After our recent move to Pensacola, my husband and I have decided to get out and explore our new surroundings. On this outing, we chose to visit Vallarta Mexican Grill.
With so many take out dining options these days, when we spend money to eat out in a restaurant, it is for the experience. There are many places to spend an evening with a good meal and relaxed conversation whether huddled by a food truck, gathered in a small mom and pop establishment, a franchise, or a high-class restaurant. Eating out for me is about the overall memory created, not just about the food itself. I’m thrilled to share the experience of my visits with you . . . happy dining!
The spaciousness of this restaurant was unexpected (roomy enough to not need reservations) a great choice for a last-minute outing and you won’t feel claustrophobic even when the tables are filling up.
Unlike most of my other reviews, I made several trips to this restaurant before evaluating. We have been greeted and seated within just a few moments each time. The service isn’t always what we would consider warm, but it is usually timely and efficient (don’t expect the same level of service if dining at the bar).
There is a generous happy hour from 2-6 most days, the margaritas (I go for the traditional lime, but there is a choice of other flavors) are delish as well as the warm chips and salsa that arrive at your table within a minute or two of your being seated.
The waters and drinks arrive shortly after placing your preference. There are many menu options and I can tell you that we have been impressed by the quick delivery (in not much more than a fast-food trip would take) of hot, fresh, authentic tasting food (we travel to Cozumel often).
On one visit I had the loaded nachos, it was plenty, I ate my fill and still had some to share. I have since had the crunchy ground beef tacos (which are the best thing on the menu IMO) and noticed that the spices used in the meat of these two dishes are slightly different. Jim tried the steak tacos and found the ground beef to be more delectable. When ordering Mexican food I rarely order side dishes, Jim had rice and beans, he says the beans are especially yummy.
We shared the flan for dessert once and it is definitely worth a try.
After finishing my margarita (One is all it takes and they brought me two for happy hour 😂) I was playfully looking around for a dance floor (there is surely enough room in the building for one) and was told of live entertainment arriving later. Listening to the musicians skillfully perform familiar tunes was a fun way to spend the evening.
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This evaluation is based on my opinion of a single visit, at a specific location, and only on the menu items I ordered. Results may vary due to change in server/kitchen staff, and/or other circumstances.
I must say that this restaurant provided the authentic Mexican dining experience we were after and is well worth repeating.
Have you had a meal at Vallarta Mexican Grill in Pensacola?
I would love to hear about your experience . . . tell me all about it in the comments!