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Babalu Tacos and Tapas

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216-4000
+1 601-366-5757
11:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Jackson, Mississippi
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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165 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on the way back from Baton Rouge to home which is Missouri. Tried the fresh guacamole, a few of their unique tacos and calamari. It was awesome! You have to stop here!

Thank Kellijohnson
Searcy, Arkansas
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117 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was ok. The portion sizes was what you would expect from a Tapas restaurant. The service was ok. My main issue was that for a party of 4, everyone received their dishes at different times. I was about 6 minutes between the time the first dish arrived until everyone had their food. This causes some to eat while... More 

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

Thomas C., Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience was less than desireable. We would like to know if your server made you aware that our service style is to bring dishes "as prepared." We bring our dishes to the table fresh, as we do not have a heat lamp. We... More 

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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit here after reading some reviews and it exceeded our expectations. The guacamole made table side was excellent and all the tacos we tried were delicious, especially the pork belly and duck. We will definitely be back with the rest of the family.

Thank David F
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106 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here based on recommendations especially for the guacamole. Turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. The service was excellent but the food was average. The guacamole was not anything special and not sure that it was worth the $10. I had a carnitas and a beef taco. They were ok but I probably would not order again.... More 

Thank astrosfan08
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tacos and Tapas, responded to this review

astrosfan08, Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience fell short of your expectations. We have sent you a private message, as well. We value your feedback, as we use it as a means to improve. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Otie H. Guest Relations Manager More 

Oxted, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal at Babalu. Food was delicious. Tabitha, our waitress was full of energy, very knowledgeable about the menu and a delight to talk to, she really made us smile! We ended up ordering more food than we would have otherwise due to her fantastic explanations of the dishes and we are glad we did! Polished off... More 

Thank Laulibelle
New Orleans
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Babalus is a great find in the Fondren district of Jackson. The amount sphere is fun. Good happy hour specials with great drinks-try one of their Margaritas. Also happy hour food specials ($2 tacos).

Thank Lisa B

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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, Southwestern, 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
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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?