El Bolero

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Airy eatery offering regional Mexican cuisine, plus margaritas in a colorful setting with a patio. Start with our Queso Fundido and our signature tequila cocktail – The Oilman.

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Lobster Fajita Friday!

Spice up your Friday lunch with $15 lobster fajitas, 11am to 2pm. Available at all El Bolero locations!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 18, 2018

Ends: December 19, 2117

Availability: Fri 11:00AM-2:00PM

$2 Taco Tuesday!

Join us for $2 Al Pastor Tacos every Tuesday. Available all day!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 18, 2018

Ends: December 19, 2117

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-10:00PM

Weekday Happy Hour

Don't miss our Monday - Friday happy hour from 4 to 6pm. We offer
$6 house margaritas (includes frozen)
$5 sangria and draft beer

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 18, 2018

Ends: December 19, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 321 People Are Saying
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CT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends and I sat outside as it was a nice Spring evening. Our sever was attentive, made recommendations and was very polite.

BW
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. I had carne asada street tacos. Meat was tender and flavorful. Love the green salsa. House margaritas are great!

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster fajitas were very good. My customers liked it. Reasonably Close to Love Field if you have a lunch meeting.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love that in a city filled with Tex mex that only employ order takers, bolero has successfully employed servers that offer great customer service.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, and drinks. The service could use some improvement on speed, but overall a great place. I will return.

OT
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great lobster tacos!

BW
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. I had carne asade tacos. Others had chicken enchiladas with verde sauce. All very good. House margaritas also very good. Server was attentive. Only negative was it is pretty loud.

AP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Drinks were awful service was mediocre our waitress tried hard but overall wasn’t that good food was not worth the price sound was so high staff were a mess Had a bad experience before i gave it a second chance but it failed miserably sorry not coming back

ND
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food and drinks, great service from Andrew even though they were clearly understaffed.

Appears to have sweet spots on the menu that are a better value than the rest- look for those.

B
Kansas City
67 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in town for a convention and found El Bolero on our Open Table app. When we arrived, our table wasn't quite ready so we grabbed a few cocktails at the bar. Such a friendly, helpful bartender. The margaritas were amazing. We had a few friends try the black margaritas -- they loved them -- especially the gold flakes and gold colored sugar stick. Once seated, our meals arrived quickly. Everything tasted amazing. The verde enchiladas were out of this world. We will be back next time we're in Dallas.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere is nice. A little hard to see as it faces Irving Blvd not Oak lawn and the sign wasn’t lit. The description on Open Table says it has Mexican and Tex-Mex, but it is definitely more like traditional Mexican. So if you’re looking for spice and bold flavor, this may not be your thing. Abuelita cake was delish. Service was a little slow but ok.

JM
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First timers, and why did we wait so long? We had white queso as an appetizer—-very fresh, with home made tortilla chips. We shared a pitcher of house margarita—-sooo good. Home made, not that neon green pre-mix. Great value at $35 (we probably had at least eight glasses). A single margarita is $8. Easy math. For dinner—the skirt steak is so flavorful. I had it in a salad—fresh bib lettuce, fantastic viniagrette, pepinos...very good. My other half had the skirt steak blue corn tacos—-another big hit. I’m not sure what they marinate the meat in but I hope they never change recipes. And the prices overall are very reasonable for the quality of food that you get.

A
Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were both very good. I would definitely recommend it.

SM
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Made a reservation weeks in advance. Arrived with group had to wait for tables to be arranged. Asked for wait staff to order apps and drinks for table gad to wait another 15 min.
Maybe it was just a bad understaffed night but would not recommend for a group of 10.

Food was fair to good.
Tortilla chips are best ever. Table salsas very good.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Tacos sucked for the price.. next time I’ll dine at ceasers taco

JM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Queso fundido! So good! Best margaritas in Dallas!

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i
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place! The service and food were both outstanding! Unbelievable margaritas (try their signature Oilman margarita!) and best fish tacos I’ve had in a long time!

BB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and so was the services. We will be back again.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service, and great taco specials!

J
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend El Bolero. The only negative was that the night we went, they were very busy and we had to wait 20 minutes for our reservation. GREAT STAFF though.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group and all the food was great and service was as well

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There was a large group and a table full of people celebrating, thus the noise level was very high. The soups lacked good flavor but maybe it was an off night.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

A large party had half the restaurant so I think the service and food were a bit off.

LK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The appetizers were great! The dinners, however, were high priced and steaks were overdone. If we had not been entertaining a guest, we would have sent them back. We had to ask for tortillas for our fajitas. They came way later than the meal and only one person received tortillas while two people had fajitas. It was so noisy, we couldn't hear the waiter. We would not go again.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

delicious food and loved the complimentary birthday cake!

s
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. We're vegetarians and there were a few options. Started with margaritas and Queso Blanco. Wish there was more queso in the bowl--it was delicious. Margaritas were delicious as well.
Husband had the Chili Relleno. He enjoyed it. I thought the chili needed more cooking--was too al dente for me. I had the Vegetarian Tacos. Grilled nopales, huitlacoche, roasted corn, pickled onions, guacamole and queso fresco. Served with arroz de cilantro. They were scrumptious. Ended our anniversary meal with the best churros. We will return--especially on Mondays for cheap Margaritas!

OF
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just phenomenal Mexican food. It's not like so many average places. Get the bacon guac- you won't regret it. The chips and salsa even are great. The decor built around the Bolero concept is interesting. And we had a very helpful and attentive server. I've visited this restaurant 2x a year for years and I am happy every time.

HR
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Ceviche. Shrimp cocktail. Pozole all spectacular

GL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, decent service, a little on the pricy side for food value, but VERY noisy not a place for a quiet romantic or small group get together.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good atmosphere. Barbacoa tacos were off the hook.

OT
Dallas
63 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Friday "lobster" fajitas special was actually 2 langostino tails. Tortillas were average, at best. Service good, the ambiance is quite nice.

k
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoy dining where all the staff help each other out

SA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My office went for lunch and everyone LOVED it!! The food was fresh, hot and well seasoned. I had the lobster taco's and they were amazing. Everyone else had fajitas and the meat was tender. Service was also great. Highly recommend and will definitely be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. The food, the drinks, the service - all incredible. I can’t wait to go back!

M
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and drinks. The music was just a tad louder than we wanted but it was a business dinner. The Oilman Margarita was awesome!

d
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and even better execution! Also we had very great service on a busy Saturday night.

CM
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wait staff was slow and forget things several times. Food wasn’t delivered as it was ordered. Had to ask for the check twice. Worst queso ever but the other food was good.

SS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very mediocre for every regard. Don’t waste your time trying this place out. Too many other good spots in town.

RT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Happy hour on a Friday? Sign me up! I love places that are not afraid to have a happy hour on Friday evening. We arrived around 4pm and were seated promptly, we made a reservation just in case because other reviews stated that the place could be very busy with limited seating. We did not have this issue at all. We sat at the bar and the bartender was great. He was very attentive, always asking us if we were okay and if we needed anything - loved this! We chose El Bolero because I saw an Instagram ad (of course) advertising their new Blood Orange Ghost Pepper Margarita. Those that know me, know I love a spicy margarita so I had to come by and try it. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It was probably the best margarita I've had in a lonnnng time. They infuse the tequila in-house - I told them they needed to bottle it and sell it because I need that on demand lol. It also comes in a mule, so of course I tried that - it was okay, not nasty but the margarita is the best. We didn't eat any entrees but we opted for the guacamole with lump crab appetizer. Definitely a must try. It was so good! I'll definitely be back soon to get another round of the ghost pepper margarita before it goes away - I'm assuming that this is a seasonal offering but I could be wrong!

EG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This place has really great food! EVERYTHING i have ordered was delicious, the only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I went for my birthday and even though the restaurant was not busy at all, it took our server a long time to come to our table and get our drink order. Overall i do recommend this place 100%!