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vipChatham
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Friday Night and we ordered a ton of food and everything was amazing...should have stopped however the other 2 guys with me wanted to try the ribs and chicken...will definitely be back and Gabe our server was on point the whole time...we had left over beers and i gave to Gabe and the kitchen for the experience ...

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vipMsMagenta
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fresh and creative, from light to heavy, classic Mexican fare. Great service. Very enjoyable. Will definitely return when in the area.

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ChristieV7
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly cannot say enough good things about Villalobos. The food is out of this world. It's fresh, beyond delicious and so reasonably priced. It's a bring your own and their homemade juices and pina colada slushies make amazing mixers. Hands down number one in my book. Food is truly incredible. Oh and yeah the service and people that work their are funny and super accommodating.

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vipCarlosA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Ceviche is great. Tacos are always good. Servers and staff are very friendly and efficient.

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vipAmieR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good and our server was terrific!
Music is way too loud. You can't hear others talking next to you.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent place with great food and a fun causal vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. Would definitely recommend and frequent.

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vipZorro
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for a Monday evening and came from out of town -- to find it closed up tighter than a drum. If they were going to be closed, they should not have taken my reservation.

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Ryan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

48 minutes for 4 tacos. Seemed understaffed. Duck enmolada was disappointing. Both guacamoles (traditional and crab) were very good, as were the chips. The tacos were good...not 48 minutes good. Have lots of time and money for a visit here.

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HelenC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly maitre'd. Attentive wait staff. You can tell ingredients are fresh. Homemade hard and soft shell tacos. Best churros with hot fudge sauce I ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked this place so much, we came back 2 days later! Highly recommend the Esquites

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vipsilkcity
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

At the last minute we decided to try this spot having heard that it served creative Mexican cuisine. Got there 30 minutes before the kitchen closed, but were never rushed. Food was delicious. Tried most of the tacos, and they were superb. Pork carnitas mouthwatering-with pork belly. Going back soon to sample the rest of the menu.

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Blademan
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent tacos especially the night's special ... scallops. Outstanding guac but salsa was quite average. Very attentive service. This is worth the trip.

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AnuraV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was flavorful and fresh, service was attentive, well informed and friendly. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I love this place, and usually the food is amazing!! They must have been having an off night or the some of the recipes have changed. The Salas's were not particularly good, and the fish Taco which used to be outstanding was dry. No sauce and no flavor. Fish was light and flaky, and the toppings were fresh but it never melded together to become flavorful. The shrimp taco was still fantastic though it had a sauce , and that helped. We had a great time otherwise and the service and ambiance were great. I'll be back, but I'm hoping they can get return to the old standard.

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PMagic
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Walked into great greeting. Was seated and attended to immediately with reservation.If you have wider hips you need to ask to be seated along the wall or the chairs will squeeze you.
Dan was our waiter. Very nice...attentive. Cute too.
Traditional guacamole and Crab both good. Needed a bit more seasoning.
Shrimp, fish, and scallop tacos all good and unique.
Lovely atmosphere. Parking lot across the street.

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vipkandj
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seems very popular but consistently disappointing. Flavors not very good, food temperatures often off, things seem a bit stale. Given the hype, it should be a lot better. You definitely know you're in Jersey. Not in a good way.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was awesome, was the perfect start to our Sunday!! We will be back for sure

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vipCherylB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Make sure you call ahead to find out what slushie flavors they have. We brought tequila thinking we'd be able to make margaritas and then had to reevaluate our drink decision and make another trip to the liquor store. But still a good dinner option for BYOB

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Took my daughter here for her birthday - my first time. Would not call it authentic mexican but really good tex mex. Great selection of tacos that were really tasty and reasonable priced. Also had the traditional guacamole as an appetizer which was expensive $13 but honestly may have been the best guac I've ever had and I had a lot of guac. Fun place to dine for the type of food it serves. Good casual ambiance, attentive service and BYOB - what more could you as for :)

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saul
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

terrific food and great service
welcoming staff
nice people

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vipArturoM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Very poor service. Food just meh. I prefer authentic Mexican not this "foo-foo" Mexican.

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vipalisona
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten here a few times it's one of our favorites.

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vipAmieR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall we had a good experience but the music was way too loud. I cant remember that being the case. I could barely hear my friend across the table. As always, the food was very good, a bit spicier than usual. The guacamole is always great!

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DS2225
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good was good. Guacamole variety and taste awesome. Need to order a little more than you think at lunch which can get pricey. Needs music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great spot in Montclair. The decor is trendy Mexican. Lots of food options. Get the crab guac and chocolate dipped churros!! BYOB.

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SuzH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice scene. Creative Mexican cuisine with quick, attentive service. Dining room is loud, but lively. Love the fact that almost the entire menu is "naturally" gluten free and there are interesting vegetable and seafood options—to me this is what sets Villalobos apart from the typical "taco" place. We really enjoyed the food and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The squash tacos were excellent, although it was VERY noisy.

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vvistor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Food good too

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Creative menu! Our service was great and we really enjoyed our meal!!

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vipDinaG
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Villalobos has changed the menu since I was last there. Making all tacos $6 and fewer choices (which is fine). They've added different kinds of salsas and I believe there is a bundle you can buy as well, guacamole, salsa and a certain number of tacos for a set price. Food quality is very good but I still find it somewhat on the expensive side for the portion sizes.

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netsk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a late lunch/early dinner on a Sunday afternoon during the Montclair Film Festival.
Perfect choice. The food was great and suited the variety of my friends' preferences and palates and the prices were more than reasonable. Great selection and portions were perfect. Came away full, but not too full,and had a lovely mango "slushy" to mix with some tequila we brought to the table.

Thanks

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ScottS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very Noisy - although it was busy -- food took 1 hour to arrive - the mixed salad had all sorts of crushed tomato on it - wife did not like it.

guac and salsas are the hit -

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience5

This is the forth time I've gone here, so obviously i love it, but the service is really bad. the staff is friendly but every time ive gone there there is something wrong w/ the service. this time, the server never put our appetizer in so our main course came first. now again the staff is so nice and they comped our app, but still. another time, we were so desperate for service some bus boy took mercy on us and took our order.
i wish they would train their staff better because other than poor service the place is really good.

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RobynO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I went on a Wednesday evening with a girlfriend, and it got pretty crowded after 7:30. Reservations are probably a good idea no matter what day you're going.

The servers were on point with knowing their menu and what could and couldn't be done as far as substitutions. The server gave the impression that perhaps the chef would be offended by my request to leave the salsa on the side of the nachos when I asked (i'm not into soggy nachos), but they did it for us anyway. My friend and I received excellent service. The server was attentive without being invasive or rushing.

The food is creative and yummy. I had a shrimp taco, and my friend had one with chicken. Both delicious. The churro with chocolate sauce is indeed delicious.

The food is small, so you have to order a lot of things if you come hungry. Spending over $80 on a two tacos, nachos, and a shared churro for dessert seems excessive to me when you consider it was a BYOB and there were no drinks to pay for. I leave this comment for people concerned about the cost of an evening out. It obviously costs more money for their superior quality ingredients and attentive service.

Overall, it's a great restaurant. Yummy, creative, inspired food with great service. I'll just say it's not for people on a budget.

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RaymondS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious modern approach ro mexican food!!

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JeffPSU87
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Villalobos has 4 options for fresh guacamole. We had the Jonah Crab, which was delicious. As with nearly every restaurant ever, they dole out tortilla chips in annoyingly small quantities, so ask for extra up front otherwise you'll wait for the sparse and seemingly disinterested waitstaff to notice you again.

My Wife had a delicious black sea base entree and I loved the duck enchilada appetizer and the beet and arugula salad. Pretty good value, especially since it's BYOB.

Definitely worth trying.

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vipJay5466
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice chic little place. Food was good as was the service. Menu could be a little expanded though. The chairs were as uncomfortable as it gets. That may influence my decision to go back.

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vipEAC17
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos ! Always a good go to place

FAQs

Villalobos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 337-6667.

Villalobos is rated 4.4 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.