Guadalajara Original Grill

1220 E Prince Rd, Tucson
(520) 323-1022

Recent Reviews


Our family of 4 generations went on a Fall Break road-trip from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico to visit some NPS sites. We visited Guadalajara for a late lunch after visiting Saguaro National Park West. The restaurant was not crowded but took quite a while to get service to even order drinks. Then quite a while again to get our drinks and to place our food order. We had to ask several times for drink refills, tortillas, chips and silverware. Other tables were getting waited on promptly once we started paying attention to the other tables. Was very disappointed that we did not get the option for table side salsa or guacamole, as that was the only reason we wanted to eat at Guadalajara Grill… The saving grace was once we finally got our food, it was all very good and had very good flavor! If in the area again we might consider eating here again with hopes of a better waitress! One thing I would advise is not to use the back mens restroom as it had a very strong sewer smell, both husband and dad, said it was nasty.

Sharlyn Utley

The food was absolutely amazing and the salsa and guacamole were made fresh at your table. A fun atmosphere with great service. We visited from out of town, but whenever we visit Tucson again we'll eat here for sure! Highly, highly recommend!


We visited the Oracle Guadalajara Original Grill and really enjoyed the evening. Very lively. Tableside salsa and Guacamole was special. (BTW, tipping the young lady is absolutely OK). Very good house margaritas and a nice on-tap Mexican beer selection. We had steak fajitas and a carne asada chimichanga. Both were very good. Actually had to box up some of the chimi. Thanks to Ailed for taking such good care of us. All in all a very pleasant experience.


The table side salsa and guacamole are delicious, but a little pricey. Happy hour margaritas were great. All the food was delicious. Would definitely return.


It was our first visit and it won’t be our last. Came in right as the evening rush was beginning and the parking lot was already filling up. There was ample seating and got seated immediately and service was prompt. The salsa and guacamole is made fresh right at there at your table side. It is absolutely the best tasting salsa out there guaranteed. The menu had a very wide array of choices that were reasonably priced. The proportions were plenty. Atmosphere was inviting and comfortable. Really appreciated the check in on how we were and if we needed anything by a top management or perhaps owner. We walked out feeling well fed and we’ll taken care of by all staff and can’t wait to go back. Stop by for lunch, dinner, or margarita if you’re in the area. You’ll wish you knew about this restaurant sooner.


First time here and it was fantastic!! Restaurant is clean and comfortable decorated very nice and staff is so friendly and attentive. Our server Jorge was very helpful in explaining menu options and kept the drinks and salsa flowing.Food was seasoned well and very delicious and good portion size.

Trent H.

This place was amazing! The food was some of the best Mexican I've ever eaten!!! The salsa was made fresh at the table, we got some hot and medium. The hot was my favorite but too hot for my wife!!! Made my eyes water and my nose run like good crawfish do!!!! Guacamole was also made at the table! Would have given 4.5 stars if able due some bowl of chips with the salsa and the chip lady didn't like giving more. The food was excellent and huge portions. It's an awesome restaurant and had live music.


What a great place to eat and drink. The best part is when you get your chips you wonder where the salsa is and then a waitress comes by with a tray and makes the salsa in front of you which was fantastic. I had one of the combo plates and the food was delicious and plentiful. Service was friendly and attentive. Great selection of alcoholic beverages. Prices were fantastic for what you receive. Ample parking but be forewarned it is busy.

Travel Wizard

Loved this place. I asked some of the locals where some of the best sit down Mexican food was and they pointed me in this direction. I had to do some work while I ate. It was a perfect spot!

L L.

Busy festive Mexican themed place. Friday night 20 minutes wait or more, so we sat in the bar for chips, fresh mixed salsa & made right in front of us fresh guacamole, made to order, very good. Bar was Very noisy with too loud live singing/music, hard to have a conversation over it without yelling across the table. Dinner was great, Potato tacos (vegetarian, without cheese it's vegan), Would order again

Linda H.

First time at this restaurant. Looked up the restaurant on Yelp and matched it up with Tucson Foodies. That's how I made the decision to visit this restaurant. It was a packed house and that's where our service suffered. The carnitas in the ultimo was dry. The freshly made salsa made table side was a hit. The fresh tortillas was different from Southern California fresh flour and corn tortillas. Therefore, the family gave it a 3 stars. We really wanted to love this place. Kinda disappointed

Richard F.

Latin American cuisine is not the norm for me to review, but the last time I was this impressed with Mexican cuisine was at Chef Michael Bay less' restaurant: 'The Red O' in Newport Beach. Service: Staff sought to make you feel welcome and the table side fresh salsa and optional $11.00 Guacamole will be something I order every visit. Three avocados plus an array of Accoutrement that left our appetite dancing. I ordered the Salmon Stuffed Lobster. I had never heard of such a menu item, but wonder how I went without it for so long. The complimentary flavors were like harmonies swimming together on the tastebuds. Flavors were rich and deep but the meal felt light on the stomach and I smile at the thought of ordering it again when I return. Even the veggies seemed to be cooked with care and then combined to create crisp, fresh and perfect bites. My partner ordered the stir fry with every type of meat: each was cooked well and I particularly liked the chicken and shrimp. She liked the steak... so I pilfered a few extra pieces throughout the meal. We had enough food to package some for home as portions were fair as was the price. It was close proximity to nice hotels like The Westin for visitors to venture out to. We highly recommend this gem of Tucson. It is our personal pick of best Mexican restaurant in Arizona. We have tried places throughout Yuma, Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff and now Tucson and this is hands down our favorite.


I was expecting something way more from all the rave reviews. The salsa made tableside is a nice touch but the food was nothing different than I can find at any good generic Mexican restaurant around the country. Everything was tasty but nothing to go out of your way to find as I did. Service was disappointing. Server disappeared on me and felt like they just wanted to get me out of there even though it wasn't too busy yet. My goal was to find one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tucson. There has to be better I would think.

Donn D.

The only downfall was a lack of a cheese crisps. I mean what respectable Mexican restaurant doesn't have cheese crisps? But everything else was off the charts amazing! We found ourselves stumbling into this place while still trying to recover emotionally from driving down from Florence only to find that Casa Molina was closed due to a kitchen fire. The food here provided soothing relief as the Chile Colorado was tender and flavorful just as much as at Casa Molina. The Chile Verde was melt in your mouth awesome. The made at your table salsa was really good too, it I didn't know you were supposed to tip the salsa lady until I saw another customer do it and asked the people next to us if that was a thing and they told us it was, so I had to call her back over. Plenty of parking, a huge restaurant which was very clean and several bathrooms help make this place a winner. I am sad beyond belief that Casa Molina is closed, but at least we discovered a comparable if not better restaurant to soothe our nerves on what would have been otherwise a completely depressing day after driving down from out of town for Mexican food.

Mike B.

We were passing next to Tucson on the way home from sonoita to Phoenix and decided to try this place. Great reviews and recommendations from the step daughter who went to school in Tucson. Authentic Mexican food with a couple of dishes I had never heard of. First Surprised by the fact that they make your salsa to order fresh at your table side. Unbelievably good and to whatever space industry you desire. For the main course there were several dishes that I had never heard of even though I've lived in the Arizona for the last 40 years plus. From mild to wild, a little bit for everybody. The jalapeno margarita was excellent and the Colorado Verde which is a hatch chili based sauce was excellent.... So I overused 'excellent', but it was the only word appropriate haha

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