Alebrije Bistro Mexico

4.2
220 reviews
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A great Mexican establishment serving excellent food and drinks, México City Cuisine in the Desert, Ingredients from Oaxaca, Puebla, México City & more, Great Mexican Wines Selection, Crafty Mexican beer and Cocktails, excellent Service and ambiance.
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JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the Servers were fantastic! Thank Jose for making our meal a wonderful experience.

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a quiet gem this is the place!!! The harp music welcomed us, the staff was fantastic and made great recommendations and the food was spectacular! Everything we had was wonderfully prepared and unique. This is not your run-of-the mill Mexican place. This is great food in a comfortable environment with great staff attention! Perfection. A new favorite!

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d
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and a unique atmosphere. Had a wonderful evening.

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a native Californian and love Mexican food, this was the best Mexican food I have ever had, the Pork was perfect and my wife loved the Scallops. We also had the Octopus appetizer and the beet salad, both were memorable. One of the best parts was they had a large wine list from Mexico and we had a Cab from Baja, delicious and not that expensive. I would highly recommend this restaurant but the plates are small and a little expensive, but that won't keep me from coming back.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious, creative and authentic Mexico City cuisine in a chic atmosphere. The owner Alex is a consummate front of the house man that is great about explaining the dishes and inventive cocktails and making you feel so welcome. They offer Mexican wines, innovative cocktails and margaritas. Food is bold in flavors and I crave their suckling pig. The service staff is always friendly and possess a "your are the guest" attitude. Alebrije is really a gem in the Desert.

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JB
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was marvellous. We started with the Queso Fundido, the poblano soup, and the beet salad. Our entree was the Mahi fish special, which was cooked to perfection and delicious. My husband and I shared everything and we couldn’t have been more content.

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was our 8th time at this restaurant but certainly not the best. Menu has changed and they removed ceviche which was a big hit for us. Plates used to be well balanced and now the food is swimming in the sauce, portions have increased not making the meal balanced. We will wait for a new chef to go back or the current one to improve.
Cocktails not as great as before neither and service was ok but not great

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C
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

I was looking forward to trying out this restaurant for its regional Mexican Dishes , not your tacos and enchiladas smothered with cheese and salsa. Unfortunately, the food portions were minimal it took about 30 minutes to get our food. The flavors were there but you got very small portions for the cost$$!

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and great ambiance. The owner shook and hugged everyone in our party in our way out. What an awesome guy & great food.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poblano soup and octopus were amazing. Both our cocktails excellent. Staff was very friendly.

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SM
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy this exceptional, rarely found outside Mexico City, fine dining experience every time we visit the desert. Highly recommend!

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Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Outstanding upscale tastes of Mexico City. Our favorite in PS.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow service. Food is nothing special.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely loved our dinner! Truly delicious, interesting, and beautifully presented. Plus, as it was Valentines Day they gave me a rose and a balloon. So sweet! The staff were friendly and professional. Really, we couldn’t have asked for more.

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d
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine's Day was about the 5th time I've be to Alebrije, and it seems to get better on each visit. Excellent food, great service, and personal attention by management - all of which leads to a very pleasant evening.

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MM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Valentines day, had been raining all day...5:30 reservation - slow to service - even drinks - even slower to order food (seemed they were waiting on other reservations to arrive - enough to fire up the kitchen?). Amuse-bouche for table of 4 - served in 2 large bowls - no explanation that was for sharing (and only delivered to the girls - who were a couple - duh - it's PALM SPRINGS!) - until after 5 min of staring at it - wondering - where are the other 2? Steak was great - done perfectly and other items on the plate - tasted wonderful. And strangely - lot of service staff walking around the entire time. Afterwards - one of ladies wondered "what was meant by that desert combo?" Humm! For a $150 meal for 2 - you'd think they'd focus on service. Finally done about 8 PM.

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JM
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is not your average Mexican fare. A full level above. Fabulous and innovative - loved it all!

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m
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Huge Disappointment. We were a party of six. There were few people in the restaurant on a Wednesday. The restaurant was cold, we had to keep our coats on. My entre and a friend's was so cold we had to send back. In the meantime, my friend who ordered risotto was still waiting for her dinner. They brought back my fish, it was so raw inside I couldn't cut it. I sent it back again, by now most everyone was finished, so I told them I didn't want the entre. We ordered coffee, but had to ask for it three times.
When the bills arrived, we found they had automatically added 18% gratuity to each of our bills. Offensive, given the poor service. Oh, and there was no comp or even a free dessert to make up for the raw fish.
Don't support this restaurant. We may be a small town (Palm Springs, CA) but we are neither stupid or without better restaurants to go to with better food and better service.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

$70.00 for 2 without drinks was way too much.The service was great,its too expensive for Mexican food

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great drinks were very original and nice modern restaurant

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K
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican themed restaurant with a unique atmosphere, great mixology and happy hour options at the bar. We've been here several times and have had a great dining experience every time. We had the ribeye which was delicious. Service is awesome, friendly & attentive staff. We'll be back.

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DS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class cuisine giving you a glimpse into the latest trends from Mexico City. Top notch ingredients, execution, artistry and service all came together for a truly memorable meal.

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GH
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

There were no more than 10 people dining so not too busy, our food came out cold! after we sent it back it was great served hot, given the place was that slow it was hard to understand why the food would be served cold.

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AJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I got the fish dish which was Mahi instead of the Red Snapper on the menu whip was fine. It was a piece of fish on an over cooked corn cake with nothing else on the plate. Not worth the cost.

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K
Palm Springs
44 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This awesome new Mexican restaurant is a great way to escape they crowded downtown PS area. Located in eclectic uptown Palm Springs, this place has great atmosphere, bar food & drink specials, and deliciously enjoyable menu items. We had the Queso Fundido, & specialty tacos from bar menu,... yummy!

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GS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our second time there, this for dinner. The space has been beautifully designed for contemporary Mexican cuisine. I reviewed the menu and chose tonight for the pescado, prepared Veracruzano style; the flavors were there but not what I had expected. The chocolate fudge desert is out of this world, also cocktail gin & ginger definitely a reason to stop in for happy hour.

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A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, sophisticated Mexican cuisine. This is not tex-mex or cali-mex, this is Mexico City Mexican. Great wines, lovely tequilas and mezcals compliment the menu. A keeper of a restaurant. Their knowledgeable staff rounds out a great dining experience.

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SD
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We made a reservation for NYE dinner here, and left with very mixed feelings. When we made the reservation there wasn't any indication that it was a limited fixed menu. Sadly we would have not eaten here if we had known that. The first course, squash soup, everyone liked. However the second course was a beef tartare (with no alternate option) and we all sent it back after two in our party had one bite (the third does not eat beef). Something just wasn't right... and our instincts were confirmed when 5 of the 6 people at the adjacent table sent it back without trying it. In the defense of the kitchen we were offered octopus as a replacement, which was ok for the two who had it, however it didn't seem that offer was being made to other diners. The entrees, while tasting ok (beef filet and pork tenderloin), all came to the table completely cold. Dessert was a potpourri of oddities: a spoonful of creme brûlée, a bite sized churro, a macaroon, and a chocolate "drink" of sorts. The service was friendly but to have a fixed menu with such limited and strange options--unbeknownst to us--seemed a little like putting the diners in a corner with pursuing last-minute food options on NYE, a highly reserved dining evening. A most unfortunate experience for $400+.

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WB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal presentation and flavors were vibrant and flavorful. Met neighbors and had a lovely chat. Great service and general manager stopped by to ensure all was well.

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SG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, drinks and service. Outstanding chocolate dessert. Worth multiple visits.

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CS
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner the other night with friends !
The food was delicious and the service was great.
Love the unusual wines from Mexico, they were so good we want to order a case !!1
Thanks to all the staff !

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LW
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

I had been there before, and was impressed by their steak and an interesting Cabernet from Mexico. But on this trip with three friends, we were all unimpressed with entrees. The margaritas are very good. It other than that I can only recommend the steak.

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OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. We love it there and introduced our friends who loved it too.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, with a laid-back atmosphere. I was there for lunch and had the lunch special of Puerco Salsa Verdi, which is like a Mexican vindaloo. It has pork and potatoes, like vindaloo, and is quite spicy like vindaloo, but the lime and spices distinguish it as pure Mexican. Delicious! The entree included a choice of soup or salad. The soup was tortilla soup, which was also nice and spicy, with a tomato base and subtle flavors.

I haven't been there for dinner, but have enjoyed two excellent lunches. The staff is friendly and attentive, and the music is quiet with a nice variety.

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JM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was spectacular. The poblano chile soup is delicious - you have to try.

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OC
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding and offers a complex level of flavors that is delightful.. It is worth spending your time and enjoying each bite. The service was very efficient and a welcoming. It was a wonderful, relaxing meal.

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CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of a kind restaurant. Not your normal rice and beans. Very creative Mexico City modern cuisine.

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A
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

On a whole, excellent!

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I found the food and drink to be very good and nontraditional choices for a Mexican restaurant. The brunch menu is limited but good.

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Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Alebrije. A great menu, which changes regularly, that includes a wide range of intriguing drinks and meals 😁

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