Acapulco Joe's

Acapulco Joe's

Mexican Restaurant · Downtown Indianapolis
365 N Illinois St (at W Vermont St), Indianapolis, IN 46204, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Acapulco Joe's is Indianapolis' first Mexican restaurant, with over 50 years of serving flavorful traditional Mexican favorites.


Based on 116 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Rachel R.
    "Biscuits and gravy are awesome!"(3 Tips)
    Whitney G.
    "Their Chimichangas are the best!!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Sam L.
    "Find a real Mexican place!"(2 Tips)
    Amber D.
    "My special request...crispy tacos served Joe's way....very good!"(4 Tips)
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62 tips and reviews.

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  • biscuits and gravy
  • tacos
  • chimichangas
  • chili
  • margaritas
  • breakfast food
  • nachos
  • fajitas
  • seafood
  • spicy food
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • huevos
  • queso
  • chips and salsa
  • chimis
  • staff
  • ketchup
  • peppers
  • crispy food
  • Tepic P.

    Best Mexican food ever! Been coming here my whole life and love it. Four generations in my family and we all love it. Burritos, chimichangas, tacos, and the chili con queso are some of our favorites.

    Tepic Parks · July 18, 2013
  • Robert G.

    So the salsa is "unique", the door pretty average, but their top shelf margarita will put you on the floor. Worth a trip for drinks alone. Plus it's an Indy institution (for whatever reason).

    Robert Goad · July 24, 2011
  • Bob C.

    Got to disagree with Mike R on the salsa. It is unique and more flavorful than the typical salsas served by every other Mexican restaurant. I go through withdrawal if I don't get it often enough.

    Bob Cross · August 15, 2010
  • Lisa H.

    Here's a tip, save your money and go hungry.It's horrible! Salsa is an a ketchup bottle thats been touched by 1000 people, chips are not even chips they're taco shells broken in half by God knows who.

    Lisa Hudson · September 16, 2012
  • Amanda N.

    Worst Mexican food ever. The queso was disgusting-some powdered bowl of yuck. Ordered the 3 amigos-which was not good either. Go eat at a real Mexican place- like Panchos II at 96th and Allisonville

    Amanda Nigh · January 27, 2013
  • Michael E.

    I will never come back .so freaking nasty .wiped a booth with a babywipe and it came up black ..I wiped it cuz it was sticky .Ate the breakfast burrito . Didn't taste good at all and made me sick

    Michael Ellis · January 26, 2012
  • Dario N.

    Run from this place. Sat down for 25 minutes and was given stale chips. A waitress never showed her face even after asking the host to get us one. The host appears clueless as to what is going on.

    Dario Navarro · May 25, 2013
  • Melissa E.

    Worst Mexican food I've ever had. The dining room and bathroom were disgusting. The 'salsa' was served in a ketchup bottle. The chips were stale. It took twenty minutes to get our microwaved queso.

    Melissa Elrod · July 3, 2012
  • Aaron C.

    So we came here for devour downtown. Heard good things. I wanted something new. This place sucked. For mexican, they use too much sloppy joe mix. Or. Or they don't know salsa. Dumb. Read the caps.

    Aaron Chancey · February 1, 2013
  • Jessica B.

    Ignored the negative reviews but unfortunately, I do not recommend this place either. The salsa and guacamole were gross. The service was poor. Overall, it was not at all worth trying.

    Jessica Barlow · February 16, 2014
  • Joey F.

    Acapulco Joe's is the best Mexican restaurant in Indy! They have the best chips and salsa hands down. These people are nuts if they believe the salsa is nasty.

    Joey Ferguson · July 10, 2012
  • Zachary W.

    If you don't dig the salsa, then just wait around bc the rest of the food is great. it is nice to have an unique place like this downtown

    Zachary Webster · July 18, 2011
  • Sarai J.

    Don't eat here. It's like gas station food. The salsa is like ketchup. Plus, it's waaaayyy overpriced. I've never actually eaten truly nasty food before, but this is it.

    Sarai Johnson · July 24, 2013
  • Mike R.

    Horrible. Salsa WAS ketchup. Tortillas dry. Fajita meat had salsa added to add flavor. All that wrapped in a biker bar ambience. On a positive note, the diet coke was cold.

    Mike Roberts · August 7, 2010
  • richard B.

    Nasty ketchup salsa, nasty manwhich meat, bland chips, ketchup flavored rice, pretty much the worst Mexican food I've ever had. At least my nieces French fries were decent.

    richard Burke · March 26, 2011
  • jastina a.

    Yes. Terrible food. Good queso n salsa. Terrible manager wow the whole restaurant was falling apart and he stood at the host stand watching tv

    jastina abulgubein · January 27, 2013
  • jason H.

    It is a tough choice between the Mexican omelet and the spicy biscuits and gravy. Both are awesome.

    jason Horner · March 11, 2012
  • Angela M.

    Sadly, Acapulco Joe is no longer with us. But I am relieved that he cannot see what is served here. I've had better frozen lunches of "Mexican" dishes.

    Angela Moore · April 30, 2012
  • Mary B.

    Worst Mexican ever!...they served this soupy tomato catsup sauce they tried to pawn off as salsa!! Then I was over charged!!

    Mary Brown · September 9, 2013
  • Jana H.

    Seafood chimi rocks!! Great wait staff, always friendly. Fav place to celebrate anything at all.

    Jana Harrell · December 18, 2011
  • Jackie P.

    Food is mediocre as mexican goes...the best part is their fried ice cream. Definitely worth coming for.

    Jackie Paquette · April 29, 2011
  • Matt G.

    Worse food and salsa I have ever had. Didn't know that you could screw up beef tacos but they were successful at it

    Matt Grayson · June 2, 2013
  • Major D.

    They add red pepper to the biscuits and gravy to give it a kick and it is glorious!

    Major Damone · February 7, 2014
  • Sarah C.

    Been coming here forever. You're crazy if you don't like it! My favorite Mexican food of all time.

    Sarah Chumbley · June 23, 2012
  • Rachel R.

    Biscuits and gravy are awesome! Spiciness depends on who's cooking, but always delicious!

    Rachel Reinhart · April 22, 2012
  • Kaitlin N.

    The salsa is awful. The food isn't good. I'm sad it's the only Mexican restaurant in walking distance of my apt.

    Kaitlin Nease · February 1, 2011
  • Allen A.

    This place used to be good at one time, it is horrible now. Just avoid this place completely. Terrible!!!

    Allen Archibald · September 8, 2013
  • Paul K.

    Not 100% sure the busboy knows about the health code, but I'd skip the chips anyway.

    Paul Kenfield · January 6, 2012
  • Angel L.

    Don't eat here...the food looks like is was microwaved for an hour and the chicken taste like sausage!

    Angel Lane · December 30, 2013
  • Janet F.

    Skip this place. Food is like improvised Mexican with all-American ingredients, it isn't worth the money. Will not repeat.

    Janet Ford · April 15, 2013
  • Stacie B.

    Great food and great service. Bathroom a little questionable though.

    Stacie Barron · July 5, 2013
  • richard B.

    As for a tip, someone needs to wrestle the ketchup bottle away from the chef.

    richard Burke · March 26, 2011
  • Amber D.

    My special request...crispy tacos served Joe's way....very good!

    Amber Delwey · June 10, 2014
  • Evan M.

    Try the Huevos A La Mexicana, very filling breakfast!

    Evan McMahon · October 9, 2010
  • Michael S.

    New Owner focused on returning Joe's to it former glory! Watching the changes, all for the good!

    Michael Smythe · July 31, 2013
  • Nisaa J.

    Hated it! My fajitas came with all onions and a sprinkle of peppers. Horrible!

    Nisaa Jones · March 23, 2013
  • Barrett C.

    It's not typical Mexican fare - but it's been an Indianapolis fixture for a long time for a reason...

    Barrett Calhoon · August 20, 2010
  • Chris L.

    The salsa tastes like bbq sauce. Bad bbq sauce

    Chris Langford · May 21, 2013
  • Adrienne J.

    The food wasn't disgusting but not worth spending your money on.

    Adrienne Johnson · April 1, 2011
  • Randy M.

    Love the nachos! Staff is great too!

    Randy McGath · February 25, 2012
  • Michael E.

    Been coming here for a while... Food is ok but the service is going down hill

    Michael Ellis · July 9, 2011
  • Whitney G.

    Their Chimichangas are the best!!!!!

    Whitney Greenwade · April 2, 2010
  • Tyler L.

    Indy wouldn't be the same without Joe's. The Chili Con Queso is amazing!

    Tyler Lasiter · September 8, 2011
  • Christopher R.

    This place is a joke the servers and the people who work here.

    Christopher Rucker · June 15, 2015
  • Sam L.

    Find a real Mexican place! Full review here: Read more

    Sam Lopez · January 20, 2014
  • CLARK L.

    Ask for the Chris B. Special! It's amazing!!!!

    CLARK L · September 25, 2011
  • 🌺Chalene B.

    Never ever eat here....drink, don't EVER.

    🌺Chalene Braun🌺 · November 20, 2012
  • Tepic P.

    Try the burrito. It's amazing!

    Tepic Parks · February 2, 2012
  • Larry H.

    Place sure could use a facelift!

    Larry Hughey · March 16, 2013
  • Jeff B.

    Ketchup + oil does not equal salsa.

    Jeff Buczynski · March 8, 2011

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