Virgil's Original Taqueria

3.9
124 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Hand Crafted Cocktails, Music Vibes, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, and Other Dope A$$ Things!

Experiences

  • The Merchant

    Multiple dates available

    This "experience" option is intended for reservations at The Merchant only. This option will be available during Virgil's business hours and after Virgil's closes as well. Check "no thanks" to continue to Virgil's reservations. The Merchant Hours are: (Tues + Wed 5pm to 12am) (Thurs + Fri 5pm to 2am) (Sat 4pm to 2am)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 124 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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vipMissyE
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was exceptional. The drinks were a bit over priced and not magically delicious. Wasn’t impressed with any of them. Smoke and dagger was unique presentation. The ambiance was lovely and the concept very cool.

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Raleighfox
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Chips are super thick cut and have some sugary seasoning on them its not that good, Queso came to the table cold. Tacos were just okay. Beautiful place though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas friends get together.

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vipChrisR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and prices! Will definitely go back. Service was awesome too!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one drink and blacked out I hope I tipped

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Sara
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Dishes are tasteful and presentation is outstanding. Short staffed but they made the most of it

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Kate
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was not impressed. The food was fine but not anything special and the service was pretty bad. All of the food came out at different times with several mistakes, and one person didn't get told her order was out of stock until half the table had received their food. To top it off, they overcharged my credit card by $15. Will not be going back, and would certainly not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Our waitress was very incompetent and kept messing up our order but refused to acknowledge her mistakes and kept trying to tell us she served us what we ordered. We had to grab a menu multiple times to show her why she was wrong. She insisted she put steak tacos in front of one girl, when they were clearly white meat and was very argumentative about it until another waiter confirmed he did in fact serve her pork tacos. When she brought out the “right” tacos they were still not steak but it wasn’t worth arguing with her. Another order she brought out the entree version instead of the tacos and tried to insist it was the tacos. We order chips and gauc/salsa and they came out after all the rest of our food… strange.

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Susanna
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went out for drinks for girls night, and they were pretty good!

JP
JessicaP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t take my offline coupon. Nice staff. Pretty dead in there.

BD
BaileyD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, cocktails, and environment! Great experience!

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TableTopTakes
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was interesting and unexpected. Our server was great!

HB
HeatherB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambiance is nice, the food is alright, lacking a little flavor in the substance of the food but is made up for in some of the sauces. It was very chilly and somewhat small.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

We were never seated at our table, we ended up leaving

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RaleighReview
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe it’s just me, but the chips tasted kinda like a smoky version of funnel cake. They were so good, I couldn’t stop eating them! The drinks made us feel like we’d just stepped onto a cruise ship for a tropical vacation. The food was delicious. And the staff was super-friendly and accommodating. We had a lovely date and will definitely visit again.

AJ
AJC1
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and drinks! Plantains were good!

SS
SalS
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty, unique food blends. Loved our margaritas - super flavors. GREAT waitress! The DJ played super mix of music. Definitely recommend and will return!

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious, great atmosphere and the staff was fantastic.

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vipNdl68
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very nice
The drinks are good
The service was very good,
The bathrooms are very nice
There is a lovely outside sitting area

The food was just Great!!

I do not understand how this restaurant is not busier


After the meal we went upstairs to the Merchant for another drink this lounge is outstanding!!

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CRII
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and enjoyed the night. Would recommend to others.

CC
CaseyC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was underwhelming for the cost. The shrimp tacos had an extra fishy taste. The drinks were fine, but again- overpriced for what it was. Outdoor area is loud with the street and the tables are tiny and unstable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good. Drinks were solid. Music was crazy loud, like club level loud. It was pretty much impossible to have a conversation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Fantastic Experience! Food, Drinks, DJ, cool ambiance!

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RobP
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Mixed Drinks were over priced, small, poorly mixed, and not satisfying. The Carne Asada had no flavor, no seasoning, and was very disappointing. Chipotle’s carne asada is much better.
Not a very satisfying experience at all.

Music was very loud,felt like we walked into a club. Asked to have it turned down and that didn’t happen. Could barely have conversation with my friends sitting next to me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Just an off night for the restaurant.

OT
OpenTableIsBad
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table didn’t actually reserve it. I showed up with my parents and friends to no reservation. I now have a personal grudge against OpenTable.

Sorry to Virgils, but here I am. The employees there were kind, but they didn’t have my reservation.

MD
vipMandyD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

My boyfriend Luckily we hadn't technically touched it... so the waitress took the food and then walked it to the other customer's table... idk I guess it was kind of odd, just considering covid-19, but looked passed that. Also, the wait staff (and bartender) were very friendly and tried their best to accommodate.

I would recommend dining with Virgil's Original Taqueria, as the food and interior ambiance was tasty & tasteful. I would also, though, like to recommend making a reservation closer to "true" dinner time, i.e. that 6-8 pm window, as it was clear the later service was hurried to close up shop. Regardless! High hopes for Virgil's!

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opentable123
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was okay, but nothing great. The server mumbled and did not seem interested in her job.

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JeannineD
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Merchant has a lot of scope. The space has great ambience, but they need better staff. We waited about 25 minutes for 2 easy cocktails while the tables around us were empty, so they weren't busy. The waitress didn't know any of the drinks or what they stock. The cocktails were mediocre at best. But the space is great and we'd go back once they've settled in more. They need better bartenders and better waiting staff.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

One of the entrees was missing a main ingredient and the waitress didn’t know the menu to know it was missing. Waitress also wouldn’t let us have a conversation because she kept coming by every 5 min asking if we’re ready to order trying to rush us out.

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Noelle
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing!! I highly recommend the fried avocado tacos

MR
MRola
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

My husband and I were excited to go to Virgil's, having been to the Virgil's food truck. We were disappointed by the menu options, as they did not include our favorites from the truck. The food we did order did not have the strong flavors or high quality we expected for the price. And the drinks were watery and had very little alcohol. It was, overall, not worth it. Very disappointing experience!

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Macy
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Merchant was so awesome, can't wait to go back!!

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VA2NC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was really expensive for how bland it was. A McDonald’s cheeseburger has more flavor than the tacos we got. Food was lukewarm and for the price ($16 for two tacos and bland rice), it was down right robbery. House margaritas were $12 and I’m sure used some cheap tequila like el toro or something comparable. Mango margaritas were $16. Best part of the whole meal was the chips and queso. A least it had some flavor but a pretty hard thing to mess up. I would not recommend going here unless you want to spend $100 on a meal that has less flavor than a saltine cracker.

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LindsayS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with two of my friends Their food came out room temp at best and mine came out with the wrong order. They were apologetic and it was an honest mistake so no biggie there. The food was….okay. Our drinks were good but extremely small for $12. The glass was small and mostly filled with ice so definitely not worth the price.

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JoanaV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The food was terrible. The chicken in the chicken paella was mainly fat and it was soooo spicy I couldn’t eat it.

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vipMatt
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Highly recommend Virgils! Great service too!

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DishaN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made our reservation a few days in advance and showed up a couple of minutes early only to find the entire place shut down. The lights were off, furniture stacked up, and all the doors but one shut.
Apparently, they’d ran out of food the night before and didn’t open for service that morning. This experience was the first of its kind and the least we’d expected was to get an alert/call from either open door or Virgil tacos themselves letting us know our reservation couldn’t be honored.
We’d heard some great reviews from our friends and really wanted to try this place out. We’ll be back sometime soon and hopefully, get to experience what our friends have been raving about.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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Jessie
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised by this place. GREAT drinks, fun vibe, good food. Not sure why I havent been here before, but I will definitely be back.

FAQs

Virgil's Original Taqueria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Virgil's Original Taqueria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 833-3866.

Virgil's Original Taqueria is rated 3.9 stars by 124 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.