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Permanently Closed - TQLA Dana Park

4.1
87 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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Cuisines
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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Catering
TQLA offers full service catering for many different events and sizes.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 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".

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2014

We've always enjoyed our dining experiences at TQLA.

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Top dollar for average food and service.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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?

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4.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2014

We went for lunch without of town guests. The food was very good. The service was great too. The price was right for lunch. Music was a little too loud however not distracting. I would highly recommend this place for casual dining.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

I was skeptical at first but so glad my husband and I tried this place. We loved everything about it! Food, drinks, & service were all excellent. We will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Awesome place. . No wait. . Great food. . Really enjoyed ourselves

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2014

had high hopes based on reviews so I made reservations for 9 people on a Friday night. Given that it was Friday, I knew it would be busy but this place was packed and VERY loud. The table was only set for 8 and when we asked for another chair, the receptionist was annoyed. We were seated a huge table by the bar that was nearly 5-feet across. We could barely talk and had to yell to talk to the person sitting next to you. There wasn't anything special about the food - not good enough to go back for. This is a good spot to grab a drink with friends or co-workers after a long week of work. I would not recommend having dinner with the family here. Our server was very friendly and accommodating though, we were satisfied with the his service.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2014

My boyfriend's family and I always go out to eat on Friday nights. This last Friday we went to TQLA. It was fun but it was really dark and loud. We made a reservation for 13 people and when I arrived first the table was only set up for 10. As soon as everyone arrived they fixed the chair situation and they were very nice and patient with us until our entire party arrived. The food was great and I LOVED the pitcher of margaritas.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

The food was delicious, the service was great and friendly. The only negative was it was so energetic that at times you could not hear the person across the table.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2013

We finally got a chance to try TQLA and were not disappointed. The service and food was excellent. I tried the fajita (chicken & shrimp combo) and was very happy with my choice. We also tried the "Skinny Margarita".... usually they are not anywhere near as good as a standard margarita.... this one was very good.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2013

Had a great time with the family for a holiday brunch and was able to enjoy Sunday Football. Visiting from out of town and will go again on our next visit.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2013

Interesting selections on their weekend brunch menu. Most menu items have a SW touch. There's even something for those wanting a healthy diet-conscious choice. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. The decor is casual with dark woods and desert colors.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2013

We thought we'd try something different - TQLA was something of a disappointment. The food was just OK and excessively spicy. Even the "Ultimate Margarita" was not very good - either they didn't really use the good Tequila as listed or the mix was lousy - quite a surprise for a place called TQLA. The staff was amiable but clearly young and inexperienced - perhaps this was their winter job when the California surfing beaches are closed? Honestly, the best thing about the experience was the band playing there on Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2013

Having tried numerous restaurants serving Mexican foods, this undoubtly been the best. The service was exceptional and the food serve quickly, hot and very tasty. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance. Would definately recommend this restaurant to others and will treat ourselves again to a fine dinner.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2013

Great drinks, pretty good food, portions and prices, but certainly not on my "OMG, I want to go back again TONIGHT!" list. Jason was an excellent server on the patio and made up for a few service and order glitches. Definitely worthwhile during 1/2-off appetizer Happy Hour so stop in and decide for yourself.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2013

Our overall experience was wonderful. We went for a Ladies Lunch and were also celebrating a birthday. The food was delicious! We started with the queso (yummy!) and guacamole. Our table had the soup and salad combo, shrimp salad, tamale, and crispy chicken tacos. We also had traditional and skinny margaritas. Everyone really enjoyed their food and drinks.

Danny was our server and he was fantastic. We were a bit loud and giggly and he was very accommodating. Overall great experience! We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on August 30, 2013

Go here for some great food and drinks at a great price. Menu is a little Americanish-Mexican instead of the other way around, but still very good!

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2013

The food was great, the drink was great, but the waitress was MIA. We could never find her when we needed something. The bad service isn't going to keep me from going again though; my husband and I have never had anything there that we didn't love.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2013

The food was great as well as the service. My wife and I got the steak fajita for two and I was excellent. Great margaritas and bar scene as well. Overall it was a good experience and worth trying out. I would definitely recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2013

The shrimp salad was meager for the price. Decent flavor but minuscule. The restaurant clearly spent no more than $2.00 on it but charges $13.00. Six jumbo shrimp is acceptable but three pieces of 1/8 inch cucumbers and about 1/16 of a mango fineły chopped, with 3 tomato wedges makes it just suck. If it had not been for the hips and salsa I would've left hungry.

My hubby enjoyed his fajitas so I will give the place a second chance. However I won't be ordering a salad again.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2013

I was on vacation in AZ and not familiar with the area. I went by other Open Table reviews about TQLA and they were not wrong. Everything was great! The host and waitstaff were wonderful. Our food was excellent. I would definitely recommend going if you have the chance.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2013

My 3rd time and 1st time for my husband and grown daughter. There is a 'noise' level that is noted yet overall - food, service, professionalism - all excellent. We had meals, drinks and outstanding Leche desert.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2013

Drinks were awesome!! Food was good too. Took a little long to get the food once it was ordered. Over 20 minutes, and we only ordered fajitas. But everything was fresh and piping hot when it arrived.
Needs to be more of a choice of salsas for those that like to have things hotter.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2013

Great place, atmosphere, food and best of all the service! This will not be my last vist only my first of hopefully many.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2013

We decided to try TQLA during resturant week and we were not disappointed. The Baja ceviche and duck tamales apps were amazing and the street tacos on the happy hour menu were perfectly cooked and a great value. The pork tenderloin was tender and the ancho rub was perfect for that cut of meat. Overall everything that we had at TQLA was great and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2013

Great margaritas! We will definetly go back to try the various linds of margaritas. The salsas were unique to that restaurant and we liked them. Everyones dish was great. I had the pumpkin seed crusted salmon with green chile mashed potatoes! Delicious. Fun atmosphere and great wait staff.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2013

I had dinner with a friend. We just ate off the Happy Hour menu. We ordered 4 items- street tacos, duck tamales, ceviche, and calamari. The food was average but I really liked the Habanero pomegranate margarita. It was very tasty. Our waitress, Lindsey, was very attentive and friendly. I might try here one more time.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

My wife and I were celebrating Mother's Day and TQLA was a nice surprise. I am not much for Mexican food, but really enjoyed the meal (Fajitas) and the prices are reasonable, even for a limited budget like ours. The staff were friendly and attentive. We were not made to feel rushed, and the appetizer and meals were delivered to the table at the perfect times. Although there was some activity at the bar, we were not bothered by noise or the TVs. Nice place and a good experience.

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