Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Downtown Raleigh

4.7
431 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Raleigh's Colombian-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

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

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 431 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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Heap
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Good food at great price point. Chips and guacamole were so good!

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ReneeB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Food is very good and staff is always pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Understaffed. Service was slow. Table of 8 and they would keep bringing out 1 small basket of chips at a time with 1 salsa only when asked.

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Frankie
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location is always so quick and delicious! We love Gonza

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Not following social distancing regulation - sat us at the same table with another group that was dinning. We had 2 seats between both ends - possibly 2-3 ft away. Management and staff starred our table down the whole night due to one member not having an ID. Imagine taking a bite from your food & looking up to see someone starring you down - that was awkward. Food and drinks during this visit were average. I’ve had better service in the past were my guest did not feel targeted.

Personally would not return to this location. Gonza is my usual to go spot when meeting with friends, but the way things were handled was very unprofessional and nothing like I’ve ever experienced.

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HannahB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bigger tacos portion size. Too small of a portion size for my friend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Had a phenomenal waitress!

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PugDog
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is outstanding. The service was okay as we would have liked more salsa and chips.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The location is very neat N.C. State and has a good vibe without being a college hang out. Great staff very knowledgeable in various tequilas and how to mix up wonderfully variety of drinks !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time coming and the food and service is great! My only critic is the music was quite loud. I wasn’t sure if that was because no one else was inside or if I was seated in a area below a speaker. Regardless, I will come back!

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vipXmas2013
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food is really good. But the service is horrible. Any request is ignored. You’ll have to ask at least 3 times. They got the order wrong but we kept the entree anyway but up-charged for shrimp when we ordered chicken. This place had service issues even before Covid. Haven’t been in almost 2 years hoping they would get better but it’s almost comical how bad the service is. If you have to eat here get take out but I’m sure they’ll mess that up too.

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HaileyB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was alright for the price, beautiful decor, and server was very friendly and helpful.

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AndrewG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food, mediocre service. We were 1 of 3 tables of diners, so not busy. They bring appetizers but we have no plates, so have to try to get waiters attention, who eventually brings plates. Wanted a second drink but very hard to get waiters attention again. Food was awesome, they need to work on service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful night. Our server was fantastic. Our food was outstanding. Our drinks were good. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant did not have any visible enhanced cleaning procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, I was expecting the menus to be wiped down from time to time, tables to be sanitized between diners, and using a different cart to deliver food than cleaning up tables.

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Cnote
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Food was on point. Wish there were bigger portions. It was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff

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vipfoodieflashcard
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Your tequila glasses are hard to drink out of without tilting your entire head back. Other than that great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service!

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vipdoglover
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Chicken tinga is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun outing at Gonza - love their food!

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vipmaryp
Raleigh
51 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food as it is NOT Tex Mex. Instead very fresh and proportioned appropriately with small sides.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner for couples

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Jmhorne
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were really good. We had the shrimp tacos and fajitas both were amazing. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. He made recommendations and did not disappoint.

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vipMatt
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The kitchen closed at 10 but I had a reservation at 9:30PM. Could use more clarity because we got there last minute and felt so bad we ordered right before the kitchen shut down.

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vipFredWilma
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were surprised to be told we had a 15 minute wait after we'd made a reservation online that morning - that has never happened before. If you're seated in the back room, be prepared for large group noise - very hard to hear each other. I always request the front rooms, but forgot this time....

Food has been better, I think they were just too busy. Service was great.

MA
MichaelA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to the one in Cary and now downtown Raleigh. It didn't disappoint either! Great, vibrant atmosphere. Absolutely call for a reservation. I arrived right at my time and was seated immediately, which looked like the only open table left. Some places still make you wait even with a reservation...not here! Fantastic food as always. Would love to have a "mix and match" option on the tacos (hey, go ahead and charge a bit extra for the convenience. With such good food, it's worth it!!)

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vipTitanicsDad
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Leah was terrific, knowledgeable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!!!! I think the server was Harrison. He was amazing!

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vipAaronG
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Cool decor, but the bar area is too brightly lit.
I asked for a michelada (Mexican beer cocktail) and it was pretty terrible. The food is generally fair but there are far better Mexican restaurants in Raleigh (most of which are cheaper than this one).

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AubreyW
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavor. Attentive service. Would come again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a busy Friday night but we only had to wait a minute or two to be seated. The waitstaff was super knowledgeable and friendly. Our waitress helped my wife with her drink order making sure she selected a perfect cocktail.

The food was far better than either of us expected. My wife had their Mexican Flag dish of three different fillings and sauces for her tortillas. I had the Carne tacos and both dishes were amazing. The Mexican Flag entree was a huge portion which we ended up splitting into a leftover lunch the next day.

Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little wait even with reservations; not bad. Very energetic environment. Staff were very good, and the waiter was excellent. Had multiple (5 at least) requests form at least 4 different staff members to clear our table before we were done. Turn over, maybe? It was Ok, as everyone was polite and being practice

KM
vipKimberlyM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Food was great as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I frequently visit Gonza with my family and have always had a great experience until Sunday night. Our server was rude and did not make eye contact. Evidently she knew that she was rude because she automatically included a gratuity in our bill. I will not visit the Hillsborough St location again.

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vipjames
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Arrived at 7:30 and food arrived fast. Wss not body for a Saturday night, waited on refills server seem.ti got lost waiied on refills could not find sever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very tasty, though a tad expensive

RC
RonC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I give it a 4 but it’s more like a 3.5 - unfortunately it doesn’t give the option to rate drinks. Great selection of tequila’s... but you have to know how to make the drinks in order to appreciate the flavors. There was enough sour mix to supply 3 margaritas in one drink... Thumbs down on the “mixologist”.

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