Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Durham

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Mexican

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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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Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, and good value. Neat ambiance; look forward to returning.

CT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food here is always tasty, especially the guac, although my last two times here my entree came out cold. Our server was extremely nice and helpful but just seemed overwhelmed. Overall, it’s a fun atmosphere for a night out.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very crowded and noisy but the food was delicious!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Don’t miss the Mexican Flag. Forced to sit outside and it just not as great as the inside seating. Drinks were a little slow but whole place was awesome.

h
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Was there for my birthday. Everything was great and happy but our waitress seemed to be in a bad mood. We felt bad for asking her for anything as we felt like we were an inconvenience.

a
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently had a problem at the restaurant and actually received a phone call and apology. So we returned on Saturday night and they went way out of the way to make things right. I have never had a restaurant do that before. Before the incident we were regulars and will definitely remain that way. The general manager and owner are the best. And thank you both for our experience at our last visit. We really appreciate it. Super excited about your new restaurant Macondo coming late 2020 in the downtown Durham West Village area. We intend to be some of your first customers. Until then however we will also be checking out your first Macondo at Sojourn Glenwood Place Raleigh since it will open early 2020.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and we enjoyed the relaxed and vibrant atmosphere.

OT
Raleigh
131 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were seated 35 minutes late for a 9pm reservation. It was very crowded when we arrived but it was emptying out some as we were getting seated. Service was slow and our server was rushed and preoccupied. Bar and kitchen closed at 10. They couldn’t wait to get us out but it wasn’t our fault that we were seated so late. I was underwhelmed and unimpressed.

e
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter here was outstanding, I wish I knew his name to give him a shout out. We ate outside which we never had before and loved the ambiance. We had our 3 and 6 yos with us and they were welcomed and well accommodated. The food was excellent and the kids meal was well loved. I love their salsa so much!

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is okay and the service is okay. People really come here for the vibe it gives. Their starter salsa and habanero sauce is really good. You won’t see your waiter all that much though.

DG
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with all aspects of our dining experience. The concept is unique and fun and the execution is consistently at a high level! Looking forward to our next visit to Gonza Tacos y Tequila!

c
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

a
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

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 on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service1ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Delicious meal and ample libations

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emilly was fantastic!!!

CA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was even better than we remembered!

J
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

SH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience when we go there

OT
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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