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Don Carlos

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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4651 Interstate 35 S, Waco, TX 76706-4608
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Dallas, TX
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175 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this restaurant because they had large TV screens available for football viewing while eating. We both ordered fajitas and they were quite good. The sides were the typical beans and rice. No complaints at all about the fajitas, decor, or atmosphere, but the service was just adequate at best so that's why I only gave 4 stars. I... More 

Thank hookedontrvl
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived here right at lunch time and were seated immediately. The waiter got our drink order and took our food order. For a Mexican restaurant it took a very long time to get our order. The food was good and the lunch menu is very inexpensive for what you get. For lunch I highly recommend this place

Thank Robert M
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Service was great. 'BUT" the pork fajitas was awful. My daughter and I both agreed it looked more like slab bacon fried to dry, with an overly spicy rub.It looked like the spice was there to mask the fact it wasn't pork meat.I've cooked many a pork roast in my life , and never seen it look like this .The... More 

Thank mary r
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I don't like to make bad reviews, but this place was a major let down, food was horrible. Everything I had was bad quality, went for steak fajitas, the beef was okay but poorly cut and grease like an old oil change pit. The tortillas reminded me of oversized crackers, the guacamole consistence felt like cold avocado soup and the... More 

Thank Cedricbrz
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Fantastic! I had House Margarita and Chicken Flautes! They were soooo good! Prices are right..portions and wait staff too!

Thank bjjjbj
Houston, Texas
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132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We visited Don Carlos after a Baylor game. It was a good place to get a little bit away from the campus, and a large group got in and seated quickly. It's not my favorite Mexican food, but they did a fine job that weekend.

Thank e_recruiter
Central Texas
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Very good Tex-Mex. They make the best margaritas in town. They also have the best beef and/or chicken fajitas in town. Nice place but, not fancy, just good food and drinks. Very consistent. We are locals and eat here about twice a month.

Thank lgt190
Fort Worth, Texas
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The good was very good. I met a friend from Austin for lunch and to visit. We never felt rushed. The music was a little on the loud side, but we were seated out of the traffic area and were able to talk and enjoy a relaxed lunch. Great lunch specials. It's my Mexican food fix place in Waco now.

Thank Pamelita7117
Belton, Texas
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85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Don Carlos is decorated like a typical chain restaurant. Bar in the middle with numerous TV's. The food is average Mexican fare. Not bad but nothing to brag about. Service is quick and waiters are pleasant. The front door greeter needs a bit of work on being social. She walks you to the table without saying a word. Good place... More 

Thank trouthook69
Eddy, Texas
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234 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The food was hot and the portions very large. The guacamole was tasty but not cold. The green salsa was good but you had to request it. The chips were tasty and warm. The sampler plate in the appetizers was enough for a meal. Almost everyone ordered tacos with rice and charro beans.

Thank JoyfulEddy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
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: 4651 Interstate 35 S, Waco, TX 76706-4608
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco

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