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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

1800 E Franklin St Ste 16, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5816
+1 984-528-8030
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (9 reviews)
“guac” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1800 E Franklin St Ste 16, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5816
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1 - 10 of 33 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are so disappointed. Babalu used to be our place to stop by from work and have a casual delicious gourmet tacos. They have changed all the menu , even the guacamole with cranberries??? Really? The tacos were dry, they do not seem to be...More

1  Thank bykeith
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried a new place... Chapel Hill was packed! Restaurant was full ! We sat at the bar, Isaac was our bartender/ waiter. Very friendly and charming! I had a wonderful drink with blackberry and another fruit , I Think it was called a Sour...More

Thank Redrayne63
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

We arrived ready for a relaxing dinner. The hostess brought us a free beef appetizer which was very good we ordered the calamari which was excellent. I hesitated to order our entree as things really moved fast but did against my better judgement. Of course...More

Thank gayleruth
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Started with tortilla chips with 3 dips (guacamole, picco, avocado infused hummus). Hubby had 3 taco sampler (pork belly, chicken and short rib). I had the redfish tapas. We shared a chopped salad and ended the evening with a dessert sampler (tres leches pound cake,...More

Thank GregTerriGrimes
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Disappointing. On a tuesday night- very slow service, margarita never showed up after a half hour wait. Bill arrived as a total without itemization- upon checking, discovered we were billed twice for same item. There's much better Mexican food at humbler places all over the...More

1  Thank DavidP890
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We were at Babalu a couple weeks back and had a grand time. We started out with a margarita which was good and made our selection of tacos and small plates. We had pork, steak, fish and chicken tacos and a small plate of shrimp...More

Thank mikeE1219CZ
Reviewed 11 July 2018

After a visit to the NC Botanical Gardens, we were wishing for a quiet, sit down restaurant with out of the ordinary food. Babalu gets great reviews so we searched it out. It is a bit out of the way, but well worth the effort....More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We went here after a friend mentioned their 'Taco Tuesday' special, with $2 tacos. We each ordered 3 tacos -- all different. All were delicious, but the blackened fish taco was my favorite. We also ordered tableside guac - that was a nice touch -...More

Thank Rachael D
Reviewed 22 June 2018

This restaurant is a Mexican tapas place with a very good menu for the meat lover as well as the vegetarian. The service was quick and efficient and there was a very short wait for what we ordered. The guacamole was interesting and delicious. We...More

Thank lefty117
Reviewed 19 May 2018

I had heard good things about Babalu Tapas and Tacos, a restaurant that recently opened in Eastgate Shopping Center. My friend and I went there for lunch on a Thursday at about noon. The restaurant was not too busy; I would say that about 1/2...More

Thank birdie86509
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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 E Franklin St Ste 16, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5816
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 984-528-8030
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