Cafe Frida - Columbus Ave

4.4
946 reviews
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Mexican
The authenticity in our Mexican Regional Cuisine is a ritual of flavors, aromas, colors and textures dedicated to your soul.

Our knowledge and passion for the tequila culture has been awarded by the Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico since 2006, making us one of the few restaurants in the world of having such honor.

Come and enjoy the warmth of Mexico!
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CP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great for casual Friday evening. Food is always terrific and the ceviche is so fresh and tasty!

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VF
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite UWS Mexican Restaurant.
This is the real thing in Mexican cuisine.
Every single thing you order is delicious and their cocktails are prepared perfectly. My choice:
Their “Mojito Cocktails”... of course prepared with rum.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Terrible quesadillas. Fajitas had too much sauce. Guacamole was good. Nice people. Bad Mexican food. Not sure what happened. I’ve eaten there before and it was much better.

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AT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant could not see my reservation upon arrival.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Across the street from the American Museum of Natural History.

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RH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice ma

Ambience, good service, strong drinks. Food is uninteresting, varied from a too spicy Aztec soup to very bland pork tacos and chicken mole. Adding pick di gallo made the tacos horribly hot. Every couple of years we eat here and we always swear never to come back. Guess we are slow learners.

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J
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Mexican On Upper West Side. We had a great meal. I was not expecting such good food. Guacamole and tacos were great. Everything was fresh and flavorful!

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FD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down our favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant - great great delicious food always! (Tampiquena, guacamole and carne asada tacos). Service is THE BEST - we love Alex :). Never ever disappointing!

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CP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try the Ceviche! Always a favorite of mine and comes with a lot of other great selections.

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Okay place with expensive prices for small quantities and decent quality.

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Fish taco sauce could b better service so so he forgot appetizer

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Mexican Restaurant in the City.
Service is outstanding

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SO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is ok

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food here was just OK, which is disappointing given the prices, which are steep for non-gourmet Mexican fare. The fajitas were particularly pricey and were disappointing with chicken that tasted steamed instead of grilled. Even the margaritas were less than delicious. Overall, this place is not terrible but also not great, and certainly not worth the price.

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AP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food delicious cocktails and good service! Outstanding guacamole, cheese w chorizo and pork special all outstanding

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Mexican food I've had. Hands down.

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MR
London
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Amazing service. Good music. Truly a wonderful place for a dinner out!

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here before we did Night at the Museum at the American Museum of Natural History, across the street. They were very accommodating and friendly, quick to serve us as we had limited time, and the food was delicious! Flavorful and perfectly portioned.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and our waitress was super helpful and added lots of details about the food = we all wished we had room for more!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was great, service from our waiter was bare minimum. He always seemed in a rush and to get his attention was impossible

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The portions were a little small of man sized appetites, and I felt as though the tortillas were a little stale at our last visit... but on the whole, the food is just fine. I do love it as a neighborhood gem

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Cafe Frida’s OpenTable advertised a ‘special’ in which you could reserve happy hour tables. Total bait and switch. When we arrived our table was waiting but informed us that happy hour was strictly only available at the bar (which was packed). I asked why they didnt reserve us 4 seats there instead and they said there are no reservations at the bar. I showed them on my phone how that was specifically not true on their open Table page and that feature was exactly what suckered me into their restaurant. they shrugged at me.

Food was ok. Place was fun enough, but horrible, unethical business practices.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Frida highly recommended! We go there every time we are in NYC. Service and food continue to be great. Best Pastel de Tres leches in the East Coast : ), same for Enchiladas Rojas and tortillas!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was authentic and wonderful. Staff was great and friendly - we went with our 3 small kids and they were super helpful and kind. Awesome margaritas too!

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid meal. Delicious Guacamole! Would reccomend to a friend.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!! Love this place!

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great service and delicious food! We would highly recommend it.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

They are significantly understaffed-the waitress repeatedly forgot to enter orders to the point where I had to walk to the bar to get my drink. She was not knowledgeable with the items on the menu telling us that if we wanted a chicken taco we should have the chicken quesadilla because it’s “the same”.

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RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. The service was friendly but slow.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just not what it used to be.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. The desserts were delicious. The next time that I am in New York, I will have to go again.

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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Our first and last visit. Space was dingy and run down. Portions were small and quite pricey, and food was middling. Service was confused - we ordered from one server and then another came over and took the order again. Ordered a frozen margarita and was told the machine was turned off for the night! No suggestion that they make one with a blender - real lack of initiative on the part of the staff. There are lots of other options - you’ll do better elsewhere!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Mexican food. Great atmosphere and customer service. Happy hour menu was great value for money.

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D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service wasn’t great. Took a long time to get drinks and they were expensive! $14 for a Bloody Mary at brunch. Not worth the price but good for large groups.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time. Food was delicious. Our server was quite eager to clear the table throughout the evening, which left us a bit annoyed. I guess that's better than not tending to us at all. Overall, good experience. Will definitely be back.

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TL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu. Really nice culinary experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was intermitent. A 20% tip was automatically added.

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d
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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