Virgil's Original Taqueria

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$30 and under
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Mexican
If you can't make it to Mexico, but you are looking for some authentic street tacos, Virgil's Taqueria is your place! We pride ourselves in our original recipes and fresh food that we prepare in-house daily. To maximize your dining experience, we suggest indulging in one of our hand-crafted cocktails, which feature traditional spirits and freshly pressed fruits. We welcome late-night diners and serve our full menu until 2 am Thursday through Sunday! Come on in and "shoot the bird" with us! Hasta Mañana!
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KB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Casual atmosphere.

M
Raleigh
11 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!

OT
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks atmosphere amazing!!

PT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tacos were great, other entrees were not so good

OT
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 :)

AC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ML
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

JM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome tacos!!

JG
Raleigh
54 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!

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

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

OT
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!

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

Great music. Great food.

OT
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.

SA
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
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:)

O
Wilmington
9 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.

AT
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
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.

AH
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!

D
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Charlotte
7 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
Raleigh
52 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
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).

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We were so excited to try Virgil’s after reading reviews, but it was very disappointing. Poor flavors, decent prices. Wouldn’t go back.

RF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food and cocktails were really good. It was Cinco de Mayo and they were clearly unprepared for the volume of customers, therefore service was lacking. It took 20 minutes to get drinks and then received the wrong one but just kept it to avoid waiting another 20. The chips are amazing! So were the guac and tacos!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, tacos with #126 margarita with a shot of Grand marnier is the best drink ever!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best tacos I’ve had in Raleigh! The service was great, food was great, and the ambiance was so cool! Get the guac, it’ll change your life!

D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Being from Texas, I was a bit suspicious when I saw that they charged $3 for tortilla chips. Do not let this dissuade you. Their chips are the best I've had outside of Texas/Mexico, their guacamole was delicious, and their tacos were hearty and authentic. For 2 people, with 1 drink each, chips & guac, 2 tacos per person and 1 dessert, expect to be very full and to pay around $50 + tip.

ME
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos and drinks!

KH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While other local joints are good for other Latin/Mexican food, my husband and I love Virgil's for the occasional date night when we're in the mood for some really good tacos. Have tried every type, and can't complain about any of them (though my personal favorites are the butternut squash and carne). Prices are per taco, which is great for mixing things up. Plus, everything is cooked in front of you (we sit at the bar) - amazing (kind of sweet) chips and all! Cocktails are wonderful and not at all stingy. Fully plan to start testing the signature plates list next time.

CW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fish tacos & chorizo tacos were VERY very good. Carnitas was flavorful, but not crispy-edged, as we prefer. Crafted cocktails were imaginative and tasty, though two of the 3 different ones ordered seemed kinda tiny for the price ($9), that's what good stuff goes for these days. Fun outside seating, and a roll-up door to allow air to move in which is a plus as you will come out smelling like food, but FRESH, HOMEMADE chips are delicious, too, and worth your hair smelling bit like fried Mexican food! It was loud. But they were very accommodating, and lowered the volume, though not to where we didn't still strain to hear each other. But we really liked it overall, and will go back!

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The hostess was kind of aloof but the food made up for it. Very yummy. Will definitely return!

C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been wanting to try this place and picked the perfect weekday evening. We sat outside on the sidewalk tables, but the inside is so cute. It's narrow, but well designed, and there's an upstairs which I haven't actually seen yet. The staff is really cool and friendly. It's laid back with a hip flair. Excellent drinks and creative cocktails with lots of vegan options. It's a great place for a casual meet up with creative, delicious small bites and good drinks. I loved it and my date did too. Excited to come back!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! The backroom we were originally seated in was very loud so we moved to the bar and had a great dining experience.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made a reservation and got right in. I made a reservation for a high top & ended up with a table at the front door in the immediate draft-zone. We didn't realize that at first and accepted the seat. We tried to get the hostesses attention to get another seat & she took about ten minutes, then grabbed someone from the bar for a better seat that was not too far from us. That totally sucked. Our server was absolutely amazing and brought everything out quickly, which made up for it. I am still a bit annoyed that we reserved a high top (completely out of the way of the draft from the door) & got some other crap instead. The hostess was starting to seat us there before we said our name, so it didn't sit right for many reasons.

F
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very accommodating, even though we arrived about 20 minutes late for the reservation. Tried their restaurant week menu - very filling and tasty!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The torte sandwich with carnitas, the tortilla chips and guacamole, and all the tacos are amazing! The staff are friendly and the ambiance festive! Highly recommend.

JL
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! A hidden gem for sure!