San Marcos - Raleigh

4.2
55 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
san Marco is a traditional Mexican Restaurant known for bringing fresh and classic Mexican Flavors to its customers. From a large selection of craft Margaritas and Tequilas, to a variety of premium wine; we offer a menu full of options for everyone.
We welcome you to a family-friendly environment, where you will enjoy all the aspects of a classic-cultural atmosphere.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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NathanD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The drinks were excellent and the food proportions are more than satisfying. Also, our server, Blanca, was very friendly and attentive. The manager also came by to check on us, as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Good experience overall. Waitress just seemed rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Restaurant was decorated nicely. It has a cool authentic vibe. Food was very good. Service was courteous and speedy. The margaritas were a bit watered down. And we felt rushed. If I return I will order beer.

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SheilaG
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly and our server met us at our table. I’m a stickler for hot foods and everything was fresh and hot and delicious. Definitely a good place to go for an enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hello!

I can’t say much about food because did’t order special or well prepared plates; but for the appetizer we had I can give 3 stars.

The most relevant was Vivianna, our waitress. She was incredible diligent, awesome perfectionist in having all clean and in order with our beverages. Hands up for Vivianna! We were more than 15 in our group and she charged the pre-tip to our checks that is 20% but anyway we give her additional tips due to the immaculate service with us.

Thanks and regards,

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ttlusty
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited San Marcos for a birthday dinner. We had a bogo coupon and decided to try it out. Service was great, I think we had the host/manager. The regular server showed up later and he was very nice but our host/manager had done most of the work already. The drinks were good, food was great and location was perfect with plenty of parking. Cost overall was outstanding!

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BonnieM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were very pleased with our dining experience. The decor is beautiful and comfortable. We had the chicken quesadillas and they were probably the best we have ever had. My sister and I will be returning to your establishment and recommend it to others.

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vipAlexander
New Orleans
226 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing special. Not an authentic Mexican restaurant.

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isaacb
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i like how quite it was and such a chill atmosphere

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TimothyM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good! Definitely dining there again

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vipSweeny
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a coupon and have been wanting to try this place. Food was warm and tasty when it arrived. Prices were reasonable and service was good. We will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The ambience at Restaurant were incredible; the live group was awesome and decoration all around restaurant really on point.

The problem comes with the waiter. He was lost everytime we asked for something. He also came to our table with a different thing as we requested. He tried to give us a different beer because you suppose to got run out of the one we asked; then because it wasn’t cold enough, etc... but, what about ask if we want another one instead of bring the first beer you see at the bar?

Really really bad service and the Restaurant was 3/4 empty!

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EvonH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Staff very good. Would highly recommend

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
205 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I enjoyed lunch but the Pollo soup didn't have much flavor. The service was great though.

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Poppy
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chili Rellenos I have had in Raleigh, finally!

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BrianE
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My mother, who was visiting from out of town, was treating me, my wife, and our two kids to dinner.
Worst restaurant experience I've had in quite some time . The food was fair, but the service was atrocious.
1) my mother ordered fajitas. It took multiple reminders to have somebody bring tortillas.
2) my wife's food came five minutes after everybody else's food despite the fact that her dish and mine were nearly identical (other than mine had pico de gallo, hers did not, so not sure why there was a time difference).
3)it required asking multiple times asking for them to bring ketchup for my son's French fries (I know...he's hopeless! but still should not require asking multiple times!)
4) when ordering, my mother had answered yes to wanting cheese with her fajitas, and there was no cheese. They came when she had two bites of food left asking if she still wanted it.

Then, for icing on the cake- after they had given my mother the bill and she had put money with the receipt, the waitress came, quickly said "oh sorry, we forgot to charge for the milk, so it costs more" and she whisked the money and receipt back away. This was INCREDIBLY tacky. Based on the poor service, I might have expected them to say "the manager adjusted the price because of the issues that you had with your food".

We will definitely not be back. I would have gotten better service by our two kids at home and the food would've tasted at least as good. We were embarrassed to have brought an out-of-town family member there.

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DebraG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time going and we enjoy it all the time it’s a beautiful place and great food . The staff was professional and quick .

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KristenH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made A reservation on Open Table for San Marcos on May 5th and they did not honor it. Instead they said they were not accepting reservations and that it would be a 40 minute wait. I have been here several times and love the food but this was very disappointing.

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vipbdaygirl
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food at reasonable prices.

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viplooP
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was ordinary and cold. Santiago, the server was excellent. With so many Mexican restaurants near raleigh I can’t see coming back here

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ElaineF
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was good but a little more expensive for mexican

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DavidP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation at 7:15, we were told to wait a few minutes. Waited 30 more minutes and were told that the kitchen was backed up. So we left.

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SusanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family of eight enjoyed our meal very much. The service was excellent. Angel was our server. He is a real asset to San Marcos. The atmosphere is such a happy setting. Glad this restaurant is in Raleigh.

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vipARHoly
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

My wife and assistant have eaten here a few times, and have had a much better experience than I did. I will give them a second chance and hopefully the food will not be cold and the service won't be so slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived and were told they were closed and had no reservation. It was very disappointing as we had made the reservation early in the day to avoid searching late that night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Margarita pitchers were huge! The fajitas were really good as well.

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JFL5008
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service at a reasonable price. I HIGHLY recommend the Carnes en sure Jugo, which I was told by our waiter, Eduardo, is the most authentic Mexican dish they serve an a recipe of the owner's great-grandmother. Perfecto! I would classify this as a mid-range family restaurant with a very good, extensive menu with food prepared with attention to detail, fresh ingredients (homemade soft corn tortillas, freshly made guacamole - both excellent), and reasonable prices. We will be going back.
John Logan, Raleigh.

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CameraEye
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found San Marcos using an Open Table search on Christmas Eve. The floor plan is spacious for large parties, but had nooks for intimate dining. The decor is vibrant and inviting. Food is well-crafted and fresh with plenty of options. Service was friendly and accommodating.

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vipLisaT
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The server was pleasant and attentive but the food not great. The chicken chimichanga was just ok and the chicken tacos also average. The margarita was horrible- the mixer was very sugary. Kins of pricey for average Mexican food.

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vipEric
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food; fast good time with friends ; am a repeat visitor. Highly recommend this place.

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LyndaMae
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good meal and enjoyed ourselves very much.

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MJamesT
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

San Marcos could be very good, but they skimp on the ingredients. The flavor and seasoning of the Carne en su Jugo was very good, but the beef was stringy and chewy. The mole sauce on the Burrito San Marcos was delicious, but the chicken was dry and tough. The Churro ice cream was good, but the shell it was in was so hard that we really struggled to cut it with the spoons (it took two spoons) that they gave us and it ended up being a soupy mess. We ordered a 16 oz. drink that looked like it was 8 oz. We complained and the waiter insisted it was 16 oz. Service was also a somewhat slow considering that the restaurant was over half empty. Too bad. Lovely decour, but we will not be returning.

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EveZ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience4

I got an MSG "overdose" from this place. Wow! Why do you put MSG in Mexican food??? I am very sensitive to MSG, so would be more likely to have a reaction, but even my husband, who is not, wasn't feeling great after the meal. My reaction to MSG... Extreme sleepiness, and in this case, I could not keep my eyes open at 730 PM, very tight jaw, headachy, naseous and really out of it for 2 hours. The rest of my evening was ruined and the next day i had an MSG hangover, out of it, headachy and naseous all day. I haven't had a reaction like this in ages, the meal had to be heavily dosed MSG in the seasonings. Beware if you have any sensitivity at all to MSG. I will NEVER eat here again.

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SheilaG
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meat in my fajitas could have more flavor, very bland. Would like to have guacamole made fresh tableside.

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vipCrystalw1978
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress took amazing care of us! 13 people didn’t faze her a bit! She was wonderful- we appreciated it so much!

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vipMichelle
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food barely resembled its description and was poorly prepared. A bit overpriced for the quality.

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vipGeneG
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Hostess was terrible. Not friendly, disorganized when we arrived, and the menus had gross old food stuck to them. When we mentioned it to the hostess she could care a less.
Server was VERY slow, and jd no idea what he was doing.
Food was average, service was painfully slow, and the staff oblivious to customers.
Later in the day we did not feel good after eating the food.

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Kelly
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Freekin delicious! ENJOY! Great Mexican food!!

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ricky
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

the food and service was good. however, our reservation through opentable was for 7:15pm, we got to the restaurant at 7:05pm. our table wasnt ready until 7:35pm, we had to wait for the other guests to finish with their meal. Mentioned to the manager that we had a reservation and were there early, no reason why our table wasnt ready. he had no explanation. the manager should have offerered an appetizer or desert to the table, but no such offer was made ( very disappointing ) considering it was their fault our table wasnt ready. the waiter was very good and the food was good as well. management needs to do a much better job of having the reservation times in mind, especially for a group of 20 people.

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vipElleL
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a few people in our party get the wrong items but they were very good about fixing the problem and getting us our food as quickly as they could.

FAQs

San Marcos - Raleigh offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 803-4393.

San Marcos - Raleigh is rated 4.2 stars by 55 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.