Tijuana Picnic

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Tijuana Picnic is a Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side from Jon Neidich and Jean-Marc Houmard, managing partners of Acme, and designer Robert McKinley. A menu of high quality ingredients with non-traditional flavor accents transforms casual Mexican fare into bold, balanced and surprising dishes of fine dining caliber. The owners sought to create a neighborhood restaurant for the Lower East Side that is both fun and sociable with food that is sophisticated and approachable. Chef Alex Lopez, formerly of Kittichai, leads the kitchen and is influenced by his 16 years of experience cooking in acclaimed New York restaurants-riffs on flavors of his native Mexico City with non-traditional accents.
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Prix Fixe with Open Bar at Tijuana Picnic!

For $60, Enjoy a great meal with 1.5 hours of margarita, prosecco, wine and beer open bar! Available for all reservations, Tuesday-Thursday!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 20, 2019

Ends: April 21, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 6:00PM-11:30PM

What 156 People Are Saying
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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great trendy Mexican setting

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my sister’s birthday. We had so much fun! Loved the drinks and the DJ. The entree’s are very very small but tasty.

DG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Decent food, great atmosphere. Convenient to pop downstairs to the bar afterwards

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks Dee! Look forward to seeing you out again soon.

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LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The gentlemen greeting guest this evening was extremely rude. It was like we were bothering him. I believe he was the manager on the floor that evening.

I was disappointed from the beginning.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prix Fixe is not at all valuable. They bring tiny skewers. Disappointed and its not unlimited.

Salad was not good. Guac was stale. We loved the skewers but were upset with the size and had to order extra for which we paid 20 bucks and got the same small ones. The corn Tacos are what I would recommend 100%.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

TERRIBLE SERVICE. they pushed us out the door an hour after we sat as a party of 7 with a reservation

n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great for large groups- ask for the picnic tables!

TN
Dublin
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a fun (at times very loud) atmosphere. Food was good, service very good. We took our time and never felt rushed. Only complaint was that it was extremely hot...not sure if the a/c wasn’t working, but it got uncomfortable especially when the restaurant was filled. I would definitely go back again.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I’ve been a few times and noticed the guacamole wasn’t as good as usual, I wish they had spicier hot sauces and the ceviche wasn’t as good as other times. Fish tacos were great as was the duck empanadas

JB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second trip there in a month and it was great. The happy hour is awesome and the drinks are great

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on August 9, 2019

Thanks Janny for the great review! Looking forward to having you in again soon!

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HC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great ambience and music. Food was ok. Good duck wings.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food5service2ambience1

They sat us in the basement when other tables were open upstairs. We requested to sit upstairs and they still stick us in the basement.

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on July 23, 2019

Sorry to hear you were unhappy with the location of your table for dinner service. Depending on the size of the group and the reservations for the evening we sometimes have to make adjustments during the course of service. We certainly make our best efforts to accommodate everyones preferences as much as possible. I certainly hope you will give us another opportunity to win you back. Feel free to contact me directly for your next reservation. Gabriel Solano General Manager @tijuanapicnicnyc

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E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place off the beaten path. We did not have entrees but tacos are to die for. Surprisingly amazing mushroom tacos. The rest of the selections are awesome as well. Will be back.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

TP was fun- tacos were excellent, especially the pork belly!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service, mediocre food, very trashy clientele. Been in NYC for 10 years and this was one of the worst dining experiences.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Horrible service

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

JK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great food, go on Taco Tuesdays. and great ambiance - had a fun DJ playing 2000s hiphop

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on June 7, 2019

Thank you Jay!!! Looking forward to see you here again any day of the week. Always a great night at Tijuana Picnic.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tacos are the best here!
Also love the DJ for dinner hours

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were celebrating my friends 30th birthday and enjoyed a great setting with incredibly tasty cocktails, and food. All in all a great night until we ended our evening with a drink downstairs and the bartender threatened my friend as she received the check to not serve her if she didn’t leave him a tip. Very uncalled for and aggressive behaviour which ruined an otherwise lovely evening.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for mothers day table of 5. Was great service, great selection of food (brunch is all day on Sunday but they close at 6 just FYI), had pitcher of some strawberry margarita that had complex ingredients and tasted great. Just like their food, was authentic Mexican flavors and put together thoughtfully everything was delicious and great filling proportions! Adorable cool unique decor and music, great vibe, great people! Great seating as well roomy booths and tables. Highly recommend going for any occasion.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Girls brunch

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Could not find our reservation and gave us a hard time before seating us

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was really nice and attentive. He checked on us throughout the meal without being annoying. Appreciate that he warned my friend that the hot sauce is really hot.

I liked the music choice: some Michael Jackson, some 80s euro pop. Loud enough to hear but not too loud that you're screaming at your friend to have a conversation.

This is the only Mexican restaurant that I would recommend. I don't typically like Mexican food but I do like their take on it.

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on May 11, 2019

Thank you kindly for the fantastic review! Look forward to having you join us again soon!

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JW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and margaritas were amazing. It was my friend's birthday and they did a great job with the birthday surprise. And the bar scene after was so cool!

JP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We shared the taco platter and street corn- and they did not disappoint! Loved the mushroom tacos!

SW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was great and so was the ambiance. It definitely got very noisy towards the end and the waitress was horrible because the tip was already included so she was very unhelpful. Besides her everything else was great.

IF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We were severely disappointed by both the service and the food. We started our meal off with guacamole and salsa, which is where the deliciousness ended. Side note, a large guacamole was barely enough for 4 people, so for the 6 of us it was a waste. The first round of drinks came on time, but the second came after we had finished our meal. 5/6 of the meal came together with one order of tacos that were forgotten about, and didn't arrive until 20 minutes after the other meals were on the table. The quesadilla was burnt and barren, the veggie quesadilla comes with one veggie and its mushrooms, so good luck if you're allergic. Our waitress was inattentive, and refused to write down our order which might be why the tacos arrived un-fashionably late. We were there for a birthday, and she brought out the cake a good 35 minutes after we asked her to, as we were calling it quits on the cake and getting ready to leave. They did give us free tequila shots for all of the inconveniences, but somethings even tequila cant fix.

Receiving the check was the quickest part about the service, and it came out wrong with an extra $30 charge and a 20% gratuity already included.

I don't recommend going here. You'll leave hungry and broke, salivating as you walk by the dollar pizza place next door.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food and service too.

OT
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Really cool vibe and great service, but the only good things on the menu are the guacamole and margs. Clearly, they’re relying on drunk millennials. Sucks bc it could be awesome but the food was meh and we ordered about everything off of it.

BA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I am pretty disappointing with my experience at Tijuana Picnic. The portion sizes were ridiculously small for the prices (think $15 for a quesadilla the size of two small decks of playing cards with NO sides). The chips and guac also were so ridiculously small it was almost comical. The service was pretty terrible as well. We had to keep flagging down our waiter because he was no where to be found and then after only being at the restaurant for an hour, we were given our check and told they were trying to move some tables out! Pretty rude. I understand it was a Saturday night and we were a party of 6, but I had made reservation 3 weeks in advance and didn't appreciate being rushed out the door.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience1

Too crowded!!! Basically a frat party

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Such nice staff and great food and drinks!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were 15 minutes late to my birthday dinner, and they gave away our table. They told us they had a table, but we had to leave in 1 hour. I never had an experience like this before. The waitress kept pushing us to leave, and we had to eat our food in 45 minutes then they kicked us out. The worst part for 45 minutes the bill was $400. The manager could care less about our dinner being ruined. The food was mediocre and I don’t think I will ever go back again. Overpriced and extremely rude. Thanks for a crap bday dinner!

SF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Food was just ok. They were not accommodating to changes for anyone with allergies, asked for a plain chicken quesadilla, was told they could not do it. Then ordered a cocktail on rocks and was charged $68.00 or $81.00 with their added gratuity. No drink menu was available, so had to listen to waiter tell what they had, or look at the bar, feel we should have been given a heads up if a drink is that much $$. When we spoke to the manager, he asked us if we were "coerced into ordering it" and it costs him $160.00 per bottle wholesale or $6.40 per ounce and a 2 oz pour would be $12.80. Feel this was very excessive and should have been given a heads up about the gorging.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place !

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Came here to celebrate the end of my school semester and it was exactly what I wanted. The upstairs restaurant was lively, but not obnoxiously lively. The lighting and the music were great, which are very date night-y. The club downstairs didn't exactly live up to my expectations, but worth checking out.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Avoid it. Over priced, poor quality, rude staff.

CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

terrible service and over priced food. don't recommend at all. it took an hour to get the margarita we ordered and got chips without guacamole one hour later we ordered!

LA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The hostesses were unbelievably rude. I checked in for my 9 PM reservation and was told our table wasn’t ready so we should wait at the bar. We were waiting until 930 when I asked about my table again. The hostess told me I never checked in with her and proceeded to act as though I was the inconvenience. There was no apology to the confusion, only many eye rolls from the hostess who screwed up. Very disappointed with my experience

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