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“Dinner”

Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Ranked #237 of 1,566 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: USD 5 - USD 20
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Place was very busy as we arrived just as Happy Hour was ending so had a bit of a wait, 15-20 minutes. Retrieved drinks from the bar for the wait. Accepted seating at table facing the kitchen to shorten wait (not the best choice unless you like watching food prepared). Ordered several appetizers for group, guacamole, ceviche, queso. Guacamole & ceviche were excellent. Not impressed with the queso. Ordered tacos for dinner (shrimp, carnitas, tuna). All were excellent! Others ordered enchaladas, shrimp & grits, tamales. High praise for all dishes!

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Thank Hawkgwr
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The guacamole made at table side and corn chips were the best. Crab cakes & tacos good also. Staff was great and stayed busy. Anna was our servicer,very nice and attentive. Great service. Nice date place. Since it was birthday,gave choice of dessert free which was a bonus.

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This place is so loud that you cannot talk to the person sitting next to you.
ONE AND DONE HERE.
the service was ok and the food was ok but I could not get past the noise.
they took a warehouse and did nothing to it to make it better.

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Thank Bob K
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

Bob K.,

Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience was less than desirable. We appreciate you bringing the noise issue to our attention. We would like to continue this conversation with you. At your earliest convenience, would you please email us at oheubach@eathere.com? Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Otie H.
Guest Relations Manager

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited on a Friday night, between 5 and 6 PM. It was busy but not full.

We were seated quickly.

It took more than five minutes for a server to locate us and provide menus. She went over the specials and took our order. Drinks showed up, and then we got table side guacamole. Honestly, you and I can do better at home. It was very light on cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño (even though we paid extra for jalapeños). We were fortunate to have something to eat, because although I ordered three chicken tacos and my wife got a salad, it took over twenty minutes for our food to come. This was especially troubling because the couple seated next to us AFTER we arrived by our server got served no less than seven different items before we received even one.

The corn tortillas were mealy and the chicken overcooked, very little freshness or flavor whatsoever. The salad was unremarkable and three shrimp cost $5, a bit pricey.

I suspect we will not return as there are many superior offerings in the area.

Thank Brian K
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Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Brian K.,

Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience was less than impressive. We would like to continue this conversation with you. At your earliest convenience, would you please email us at oheubach@eathere.com? Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Otie H.
Guest Relations Manager

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Very nice food, smallish portions given the cost, but the place is heaving from this second location - not surprised, very good indeed.

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Thank Visidigi
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