Amazing! Best Mexican in town and frozen margaritas!
My husband and I eat at Zia at least twice a month. We don't prefer the order at register concept so we always set in the bar area and receive wonderful service. Although our favs are chicken enchiladas and tortilla soup, we've tried almost everything on the menu. Although not all the bartenders are as friendly as others, the service is good and we enjoy every last bite!
I have been there about a dozen times since they opened. I like the food a lot and have never noticed an attitude by the cashier/bartender or the wait staff.
Good place, if a little unconventional, and excellent food. Honestly, my only beef with the place is that they charge a little more than I'd like for basics at a primarily lunch place ($3 for a taco, for example). Though to be fair, if you go to Santi's or Taco Boy or anywhere else you'll pay the same. I just got spoiled at the taquerias in Dallas. Overall, excellent food, excellent service, highly recommend.
For those looking for the only authentic Mexican food East of the Cooper look no further than Carmen y Juan. Carmen does the cooking and Juan does the rest. This neat couple treat you like you are in their kitchen at home. Carmen usually has something special going in the kitchen if you ask. My personal fav are the chicken enchiladas with the salsa verde. Fresh, light, and delicious. If you think Mexican is heavy and covered in cheese do your self a favor and give these guys a try. You'll be back I promise.
My favorite place in Charleston. Seriously hands down awesome tacos and great margaritas.
Some of my steak tasted like it was bad. Manager never offered anything else or even apologized- just said it could be some propane from the gas grill. Like that's OK. Practically accused me of trying to weasel a free meal- which I never suggested, just reported the bad taste. Spend your money somewhere with better food, where your business will be appreciated. Embarrassed to be a local today!
The price point on food and the quantities are pretty good. The lunch specials are priced really well. And yes, I like the fresh and made to order aspect of the food. Absolute thumbs up on the guacamole. Plus when it is not too crazy, Raul himself will come out and socialize with the patrons. It's definitely not the food from the frozen aisle of the store junk like La Ha or Los Arcos. The only critique I may have is at times the servers don't seem to be fully informed of all the items on the menu, i.e. ask a question and they might be able to answer, but more often than not it has been "let me go ask".
Best Mexican food in SC for supper reasonable pricing.
Staff is extremely attentive, fast and professional. Food portions are great size. Me and my mom had "fajitas for two to share" (Sizzling shrimp, chicken and pork with bell peppers + 6 warm tortillas side of fried beans and guacamole). Price 19$. We ended up taking some home and were full to max!!!! Awesome Margaritas and Daquries!
Delicious, awesome, and very nicely done food. Not a run-of-the-mill mexican restaurant. Most everything from Raul's kitchen is made there, including the salsas and taco tortillas. The guacamole is the best I've had from a restaurant. The Al Pastor is also way better than any place around. A must try.
A little hard to find, but its at the end of the block!
The service at this place is terrible. Ive been there about 3 or 4 times because the food is decent, but I doubt ill be going back. I went there this past weekend and watched people on the right and left arrive after me and get get served over and over at the half filled bar...you seriously have to wave down one of the girls behind the bar just to get a drink or place and order. So after it took twenty five minutes for my order to come I just got it to go and left. Great way to lose business but maybe theyre not too concerned about that.
Ever since the opening of Cha Cha's, I only went here to party after-dark and have had mixed experiences, good and bad. It wasn't until last week that I decided to tag along to happy hour with some friends. I was blown away by the 1$ beef tacos and 1$ tecates. Seriously. Check it out.
Tried out this place and enjoyed it. I indulged in the large tequila selection and the enchiladas were great. I highly recommend the chorizo paired with a moscow mule to bring out the true flavor. It's a refreshing change of pace from the refried scene.
This was a restaurant week ripoff. A friend tipped me off to this place, and described it as a sort of tapas bar that had really good selection of smaller foods. The tacos were excellent, and it was a good time. I reviewed the restaurant week menu, and thought it would be worth a try.
Last night I went out to a relatively uncrowded place on the public side. The end result, poor service, decent food, and an expensive check. By far, the service was the worst thing going here. Three times I ran out of water. This place is small, and there are not many tables. There should be no excuse for not getting a refill. Having to ask for a refill is in bad form. I had to do this twice. The appetizers were ok, but not thing to write home about. The main course, we got the taco appetizer and the enchiladas. When you see four tacos on a menu for a main course, you would assume that they would indeed be tacos. This was not the case. The tacos were the size of a mason jar lid. Estimate 3" diameter, and these were "tacos". While some were good, they were definitely not mind blowing, and not at all filling. My enchiladas were okay, but nothing mind blowing. For our dessert, the churros were good, but again not mind blowing.
This resulted in a check of around $45 and at best I would say we received $30 of food. The service was terrible, I can't recommend this place to anyone. Other wait staff were decent, from what I could overhear they did a fine job. Even with that being removed, the food was overpriced for what we paid. We won't be back. I suggest you stay away. If you do intend to go, be prepared to fight for parking as a result of your efforts.
Place is GREAT!
This is one of my new favorite spots! Spicy grapefruit maragaritas and the Grilled Vegetable Salad are my favs...
Great Food. The interior, decor, and style is beautifully coordinated.
Someone paid a lot of attention to detail. Everything about this place is hand picked and looks wonderful together.
The food is delicious, and is perfectly paired with design of this hidden gem.
I am very disappointed in the Down Town Charleston La Hacienda Restaurant. I enter the establishment on July 17th with prospective customers for a lunch . To my surprise the Bar area had just been fleshly painted with a Red Varnish. After have the paint stick to my brand new White Shirt, i informed the Manager Pablo who tried to explain to me i should not have touched the Bar because it was wet. "A little late after i have done so, don't you think?"
Either way, this indecent could have been prevented by tapping of the area with a NOTICE of WET PAINT like most restaurant that care about there costumer. This action was completely Negligent by the restaurant. After speaking with the Manager he assured me if the Paint could not be remove by the Cleaners, La Hacienda would pay for the Shirt. After 3 Calls, 2 visits Management and the Owner has decided to ignore my complaint.
This will now become a legal matter, for much more. For this I give them a rating of ZERO!!!
The food was fine but the server was dreadful. She called a tomatillo salsa a tomato sauce, misidentified the chili in another sauce as chipotle when it was guajillo, and couldn't answer any questions about the menu. After the food was delivered she sat at a booth with another worker and ignored us. She finally moved when I got up and headed for the table where she left the water pitcher.
As I said, the food was good but the service was so bad I'll stick with Los Parados.
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