Austin >Curra's Grill
Curra's is THE spot for avocado margaritas. This Baja inspired Tex Mex spot is always packed because the fish tacos always always impress.
Two words: Avocado margarita. Run, don't walk to happy hour at Curra's folks, and order this immediately. Cold weather is no excuse. Thick, creamy and frozen, this is Curra's most famous cocktail -- it's margarita consistency is unconventional and strange, and maybe that's why it appeals to Austinites so much.
Great tomales. Tomales do not get better than this. Service is fine, prices terrific. The best guacamole margarits too. They also do great catering!
consistently good. A good place to go. Friendly waitstaff, good queso, hot food. Worth the money, you wont be disappointed.
Not a Vegitarian option. i like curras, but the food is always different.. sometimes plentiful and delicious, other times lacking and bland. for example, i was excited to try the blackened fish enchaladas with the chipotle cream sauce fot the first time. it was great, but when i got it the second time it just didn't tase anywhere near as good. similar thing with breakfast tacos. one day they are small and the next they are just right... always tasty. the breakfast tacos are great when they're good(does that make sense? i will continue to eat there and take my chances... ) i would discourage vegitarians from going because they like to lie about using chicken stock in the rice. i found out from a server who was reluctant to admit it, but he did. this was after years of being told otherwise. i don't really fault them for lying.. it's mexican food, what do you expect? however if you are going to act like you cater to vegitarians, then you probably should.
They have VEGETARIAN chorizo. Wow. Best mexican food I've had in Texas all month. This little unassuming joint of Oltorf, next to a gas station and another mexican place, has spectacular food. If you're vegetarian, you know that vegetarian chorizo is a rarity, and they make it in house. Highly recommended.
I go there often. I have to agree, things have begun to decline at Curra's over the past--oh, 6 months? Especially the one off Oltorf. They fired our favorite bartender, got new menus, raised prices and hired a horrible staff. Last time we were there, our server forgot he had seated us (we flagged another waitress and he apologized for forgetting) and then proceeded to forget we were there again. ?? Up North, the staff is pretty much clueless, as in, never coming by to ask for what you need and never being able to answer questions about the menu. HOWEVER! The food is AMAZING. I've decided to just flag down waiters/waitresses when I need them and forget about the annoying service. ///// The food is a bit better up North. What to get? Cochinita Pibil, Shrimp anything, Tacos al Pastor is a favorite, Colorado Enchiladas. What not to get? House margaritas (get them made fresh instead!). Get ready to ask for what you want, insist on getting it, and enjoy the wonderful meal you're bound to eat. I'll be back as long as the food rocks!
I give up.
My wife and I have been going to Curra's for years, but we've given up and won't be going back. Over the course of several years, the prices have gone up, which is to be expected and not too offensive. But the high pressure up-selling is a turn off. You have to pay for chips, and then the wait staff tries to pile on queso, brand name tequila, and on and on. After three or four "no thanks" you start to feel like a cheapskate.
The much bigger problem is the deterioration of service. Two weeks ago (and I'm still mad) five of us went. It took 25 minutes from the time we were seated to get four drinks. It took six more minutes to get the exotic drink (a glass of white wine). From there, things went downhill, with the food arriving a loooong time later in some cases cold and in other cases badly overcooked. The poor waiter was so in the weeds. I told him we were not happy, but no manager ever came to consult with us. There was a line out the door - why provide good food and service if people will come anyway? There are too many good restaurants in our neighborhood for us to put up with a customer-hostile place. This feels like writing a breakup letter...
Excellant Mexican cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. I have eaten at Curra's Grill twice in the past two years on visits to Austin. Both times the service was excellant. The wait staff was well informed and engaged in thier work. The food was excellant. I don't like to use the word authentic but this is NOT your typical "American" Mexican food. The atmosphere is family friendly and relaxed. Be sure to get there early as the place fills up fast. Locals reccommend Curra's which is a sure sign of it's resilient appeal. I am in fact moving to Austin in a month and Curra's will be a regular haunt.
Worst Service EVER!!. Look I understand that some servers have a bad day . . . or that they just hate their job..... but sometimes some behavior is not excusable. My husband and I went to Curra's for breakfast and had the rudest waitress we have ever had. She was not even friendly when she greated us and her attitude just got worse throughout our meal. I will never return back to Curra's again!! P.S I won't name names but her name does start with a J. She has long blonde hair and is petite. Diners beware!
Not too shabby, but . . . .. I have been to this restaurant at least 4 times in the past (before moving to Bastrop) because it was on the ?approved? list of my nephew and his ex wife, what with them being Vegans and all. They do have a number of vegetarian dishes, and I applaud them for being health conscious. GF and I went there yesterday, and the food was pretty good, especially the sauces, and in particular, the poblano cream sauce on the Enchiladas Chiapas. However, I cannot in good faith give them top marks. The prices were a bit on the high side, but so was the quality. However, for those prices, I would expect free chips and salsa. Even most dives give you free chips and salsa, and there is no reason why this place shouldn?t. As for those who give the joint poor marks because their avocado margaritas, I?d like to ask you just what the heck you were thinking ordering an avocado margarita? I mean, REALLY! A word of warning, though ? if you didn?t like the avocado margaritas, then I would recommend you NOT order the anchovy and Limburger flan!
Bad Service, Ok Food, Horrible Avacado Margarita.
The avacado margarita is absolutely revolting. Before you order this horrible margarita for everyone at the table, get one first and try it out to save yourself some money. For desert, do NOT get the bananas flambe unless you want a banana cut in half and thrown in the microwave for 30 seconds. Instead, try the tres leches as that is pretty good.
And don't expect a friendly wait staff. Consider yourself lucky if they even smile. It was as if they really could not be bothered too much with serving you.
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