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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was pretty good, but the drinks were not. I was expecting great drinks and tried almost everything off the menu in hopes to find at least one but no luck.

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vipImpressive
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved the shrimp tacos and guacamole. The ceviche wasn’t great. The cost of food was very good but drinks are pricey. We had a great time. Our server was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food is subpar and overpriced. A cool restaurant but there are others in the area that have better food and similar vibes

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super fun place for 22nd birthday! Can’t think of a negative thing to say!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Came here for dinner with a friend during our visit to New York. The vibe was a little quiet when we first walked in but throughout the meal more and more groups started coming in. We ordered a few things to share and really enjoyed the fish taco and the corn. Great place for dinner before a night out!

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thank you for the great review. Look forward to seeing you next time you are in the city!

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ClaudeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food but not enough for the price. It was too pricey for the amount of food. $12 for ONLY 2 TACOS? SMH 🤦🏾‍♂️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Loved the decor. Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

small tapas not very filling for the price
Left hungry

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious meal! Loved the atmosphere and the food. Would definitely go back.

Tijuana Picnic
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for celebrating with us. Look forward to having you back in soon for 2020.

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vipKathrynS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Street corn was excellent as was the playlist

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AnnieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Super fun ambiance. Perfect place to go to celebrate an event or with a large group. Not cheap but definitely not over the top for what you get. You are paying for a great atmosphere. Food was pretty good too! definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great trendy Mexican setting

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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DeeG
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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vipLisaH
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.

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NavyaS
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%.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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ngs206
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great for large groups- ask for the picnic tables!

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vipTracyNYC
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.

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sophies
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

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JannyB
New York Area
12 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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HCBK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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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vipEater88
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

Horrible service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipJayK
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Girls brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review