Guadalajara Original Grill is a colorful authentic Mexican restaurant which is known for its' tableside salsa, lively vibe, and great happy hour deals. it's very popular with tourists due to the vibrant setting and authentic menu.
The menu at Guadalajara includes your typical selection of authentic Mexican offerings like fajitas, burritos, and various tacos. Additionally, they offer a number of affordable lunch combos and great happy hour deals. The appetizer to try here is the delicious Queso Fundido, a creamy blend of Spanish Monchego and Monterey Jack Cheese with onions, garlic, mushrooms, and diced tomatoes, all served in a cast iron skillet with tortillas on the side.
Mexico's version of the fondue is actually quite tasty. Although I must warn that the chips and salsa were probably fill you up on their own so skip out on the appetizers if you do not want to leave with leftovers!
The complimentary salsa can be customized to your level of spiciness. The tableside salsa is prepared fresh right in front of you. On one visit the chips were nice and thin and crispy, while on another, the chips were a bit too hard and stale, so I guess it just depends on the particular day you visit as to whether the chips are fresh.
We tried the Taquitos de Papas and the Chicken Chimichanga. While the Chimichanga was great at both lunch and dinner, the Taquitos were a different story. Taquitos de Papas are basically garlic mashed potatoes stuffed in corn tortillas with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and beans and rice on the side. They were really tasty at dinner time, yet below mediocre at lunch. At lunch, they seemed to be the quality of reheated leftovers and were hard, crunchy, stale and overall just not at all appetizing. I ended up throwing away half the plate. Also, the rice and beans were quite bland.
I highly recommend visiting at dinner as the ambiance is a bit nicer and the food quality much higher.
The food at Guadalajara is a hit or miss. Sometimes it is really delicious and others time blah with a stale overcooked taste. I have visited for both dinner and lunch and ordered the same entrees, and the food quality seems much higher at dinner. In fact, my lunch entree tasted like a cold leftover and was just not at all fresh tasting.
Service is just mediocre at Guadalajara. One would think it would be a bit more friendlier, considering Guadalajara is one of the more touristy restaurants in Tucson. However, service is typically slow and inattentive.
The ambiance at Guadalajara Grill is pretty great. The dining room is very festive and colorful just like you would find in Mexico. At night, they often have live mariachi music.
Guadalajara Grill is a decent dining option if you are looking for a fun place to enjoy some decent Mexican food in Tucson. While it is not necessarily the most delicious Mexican food in town, the fun vibe and lively setting make it a nice choice for new tourists.