M & J's Mexican Restaurant & Bar

508 Garfield St S, Tacoma
(253) 203-5086

Recent Reviews

Amanda T.

Family owned and operated. Super service with great food and awesome prices. The owner even sings to you with his guitar. We support our local small businesses during this time!

Derek McKinney

Tacoma's best kept secret

Kelly Rae

Wanted to try this place out. Called several times and got the voicemail asking to leave a message. We were wanting to make an.order to go ..I'm not driving somewhere that may be closed! Probably will not make the attempt for this restaurant again.

Seth Brandow

The food here is no joke, never been disappointed and the prices are right!

brian s.

This is a special place. It reminds me of a place I used to visit as a kid in San Diego with my grandparents long ago. It's owned and operated by Reyna and Felix, husband and wife owners and businesses partners. They are so friendly and warm and welcoming. Their location is clean, and the scents from the kitchen waftt through the air as you walk in or walk by on the street outside, beckoning you in. Food is fairly priced ($11-15, with a few lunch options for a few dollars less) Soon after being seated, warm chips and zesty salsa arrive. The salsa featureed crispy onions and fresh cilantro. I ordered the lunch chicken chimichanga which was served a super quick (approx 5 minutes) The chimi came served with delicious Mexican rice and beans. The rice was warm and fluffy. Perfectly seasoned with Chile's and spices. The beans were creamy and hearty, and came mostly covered with melted cheddar. The plate was nice and HOT. The chimi was garnished with epic guacamole, a generous dallop of sour cream, crispy lettuce, fresh tomato and cotija cheese. It was served on top of melted cheddar cheese on the plate too! Yum!!! I couldn't finish all of the sides, chips, etc. so good....now for a siesta! (Nap)

Kat Mercado

Great atmosphere, fantastic service!

Derick johnson

This place was a rare special occasion I actually went and enjoyed it there drink selection is superior to most places in the area the atmosphere is kind of dark and dim but the music and people that you spend company with their definitely bring out the true memories

Nathan Hett

Love this spot great customer service goid music food and prices on liquor

Beck R.

I went in 25 mins before they closed because I had a late class out of town that ran late. When I came in I was treated kindly and promptly. My taco salad was amazing. Thank you.

Kizhane Massey

Great customer service beautiful bar good selection of music and great prices on food & drinks this is the spot 2 go 2 if you're in the parkland /Tacoma area!

Samaria H.

One of my favorite places to eat! The food is TO DIE FOR - especially the Tacos al Carbon! Service is always excellent. If I could give this place 10 STARS I would!!! You get authentic Mexican food and service with a laugh.

Dacia C.

I come here faithfully and support this local restaurant! Felix and His wife Reyna are like family!! The food is great and drinks are great too! A real mexican feel to it! Luv sitting on the patio enjoying the charm of Garfeild street!

Christy E.

Small family run business, wonderful owners - very friendly and treat me like family when I come in! I love the family atmosphere, every meal I've eaten here has been really good. There is nothing better than sitting on the patio enjoying the sunshine and friendly people!!

Josh D.

I just left this restaurant after the worst experience I have ever had. We were seated and the male server walked into the bar and watched Mexican soap opera for an hour. The woman running the kitchen finally came out to take our order after a half hour of waiting. The man brought the food out and didn't know who got what and the food looked good enough. As we started eating my girlfriend felt sick to her stomach and stopped eating halfway through a flouta. We asked that the meal be taken off of the ticket. After waiting nearly ten minutes and hearing arguing in the back about the ground beef, the male server came out and said he ate half the meal and it was fine. Nothing was wrong with it but he would discount it. We then asked that it be taken off the ticket completely. He then asked me what I had and I simply said "what are you doing?" Suggesting he should know my order. This set him off screaming in my face and I suspected they were hiding things from us so I turned to walk out of the establishment as he was screaming at me. He started picking up the phone and I suggested he not yell at customers that haven't paid yet. I told him I want to pay and get out. I then told him I would share my experience and we left as I shut the door in his face screaming at me. I can't believe this was real. Please never goto this restaurant and support their endeavors. They ignore customers and the quality of food is subpar. The man working has no cool and shouldn't be in a customer service position. I can't believe he yelled in my face. Please go somewhere else.

Crystal Q.

One of the WORST restaurants I've ever been to. When my boyfriend and I came inside to be seated. No one even greeted us. There was this one elder male who was watching TV the whole entire time who turned out to be one of the employees. When he finally greeted us he didn't seem all to intrested in taking our order, or having us around to begin with. About 5 minutes after he sat us he walked off and sat right in front of the TV again. It took about 45 minutes for us to receive our food. My boyfriend seemed ot tolerate the order he received. However I ordered flautas which seemed appetizing at first, but when I cut into it the meat was really wet and had an odd taste. I continued to take a few more bites and then my stomach started to churn. I told my boyfriend about it, and we agreed to have it taken off the check. We told the "server" to please take it off of the check, he went to the kitchen and talked to the cook about it. Then he comes out telling us he would put a 10% discount. I told him I wanted it off the ticket and he appeared to be offended by such a simple request. He not only raised his voice to us about not taking it off, he also lied about not watching TV when my boyfriend called him out on what he was doing majority of the time(the restaurant was empty). In the end it was the worst experiences I've had. Don't waste your time or money there. Spend it somewhere where there's better service, people who actually pay attention to their customers instead of watching Mexican soap operas the whole entire time. If I could give this no stars I definitely would.

Ashley R.

Very dirty inside. Not a very friendly staff. And the food is actually a lot more expensive than we thought it would be when walking in. We only got beers and an appetizer and it was actually pretty good food.

mike b.

I am visiting my old hometown and stopped in Reyna's for lunch. The Steak Fajita is no joke! The steak is plentiful, tender, and matches the browned onions and peppers perfectly! Just like back in college, the good beers are still reasonable!

Destiny Frost

Amazing food , great music I highly recommend this place if you love street tacos.

Jill Rawson

Good all around little place. Great service good food

Eduardo Ortiz

Good food and drinks

Bre Jones

Kind of pricey for the quality of drinks. Strange crowd but the back patio was cool

Asdf G.

friendly people but the foods a little dry & you dont get hot sauce with ur tacos was hoping for some red or green sauce

Ben P.

If you're in the mood for Mexican, find another place. The salsa tastes like it's out of a jar, and the overall ingredient quality is lacking. It feels like meals are assembled from Sysco boxes in the freezer. The prices are above taqueria levels, more in line with what I'd expect from a mid-level establishment with much better food.

Kacey Mae Kemp-Cardey

Absolutely love that we found this little hideaway spot! Best Mexican food I’ve ever had

Chuck Taylor

Love this place never fails any time! Food is wonderful bartender Marco is the best! Def recommended!

Jose C.

We had the chicken Mexican and the enchilada and taco. Both were delicious and flavorful. The service was great and Reyna and Felix were welcoming and easy to talk to. We will be back.

Melody W.

Wouldn't eat here again for sure. The booth had zero cushion, the interior is very rundown looking, prices seemed kind of high ($16 for a burrito) and then there was the food. Chips were cold, salsa not very flavorful, rice mushy, fajitas had no seasoning and had a sweet flavor.. I will say though my taco was pretty tasty so they do have that going for them.

Johnny J.

The positive list: attentive service, street parking, nice location near PLU, cool hole-in-the-wall curb appeal, decent prices, hot plate with warm beans and rice. The place has been in business for a while. I scratch my head as to why this place doesn't just kill it. You can chalk up some of these observations to a late lunch on a slow winter day. So, the chicken in my enchilada tasted like it came out of a can, not like it was cooked from the bone. The chips were bland tasting and not warm. The salsa looked like salsa, but tasted like tomato paste. I didn't believe my taste buds at first. To my partner, "What does this taste like to you?" Yeah, I go to restaurants to eat food that is better or different than what I can prepare at home. This is the detail that missed for me. The present and lingering atmosphere type thing that seemed odd was the quiet patrons countered by the loud telenovela in the bar(?). I would return, but with heavy social influence.

Elizabeth K.

I don't know if this should be a two or a three star...the service was good, the lady was friendly and our orders came out within 10 or 15 minutes. However, the salsa tasted like tomato paste and really didn't have much flavor. I had the Sunrise Enchiladas filled with cheese and onions and a Modelo Especial. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It was just.... ok. My beer seemed flat. My partner had the Chicken Enchilada and a Tostada, he said it was average. And it was strangely quiet inside which made us feel like we had to whisper. Overall, Reyna's wasn't bad, it just wasn't memorable. If a bunch of friends wanted to eat here I wouldn't say no but I also wouldn't be excited to eat here again and we wouldn't go back on our own accord.

John Weidenfeller

The bar tender/owner is super friendly and makes you feel welcome. Talk to Marco!!! His drinks are amazin.

Robert Bernhardt

Awesome small hole in the wall bar and great food.

Ivana R.

Customer service was excellent. They give complimentary chips and salsa. When my husband asked for my salsa, they gave an even bigger amount of salsa in a bigger bowl. The food seems pretty authentic too. We've definitely found a new spot to eat Mexican food.

Paul M.

We have been coming here for over 15 years! Miss this place after moving to Texas 9 years ago. Family owned and run (husband cooks and sings while the wife is the main server). Must try dish: SHRIMP ENCHILADAS W/Red sauce

Derrick Kelso

Get here. Marco treats everyone like friends. His mom creates amazing food. They are open to criticism to give the best.

Chirstan Zacharias

Marco is always friendly and helpful. If you want a family owned and support local business' and enjoy authentic mexican food this is the place to go!

Monique Spruell

Great food and awesome place to party , the owner serves drinks by himself and is very quick and a great guy!

Jeffro Ferguson

Love this place! Good food, good price on drinks.

Lindsay S.

Excellent restaurant. Very family oriented and friendly. I love the student discount they offer. Definitely a return customer!!

James K.

Our experience at Reyna's, a cozy and hidden gem tucked away into the side of Garfield Street, was overall pleasant. Upon arrival we were greeted by Reyna herself, seated, and immediately provided with water and a large portion of salsa and tortilla chips that were above-par for standard Mexican cuisine. The atmosphere was pleasant and casual, with bright colors, Mexican decorations and a classic adobo feel to the interior. The menu was extensive and well-rounded, including all the classic Tex-Mex items and even some house specialties. Drinks were sublime, and came out quickly after ordering. The whole establishment was run solely by the Husband and Wife team of Reyna and Felix, who together created delicious meals. We had a party of four, ordering a variety of different meals from fajitas to chicken mole. The plates were incredibly hot and food was steaming on arrival. Portion sizes were generous and pricing was reasonable. When Felix wasn't working in the kitchen, he added to the ambiance by playing the guitar. We left satisfied and full, eager to return again soon.

Holli M.

Street parking available. We were the first customers of the day and were greeted and seated immediately. Service and food were delish. The salsa had just the right amount of heat and the servings were generous. The price can't be beat.

M & J's Mexican Restaurant & Bar

508 Garfield St S, Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 203-5086