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Permanently Closed - TQLA Dana Park

87 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups (86)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (70)
  • Neighborhood Gem (62)

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TQLA is located in Mesa, Arizona and offers up a menu of upscale Mexican and Southwestern food, along with a bar featuring great music and unique drinks. The establishment offers infused tequilas, tequila on tap and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy with your food. Private dining is also available at TQLA in the Agave room, which can be catered for your next exciting event.

TQLA provides dining for brunch, lunch and dinner, while also offering a happy hour menu. Appetizers include loved items like spicy crab cakes, nachos and Baja ceviche. In addition to typical Mexican specialties, you can also find entr�es like green chile burger, crawfish and spinach enchiladas and grilled pork skewers. Options are available for those who are vegetarian or sensitive to gluten as well.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 813-8752
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
TQLA has a semi-private dining room that can accommodate 40-50 guests. We can design a menu perfect for any occasion. Ask about our Tequila Seminars and Tequila Dinners.
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Private party contact
Janice Thompson: (866) 678-9331
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TQLA offers full service catering for many different events and sizes.
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Cross street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 87 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLenInArizona (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Made a reservation through OpenTable and when I arrived, there was a sign on the door that they were closed.... something about a "lease problem".

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

We found the restaurant very comfortable. Our server Haley was very nice and had great recommendations. The bacon wrapped shrimp with were outstanding. We will be back!!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

Went there for an early date night to get some drinks... Happy Hour is Off the Hook! 5 dollar Frozen Margaritas and they are like 4-5 bucks and as strong as the Z Tejas $10 ones.

Will definitely be back to this place to watch some football and get some food.

Food was real good, high quality ingredients and reasonably priced.

Glad i found this place

Luv2dine (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2014

We choose to meet at TQLA with another couple since neither of us had tried it yet. This place was quite busy, both inside and on the patio. We all order tequila shots that were on tap and I also had a watermelon margarita. Our drinks from the bar did take extremely long to get. So long that that we had our appetizer 15 minutes before our shots or margarita came. Our appetizer had guacamole and two different salsas which were good. My husband and I shared the crab cakes that were pretty tasty. The fish tacos we had came with rice and beans and were filled with grilled yummy fish. We definitely were full leaving there and will come back again to dine on the patio and enjoy the outdoor ambience.

vipfoodie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2014

We've always enjoyed our dining experiences at TQLA.

wawoodee (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

Although the red salsa (free) and queso dip (not free) were world class, being from Minnesota I was hoping for a better overall Mexican food experience during my trip to Arizona. As others have commented, this is a noisy place. Our table was about as far from the bar as it could be, which was good. There isn't much separation between the bar and the dining area, and the acoustics seem to amplify the noisy bar patrons. The biggest disappointment was the margaritas. For a place that specializes in tequila (TQLA- get it?), the house margarita was below average as house margaritas go. Granted should have upgraded to a better tequila, but...below avg. Consensus at our table was that the food was good not great.

Weeze (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

Top dollar for average food and service.

VBadeaux (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

Enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant, although it was a 30 minute drive from Scottsdale. It was worth the drive. The food was excellent, but it was a little noisy, as we were seated in the bar area. The waiter was very attentive. My wife had the pumpkin seed crusted salmon and I had habanero chicken. Quality of both were excellent and more than we could eat. I'm sure we'll be going back again soon.

Ypsigal (Yosemite)
3.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

Way too noisy, had to yell to be heard by dining companions. Waited even though we'd made dinner reservations. Entrees did not arrive together, were several minutes apart.

Looking4Gr8 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

They have great Happy Hour prices. The service was a bit slow but it was busy since it was a Friday night. I was here once before on a Wednesday and the service was outstanding. I have yet to try items from the dinner menu, I am making my way through the appetizers. Calamari is great. Wine prices very reasonable. At how many places can 2 people have 5 drinks and 3 appetizers for $39?

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2014

Good food and atmosphere. Arrived at 5 so wasn't busy and were able to take advantage of happy hour prices. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Would visit again

norine (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on March 25, 2014

When we got there they did not have our reservation in the computer.. Reservations was made on line and I printed it with the confirmation #.. It still worked out they found a table for our group.. It was a little loud.. had trouble hearing and giving our order to the waitress. she couldnt hear that we wanted apetizers. but over all we had a good time and food was good.

jerseygirlinaz (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

We took out of town relatives here after we had done a mani-pedi party for my daughter's wedding. The food is always good here and different than any other southwestern restaurant in the East Valley. It was hard for the out of town relatives to fine since the name of the restaurant is on the front of the building and not the sides. We had fifteen people and they had a large high top for us to sit at.

Gourmetchic (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at TQLA very much. The food was wonderful and the service was terrific. However, I would recommend asking for a table away from the bar as the noise level during Happy Hour (3 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.) was quite loud. This restaurant does have a very vibrant bar scene!

lightningsmama (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2014

The food here is so yummy, the last couples we were there they drinks were pretty strong, but for me that wasnt a bad hing. The place really works with their theme of food, it has a great decor and ambiance. The service is always amazing, ive had a couple aweful servers and a handful of.amazing ones. I would recomend this place, we love it.