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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
+1 865-329-1002
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, American, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
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Reviewed yesterday

My mother and I were in town for a wedding and stopped in because earlier in the day we walked past and saw several people eating this big bowl of guacamole. We couldn't stop thinking about it because it looked so good, so when we...More

Thank x4famfun
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When this place first opened, I didn’t want to try it since it’s not the typical taco place. I regret not trying this place sooner! We had the table-side Guacamole where the server makes it in front of you! My fiancé had the chicken and...More

Thank Ashley T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Whether you are looking for a smaller meal or you wish to have a normal meal size, this is THE place you want to choose before a movie, concert, show, or just walking around Knoxville's downtown district.

Thank caryleb1
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good, solid restaurant with some delicious dishes. I have been there a coupe of times. You cannot miss the guacamole made to order at the table (but ask for little salt if you don't like salty food). A new dish I have tried last...More

Thank salvadorb2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't tell you enough what an amazing experience was lunch at Babalu this week. It was Taco Tuesday and red fish tacos - meaty chunks of blackened fish in a traditional corn tortilla with slaw and vinaigrette, along with the soup of the day...More

Thank Carlos Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Babalu's yesterday as part of our Knoxville Food Tour and felt that overall, their food was very good! We started with a tasting of their guacamole, pico de gallo, and black-eyed pea hummus. The first two were good but nothing out of the...More

Thank hsbvim
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve heard multiple people brag on this place so I thought I’d give it a try. I got the baba burger (highly recommended by several people) and my wife got the redfish taco and guacamole. My burger wasn’t anything special....I wouldn’t get it again. The...More

Thank Wes T
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Wes T., Thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your dining experience was less than impressive. We would like to continue this conversation with you. At your earliest convenience, would you please email us at oheubach@eathere.com? Thank you, and...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Mexican and small plate establishment. Just enough choice on the menu. I would recommend the tacos and try a couple of different ones. Quest and chips appetizer very tasty. And don't pass on the margaritas! Service excellent also.

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our lunch at Babalu. We started with fresh and tasty guacamole made table. The serving is plentiful as they use 3 avocados when making it. Since my wife and I shared the large starter we only had soup for our lunch. The tortilla...More

Thank swiftmi
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Outstanding is an adjective reserved for those very special places that excel in service, food quality and presentation. Babalu excelled in all three. Guacamole made fresh at the table, taco selection...creative and delish... crab cakes amazing. Plus, our waitress, Tia, couldn’t have been more pleasant...More

Thank djtenn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$17
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-329-1002
Babalu Tacos & Tapas is a lively restaurant that uses fresh and local ingredients to create bold flavors. You will find a variety of authentic gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist. Every item on the menu, down to the blue corn tortilla, is made from scratch daily - our famous guacamole is prepared tableside. Our bar carries the finest tequilas, and all drinks are handcrafted daily using fresh squeezed lemons and limes.
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