About Guadalajara Fiesta Grill

750 N. Kolb
Tucson, AZ 85710
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Mexican Food with flare for fun! Fresh Salsa made at your table-side every evening starting at 5pm. Nightly live music begins at 6pm until 9pm. The widest range of authentic dishes from home-made tortillas and chile rellenos and carnitas to innovative new dishes with many seafood selections such as Chilean Sea bass, halibut enchiladas or lobster stuffed salmon!

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Everyday: 10:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Speedway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(520) 296-1122

Website:
http://www.thefiestagrill.com/

Entertainment:
Live trio music and mariachi"s 7 nights a week, 6pm - 9pm (10pm on FRI/SAT)

Fresh Salsa made table-side with your choices of ingredients!

Catering:
520 293 1931

Parking Details:
self park and additional off lot parking available.

Public Transit:
Speedway and Kolb

http://www.suntran.com/routes.php

Executive Chef:
Jesus Curiel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Local Mexican Food

vip
Dined on July 23, 2014

Tasty food. Love the steak molcajete and the chicken tortilla soup. Tableside salsa and the strolling musicians keep us coming back.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service2

Slow service

Dined on July 19, 2014

We love Guadalajara grill in mid-town Tucson on Prince! The Kolb location just isn't up to par. The portions seemed smaller, the restaurant and seating area cramped and the service was SO slow. It took 20+ minutes for the salsa lady to visit our table and when she did, even though I tipped and asked for extra salsa, she gave us very little. We were seated near the bar and it was so crowded with people that the hostess kept sending back that their butts were in our faces as they crowded around our table. Don't go here on a busy weekend night.

food4
ambience2
service1

Don't bother with reservations

Dined on July 12, 2014

I made a reservation for 7PM...they gave us the honest to God WORST table in the place. My date kept getting bumped in the shoulder by the woman who made the salsa: because the tables were too close together. Why have such a person: Pace tastes MUCH better. I did offer to switch places and become the one "butt bumped". This was a first date with a young lady, so I wanted to have a conversation...OOPS!!! I forgot the have mariachis doing the "nomad" and roaming from table to table...they were so loud it was hard to converse...this is a great place for families with children, or couples who really do not want to converse: because you cannot, regardless...whatever you do, DO NOT make reservations!!!

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience4
service3

Guadalajara Grill - East Side

Dined on July 9, 2014

Excellent atmosphere, good food and good service. Salsa cart is unique and can produce salsa to the customer's liking. Proportions are abundant. Will return. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Mexican food.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience5
service2

BUMMER !

Dined on July 6, 2014

3rd visit - my final review "meh-minus". I have always taken out of town guests here to experience great Margaritas and Mariachi. THAT, they have. Unfortunately, all else fell short. I understand a large group can be challenging but this was a joke. The waitress seemed completely confused on how to divide our check (shouldn't they be used to that?). My aunt asked for a simple chile relleno but wanted it crispy. They waitress said: "then she came to wrong place because theirs were smothered". Might she have suggested a "chimi " to my aunt, which is crispy? My poor brother had to remind them 5-10 minutes after we received our meals for his fajitas! BUMMER - I was embarrassed I talked it up so much to my family.

food5
ambience5
service4

Food was excellent, service was good, ha ...

Dined on June 30, 2014

Food was excellent, service was good, had to wait for drink refills and tortillas but overall very enjoyable. I would definitely go back

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Everything I remembered it was

Dined on June 22, 2014

Food was delicious. They still make the salsa at your table and have the mariachi music playing. I love my whole experience at Guadalajara grill.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Mexican Food!

Dined on June 22, 2014

Huge selection of Mexican dishes including seafood, chicken and beef. There is even a vegetarian section. The lunch menu is great with many selections at a lower price. The Mariachi band is very good but can be very loud in some areas of the restaurant. The back patio is a favorite when the sun goes down. The salsa is fresh and made right at your table with you determining how spicy.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Birthday Lunch

Dined on June 21, 2014

My friends had a special Birthday lunch at the restaurant. The food was wonderful. The waiter did well too. The Salsa Lady was unfriendly and looked and acted angry the whole time. Not just at our table but at all of them. We will definitely be back for the great food.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service4

Father's Day

Dined on June 16, 2014

Took the fam. For Father's day dinner. It was a bit loud but the food and service was very good.We took home quite a few "Doggie bags" and the bill was shockingly low. Loved this place when it was on Prince, glad its now out east.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Fathers Day Dining

Dined on June 15, 2014

My son invited me to a place I had never been before. Passed it many times but never stopped. Heard about Guadalajara Fiesta Grill on the radio but still had not made there. What an awesome son to introduce me to a fantastic experience. The food was outstanding. The salsa made table side was to die for. A great place for all occasions and and most all ages.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service4

Patio Dining

Dined on June 12, 2014

The Patio is nice looking and they have misters to help with the heat but the tree over our table kept shedding into our food and drinks.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service5

great service and great food

Dined on June 10, 2014

our group thoroughly enjoyed the food here. Service staff are great and attentive. We would recommend this restaurant to our family and friends. The outdoor decor is fit for photos and the marachi band is entertaining.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service1

Food was outstanding but service on this ...

Dined on May 26, 2014

Food was outstanding but service on this night was terrible. I have been there several times before for lunch and the service was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food, service and Price

Dined on May 24, 2014

This was my second time to eat here in 2 weeks... I will be a regular for sure. The table made Salsa was Awesome and fresh, the Mariachi band adds a special element to the experience. One of the best outdoor dining areas I have seen in Tucson.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

We had a large group of 24 people celebr ...

Dined on May 17, 2014

We had a large group of 24 people celebrating a special occasion. Our server, Armando was very organized, professional and pleasant and the food was very good.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Move over Gordo's

Dined on May 13, 2014

Having lived in Tucson for many years, I was heartbroken when Gordo's closed. It was a favorite for my whole family with good food and lots of memories. AT LONG LAST I have found a new favorite. The food, atmosphere, service and mariachis were wonderful. I was there for my step-daughter's birthday, so this is the beginning of New family traditions. Thank you. OH the MARGARITAS weren't too shabby either!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Happy Mother's Day

Dined on May 11, 2014

We found this place online while looking for another restaurant... so glad we did!! Guadalajara Grill is one of those places you could go to seven times without eating the same type of meal and enjoying everything you ordered. I had the standard Mexican fare, carne asada, enchilada and a chile relleno with rice & beans... great food. My wife had the Tortillas Mariscos... FABULOUS! My son-in-law had the Molcajete Ultimo and once again, WOW!... Everyone at the table enjoyed a different and great meal...

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

First Timer

vip
Dined on May 11, 2014

GREAT first time experience, I do recommend you get a reservation as it was packed and a standing room only waiting.... The first time we felt we had good...I mean really good fresh Mexican food in Tucson in the last year. Thank you and you will see us again!!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food4
ambience4
service1

Disappointing on Cinco De Mayo

Dined on May 5, 2014

Later lunch on Cinco De Mayo. Using OpenTable we booked a 1:30 table. When we arrived and told them of our booked and confirmed reservation we were told, "They were not suppose to book any reservations today". The waitress arrived after approximately 5 minutes and asked if she could take our drink order. We informed her that we were ready to place our entire order. She wrote down nothing. Drinks arrived after almost 10 minutes. The appetizer of Callos Panzon was over done. The scallops were tough. We had ordered fajitas, the Captain's Platter and Shrimp-Fest Fajita. Plato Capitan and Fiesta Camarones is what arrived. Our waitress never checked to see how things were. The entrees that arrived were excellent, just not what we ordered.

food5
ambience5
service2

Great food, hit and miss service

Dined on May 2, 2014

As always Guadalajara grill food does not disappoint but waiting for the check looking at dirty dishes for 15 minutes is also typical.

food5
ambience5
service5

Happy Hour was HAPPY!

Dined on May 1, 2014

The drinks were huge and yummy! We had the Fogger Diablo Azul Margarita, House Margaritas and the Fogger Apple Fireball. The appetizers were delicious. Went great with our drinks. We had the Queso Fundido Con Chorizo and the Mini Chimis. The portions are huge. The three of us shared and still couldn't finish everything. The complimentary chips and salsa were also very good. They make the salsa to your liking at the table. We ordered the hot and it wasn't very hot but it had a little kick to it. The live music (both jazz and mariachi) was great. Really set the party mood. The patio is perfect for a girls night out. We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back. Service was outstanding even though the patio was completely full!

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service1

Yikes! Why Always such a long wait!

Dined on April 27, 2014

Love the Guadalajara Grill on the other side of town. And the food is great at both locations. But it is so crazy how slow the service is at this location on Kolb, everytime we go here. 10 minutes just to take our drink order. Drinks and chips were brought but no salsa for another 15 minutes!! Love the restaurant but only if we have time to kill and not in a big hurry. It is very frustrating to go out to lunch after church and spend an hour and 45 minutes just to eat and finally get the check only after flagging down the waiter because we are tired of sitting around with empty glasses and to-go boxes.

food3
ambience4
service3

not what it used to be

Dined on April 22, 2014

friend visiting from the east coast. Hesitant about coming back since prior 2 times were not good/mediocre but the atmosphere is fun and mariachi are an experience. Salsa is made table side so is quite yummy. The service was good - but the food was just ok. I had my usual cilantro chicken which is pretty consistently good, but the portion was much smaller than past times. The chips seemed kind of stale and my friend was underwhelmed with her meal and drink. Avoid dishes with meat chunks since this is often dry. I wouldn't recommend fish dishes either - past experiences. This place used to be so special. :( I doubt I will return at this point, especially since there is another Mexican restaurant close by that is quite good.

food4
ambience4
service4

The BEST salsa is town!

Dined on April 20, 2014

We have been to Guadalajara Fiesta Grill many times, so obviously we love it. The two best things about the restaurant are the table-side salsa (my mouth is watering just thinking about it!) and the ambience (i.e. bright colors, mexican decor, comfortable booths and tables, and exciting atmosphere (especially when the Mariachis are there). Guadalajara Fiesta Grill is a fun place to go for birthday celebrations as well because you can be loud, the Mariachis/employees/customers sing to you, they make a funny aluminum foil hat for the birthday girl/boy to wear, etc. The food is good; however, while there's better Mexican food in Tucson, we still go to Guadalajara Fiesta Grill pretty often because the salsa, ambience, and food, is worth it!

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4

Total surprise

Dined on April 16, 2014

We have dined in many Mexican restaurants during our travels and this one came as a complete surprise - it was Exceptional. The food was amazing and the salsa they make at the table was the best we've ever had. I would seriously recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes good Mexican because everything we had was delicious, my husband even took home the remaining salsa and chips as he loved it so much. This was the sort of food we expected to be eating when we visited Mexico last year, it was sadly missing and now I know why, the good cooks all work here!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Very good dinner

vip
Dined on April 16, 2014

Excellent authentic cuisine with salsa made fresh right at the table. Service was excellent. A great experience!

food5
ambience4
service4

Always good!

Dined on April 15, 2014

We have been there with friends and it is always a fun time and great food and service!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Tasty Tucson Mexican

vip
Dined on April 10, 2014

Try the Molcajete - it is delicious. The Chicken tortilla soup is also quite flavorful.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Restaurant

Dined on April 6, 2014

The food, salsa, and margarita's were amazing! Highly recommend this restaurant!

food3
ambience2
service2

What a madhouse!

vip
Dined on April 3, 2014

If you want mariachis, screaming kids and overall bedlam for some good but pricey Mexican food, this is the place for you. The decor gives Guadalajara Grill a tacky, chain-restaurant look and feel rather than an authentic, warm one. We went on a Wednesday, which I guess is a very popular night to go. As a result, the service was slow and it was very difficult to get refills on drinks or anything other than our actual dinners. The food is tasty, but it's not any better than dozens of other Mexican restaurants in Tucson. And the tables are very close together, so there's barely any room to squeeze by.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service2

Service

Dined on March 29, 2014

We (5) were seated in a corner and it took 15 minutes for a server to arrive. He took drink orders and forgot the water we asked for. My brother went and got menus for us as he did not bring those either. It was a busy Friday evening but water and menus seem like simple requests for your guests to make. Thank you.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food3
ambience2
service4

Out of town guest

Dined on March 27, 2014

Our guest were told that they had to come to come to the grill, if they wanted authentic Mexican food. They were happy with the food. I reserved a table for seven. They took us to the table that was reserved for us and we expressed that it was to small because it was a booth with a table put on the end. We asked the waitress if we could take another table, but it was reserved for a party of eight. The hostess said that she had sat seven at the table before. She might have, but we were all adults and needed more room. She then asked if we could wait for ten minutes and she would find us another table. After that problem we then seated in a much better and open area.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Very happy

Dined on March 22, 2014

Whether lunch or a nigHt out, it's one of my favorites. Loved the reservation online option.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience4
service2

Authentic Mexican? No Way!

Dined on March 16, 2014

The outdoor courtyard is pretty and festive, and the table side prepared salsa is pretty good, but that is all this place has going for it. One of us had the carne as ada which came out dried like shoe leather and had to be sent back. Improved but far from flavorful, a cheap cut of beef. Same for my fajitas which were bland - the chicken and beef overcooked and dry, and the shrimp were not the freshest. Tucson is a great town for Mexican...but this Grill is not it.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5

Spectacular Salsa

Dined on March 15, 2014

Fresh salsa - made right in front of you - tableside! You can choose how spicy...best chips & salsa in town!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Super Lunch

Dined on March 14, 2014

I'm not usually a Mexican food fan but this place was awesome. I had THE best lobster enchiladas. Atmosphere was perfect and so were margaritas.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience2
service3

A dining disaster

vip
Dined on May 26, 2013

We had one of the worst meals I can recall. Most of the food was cold, so we sent it back to be warmed. I ordered a margatini, which was also sent back. Do yourself a favor and skip this menu option, the margarita is much better. The tortillas on the fish tacos crumbled like dust. It was just bad, bad, bad. We have eaten at Guadaljara several times in the past and have enjoyed the food. The one saving factor was the server was extremely nice and was very pleasant about all the return trips to the kitchen.

food2
ambience4
service2

Not Great

Dined on May 10, 2013

This was not as great as some of the reviews I read. The food was just OK. We waited a very long time to be served after we were seated. We had to go and ask for a wait staff to take our order. The outdoor patio decor was very nice. Good place for kids. It was graduation weekend and maybe they were overwhelmed. Not sure I will try it again on a non-busy night to see the difference. Based on my experience I can't recommend it. If something stood out it would have helped but nothing really did.

Tags: kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service4

Every time we go and take

Dined on April 20, 2013

Every time we go and take friends we have a fun experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem

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