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“Gluten-free made easy”
Review of La Cueva Cafe

La Cueva Cafe
Ranked #5 of 131 Restaurants in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Had dinner fairly late at night -- the patio got quite dark. But that's more than made up for by the ease of ordering a gluten-free meal in an environment where the staff is very familiar with what's safe and what's not. And the beef tacos were excellent, surprising me with how flavorful they were. Served with tasty beans and Mexican-style rice, altogether a filling meal at a very reasonable price.

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Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 4 June 2016

Sunday night and many restaurants in Taos are closed. Driving around looking for something open, I recalled that Cueva had a high rating and was nearby. The reviews are correct in that the restaurant is in a couple of old Adobe buildings, and there is a nice courtyard that I imagine would be quite pleasant during the summer. But not on a cold March evening.

We were seated on patio furniture in the back room right next to the door. With servers and partons coming and going and failing to close the door, it was not by any means a good spot. The other reviews don't mention it, but this place does not serve alcohol, so we couldn't even have a beer to brighten up the situation.

Then there's the menu. We had reviewed it online and didn't quite get that most of items that sounded interesting were "specials' and this eveining, that consisted solely of 2 types of fajitas, yawn. (Shut the door, please). There was a decent selection of shrimp dishes, which are not something I would order in landlocked Taos, (ok, please shut the door)and the remaining menu was a mishmash of California Mexican (chimichangas and burritos), "Mexican" items such as burgers, BLT and fish and chips, and a pass at a couple of New Mexican dishes, such as enchiladas with chilie and chilie rellenos.(Can anyone shut the door?)

We ordered guacamole and our server apparently interpreted that to mean two orders for our group of five without asking. (We shut the door). The guac tasted fresh, but desperately needed some additional chips.(We shut it again). Hubby ordered enchiladas (and shut the door), teenage some went for a chimichanga, as he'd never of it before, and I ordered the chilie rellenos (and shut the door). Our two companions ordered shrimp fajitas and carne asada.

The food arrived after we'd shut the door at least another dozen times. It was disappointing and none of us finished our entrees - in part because we were still busy shutting that darn door.. The chicken in the enchiladas and chimichanga was actually well cooked, but the incredibly bland "christmas" sauce spoiled it overall. The chimichanga was a whopping hunk wrapped in a very thin tortilla - so much that it was hard to tell if it actually been fried. My chilie rellenos had a thick soggy batter and were made with Anaheim/Hatch chilies, rather than the more traditional poblanos. It was a soggy, unappetizing mess and I gave up after a few bites. We all agreed that the rice and beans were decent and used our fork to scoop out some of the still copious amount of guacamole.

You know the staff is clueless when the only comment was to offer to box up the uneaten food. Sadly, with no alcohol, the bill for this mess was over $100. I went back to our hotel room sill hungry.

But we shut the door when we left.

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Thank s2mc
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

The food is far better than expected. Presentation and flavor are excellent. Service is attentive and polite.

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Thank lop8308
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

You get great Mexican dishes. Eat outside in the flower garden.
PRICE IS RIGHT ON.. Good food at good price.

Thank jch22016
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Good service, good prices, GREAT FOOD. Try it for lunch and if its a nice day you can eat on their patio. It's tiny inside. :-) Best place in town!

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Thank emily w
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