Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Gonza Tacos y Tequila

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gonzatacosytequila.com/
  • Phone: (919) 846-5478
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Colombian, Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: David Peraza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, 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
  • Catering: Delivery available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sawmill
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Come experience Raleigh's Colombo-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Gonza Tacos y Tequila reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (25)hot spot (21)great for lunch (18)kid-friendly (16)special occasion (14)vibrant bar scene (8)romantic (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    We took my daughter for her 9th B-Day. We had a group of 10 and they were on the ball. She had a blast and they made her night by singing and ice-cream. The owner made sure we were having a great experience. The staff was great, all the way from the hostess to our waitress. I would tell anyone that enjoys beautiful art and an atmosphere that is lively, you will love this place! If I had to rate it on a 10 point scale, I would give it an 11.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican Food in NC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Very creative dishes and will accommodate dinner specialties for lunch. Took five colleagues and they were in awe after meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gonzo over Gonza
    eattoomuch
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    A birthday celebration dinner - ages 81 to 28 - very warm greeting to start and very friendly wait staff...good menu, good service...I had the Mexican Flag (ask for it)...very very good food... Best Mexican restaurant in Raleigh for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican near Crabtree Mall
    Looking4wonderful
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Choices for lunch all sounded interesting. The food on tables around us looked great. Chips and chunky house made salsa let us knot this was going to be special. Choices were difficult. I couldn't resist scallops and pork belly with cheese, poco de gallo and a ancho sauce. Plus a choice of rice, beans, soup or salad. Cilantro lime rice was a huge upgrade from what you see at most restaurants. 3 flour tortilla tacos made a wonderful filling lunch. Energy and noise levels were high but it was Halloween and this restaurant is definitely a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good on Sunday evenings?
    Katz
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've eaten here before and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance immensely--but this time, on a Sunday evening, things seemed a little "off." We were seated at a table without any overhead lighting, making it challenging to see the menu. The waiter, while friendly and enthusiastic, was a little hard to understand--even for guests who live in Texas and are accustomed to Hispanic accents. The food wasn't quite hot when served--still tasty but not as good as in the past. And sadly, the "live mannequin" had the night off--so guests didn't get to see her either. We'll come again for sure--but probably not on Sunday evening, when our experience just wasn't as great as we had hoped it would be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I reserved a table for 9 people for my sister's birthday celebration. The table was ready when we got there, service was great, food came quickly! We really enjoyed our evening and will return! The sangria is some of the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and innovative food
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Reservations are the way to go - the place is packed and the line for a table is long. Worth the wait though as the food is terrific. We all had variations of tacos and were not disappointed. The food is fresh, perfectly prepared (shrimp is my test as they will overcook into little hockey pucks in a nanosecond!) and very tasty, though sides are not as hot as they should be. Servers are knowledgeable, friendly yet professional and unfailingly attentive. Local craft beers are on tap which is a great plus. This is a family friendly place also good for groups. I would not recommend as a "romantic dinner for two spot" as it's so noisy!! Fun atmosphere though and a staple on our girl's night out list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, scenery, and service!
    Foodloverinraleigh
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Gonza's is the neighborhood place to go for a fabulous meal. The waiters are very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks that are served! The food is always delicious and Thursday night is tamale night. They are one of a kind! Make a reservation to make sure you get in at the time you want.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Gonzafans
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The swordfish tacos and carne asada were both wonderful They also make an exceptional mojito.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican Food!
    emily62
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had the fajitas and they were wonderful. This was my second trip, and will not be my last!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a GREAT experience
    Tdub24VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Gonza never fails to disappoint. Great atmosphere, Great food and Great service! If you're looking for a "#14" with 10 different ways of repurposing ground beef - this is not for you. If you want freshly made, creatively prepared and nicely presented Mexican cuisine than this is the place for you! Atmosphere is fun, hip and vibrant - definitely not the typical tacky Mexican wall "art" decorating scheme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to celebrate a birthday!
    oneproudgrandma
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We celebrated our Aug-Sept birthdays there last year. We decided it was so much fun we would return. The service is great and the food is way above the Mexican scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love their pork
    brunch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Pastor with their pork is awesome but I heard the chili rellano was just ok. Service was good but on the noisier side and we were outside on a covered porch. I love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back again!
    inthebox
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food at Gonza Tacos y Tequila is SO good that we try to go there for dinner every week. Service is usually excellent. Gonza, the owner, personally stops by diners' tables to make sure they are happy with food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    hannabanana
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    When we have out of town guests come visit, and they want to great food experience, this is a place we know will not disappoint. Everyone goes away from Gonza's with a positive response. Only negative is that though my 13yo is a good eater and will try new things, there are just a couple of things on this menu that she will eat because they are liberal with their spices - kind of frustrating in that sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service & atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love this place! It's a regular for a women's group to celebrate birthdays. The service is great and the food is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite!
    Johnnananana
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We love Gonzas!This was our third time there and everything is always great. The margaritas are on point and the vegan options are decent. Our server was friendly and always nearby when needed with answers or another drink :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a wonderful meal twice. Can't wait to try others. Went with a friend who claimed it was as good as anything she's gotten in Mexico. Can't wait to bring my daughter and to try the dinner menu. What a great find...it was around for 3 yrs or so and I didn't try it till now. I'll be back frequently. Bueno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First visit...Won't be my last. Service was excellent. Great suggestions by waitstaff. Food was hot (temp) and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    weekdaydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Anyone who has eaten at tacos and tequila will know why it's always packed. Excellent food - fresh - interesting menu and specials. Hard to beat
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious!
    Purduegal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I made reservations for my birthday for myself, my boyfriend, and another couple. I tried the shrimp tacos this time per a friend's recommendation. They were phenomenal! Everyone was quite pleased with their entrees -- and I even got a free shot for my birthday! Fabulous night!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service & food
    Cash
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Gonza tacos service was unlike anywhere else in Raleigh. The moment you order a drink or an appetizer - it is there within 2 minutes. The team work between the crew is great. The food was also amazing. I had a peach margarita that was fresh & delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican food
    dinner42outVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    the three of us were very happy with our meals. In particular, mine was excellent. Service was prompt, accurate, attentive, and quickly executed. Good food, fast service and quick in and out = puts it high on the list for a return in the near future
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gonza's in Raleigh
    way2good
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Eight of us were looking for a place to meet and eat. Gonza's was perfect. The appetizers, the meals, the drinks, the desserts. It seems everyone ordered something different, but I think everyone ordered the tortilla soup - incredible, and we were all extremely happy with our choices. Gonza's is just fun, and very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been dining at Gonza atleast once a month see the doors opened. Everytime it is excellent. From the outdoor scene to the menu to the service, everything is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 280 reviews are from the Gonza Tacos y Tequila reviews archive.
  • excellent food and service!
    TravelinBirdsVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent food and margaritas! They have great specials, have never tried something I do not like there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our first visit. Asked for skinny margaritas. Them came out almost tasteless. Asked the waiter which tequila we should use and we wound up spending 13 dollars per. We will not be back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience every time!
    mdb0112VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love Gonza! The atmosphere, food, and service is always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tacos and Tequila does it again
    northraleigh
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Every time we go to Tacos and Tequila we have a great time. This time there were 10 of us and we had a great time. The food was great and it came out all together. The wait staff was wonderful too! This is why Tacos and Tequila always my favorite restaurant in Raleigh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    foodguru
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is my Girlfriend and I's favorite restaurant in Raleigh. Never disappoints
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic ambiance, but...
    rduReview
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Eclectic ambiance but food was mediocre. Had the poblano tacos and the pork was fatty and tasted like it was cooked days before and re-heated. The taco ingredients were like a cabbage-heavy salad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always spectacular food!
    Heelhater
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    One of the best places to eat in Raleigh, with consistently great food. Don't miss the mole' sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    Gretta
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have probably eaten here 15 times in the past 2 years! consistently fun and delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE Gonza Taco
    CandilahVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love the sangria and margaritas. The queso is fantastic as are the authentic chips and salsa. I have tried every kind of taco on the menu and never been disappointed. My husband always gets the Mexican Flag because it is his absolute favorite thing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gonza Tacos y Tequila for Birthday
    BirthdayCelebration
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was great and we love the atmosphere. Always a great experience! Love it!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    As always it was a great meal. We got there early and they allowed us to sit at the bar and enjoy a drink. Gonza's is the perfect play for a night out with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BUENO!
    Roxie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Always great. Reasonable for great food with super flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy Night
    madeline
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    food was ok, service was ok, service was a little slow, food not what we expected with all the hype. probably won't go back. pass on the margaritas. salad was good. very noisy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service!
    TravelinBirdsVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food as always and wonderful service! Always a favorite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grevinVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    There was a lot of "hype" about this restaurant so I was really looking forward to it. But it is just really Okay Mexican food. The outdoor seating is great though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate