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Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2009
I visited the restaurant last week for a friend's birthday party and enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was good, I had the Chicken Chimichangas, but my friend had the swiss enchiladas and did not like them. They had a nice children's menu with REAL FOOD, not chicken nuggets and french fries, which is a plus. However, the service was poor! The waitress took our order and the food came fairly quickly but then we never saw her again! If you were thirsty, GOOD LUCK! We had to get up to find the waiter 3 times because we wanted more drinks. When we asked for the check the waiter NEVER CAME BACK, my friend had to physically get up, look for the waiter and get the check. Which gave her attitude, as if she did something wrong. They did charge us real quick though, go figure! I understand the mixed reviews, I guess it depends on what day you go, I went on a Wednesday, the restaurant was not full AT ALL, and the service was still very poor, and the servers were NOT friendly. Go for the food, drink, but please DO NOT expect quick or friendly service.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2009
My husband and I ended up at Gabriela's quite by accident. We thought we were going to an Italian restaurant and the concierge booked this for us in error. Because of a recent snowstorm and our hunger level, we opted to stay and give it a try and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and selections. It's hard to please a Texan when it comes to Mexican food (or TexMex). We recommend Gabriela's for anyone who cannot make it to S. Texas by dinner time.
Posted by yuyis on 03/01/2009
Margaritas are the best of the UPW
Posted by Ande on 02/09/2009
I'm surprised at the negative reviews. We took shelter here during a recent snowdown and had a delicious dinner served by delightful waitstaff. Try the camarones rellenos, ceviches, guac, moist rotisserie chicken w. mole and the outstanding cochinita pibil...pork marinated in achiote, orange juice and spices. All served w. fresh roasted veggies and washed down with a nice assortment of margaritas. I'm a NY foodie and I've been around, so let me ask: What are you people complaining about?
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2009
... nothing else. The fresh guacamole with chips and the margaritas are great, but the rest of the food ranges from edible to abysmal, and is uniformly overpriced. Portions are huge, but bad food isn't improved by making more of it. Service is inattentive and SLOW (expect an hour's wait for an entree, even if that's all you ordered). Make sure you get a reservation, or you'll be standing outside waiting for quite a while (even if the restaurant looks empty ... they know they're too slow for that). The atmosphere is great, though. Inside is loud and a bit cramped but very welcoming, outside is lovely if the weather is good. Overall, a great place to have some drinks and fill up on chips and guacamole, but avoid the actual food.
Posted by AbsolutG on 01/11/2009
This has been an okay local restaurant, great Yucatan chicken, but tonight we tried the shrimp fajitas. Never again. The meal was served on a regular platter - not a sizzling hot pan where the onions & peppers have been carmelized and the smokiness transferred to the shrimp. The dish was quite ample, but almost tasteless. Never had a fajita before that wasn't sizzling. The tortilla was tasteless and missing the slightly chewy texture, warmth and freshness I've come to expect. The gacamole was just okay. Pass on fajitas. Another friend had a veggie burrito and it was 'ok'. It'll be awhile before I return.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2009
clearly a corporate restaurant. the menu has been gone over by numerous mba's and is devoid of inspiration. the service is unintelligent and uninspired. it would probably be the best restaurant in cleveland, but it doesn't make the grade in NYC.