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Café de Tacuba

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Café de Tacuba Review

An essential, if touristy, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack stop downtown, this Mexican classic opened in 1912 in a section of an old convent. At the entrance to the main dining room are huge 18th-century oil paintings depicting the invention of mole poblano, a complex sauce featuring a variety of chilies and chocolate that was created by the nuns in the Santa Rosa Convent in Puebla. A student group dressed in medieval capes and hats serenades diners Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 11.

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    Don't believe the hype

    The food is bland, the service is bad and they will try to short-change you. The murals, paintings and tilework is O.K., but poorly maintained. With so many other great places throughout the downtown area, why would anyone want to come here? Please research and go elsewhere to enjoy true mexican cuisine for the same price or less.

    by marcop, 12/8/08
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    Must have been an off night

    Our experince in January 2008 was unlike the others posted here. We went for the touted traditional specialties (enchiladas verdes and chiles rellenos were our choices) and the decor. Service was terrible: it took at least five minutes to get the server to take our drink order and forever to get the check when we were finished. The place was busy but not mobbed. Our entrees were mediocre -- generic-tasting enchiladas, and way-undercooked chiles swamped in what tasted like canned cream of tomato soup -- not nearly as good as we've had in other parts of Mexico and neither of us felt our entrees were worth eating. The refried beans were good and the guacamole and salsas were a bit above average. Espresso and cappuccino were very good. The lovely room is finished in tiles and stucco making it awfully noisy. The hosts were gracious, welcoming, and helpful getting a cab for us but overall it wasn't the delightful dinner we anticipated. We might try it again for breakfast but not dinner.

    by tim_cox, 2/10/08
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    Good mexican food

    Great atmosphere and great tastes. Try Chile en nogada (only mid-Aug to end of September). Sweet bread and chocolate is a must in the night. Pozole is also awesome (only in the night)

    by justavo, 10/1/07
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    A good address.

    This is a nice cafe serving decent food. Service was very efficient, but the restaurant manager tends to charge heavy "propinas" (service fees) to his foreign customers....

    by Joelle, 4/11/07
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    Great!

    The music,the building, the food, all were great. The best breakfasts! Be sure to have the cafe con leche. If you love chocolate get the spanish chocolate, it is awesome.

    by jendam, 3/22/07

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