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Babalu Tacos and Tapas

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622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4000
+1 601-366-5757
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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110 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were in Jackson the week after Christmas & decided it was time to try Babalu! It was just amazing! We were able to sit on the patio. We ordered the guacamole....a must have! We also had the queso. Be prepared it's not your standard melted yellow cheese with Ro-Tel. It's an amazing cheese with the right amount of spice!... More 

Thank tracyMdallas
Madison, MS
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Babalu is a convenient and fun place. You may be immediately turned off when they insist on your name when you walk in without a reservation...and then call you by that name at least 100 times during the meal. A bit awkward when I am there with a female friend who IS NOT my wife and they call her MRS.... More 

Thank David D
Kansas City, Missouri
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this place by a local and decided to try on a Tuesday night. There were about 10 of us in our group, so we waited about 40 minutes for a table. Once seated, the service was prompt. The tableside guac was really delicious, and you cannot beat fresh $2 tacos. I would recommend the Atun and Redfish... More 

Thank PayM90
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123 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered three tacos (pork belly, chicken, and pull pork) - taste is a bit blend, I am also not a fan of the purple corn tortillas. The combination just doesn't work for me. We also ordered the shrimp and short ribs enchiladas. This dish tastes better than the tacos, but the enchiladas is a bit dry in the outside.

Thank SWandJC
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

SWandJC, Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience fell short of your expectations. We greatly value your feedback, as we use it as a means to improve. We have sent you a private message and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Otie H. Guest Relations Manager More 

Fayetteville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I travel a few times a year from NC to MS to visit family. Babalu's is another one of the restaurants I MUST VISIT each time I come to Jackson. Get there early because it's a popular place. They make the guacamole tableside and it's delicious!! The braised short rib just falls apart - and I always substitute the rostti... More 

Thank TwoBadWolves
Jackson, Mississippi
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The table side guacamole is the best around. The other items on the menu are also great. The tacos are a great choice if you want to eat light. The outdoor atmosphere is also great. My favorite seating is outside. You will not regret.

Thank Yolanda S
Jackson, Mississippi
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This restaurant makes fresh Guacamole right at the table. Try the pork belly tacos. Yummy good!! They are also famous for their Babalu Burger. Fresh ground and cooked to order.

Thank VisitJacksonMS
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168 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

When you want a hip, lively vibe head to Babalu. They have locations in several southeastern cities. The menu is creative, the crafted cocktails are delightful. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Let them help you select the perfect dishes for a fantastic meal.

Thank tupelohoney66
Gulfport, Mississippi
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The tacos and tapas seemed very unoriginal and not memorable. They have table side guacamole but even that was bland. Outdoor seating is nice and the bar is very busy and loud but I don't think I will be back. Sad because the location and theme really have potential

Thank Rorozco999
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

Rorozco999, Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience was less than desireable. We have sent you a private message, as we would like to make our culinary team aware of any and all issues you ensued. We greatly value your feedback, as we use it as a means to improve. Thank... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I looooooove the atmosphere and the tacos the shrimp are my absolute favorite the flavors complement each other and the fresh guacamole made right at your table and the burgers omg there is nothing this place can't do

Thank Erzillarussell

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4000
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Jackson
  • Phone Number: +1 601-366-5757
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?