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About Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh

Come experience Raleigh's Colombo-Mexican Tacos y Tequila Joint!

Hand Crafted Latin Cocktails
Extensive List of Tequilas & Regional Spirits
Carefully Selected List of Latin Wines & Latin Beers

Voted Best Latin Restaurant in the Triangle by Wake County Living Magazine!

Won the Indy Award for Best Mexican / Latin American in the Triangle!

7713-39 Lead Mine Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Colombian, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Cross Street:
Sawmill

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 846-5478

Website:
http://gonzatacosytequila.com/

Catering:
Delivery available

Executive Chef:
David Peraza

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Host your next event at Gonza Tacos y Tequila and treat your guests to an evening to remember.

Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Fun (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Authentic (13)
Kid-friendly (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Cozy (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great service!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really good tasting food...would have liked more food for the $$.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Gonza’s is the best Mexican in Raleigh by far. The quality of food, service and ambience never disappoint. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2018

They offer the most consistently delicious “Mexican” food in the area. It’s good quality and a little inventive. They could up their game on the margaritas though. Jose was a great server and so courteous - he helped my elderly mother all the way out to the street.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent and Always Fun! Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh lives up to its reputation for being fun, friendly and a great place to eat for modern mexican dishes. Love the eclectic decor that livens up the place but is not overwhelming. Our waitress took a few moments to explain the different photos splashed around the walls. The service is impressive for a casual setting. We have been there enough to have different waitresses and they all have been on the mark with taking orders, drink suggestions and service. As for the food, start with a margarita along with some queso, salsa and chips to share. The tacos are a big hit and offer a great variety. The shrimp tacos and pulled pork are perfectly spiced and don't be fooled by the portions, its enough to fill you up. The cilantro rice is a nice side, although the coconut rice is my favorite with the pulled pork. Reservations are suggested on the weekends, so plan ahead or expect to wait with your bobble head. Either way, Gonza is worth the wait and a great way to start the weekend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great Beer, Authentic
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is likely the best upscale Mexican food in Eastern NC. The owner is typically onsite and the quality of food and service shows. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Loved the atmosphere in this hip-feeling taqueria with a twist. Menu was inventive and inspiring. Food was well-executed. Really fun evening!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Birthday dinner

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had family visiting and took 7 people. We got there a little early for our reservation but were seated immediately. The food was excellent and our server was great. Overall wonderful dinner experience and our family loved the food and the decor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service is outstanding - very fast and friendly. Food is flavorful and fresh. Best mole sauce anywhere. Steak is delicious in every item, especially the El Platano. Soup is a must. No better Mexican/Columbian food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very lively restaurant. Obviously very popular. Food was delicious but unfortunately mine was lukewarm. I think it sat while they fixed my wife’s fajitas, which were pipping hot. Servers were very accommodating but I think covered too many tables at once.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing. Great food. Love the owner. Makes you feel like family.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We usually are very pleased with the food here. During out
R last visit, however, although we ordered the same dishes that we ordered when we last visited, everything was extremely spicy even though it was not supposed to be or had been previously. It made our dishes not as enjoyable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love Gonza! Always consistently good food and drinks!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

One of our favorites & has been for years!!! Great place for get together with friends for yummy food & great margaritas!!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great as always.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Gonza is always fun for me and my friends, we love to celebrate our various birthdays here, throughout the year, always will recommend Gonza!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Its great like it always is. The only thing that is bad, is the music is to loud sometimes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Authentic food with a unique flair. We love the steak tacos here! Everyone that works at each location is always so nice. Excellent experience and food each time! Thanks!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Do not bring Virgin Strawberry Mix in a Tequila Shot to children or under 18.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food. Had to ask them to adjust the music so we could talk and we were outside.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always fun to visit and take in the energy. Excellent food, outrageous decor and tasty drinks. This is not your mama's taco stand!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

I was worried wudnt seat us until whole group there but they didn't even hesitate...hard to get 8 people to b on time

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I celebrated my birthday with family at Gonza and had a fun time! The food is always great and the atmosphere is perfect for any celebration. I got a birthday hat and a birthday shot....perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were seated promptly, served promptly, had a great waitress who failed to introduce herself. Spouse had shrimp fajitas which he thoroughly enjoyed. I ordered the Nachos Bagachos which were incredible and enough to share - the best tinga chicken I can remember!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Gonza is a great fun place to go have a delicious affordable meal & drinks. I’ve never said; “nah, I don’t feel like going there.” I really love it & the important part is that it’s fun & lively with top notch quality & consistency with an emphasis on quality. That’s a terribly hard mix of things for restaurants to get right & in the 5 year’s I’ve been coming they’ve never missed a beat.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and ambience. The menu is a bit limited, but really is sufficient without unnecessary variations of the same dishes. A fun place to eat, drink, and dance with the lively Latin music if so inclined.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Birthday for my 15 year old daughter. They had a great time.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good, fun, south of the border food, drinks were excellent

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food in a cool atmosphere. The food comes out fast. The house margarita is delicious. The shrimp tacos are my favorite.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Quick Bite, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Kitchen was off this visit unfortunately. The chilaquiles verdes dish I ordered - highly recommended by a friend - was just not good. The chicken was cut into large chunks that needed to be cut before I could eat - isn't this supposed to be made with shredded chicken? That's what I had anticipated, but these unwieldy and unappetizing chunks ruined the dish for me. Also, the tomatillo sauce weirdly had no acidity to it and lacked flavor so, all in all, this dish was a big disappointment.
On a positive note, our waitress was awesome, the margaritas were delicious and the guacamole and salsa were amazing, as always.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Gonza Tacos y Tequila - North Raleigh never fails. The food, drinks and service are always on point.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Love the food, especially the shrimp tacos and the enchiladas. This time tried dessert - loved the chocolate flan. One of my favorite happy places to eat.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to eat - we go as a family (love that it is totally fitting for big small kids while not being obnoxious for other diners) often, and we’ve brought many visiting family members and friends here, too. Atmosphere is always lively and fun, the staff is very friendly and accommodating, food is delicious (as are drinks!!), and we love that Gonza is always there checking in on things. Love it!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Amazing!!!

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Best Mexican food in the triangle, casual, affordable and always delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent food and service!! I highly recommend.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Gonza is AMAZING. I loveeeee their margaritas and the Pastor tacos 🌮

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was great and authentic, menu is a bit limited but 5 stars all around!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Loved the shrimp tacos and queso. Wait staff was attentive and the food arrived promptly, even for our rather large party of 10. Great atmosphere - will certainly return!

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