Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Durham

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Modern Mexican in Durham!Voted best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine! INDY Award - Best Mexican/Latin American in the Triangle!
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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Gonza. It is relaxed, the food is always delicious, and the portions are moderate, which is good for a person who wants a treat but is eating with health in mind. The sweet potato soup is my favorite. I had shrimp tacos and they were done perfectly. Don't skip the gusc. They do a chunky, flavorful version. Also although it is informal I enjoy taking people here for a business lunch. Tables are far enough apart not to be overheard, and the ambiance is quiet enough to hear each other while speaking moderately.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Usually My absolute top of the list place to eat! However on our recent visit here Saturday night. My husband who has allergies to beef and pork due to the tick bite. Was given his dish which turned out to have steak instead of bean. Which of course was a mistake and an honest one. As soon as we realized the mistake of course we told our waitress and it was sent back. Of course he then had a wait for his plate to return. And all would have been good with us. We are easy to get along with etc. But when the plate went back so did his utensils. So we asked another waiter to get him some. BTW we were sitting on the outside area. He did bring him some. My husband had mentioned that he had the wrong plate bought just so he would know why he didn't have any. Well to our shock the waiter said " the wrong plate bought or did you order the wrong plate.? Excuse me why would he want to order the wrong plate especially with allergies? I don't know what his issue was. Gonza's before has always been a place where everyone seemed to work together as a team. You Sir are not a team player. Also please Gonza's needs to take food allergies serious because it could be serious to that person who has the allergies. Like a trip to the hospital emergency room. That one remark sir ruined the entire night for us and was so uncalled for. Looks like we will have to return to the Lead Mine Rd Gonza's where your food doesn't come with such comments.

BS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food -- excellent presentation, nice portions, and tasted great. Service was very good too!

BB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is good, but not exceptional. It's pricey for the portion and quality. Service was OK, but a little disjointed. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd frequent the place, but for the money, there are so many other options.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The server was slow and confused. There was no flow to the meal. We kept having to look for her. Very frustrating!
Certainly needs more training! Would like a do over.

K
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We are frequent dinners and always enjoy the food and service. We have found that on nights where they are extremely busy, the service and quality of food suffers.
For example, we asked for a slight modification to a standard dish. Instead of communicating to us that the chef could not accommodate changes to the menu, they just brought our something “similar” to our order. They didn’t discuss it with us and give us a chance to change our order.
We also had a reservation but was not given the opportunity to choose inside or outside. We sat outside, with the noise and flies,

TF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a busy evening and our server was quite busy so everything took a bit longer--especially the drinks. They have some type of spicy margarita which was really good. We shared the queso--excellent. I had the scallops/pork belly taco which was perfectly cooked and flavorful. My friend had the carne tacos and said they were also super.

J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great food, great atmosphere, great drinks, another great evening eating outdoors

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting in the patio. Emily was a great waitress and the food and margaritas were excellent!

DW
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both inside and outside dining choices are presented. Dining outside was quite pleasurable, the tables are not placed so close together that you are part of your next table's conversation. Food was excellent and arrived very quickly. Our server checked just frequently enough.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I have been to multiple locations and this by far had the worst service. Will not be returning to Durham location.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gonza is my favorite Mexican place of all time the food is incredible and it has the best tequila options!

N
Raleigh
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This has been one of my favorites. Food is always good. Our service was really good but the waiter had three tables seated all at the same time beside us when there were open areas in restaurant. He worked hard, but it was slow service. The three hostesses standing around our front talking should be paying closer attention to customer service.

LE
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great tacos, queso, enchiladas and margaritas! We had a blast on our date night out to here. Would highly recommend!

o
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service. Delicious meal and ample libations

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emilly was fantastic!!!

CA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a fantastic! The staff is friendly, the food delicious and a unique dining experience. I had the steak taco my first visit and it was delicious. The guamacole dip also was excellentI My family and I highly recommend this place to locals and to guests visiting the area! Reservations are necessary since this popular spot seldom has open tables for walk ins during the busy hours.

EK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for 6 of us to take a friend for her birthday. Loved the celebratory clanging of pots!

Our server was very accommodating for all our special requests.

We sat outside and it was perfect.

Menu was different than your usual Mexican fare.

Will come again.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was even better than we remembered!

J
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ahhh some of the best Mexican food ever. It’s packed with delicious flavor‼️

SH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Everyone is so efficient without being rude! This is one of our favorite spots in Durham

D
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Not sure why a restaurant would base decor on day of the dead. Gross.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok this time. Service seemed rushed especially for the amount of people in the restaurant. Bad fish was served to a table nearby, thankfully after dinner but added to the disappointment.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful experience when we go there

OT
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Dined many times at Gonza but service was terrible this time. My daughters food never arrived and then when they corrected it they gave her the wrong meal. No apologies and still were charged. Say near a large party table and had terrible service due to that.

LB
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for his birthday. He loves chili rellenos and he said they were by far the best he's ever had. We sat outside and had a totally fabulous time. Highly recommend Gonza!

N
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! LOVE this restaurant. Wish we could recreate it where we live!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding servicec

SJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on patio, festive atmosphere, great service and food.

t
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was our first visit, and we were exhausted after a long day. The service was outstanding....no complaints. The food overall was good. My husband had the short ribs tacos, and loved them. I had the shrimp/pork belly tacos. They were tasty; however, they had numerous shell/bone fragments that made it difficult to enjoy the meal. We weren't impressed with the overall ambiance. The outlines of bodies on the sidewalk as we approached was rather strange. The industrial decor of the restaurant makes for lousy acoustics. The music, the loud conversation and laughter from the bar area made a simple conversation impossible. Bottom line, good food, but not the best place for a relaxing meal.

VP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was AMAZING! Our waitress had such a horrible attitude. She would look at my husband and I as if we were interrupting her for asking for more chips, napkins, silverware...
Everyone else was nice but she was absolutely horrible!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Mexican food. Good ambience. Yummy margaritas

j
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful date night. The food never disappoints. I had the carnitas and it was very tasty.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friend has Celiac disease. The staff were very attentive to her dietary needs - the waitress even had the bartender talk to us about the drinks she was getting!

A
Raleigh
45 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fav taco place as always!! I love sitting outside with the lights, shaded umbrellas, and fan. The food is always delicious, and the service is great. Thanks for taking great care of us, as always!

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I was here with two other couples this past weekend and the drinks and food were good. The Service was slow and we had to remind more than once for a couple of items. Had a much better experience at the Cary location instead.

A
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was happy to eat around 8 PM with the restaurant not being overly noisy. Food came quickly and tasted great for all the dishes our group ordered. Service was friendly and quick with no problems. I recommend this restaurant.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe was great. The food fantastic. We will be back.

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