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“Authentic Mexican food!”
Review of Cafe Azteca

Cafe Azteca
Ranked #1 of 164 Restaurants in Lawrence
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

If you want to try authentic Mexican food, then this place is the way to go. Nice atmosphere, and an apple menu. The only negative is that parking can be a bit of a pain, since you have to park on a main street. Other than that, a great restaurant. Small and cozy, and very down to earth. Nothing fancy but just true good food.

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Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

Not a run of mill Tex-Mex type place. True robust flavors and wonderful, accommodating service. Been a few times with family and biz colleagues. Outstanding.

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Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

This was the best Mexican food I've had in New England!! Mole sauce was extraordinary! Beef fajitas with beans were phenomenal! Extensive margarita menu but the house was delicious! The wait staff was attentive AND friendly!! This was such a great experience I'm planning my 2nd trip soon!!!

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Reviewed August 27, 2017

We have been to Lawrence twice in our lives. The first time, we went to Cafe Azteca on the recommendation of friends. The food was excellent. Turns out, the restaurant was closing the next day for renovations. So, on our second visit to Lawrence, we knew we had to try Cafe Azteca again. We needed to see if the food suffered with the changes.

It did not. In fact, everything we ordered was labeled "new" on the menu and each ranged from very good to excellent

Started with two sodas (we had a drive to get home). My husband got root beer, but I went for one of the Mexican sodas, in pineapple, which I thought perfectly complemented the Mexican fiesta feel of the restaurant.

We munched away on the chips and salsa, assuaging our guilt because, after all, the chips were made from corn and the salsa was made from tomato and onion, that means it is a salad, right.

For an appetizer, we went for a trio, which was cheese quesadilla, steak taquitos and chicken flautitas with guacamole and more of that addictive salsa.

The quesadillas were OK, made better by dipping the triangles in the salsa. The chicken flautitas were crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, but needed a bit of extra zip from the salsa to really pop. The best were the taquitos; the steak held up to the other flavors well. My husband said the chunky guacamole was some of the best he has had, though, honestly, we are not guac people.

We wanted to sample a lot, so went for three sauces: Mole, tomatillo and chipotle salsa.

The complex mole came on the tamale: Corn meal with cheese and dark meat chicken, steamed in corn husk and bathed in the dark, rich mole. We scraped every drop into the take-home container. This was my husband's favorite.

The Enchiladas divorciadas (one chicken with tomatillo sauce and one beef with chipotle salsa) were excellent. I thought the beef was good (might have liked a little more sauce). The tomatillo sauce would taste good on a shoe, but tasted even better on the chicken enchiladas.

Both entrees came with flavorful rice and a choice of beans (we sampled both the black beans and refried - my husband preferred the refried, but made sure all the leftover black beans made the takeout container.

We were full - and we had three takeout boxes with leftovers - but figured we wanted something a little sweet. And that is just what we got with the Buñuelos - triangles of crispy fried dough, topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey. They were still a bit savory, but definitely a little sweet.

Cafe Azteca not only didn't disappoint the second visit, it made us wish Lawrence was just a little closer.

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Best original Mexican food in the merrimackvalley ,good prices and family restaurant also have good service very frienly people

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