Escobar

4.4
54 Reviews
£25 and under
Mexican
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 54 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always
Well done guys 👌

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FionaW
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Great food, staff couldn't do enough for you, covid precautions made us feel very safe. We will be back when lockdown is lifted.

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Paige
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff all very accommodating and polite. There was a wide range of both food and drink including cocktails. The food was delicious! Highly recommend a visit.

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DonnaG
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there but will definitely return. The decor and design is stunning. I didn't get the name of our server but she was friendly, professional, attentive and made us feel very welcome. The food was superb, generous portions, perfectly cooked and totally delicious, with fresh side salad and perfectly seasoned fries. I can't wait to go back for the chimichanga and the nachos.

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NicolaE
Inverness
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overall, a nice evening was had by our group. However, only 1 toilet available. Male and female using same one. Queues were forming next to where people were sitting.

Escobar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Hi NicolaE, Thank you for choosing to dine with us and taking the time to review your recent visit. Please accept our apologies that you weren't left feeling 100% satisfied. Unfortunately restrictions that were put in place by the Government didn’t allow us to open our other toilets, we are working on solving this issue. Hopefully we can welcome you back again in the future where you can have a more enjoyable experience.

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LucyD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Didn't have food.

It was SO dark. Me and my friends planned to stay for 2 hours but think we managed about 45 minutes as we were ready to fall asleep!! Service was also pretty slow and drinks very over priced

Escobar
Responded on December 17, 2020

Hi LucyD, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Escobar. Please accept our apologies that you didn't have an enjoyable experience. We have the low level of lighting in our restaurant to create ambience, which we feel creates a nice atmosphere in the evening time. Your comments regarding the service will be noted and discussed at our next team meeting. Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon.

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Guyr
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant, attentive service. Helped us enjoy our day with how well we were treated! Thanks very much

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, so friendly made us feel so welcome. Food was incredible and the cocktails were amazing

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TaniaD
Inverness
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal. The portion sizes were large and the barman made a big fuss of our children.
There was a wide range of cocktails and a specials board. The ones I had tasted amazing!
We’ll definitely be going back!

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ClareA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place. Great food and great decor! Will defo be back

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was good, small wait for our table, but ince seated quickly had drinks ordered taken. Once drinks arrived we ordered food. Starters of nachos were huge and quite quick. A nice gap was left before the main course arrived. A few more drinks were had over the course of the meal. Food and drinks both very tasty. The drinks were on the pricey side though.

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Brendypoos
Aberdeen
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here on Saturday night, we got a table for two upstairs in the window, which was nice. We ordered a cocktail and a beer which were both good. Nachos to start to share. I am gluten intolerant and was able to have a chicken chimichanga made with a gluten free tortilla, a real treat. My husband had beer beef chilli which he enjoyed. We also had a bottle of red wine which was nice and a good price. All in all it was a nice evening with good food. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The only negative everyone has to use the disabled toilet! Long queues, not ideal when people are drinking beer etc.

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Anonymous
Inverness
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Drinks tasted horrible. Hardly any chips in the portion so very overpriced.

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FraserM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly! Table service was excellent, always making sure we had a drink!

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Donnafran
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and staff were very helpful. Didn't have to wait long to get our lunch. Food was lovely. Prices are very good. First time eating there and will definately go back.

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StevieS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was really good, the guy working was very polite and attentive.

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SR703
Inverness
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great atmosphere & friendly staff. Cocktails a little pricey but were delicious.

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BethanyL
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really nice, but they're not particularly big portions, so next time I would order more food. The cocktails were lovely too. Will deffo go back.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for a birthday dinner .... food was excellent, staff very attentive .. choice of mocktails (as no alcohol allowed due to scotgov covid rules) .. even surprised the birthday boy with a brownie cake :)

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Chelsea
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty Mexican food served with a smile! Great sized portions and cocktail menu too.

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KatyG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu is quite small but with some amazing mix and match choices theres actually quite a lot to choose from.
The cocktails menu is expansive and I found that just as difficult to pick from but made some lovely choices with help from the staff.
My husband and I loved our food and drinks. I chose something Id never had before and it was amazing!! I had the chimichanga, which was a deep fried burrito. Wow! Cant wait to have that again. Loved the salad/pico de gallo on the side. The rice was a bit spicy for me so Id probably ask for extra salad next time instead of rice. My husband had the sizzling fajitas, his only complaint was that the sizzler wasnt actually sizzling but flavour and portion size were perfect! He struggled to finish his meal.
I had churros for dessert, they were lovely. I think the choice of different dipping sauces would be nice with it though. Great portion and good price too.
Cant wait to go back for food and drinks. Great place and staff.

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Review
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I absolutely love it here. My favourite dinner spot ever however I will honestly say at dinner times the food takes so long to come and it was a half an hour wait from drinks to taking a food order. The waitresses were lovely and no fault on customer service but any time we come for dinner it’s quite slow. I completely recommend coming here though the food and cocktails are like nothing else in Inverness. We will continue to come here!!!!

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AMacV
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately it would appear that the kitchen was not sufficiently staffed to cope with the number of diners. It was clear from complaints around us that people were waiting a long time for orders and we observed one table where the main courses came out in dribs and drabs so the diners were not all eating together. Our starter and drinks were served promptly (salsa on the nachos was very tasty) but then we waited best part of an hour for main course and were on the point of leaving when they arrived. Burrito was uninspiring and tasteless but other dishes were fine though chicken breast was a bit dried out and we had to eat quickly as food wasn’t hot. The waiting stuff were absolutely lovely and it was very unfair that the management put them and the kitchen staff in such an impossible situation. We had gone there on recommendation but our experience was not up to the standard described. Hope this improves.

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LewisP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food & service some of the best fajitas I've ever tasted. Cocktails & mocktails amazing.

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Anika
London
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had a lovely evening meal at Escobar. Food and service was very good :) would recommend this restaurant.

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Cammy
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Felt very safe dining here in the current covid climate and the food was worth the visit. Great varied choice on the menu and the cocktails were delicious. Unfortunately due to covid there was no music which made the restaurant extremely quiet and could be a little awkward speaking at times however the staff made the experience a pleasure and were always happy to talk and share jokes and stories while we were the final people to finish eating in our area. That sort of service definitely made a difference. Great work.

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LizzieC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

For a Sunday evening where there was only about 5 or 6 tables seated, it took us 2 hours to complete our meal. Service was so very slow with 3 staff members working, waited about 30 mins between each course. The food was good but wouldn’t recommend for a quick meal out.

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ShaunT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here after getting a munchie box during lockdown - 100% recommended!! Great food, a lot of different choices, especially if your not into spice. Cocktails are fab and so many choices! Will definitely return! Such a shame covid rules mean no music. Can’t wait to return tho!

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OpenTable Diner
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service can’t fault anything

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JanetP
Wales
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was lovely and plentiful. Unfortunately too hot/spicy for 2 out of 5 diners

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MyraS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well the quiet ambiance score was due to COVID so not the fault of esco. Great place, gorgeous food and friendly staff.

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Ilovegoodfood
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, quick service and tasty food

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so lovely and friendly. All safety precautions were followed and we felt completely safe without it ruining our experience. Would def recommend.

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CarolH
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service - the friendliest waiter ever. Food was really nice, but it took over an hour for our main course to come. However, the waiter apologised for this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Starters (fish and beef tacos and a portion of nachos) very good and prompt. Cocktails and mocktails good. However it completely plummeted from here on. Then over an hours wait for our main course - waiting staff finally told us after about an hour that they wouldnt be long. When they arrived only 3 of the 4 arrived. Sizzling fajita plate was warm. Mozzarella cheese was starting to go hard as had been sitting. Burrito had been cut and left under the hot plate for a while - was also lukewarm. 4th main course (for the child of the group) arrived 9 minutes later than the rest of the main courses. We were told we would receive a couple of free desserts as well as the 4th main course deducted from the bill. However after finishing our main course the dirty plates sat infront of us for over 30 minutes. By this time it was after 9pm and we had been there close to 3 hours, no check ins from staff, almost a sense of avoidance. I managed to flag down one of the waiting staff, when going to ask for the bill - I asked if the fajita plate should 'sizzle' she said it should have. She said very little. No mention of the free desserts now. Whole table heard her murmur as she walked away - considering the staff had already been reprimanded by another customer for complaining about customers on the restaurant floor 20 minutes prior youd think they would be more careful. However by this point and nearly 3 hours in we just wanted to leave as it was supposed to be a birthday treat which was a severe disappointment. Bill arrived and fajitas and the late main meal had been deducted however the customer service was lacking

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Review
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The restaurant itself is stunning inside. Can’t wait to go again

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SilviaM
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the perfect burger (chicken and halloumi), couldn't be more excited about it and I would return over and over. Churos not so good, I wouldn't recommend them hut I am still rating this exceptional because I did have THE PERFECT burger!

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AviG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food choice was brilliant for two vegans and the menu was quite adaptable for other needs. Price was great for food and standard for cocktails and other alcohol.

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H3nnypenny
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere and very helpful, friendly staff. The food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Inverness86
Inverness
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautifully decorated, quiet, nice lighting and ambience. The food was tasty although tacos were not in the hard shell I anticipated but in a small tortilla. Our server was lovely and attentive. One thing I will say is that conversations complaining about customers isn’t the most professional. Reasonably priced too so would recommend and be back to try something else.

FAQs

Escobar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01463 219884.

Escobar is rated 4.4 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.