Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant


4502 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 879-4096
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The food was great the staff very husband and I couldn't decide what we wanted, and the staff came over, and helped one of the ladies instantly picked up on my husba...


The family who owns this dump has obviously forgotten how to maintain a decent resturant. Staff is HORRIBLE! they are rude and slow and talk down to you if you dont know how to pr...


The food was great the staff very husband and I couldn't decide what we wanted, and the staff came over, and helped one of the ladies instantly picked up on my husbands accent and started speaking was very inviting..I would definitely go back..THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD I'VE EVER EATEN.... more

Best Mexican I've had since Mexico!!! 2/20/2010

I've driven by this restaurant millions of times, but never tried it until today when my pregnancy cravings kicked in. My family and walked in to a quaint little piece of mexican charm. It reminded me of this restaurant from one of our trips down in mexico. I loved listening to the water fountain during lunch. Now the food... I don't think I can do it justice with my words. Everything was fresh and authentic, the guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa. The burritos were the size of my sons head. My husband said his chimichangas where some of the best he'severs had, and the carne asada tacos were perfect. This is now going to be our regular spot with moving over to the westchase area. We saw a little party going on also on the way out in the back side since it's L shaped, and I thought this would be the perfect place for a big family outing dinner. Oh and there was only two waitresses working, they were faster than ten and beyond pleasant. If your confused on where to go GO HERE... trust me you'll be beyond satisfied. Pros: Everything more

LOVE IT 1/4/2010

My favorite since we moved here from texas. Love the tamales,menudo and tortillas. Love it, love it, love it more

Great Mexican Food! 5/10/2009

Staff is great. Food is even better. Prices are reasonable. I have been visiting this establishment for about 8 years and we have never had a bad experience. I would recommend this Mexican food over any other in the Tampa Bay area. Pros: authentic food more


The family who owns this dump has obviously forgotten how to maintain a decent resturant. Staff is HORRIBLE! they are rude and slow and talk down to you if you dont know how to pronounce a dish. THE PLACE IS FILTHY!! THERE WAS A COCKAROACH CRAWLIING ON MY TABLE!!! Pros: decent atmosphere Cons: slow service, cold food, stale chips, horrible mexican food. more

the best freaking mexican food in tampa!!!! 4/2/2009

I have been a loyal guadalajara costumer since day one and I can honestly say I have never had a bad experince here. :) When you first walk in your are greeted by either a beautiful young lady named judy or a handsome young man named andrew(the owners children) who make you feel right at home. After you are sat down you can't help, but notice the great ambiance of the place!!!!! There is a gorgeous fountain in the main room that flows water and makes your dinner relaxing, two stain glass aztec calanders on the roof of the two sections, and the people of different nationality laughing and enjoying their cuisine. Attending to your every need are a great staff who always have smiles on their faces. As you wait for the food you eat tasty chips and salsa that has the right amount of spices to give you that kick you need. :) When the food arrives you are able to enjoy the delicious taste with every bite you take and when your done you are left satisfied, but wishing you could do it over just to eat again! haha This place is the best mexican restaurant in the tampa bay area. Every time I go I love it more and everytime I leave I can't wait to come back again. Pros: Enivorment, service, prices, food etc. Cons: There are none! more

Totally unacceptable service! 3/19/2009

I ordered a large chicken burrito and received something stuffed with maybe two little pieces of chicken and a ton of peppers & onions. I did not eat this. I asked for a replacement which was ok, but the hostess accused me of eating both and charged me for both! I told her I am never coming back to her establishment again, and she said that was fine with her! She was rude and nasty, and I will take my business elsewhere. I eat out everyday and have taken business clients here many times in the past, but NEVER AGAIN! Pros: Food good in the past Cons: Nasty Manager (or owner?) more

The best of the best 7/30/2008

I have to disagree with the people on this page that say Guadalajara Mexican Res is anything but the best MEXICAN FOOD... I come from a long line of Mexican heritage, & I can easily say YES YES YES & YES to the food here.. The people who say they didn't enjoy it, were probably the people who couldn't afford it & couldn't get out of a free meal. The staff are very friendly the service can be fast on certain days, If you are on a short lunch break to don't think to come after 1 and expect the meal to come out in ten minutes, every body who KNOWS FRESH Mexican food KNOWS it takes a while to cook so if your in hurry go to Wendy's or Mickey D's... The atmosphere is very welcoming & clean. If someone says that they got sick here Its probably because they are not used to real Mexican food! I come in there for lunch twice a week with a group of co-workers & they would all have to agree with me when it comes to good Mexican. Guadalajara takes the cake! Pros: Large enough to fit groups, great for kids, fountain to entertain yourselves, & clean restrooms Cons: they run out on horchata a lot & no Marachi bands =( more

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 6/4/2008

I ate at this restaurant with two others all of us got extremely ill from the first bite of food and did not eat another bite.. The worst!!! I do not recommend you visit this establishment. more

Best Mexican in Tampa! 4/3/2008

LOVE THIS PLACE! Great food, great atmosphere, great service, great prices! The best Mexican in town!! Pros: Food, food, food Cons: n/a more

Best Mexican food in the Tampa Bay area! 10/6/2006

I have been eating Hispanic food in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years. I have been to Mexico, several Latin American countries and Spain. The Guadalajara has the best Mexican food in the Tampa Bay area without exception. The food is at the level of delicious ""home-made"" meals. The menu is well rounded and complete including Coca-Cola imported from Mexico. A charming atmosphere with a bubbling fountain and lots of colorful tile. Courteous and efficient service. Close to Tampa International Airport and with plenty of parking, this is a Mexican restaurant where Mexican's come to eat. Muy Excellente! Muy Rico! Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere more

The best kept secret in Mexican cooking in Tampa Bay. 8/22/2006

Being born in San Antonio, Texas and of Cajun parents, with a great uncle who was a Mexican and lived in Baton Rouge, it is just a tradition to eat good Mexican cuisine. How many times I remember eating at my uncle's home on a hot sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge and having homemade tamales, and a snowcone afterwards from his little business stand in front of his home along the road. Those fond memories have been renewed with my first and not my last to the Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant. I met with the owner, Sol, and his family. They were gracious, courteous, and his staff was attentative to all our needs. And the food was authentic, freshly prepared from scratch, and simply delicious. I had the combination platter plus an extra tamale so i could have a little taste of everything. my wife had the chicken flauntas which she said was better than all the other restaurants we have been in. after our meal, I gave Sol a big hug and kiss on the cheek and said this was from my uncle Joe, ""I am sure he guided me to your restaurant to meet you."" I said to him. Uncle Joe has passed for many years now but his grandson has opened a restaurant in Baton Rouge, and I hope to visit it when I am up there for a visit again. but in the meantime, I will be eating at the Guadalajara for my Mexican meals. Viva Mexicana and Senior Sol and his family. Pros: parking is excellent esp. the handicapped which i used. more

Guadalajara's is the real deal 8/21/2006

Guadalajara's is the real deal. I could not believe they actually make authentic Mexican food. The salsa is always fresh and picas the right amount. Dollar value is more than reasonable. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The food is cooked the way abuela use to make. This reviewer highly recommends: for starters, the Guadalajara queso dip with a glass of Horchata to wash it down, coke will work too. For dinner, get the Barbacoa dinner with tortillas de maiz. The portions are quite generous. This makes for a tough decision in ordering dessert. Stop by! It's an absolute Tampa must for Mexican food. Also, my now fiancée proposed to me there and I said si. Pros: Thumbs way up on quality of food Cons: none that I have experienced more

Hey 10/26/2005

Hi Im really close to the family and they are very sweet the food very good, hope none of the guys read this but the guys are cute you that Andrew . Andy . Byant and Papi the owner is a sweet heart I call him papi because he acts like a dad The foods great and the show is better. more

If you like real mexican food this is the place. 8/15/2005

I have been going out of my way for years to eat at this small family run establishment. The food is excellent and I am treated like family there, even though I am a Gringo. I Recommend the Chicken Burrito Dinner (Suizo Mojado Style). Pros: Great Food, Good Prices, Friendly Staff Cons: Closed on Mondays, Small Place more

Authentic Mexican Food 5/5/2005

This is the best authentic Mexican food in the Tampa Bay area by far. You get huge portions, cheap prices and service with a smile. Recommend the horachata, not sure if it is homemade, but it sure taste like it. Pros: Great Value, Huge Portions more

Real Mexican 2/20/2004

La Guadalajara is the closest to real Mexican food you will find in Florida. This restaurant is not a chain but the loving creation of one family. Most of the patrons are of Latin heritage and the main dinging room has a large running fountain filled with plants. The portions are very large and the wait staff is friendly and bilingual. more
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  • Locals enjoy homemade Mexican meals that include fresh-corn tamales, Oaxaca pork tacos and refreshing rice-based Horchata.

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  • Hours: Mon. - Sun. 9am - 10pm
  • Payments: Visa, Cash, American Express, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods: Northwest