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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
+1 865-329-1002
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (48 reviews)
“tacos” (108 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
CUISINES
Mexican, American, Latin, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
412 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1103
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us went out on a Saturday night to Babalu. None of us had been here before, so we thought we’d give it a try and see how it was. The name of the restaurant is basically all that is served. So if you...More

Thank Ashley C
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ashley C., thank you for your review of Babalu. We are disappointed to hear that your first dining experience with us 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?...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the food, service and atmosphere. Great table side guacamole! Fresh and creative tacos too. Love the text service when your table is ready!

Thank rbird224
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Rbird224, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your dining experience!! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attending the GWRRAA at the Knoxville Convention Center and needed a place within walking distance to have lunch. The shrimp po-boy and black bean soup were a good combination. Wait staff were friendly and attentive.

Thank Beth S
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Beth S., thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed everything! We hope to see you the next time you're in town!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was overall and neat and interesting experience. We have never experienced a tapas style restaurant before. The food was tasty and fresh. My husband and I agreed that it was not worth the money. The watermelon margaritas were $11 a piece for a very...More

Thank goingplacesgirl
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Goingplacesgirl, thank you for your review of Babalu. We pride ourselves on using only the freshest, most natural, locally sourced (when available) ingredients for all our chef-inspired dishes and hand-crafted cocktails! We make all our cocktail mixes in-house, as well. We don't provide salsa or...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located in downtown with plenty of choice. This restaurant is a diamond. The seating is varied, clean, and interesting. Service was quick, courteous and attentive. Ordered the Guacamole appetizer. They make it in front of you. Creamy yet chunky with an excellent taste. Chips are...More

Thank baseplate
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Baseplate, thank you for such a wonderful review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed everything!! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in to grab some apps then we were told about the Tacos special. Awesome!!! The had chicken, beef, pork, redfish and shrimp. I suggest trying as many as possible. The individual sauce that accompanies each taco was great!!

Thank TheTimmyO
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

TheTimmyO, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed the tacos you ordered! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed August 15, 2018

This restaurant has no freezers and few tiny refrigerators! Food is prepared daily, not left over. The cocktails are lovely too.

Thank LindsayJ501
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Lindsay J., thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients for our house-prepared dishes and cocktails! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed August 14, 2018

We like to go on Taco Tuesdays! We get a variety of tacos for $2 each! Our favorite is the Short Rib Taco (what flavor!).

Thank Phillip and Mar... W
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Phillip, thank you for your five-star review of Babalu! We are happy to hear how much you enjoy Taco Tuesday, especially our short rib taco!! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

We were here visiting from New Jersey. I read about it on trip advisor, and we just had to try it. It was sooo worth it. The tableside guacamole was prepared perfectly. Our server, Lauren, was very friendly and helpful with giving suggestions as to...More

Thank Cathy P
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Went to Knoxville for a couple nights and this place was very near the Hyatt where we stayed. Had a " Baba Rita " it is excellent!! We tried almost all of the tacos on the menu, and they were all excellent and fun. We...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$17
Meals
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
Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday
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
Description
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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