Consuelo Mexican Bistro

4.1
750 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Consuelo Mexican Bistro features a traditional and diverse Mexican cuisine. The complex flavors from the kitchen are complimented with creative drinks, selected Tequilas, beer and wine from the bar. The decor matches that found in Mexico City's cantinas in the early 1900's. Bienvenido a Consuelo Mexican Bistro y buen provecho!
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NL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is the third time that I have been here and honestly I won't be back. The food is tasty but the service is very slow. It took quite awhile to be greeted by our waitress and once we ordered it took a very long time to get first our appetizer then our food. Our table was sticky and it was very loud in the restaurant.

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P
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time there for dinner. I loved their version of Chile Relleno as it was not deep fried and was stuffed with veggies and cheese. My husband had the Posole, which is one of his favorite soups, and said he would come back just for that dish, as it was so good. They had a great tequila and mezcal list as well as creative margarita offerings. Loved the fact that it was right across the street from the movie theater...only had to park once!

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Consuelo

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Location and moderate prices make Consuelo Mexican Bistro worth visiting. The menu has not changed much, if any, over the years and they don't have specials. Service is quick though and food is attractive and we'll prepared, but not that special. If you want creative Mexican go to Zona Rosa, but if you want typical margaritas and Mexican food while shopping and being seen at Santana Row then by all means don't think twice, just go and have fun.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good. I had the Tortita de Papa. It was delicious. My son had the cheese enchiladas and they charged him $22 for it 😱 while my dish was $17 So check prices before you order.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Enchiladas Souza’s were amazing. Service was very slow and several mistakes were made, but corrected right away. Filet was perfect. Mashed potatoes were cold. Hot sauce is amazing.

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GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Guacamole was completely overpriced. I understand avocados are expensive but not to the point that you have to charge $25 for guacamole in which half an avocado was used. The food was ok. My husband got the barbacoa and he didn’t like it all, it was not authentic. The tortillas never came out and the server only came around twice throughout the entire time

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MP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than we expected

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WL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, drinks and food
Can’t wait to come back and enjoy a few more margaritas

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MF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your typical "American-style" Mexican food — truly authentic dishes like the ones found in Mexico. Been going there since they first opened, and will continue to return!

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had great food, nice booth, polite waiter. I wasn’t offered coffee with dessert which is why I docked the server a star. If a server is taking the time and effort to bring a comped dessert, offer all of three of us coffee and make 15.00morer on the tab? Win/Win

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere
Food was blah...not a lot of flavor
Guacamole was no bueno

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J
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The place is good. Loved the fresh guacamole they prepared on our table in front of us, that was delicious. The food was good, and definitely good for a group

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v
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately they don’t have enough servers. Their food and drinks are pricey, but great. However the servers are all over the place. We had one lady serving all the outside tables plus some inside. This was on a Saturday night. We had to beg for our check and then go inside to actually pay it.

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A
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was satisfying, but wish it would have been beter like the first time we eat there. I do have to say the quality has gone down.

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p
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Not good food. Few dishes we ordered came cold (not even warm) and they were supposed to be hot.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our waitress was amazing ! The guac was the best we have ever had and the fajitas could feed a small family! Delicious.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Noise level is over the top loud. Not possible to have any kind of conversation without yelling.

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F
San Joaquin
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here a few times when we are are at Santana Row. The food and service are always good, as well as the drinks. It is a good place for a quick bite to eat before venturing on. The tableside-made guacamole is a real treat!

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DB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choice for Mexican fare and drinks. Helpful hostess and server. I'll be back again! :^)

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SD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my parents here to celebrate a birthday and we had the guacamole (delicious) and split the fajitas 3-way with enough to take home for another meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our margarita’s too, however, they are on the small side and quite expensive. I will come back, however, it was too loud and we had trouble hearing each other.

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MB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

We went with a reservation, 2 adults and 2 kids. They sat us at a middle table that had bench seating (not great with a 2 year old) and then brought us a highchair. We made it work until they slip the tables next to us and pushed a table agains the back of the highchair and they were making room for other tables. It’s was very rude and my son kept turning around trying to grab things off the other table. The food was aweful Mexican food, not just Americanized, it just didn’t taste good (FYI... I am Mexican). We had gone about a year ago but we will not be going back again any time soon.

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JM
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were outstanding. We loved and will go back again.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place, good Mexican food

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

"That's how it is" was not only the response to a questionable dish but the overall attitude of all staff. Many standing around while I needed service but every time the catch my eye they turn away. Overpriced, lazy staff, and bad attitudes all make for awful experience. I will not go back or recommend. I wish I read the other reviews before going. The food you ask? It was ok. Just ok. Not worth the money.

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Has been one of our favorite restaurants over the years. Disappointed in the quality of the food this time. Carnitas were overcooked and tough, rice dry, fajitas a bit overcooked. Restaurant was only half full so no one waiting for table and our server promptly gave us our bill and had written the 'suggested' 20% tip amount on it and circle it for our party of 4. Even if we had considered 20% which I normally due in this expensive valley I thought it was presumptuous and rude.

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LD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks are great and the service is excellent! I always get the guacamole. It’s made at the table and delicious! The food is great quality and very tasty.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was excellent. I love the decor as well! My favorite is always the table-side guacamole. My carnitas were a tad dry, which was surprising since I've had it before, and it's been superb. Despite that, the combined flavors made it still tasty. My only complaint was that it was very loud. All told, I would highly recommend Consuelo.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great the waitress seemed annoyed with everyone.
Ceviche, qucamole

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M
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Food was tasty! Ambiance was terrible!
Staff kept throwing plates and silverware into the dishwashing area perhaps, but it was extremely loud! Brought it to their attention and kept on doing it. Could not have a peaceful conversation and ambiance..

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c
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Great location but obviously overpriced because it sits in Santana Row. Quality was slightly above average. Margarita was too pricey but nicely made.

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KW
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a large family group for a special occasion. Despite calling the restaurant twice, before and after making the Open Table reservation, when we arrived they had lost the reservation. Our server worked hard at correcting the situation. They also hadn't explained that the patio, which we'd requested, was covered by plastic since there was construction going on in the street next to it. The food was good, as in the past, and our server did an excellent job.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

It was the most unpleasant and unprofessional experience that I encountered at Consuelo’s. Staff was rude, seating was horrible, and some dishes were cold. I will no longer be a Consuelo’s paTron.

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LF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Planned on a bday celebration for 9 ladies!
The restaurant was CLOSED when we got there.
Closed by the health department!

No message, no text! WTF?

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great meal. Service after our plates were dropped was slow. Sat with empty glasses for way too long.

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TF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was our first time there. Overall it was a good experience. The server was attentive and the food was very good.
I had the Enchilada Suiza and my husband ordered the Chili Verde.
The Margarita's were awesome as well. Wish they were a bit larger.....
It was definitely very lively but we enjoyed the energy although it was hard to hear each other at times.
We will plan to go back for Sunday brunch as I heard that is very good as well.

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AT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, fun to sit outside in the sun, friendly servers. Nice experience all ro7nd!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was nice. But the service was extremely SLOWWWW

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We didn’t even get to be seated. They were not taking in ppl

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 4

This used to be a favorite for us. We went this time and half way through dinner the power went out. Nothing the restaurant can do. And it didn’t bother us either. When we then left, still in the dark, we forgot a pair of sunglasses. Returned to get them, and they were gone. The way we were treated by personnel was very rude and uncooperative. Big disappointment.

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