I've been in South Austin my entire life, and have loved Jovita's. Ever since Freddie'e oepend up next door the attitude and Jovita's has gotten really bad...so much so I was yelled at because the owner THOUGHT I was trying to park in his parking lot, to then secretly scurry over to Freddie's. The owner has gotten rude, and so has the staff.
They've forgotten the South Austin charm - attitude.
Slow Service. Co-workers and I went for a casual lunch with a new employee. The service was execptionally slow and usually had errors in taking our order. The food left much to be desired. There are too many good places to go for lunch that we will not return. The atmosphere looks like it would be a good place after work.
Nice place but awful food. I went and saw Bill Kirchen here and he was great as always. But the food was awful, close to inedible. We had some nachos with beef and they were just gristle and grease. Ugh. If I hadn't been starving and coming down from a few drinks I don't think I would have even touched them. Good thing that place is dark or else I would be having nightmares about the sight of those nachos... Service was wanting... But the crowd and atmosphere was to my liking: not to small or large a venue, full but not crowded. My advice, go for the band, get a drink, EAT AT HOME!!!
Love It. The food is great and the music is Texas. You will see children dancing with grandparents!
Loved it enough. Im big on Mexican food and when it came down to throw a dinner party i decided on this place b/c i love the food. Enchiladas are great and so are the rice and beans and fajitas. To my knowledge they replaced the cook so for the old reviews, i think the food is great. Great atmosphere. I am under 21 (20) and was told the drinks at the bar were a little pricey.
Too Good To Be True. Jovita's was an exceptional dining experience as far as atmosphere and music were concerned. There was nothig better than watching legendary Flaco Jimenez in such an intimate setting while enjoying a cold beer....BUT! Fake tortillas (which is status quo in Austin apparently), dry fajitas, ranch style beans passed off as "ranchero" and bland rice made for one horrible Tex-Mex dinner. I'll admit...I'm biased and spoiled as I was raised with real Tex-Mex in my home, but this was ridiculous. I'll go back for the music and drinks, but I'll deffinitely stick to the chips and salsa.
read before you go!. We went here while visiting Austin because of these reviews. Partly disappointed and partly pleased. We have had better food and much better service. I LOVE hot and spicy but man this salsa was on FIRE! and I can eat hot peppers plain! Good variety of foods (trad and texmex and veggie)and GREAT music. The wait staff was definitely strange and moody. The really helpful ones only spoke spanish - ok cuz I can too but could be a problem for others. Great place to hang out but dont go just for the food or the service. Really loud - cant talk when band is on and there were a group of little kids running through the place and screaming the whole time we were there. Margaritas were $5.50 to $7.50 which is really high for the small glass you get. So go for fun but be prepared.
Unique Dining Atmosphere. Jovita's is a restaurant like no another. It provides a fun and unique experience like no other. The atmosphere is uncomparable, just like the food. As I have heard numerous times, its the best Mexican food north of the border. The music is wide in variety; creating a great place to sit back and relax, or dance the night away. The service is like no other. It may not be typical, but will definitely provide a great evening, or maybe even better lunch. Lunch time has often been my favorite. Fast, extra friendly service with unbelievable lunch specials and relaxing atmosphere. A place that will always make your day. I highly recommend Jovita's!
one of my favorite austin tex-mex restaurants..relaxed atmosphere...off beat...casual, eclectic, friendly crowd...tejano and country at its combined best, EXCELLENT roasted green hot sauce served with chips--occasionally offered, wish it were 100% of the time...I'd go for this sauce alone!
sometimes service is slow, especially at the bar...i've stood and felt ignored while wait persons cashing out
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