of our very favorite restaurants in the Raleigh triangle area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican Food
    CaptainTex
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    If your just looking for a burrito and refried beans this probably isn't your place. But if you're looking for really, really good Mexican food at a reasonable price, and great service, this is the place for you. If you are going on Friday or Saturday, it's best to make a reservation because the place gets really busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a fun time
    Dentalfriend
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    From the time you walk in and get your bobble head "pager" you know this is not your typical "Mexican" restaurant. The decor is eclectic and the noise level is loud, so don't come for a quiet evening....but for a good time! The food is amazing, not your typical....and the drinks??? Yeah just make sure you have a dd. Overall a great place to hang out with friends!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience
    Chechare
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    And a touch of Colombian cuisine that is hard to find elswhere.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food portions seemed a little small. Had carnitas and corn tortillas were not normal size, were mini's. Kid menu needs to be expanded and portions a little bigger. Taco did not fill my 4 year old son and had to order another. Glad to see we weren't charged for another kids meal and only partial charge incurred.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Every time I eat there the food is amazing! LOVE Gonzas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Wake Forest reviews archive.
  • 11221951Tree
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    VERY disappointed in the Cinco De Mayo Menu. Had guests in from N.J. Bragged apparently too much about having good food. Did eat here B4. Food was not good....Sorry. The limited Tacos menu? Tacos...Soggy and not very tasty. Wasn't expected to be using Paper and Plastic products to be drinking and eating for the price we paid. Invited my locale friends to join us. All have been there before. They all felt the same way. DRINKS?? Ordered Top shelf Pitcher of Margaritas!!! Do you REALLY want to pay 55.00 FOR PITCHER TO drink from A plastic CUP???? NO!! Guess if we all were intoxicated enough..dinner would have been good!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Left waiting and craving
    CarbSmart
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    While it is a nice enough suburban Mexican place with good outdoor space and the food quality and presentation is good, there was a couple of things that just were off. My $12 relleno dinner seemed like a good deal, except there was so little chicken on it that it qualified more as a big appetizer and I was hungry when I was done. I would have preferred it be a $18 dish with twice the meat. They weren't overly busy, especially for a Friday night, yet we were served by no less than 4 people and our main waitress disappeared for lengths of time, including when we were waiting for drinks we had ordered and when my friend needed the tortillas for his fajitas that didn't come until I was literally done with my above mentioned small meal.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will return
    thenurse13
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food and service. The servings could be larger esp the salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, limited menu choices,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Overpriced, limited menu choices, random servers, will not go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great fun and fabulous food!
    Wren
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Gonza Tacos and Tequilas! We did not have to wait with our Open Table reservations...were seated immediately and enjoyed a fabulous meal. I'd highly recommend the jalopeno pepper appetizer...also fish tacos and the coconut flan for dessert...yum. We will go again soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST Mexican Food!
    GonzaFan
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Ganza has THE best Mexican food in the area, and Wake Forest is so lucky to have them. We visit Ganza at least three times a month, and never tire of the delicious cuisine or the fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit..
    JPAULSMOM
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I had heard wonderful things about the food at Gonza Taco y Tequila in Raleigh. The food at the Wake Forest location was wonderful. I was there for lunch and ordered the Carne Asada Tacos - outstanding! I do have to say that there was no visible sign for the restaurant over it's main door. I first walked into The Village Grille and then walked into the outdoor seating area of Gonza's thinking that was the front door. Overall a great lunch and I will be trying it again for dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better that anticipated
    RemedialAdult
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I read a few online reviews that complained about the portions being too small. I thought the portions were perfect. I left satisfied but not stuff (the way I feel after most Americanized Mexican restaurants. Everything tasted fresh and was well presented. The staff was friendly and helpful. We expect to return soon and often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!
    Yummm
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Blend of Columbian and Mexican foods. Great place for date night or with the kids. We will go back for sure!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun times!
    Cwainio
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our group of 6 had a great time, food and service was great! Our server Cole was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum Yum
    AnnL
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food at Gonzo's is authentic Columbian/South American/Spanish. WONDERFUL Only big drawback is that it is VERY loud in the dining area. The height of the ceiling is no doubt to blame, however the volume of the background music did not help. You literally have to yell for the person sitting 2 seats from you to hear you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Alecia
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Never a bad meal and the wait staff is extra friendly and knowledgeable. Tequila is top notch and I love their Passionfruit Margarita! The Mexican Flag is a family favorite and you can't go wrong! Everything is so fresh and good that it's hard to choose something new each time because you always want to re-live that last experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh take on Mexican food
    Veronica
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    My favorite thing about Gonza's is that everything is freshly made, and you can tell. The chips and salsa were delicious, and every one of our meals was excellently prepared. Tacos come in a variety of interesting combinations and the chile rellenos had a great smoky flavor. And if you like tequila, you will be amazed at the drink menu. The margaritas are authentic - not the super sweet watered down variety. With a unique atmosphere and great food, it is a fun dining experience. The best part is that the most expensive meal on the menu is only $13!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your typical Mexican menu
    Hungrygirl
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We had a reservation & were seated promptly. The decor is modern, and the menu is not like all the other Mexican restaurants you' ve visited. I had the scallop tacos, and they were excellent. I had the option of a side salad instead of rice or beans, & it was also very good and not " typical". My son had steak fajitas & loved them. The salsas were fresh and delicious. Service was very good. There was a delay with our order for some reason, but both the waiter and the manager came to our table to apologize and make sure we were taken care of. I am not a tequila drinker, but there is a whole menu just for that as well. I would definitely recommend this place, & I am looking forward to going back for the Al Pastor tacos soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So happy Gonza is here!
    Annoula
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I must be honest, we were totally bummed when Los Palmas closed .So I was determined NOT to like who ever came into their place. But then we read Gonza's website and their style/ menu /reviews lured us in. So back we went I have to say, the food was STUNNING. The prices EXCELLENT. And the service exceptional. The new decor is beautiful. I got the el Plantano. So tender, the steak cut with a fork and it sat on a bed of delicious plantain. I would have preferred side rice to the beans, but still delicious. So I hold my head down with sadness that Los Palmos is gone, but smile underneath because I think we have a new favourite. We will most definitely be back. PS:They set the bar very high 4 Birthday Songs! Awesome performance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Mexican in town!
    Nancybaileylilly
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Love Love Love Gonza's! The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and energetic and Gonza himself is a true gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and drinks (spicy mojito)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food and drinks (spicy mojito) are incredible. Kid friendly atmosphere, but limited kids menu (2 options). (Green rice and spicy beans weren't a hit with my girls who usually love rice and beans) Really more for adults.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    EK1979
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fantastic! I had the scallop tacos. I did not like the refried beans--I think they had nutmeg in them--but the rest of the food made up for it for me. The price point listed online is inaccurate--it said $12 to $30. It was very inexpensive. I think everything on the menu was only $12 or $13 dollars. I guess the $30 is for if you drink tequila with dinner. Not a big wine selection, but the wine I had was very good. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've been looking got a great Mexican restaurant that is close to north raleigh and I've found it! Great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Second Visit
    David68VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We liked it so much the first time we just had to come back to try some different items. We didn't do flights this time but instead just had some very good reposado tequilas, Cabo Wabo and Don Julio. We started with the Ceviche (wonderful), my wife had the Chilaquiles Verdes and I had the Mexican Flag (both excellent. We finished with the flans; mine was chocolate and hers was coconut. We did share a little, we liked them both. Will definitely be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Great Food
    luv2goout
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This restaurant had great service and great food. The wait staff is always filling up your glass with water/soda when your glass is empty and they are friendly. The fish tacos are outstanding and the Plantain Dinner is a must. This is a kid friendly place and good place for friends to get together and meet. The only down side I had was the the music was loud so I found it difficult to hear my friends at times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We really enjoyed out experience at Gonza. The food was great, but the service was even better. Our server was on top of things for our slightly large group and was ready to go with great recommendations to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Addition to Wake Forest
    David68VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We finally made it for dinner. I now understand what the commotion was all about. The food is excellent, the service was great and the Tequila - of my the Tequila. My wife and I started the evening with Tequila Flights; she had the vertical and I had the horizontal. I think I found my personal favorite( Cabo Wabo) for now at least. I had the Tortilla soup and the Tinga Chili Relleno and my wife had the El Plantano. All of the food was very flavorful. We had the Talenga de Plantano for desert. We left pleasantly stuffed. I have even made reservations for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic