Virgil's Original Taqueria

4.4
55 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Hand Crafted Cocktails, Music Vibes, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, and Other Dope A$$ Things!

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 55 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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SaraL
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

It was so loud in there that I could not even hear the waitress. I asked about Music being less than full blast and she did not take the time to go ask the DJ. I specifically asked about not having spicy and she brought me a salad entree with a dressing so spicy I could not eat it. I asked for more water and she did not bring another container until we were almost done with the meal. So I'd never go back on a night with a DJ as the place is just too small for music that belongs on a dance floor nor would I ever want such bad service.

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vipDishrag
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Who expects memorable Mexican food? Everything was unique and delicious. Our server Cameron was great too. I bet it’s even better sitting outdoors. We’ll be back when it’s warmer outside.

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NickS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with great atmosphere, food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reimagined Virgils Cocktails and Cocina did not disappoint! From the moment you step in you can tell there is a different vibe, vision, and influence that they are going for compared to other establishments in Raleigh, and that’s a good thing. We started off with the guacamole and chips and moved to the al pastor and shrimp tacos. These will be familiar to those who have had the same tacos in the past. Very good portions and fillings of meat/ additions, with great flavor. The fried plantains with Chile vinegar stole the show with just enough sweet with a complimenting heat from the Chile. Each drink was well crafted and you could see the attention to detail + experience is being focused on. The Margarita Estacional was the perfect way to kick off the evening. The touch of seasonal fruit accompanied with the house sour was a great blend. The ambiance was energetic and low lit. It had the feel and vibe of a big city restaurant that was on everyone’s must try lists. Overall we had a fantastic experience and will be going back to try other drinks and full entrees. Highly recommend.

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vipSAT29
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Overall, I would say this place is hit or miss depending on your palette. We ordered two mains and got an appetizer for free because our food was taking so long - but not at the fault of the restaurant. They were out of something in one of our dishes and warned us ahead of time that it might take longer than usual. They brought us the free app and talked it up a lot, saying it was their fav app on the menu but to me it was BEYOND bland. Like you could not taste anything. Our main dishes were good, but spicy! It was almost like they needed to take some of the spices from my dish and put it in the appetizer. Overall, if I went back I would pass on the app and just stick with the main. Its definitely not a restaurant that you go back to explore other options. You stick with what you know is good. I got the braised pork sopes and again, while spicy, it wasn't intolerable. I would order again!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service!

LM
LauraM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and atmosphere was nice. Service was exceptional and cocktails were superior. Will definitely go again.

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vipnclkb123
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly made great suggestions and the food was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Menu changed and updated menu is not on open table

LM
LenaM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I would not return for food. The food was terrible but the drinks and vibe were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cold in there
But the food was great

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Celebration
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to Virgil’s before and we were very impressed. The food had an authentic flavor and it was fantastic. The staff was very helpful and made us feel very welcomed.

KC
vipKCamp
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

I honestly cannot say one good thing about this place. Don’t waste an evening or your money dining here. It’s simply bad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Vibe was very cool. They serve a legit, authentic Mexican inspired menu. Tacos are definitely a big part of the experience but the cocktails and entrees were to die for! I highly, highly recommend!

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Jmhorne
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. Staff was awesome. Food and drink were great as always!!!

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ChandlerC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried avocado taco I’ve ever had! Highly recommend!!!!

KB
vipKyleB
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good. I didn't know you could buy just the tacos and had to instead do the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Casual atmosphere.

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vipMatt
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks- I got 3 tacos (chorizo, al pastor and the carne asada). Chorizo taco was my favorite but they were all good. Solid service and a great atmosphere. Can’t wait until my next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks atmosphere amazing!!

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PatrickT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tacos were great, other entrees were not so good

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was awesome. For good tacos I highly suggest it! Plus great drinks. I had the Frida Kahlo and it was the perfect it’s hot outside cool down drink :)

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AshleeC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! Well worth the price and the service was top notch.

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MackenzieL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat outside so it was quiet. Food was good, service was great

JM
vipJulieM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome tacos!!

JG
vipJackieG
Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We had a great time at Virgil’s!
The avocado taco was my absolute favorite! The flavors were so good together and they weren’t deep fried - just lightly breaded which was nice.
My only complaint was their outside seating was kind of rough. The tables have wide slots in them so our salsa spilled and our guacamole almost fell over. If they could update their patio furniture this place would be a solid option for good Mexican food!

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vipConnellyR
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe and aesthetic. Great food, solid drinks, nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow, but we didn’t mind because the drinks and food were FAB - piping hot tortilla chips, tacos were super flavorful and filling! Not to mention the 80s & 90s music playing was great, I danced through my entire meal!

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Foodie
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music. Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Always enjoy the food quality at Virgil’s. The house made tortilla chips are amazing. The service was particularly slow and chaoti. during this visit. We were seated in their adjoining “sister” restaurant with a speaker installed right over our table. The music was particularly loud so conversation was a challenge. Still enjoy this establishment and will revisit...but will ask for a table in the main dining area.

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SofiaA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and cute vibe. I loved the black beans but wasn’t a huge fan of the fish taco I got. Definitely could have used more flavor overall- I used a lot of hot sauce

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, drinks and food. Only downside was the tortillas split open making the tacos difficult to eat. Flavor spot on though:)

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Osfan
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, best tortilla chips i have ever had. My one issue-the waitress brought our check as I was starting my second taco. The restaurant wasn't crowded and we hadn't been there an inordinate amount of time. I felt a little rushed.

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AndyT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first and probably only time comin here Food was okay, not great. Got two mojitos that were on special, both tasted completely different from the other. Waiter was awesome, hostess seemed really distracted when we came in.

CO
CourteneyO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Well, I went here once at maybe 1:30 in the morning and it was still open and the food was great. I decided to come again for my birthday dinner because I enjoyed the ambiance and food. When I first went the chips and salsa was free, and I was surprised when I had to pay for chips and pico this experience. $6 is very over priced for Chips and a Pico that was less than appetizing. I was excited for the queso because it’s one of their specialties. Well, they were out of queso and the server also informed us of them being out of shrimp tacos. The waitress really tried to offer different food and some were good, but others were disgusting. The tostones were good, a little tough to eat, but once you figure it out they are great. We had the Steak and Chicken ones. The Carnita tacos weren’t authentic carnitas. Carnitas are shredded pork and the ones they served were cubed and way over cooked. The cilantro rice was over cooked as well and surprisingly cold. Even the free birthday churros they gave to me were over fried and brick hard. I was very disappointed and surprised at the quality of food. Also, the location isn’t the best. Parking wasn’t worth the hassle especially when the food wasn’t that great. All in all, I want to try it again but the over priced chips and salsa, and the cold unappetizing food was just disappointing especially for a spot that’s supposed to specialize in Mexican street cuisine.

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ArielleH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better cocktails. The El Duderino is like a White Russian with a twist (HORCHATA!). Servers were wonderful and gave us recommendations that we loved! This will be our date night spot in the future!

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Delicious
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so good! Tacos are authentic and chips are fresh and delicious!

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Delicious
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carnitas tacos I’ve ever had! Great atmosphere, excellent food, kind servers, and I’ll be back soon!

MA
vipMAS1
Raleigh
56 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best queso we have ever had, love the casual atmosphere and the fresh quality of the food!!

KR
KelseyR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious as always. Chips are unique and queso is amazing. Tacos are filling and have been spot on each time. Amazing drink selection- Mexcal, cocktails, and beer (except draft/craft beer).

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 4.4 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.