St. Paul >Food & Dining > La Cucaracha
36 Dale St S, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.939887 -93.126199
Sunday To Wednesday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Thursday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Summit Hill
BEST Mexican in Twin Cities – WONDERFUL food!!! After living in Texas for 16 years, and then finding this gem about 3 years after moving here, I felt at home. The food is perfect- everything it should be. Pork Guisado Burrito is awesome. Guacamole is awesome. Everything super. About 1 out of 5 times, the service is lacking, but the food and surroundings make up for it. Bring a sweatshirt- the A/C is usually pumped during the summer. SUPER DUPER!!!!
Happy Hours...what a joke – Went for a first date meet up...it was happy hour. We ordered the nachos grande...beef, cheese, jalepenos, etc...on chips...I am not kidding, there were 10 chips on a plate just over the size of a coffee saucer with a thick layer of cheese, etc...literally 2 tblp of a runny, smooth salsa...for FIVE dollars. Three bites each and we were done, no basket of nachos, no real size container of salsa...as we had our miniature margaritas as we saw baskets of chips go by and large margaritas...their happy hour was a joke...we left and went to Dixies for dinner...now that was a great meal! I will not go La Cucaracha again...no reason to go back...VERY disappointed. (and really, the couldn't find a full size dinner plate full of nachos with the same amount of toppings...unreal!)
Overprice restaurant with bad service! – We decided to go to this restaurant for Cinco de Mayo because we live in the area. When we got there they gave us a table in a room that was on the back of another room and we were the only people there. When the waitress came back we told her that we wanted to move to the bar because that is the only area of the restaurant that has happy hour, she started giving us a lecture about how the happy hour margaritas are not really good and that I should instead try the margaritas that are more that double the price. After insisting about moving to the bar she agreed. We sat in a booth and order appetizers, entrees and several drinks. We had just gotten our food when the restaurant started getting very busy, instantly we had four people walking by our booth every minute trying to clean our table and asking us if we needed a to go box.
We had a very unpleasant experience and the waitress was right.....the margaritas are horrible!
We left before ordering a meal... – Greasy chips and guacamole from a cub foods tub started the affair. Along with 2 sprites the total was 14 dollars... 9 for the chips and guacamole from a tub. We were so disappointed we left before ordering entrees.. Need we say more... Way to expensive for even horrible appetizers.. Yikes!
Greasy and forgettable – First off, the chips were greasy and seemed like they had been cooked in leftover oil from the previous day. The main ingredient in the salsa tasted like stale red pepper flakes from a pizza shaker. The two entrees we have were ok, but devoid of much flavor and very bland. Glad we tried it, but wouldn't go back.
Best Mexican I've had in Minnesota – I just ate at La Cucaracha for the first time. I can't believe I'd never been to this gem of a restaurant. I had the Pork Guisado Burrito. It was excellent. The portions are *huge*. I was also impressed with their beer selection. You don't usually find Summit at a Mexican restaurant.
I'll definitely be bringing people back to this place.
Okay but overpriced – The food was okay but nothing that I would rush back for. We'd been there a few years ago while the couple we were there with had been there only a few months ago. We both felt that the quality had gone down for the price. Refills of anything -pop (including kids) and chips (to finish the $9 guac) were all charged for. Gratuity is charged for groups of 6 and over. Just some things to be aware of if your dining as a group or taking a family.
Taco Bell was better – So we just arrived home from hat might be the worst Mexican place I have ever been to. We only agree that the service was pretty good although they were not really busy either. Our margarita's were ordered first and we should have figured out the rest of the meal would be just as bland. I ordered mine without salt on the rim but I guess the bartender didn't bother to check so it came with salt. Good thing too cause it was the most flat without flavor drink I have had. It was almost like drinking ice water with lime. My dinner cost 13 bucks - Good size but the ground beef had no flavor. I think they might have just chopped up a hamburger and stuffed it into the shell. Rice and beans were kinda generic, no real bite to them at all. You don't even get free chips and salsa. If you haven't been to a Mexican place before - don't go. you wont ever go to another one. If you have been - Go SOMEPLACE ELSE!! and save yourself the torture of having to sit through the meal like I did.
Carrot Cake = amazing – I don't really go for the mexican food, but for their carrot cake. It is the best I've had. You receive a HUGE piece which will last you 4 days. (eat a layer a day) It is a fairly pricey piece of cake however it is 4 layers of goodness. The chocolate and the carrot cake are 4 layers deep and the piece they cut weighs a couple of pounds.
The mexican food is decent just a little bland.
Such a drag – We have been going La Cucaracha for the past 15 years. I loved this place. We used to walk there from our apartment regularly. My favorit e was the Chile Relleno, super hot, tasty, no meat... Also the Aztec Chicken Tostada, the tomatilo sauce was amazing and the chihuaha cheese superb. Last night we went there because I was craving the Chile Relleno and it was really bad. The sauce tasted like just poured canned puree of tomato. There was no spice to it at all. The service was really bad, and the place smelled a smell that is not appetizing. I am soooo sad that my Favorite Mexican place in town it in a downward spiral. It was great in its heyday. We won't be back again.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of La Cucaracha on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.