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Polvos Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
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  • Mitch
    MitchNovember 26, 2016
    For ten years, Polvos remains the best restaurant I've been to in fourteen states. Every meal has been my best meal - a Mecca for Mexican food.
  • Ed I.
    Ed IresonOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Start with a frozen margarita. Best in town. More importantly, if you want to get away from the excellent Mexican Fresca that is ever-so-popular in Austin, then come try the fantastic Houston TexMex
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SchloserSeptember 3, 2013
    Delicious tacos al pastor. Yummy!! Great margaritas too. My friend had enchilada & it was delicious. I would only go at off times because it gets crowded.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 29, 2012
    Great prices & fast/friendly service! Their caldo de pollo can be quite addicting, learned this the hard way!;) Other must tries: their Chili Con Queso, the Ceviche, and all their fajita dishes!:)
  • David P.
    David PittsMarch 10, 2015
    Salsa bar is awesome!! Can't go wrong with enchiladas, they were very good. If you have some time on your hands, get a pitcher of frozen margarita, quite tasty but hits like a truck
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsMarch 19
    Been here 10+ times
    Fully addicted to their house frozen & salsas, also big thumbs' up to Choriqueso, Michoacan Guacamole salad, breakfast plate with Carne Guisada, Menudo on the weekends, and tacos on corn tortillas.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SidoraJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Large portions. Pitchers of frozen margaritas. My favorite salsas in town. Fajitas or breakfast tacos are my go to orders.
  • Erika P.
    Erika PerziNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Killer Mexican Martinis and kitschy vibe makes this a fun weekend spot. Love the brown salsa (salsa bar!), ceviche and enchiladas. Impressive seafood options.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalDecember 12, 2015
    You must get the fajitas here!! The portion size is great and it comes with rice and beans!! The margaritas are great also....
  • mike b.
    mike b.May 1, 2016
    The pitcher of frozen margarita can't be beat! Tamales are super authentic, really can't go wrong if you're looking for true Tex Mex.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They make awesome Mexican Martinis and love their salsa bar. Their small guacamole is enough for 3-4 people. Don't order the large unless you have a big group! Read more
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsFebruary 28, 2016
    Even the fajitas have butter in them. So if you're vegan ask about them making it with water or oil instead.
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.March 10, 2016
    salsa bar, queso and the fajitas. oh and they made the tortillas on the spot. all outstanding. great little spot.
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Puerco adobado or quesadillas compuestas will do you very well. For the latter, try chipotle and queso sauces. I know what the fuck I'm talking about.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 22, 2012
    Polvos is the only place to take out-of-towners who need to be figuratively punched in the face with Austin's diverse and youthful culinary spirit. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Trevor O.
    Trevor OlsonNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The margaritas secretly have everclear in them! I love getting outta my mind and this is the place to get a pitcher and do just that!
  • Emily B.
    Emily ButlerNovember 4, 2012
    Margaritas are potent but delicious. Love the self-serve salsa bar. I got enchiladas and they were damn good.
  • Amadita A.
    Amadita ArredondoJune 3, 2015
    LOVE their margaritas!!! The ceviche is delicious if you want something light. This place is perfect for a girls' night out, just order a pitcher!
  • Scott Y.
    Scott YoungbloodMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The salsa bar is well worth the extra cash. And if you plan on having the Mexican Martini, plan on calling a cab.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    Bc we couldn't hear a thought in our minds. I mean would SHE want to sit there on a Friday evening at a long week of work. I get it, it's polvos on a Fri night but be for real.
  • Thomas F.
    Thomas FunkSeptember 11, 2016
    Enchiladas Nopales are very good. The Nopales are a little light on seasoning, but well made. Recommended.
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GriegoApril 14, 2012
    Wow, the spinach, potato and cheese breakfast taco was excellent!
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    The must try Awesome Mexican Cuisine! Killer location, deadly margaritas. A must do for the out-of-towners.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BakerMarch 17, 2014
    It's off the main strip but if you want some of the best Mexican food in Austin, this is your place.
  • Anne L.
    Anne LMarch 30, 2014
    Mexican martini, guacamole + salsa bar, two enchiladas (one chicken + poblano, one beef fajita + chile con queso) = perfection.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    The salsa bar had more personality than our waiter and became clearly upbeat and chippy when he realized he forgot our order. He lucky I was enjoying my boos company so I wasn't tripping too hard.
  • Natanya A.
    Natanya AndersonMay 21, 2010
    Guajillo enchiladas are wonderful. They are baked - the way they should be. Don't muck them up by adding meat. Go with straight-up cheese & onions. http://www.austinfoodlovers.com
  • Kristin P.
    Kristin PhillipsMay 30, 2013
    Best Mexican food I have ever eaten! This is not your typical Tex Mex. Try the beef nachos!
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlanísOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Although the menu seems to indicate otherwise, the huevos rancheros and the huevos corridos are actually the same thing. ;)
  • Manda M.
    Manda MosleyMay 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Polvos, I love you. and I will always, but for the love of everything awesome about your patio, please stop turning into 'Club Polvos' at 8 pm. Music=too loud and crappy.
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeSeptember 20, 2011
    Excellent food and the fire roasted salsa is outstanding. Just wish the music was lower on the inside.
  • Tara B.
    Tara Braas PassiniJanuary 11, 2014
    The only decent thing about this venue is their fish tacos, which is delightful for not being battered. The queso and ritas are frankly quite forgettable.
  • Ali
    AliJanuary 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to visit the salsa bar! Those carrots and jalapeños are sooo good
  • CultureMap Austin
    CultureMap AustinJuly 14, 2011
    We looooove Polvos queso. However, if you're still sitting in the parking lot until a table opens up, Polvos might take your drink orders while you wait!
  • Bam R.
    Bam RodriguezFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish tacos are not on the menu. ASK for it! 2 tacos plus rice. Yummo! Oh yeah, mango margs.
  • Yurij B.
    Yurij BryndziaMarch 7, 2015
    Their enchiladas will bring you there, though their margaritas will convince you to stay longer
  • Mark B.
    Mark BarreraApril 18, 2015
    Their fajitas marinade is fantastic. Get the chicken and beef combo
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GeislerNovember 17, 2011
    Karla was my waitress she was awesome and their enchiladas are shuttled good. Guacamole is bomb too
  • Rob
    RobSeptember 24, 2012
    Cheese dip is required as is hitting the salsa bar. Amazing food, great service.
  • Yola B.
    Yola BlakeNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order anything from the seafood part of the menu. They season everything perfect! Especially shrimp.
  • DONALD M.
    DONALD MOORESeptember 25, 2013
    This is one of the greatest spots to enjoy with a large group of friends.
  • Jace D.
    Jace DeloneySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best migas in town. Come early to beat the crowds!
  • Heather W.
    Heather WaldemarDecember 23, 2015
    They have great fajitas and salsas. I love the homemade tortillas too.
  • Jamie K.
    Jamie KalinowskiSeptember 24, 2012
    The Fish Fajita's are Amazing,ESP on the patio with a pitcher of margaritas;)
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BOctober 14, 2012
    The salsas are great, as is everything else. The margaritas might knock you out.
  • Heather K.
    Heather KeithMay 5, 2012
    Mushroom and monterey jack tacos are awesome! I love meat, but these are spectacular!
  • Octavius S.
    Octavius SosaAugust 11, 2013
    There is nothing small about this place . Very large portions . And all the wait staff are sexy latin men
  • Doug M.
    Doug MJuly 3, 2012
    Loud sorority girls. You'll probably hear Macarena played on the stereo. The red and black salsas are okay. Don't fill up on the pickled carrots or you won't want to order an overpriced entrée.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilMarch 11, 2011
    Entrees are large and can definitely be split by two people! Chicken fajitas are very tasty as well.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LivingstonAugust 17, 2015
    Frozen margaritas are the best.
  • Darden R.
    Darden RiceAugust 18, 2014
    Great food. Great price. Loved the kitschy atmosphere.
  • Kristy P.
    Kristy PritzlMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mexican in Austin! Well worth the wait, because there most likely is one!
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CampbellJuly 8, 2012
    The Pescado a mojo de ajo is INSANE. Best fish I've ever had.
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TerryAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab some pickled carrot slices from the salsa bar. You won't regret it
  • Kate N.
    Kate NeuJuly 16, 2010
    This is hands down my favorite mexican/interior food in Austin. Endless bowls of fresh salsa and escabeche? Garlic infused fish tacos? Heaven.
  • Augustine V.
    Augustine VMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's ALWAYS a long line outside.. slip past the hostess and get yourself a drink at the bar inside!
  • restlessnapkin.com
    restlessnapkin.comAugust 18, 2011
    Get a pitcher of margaritas and some salsa from the salsa bar then chill in the parking lot till your table is ready.
  • Jaden
    JadenMay 1, 2015
    Lime margaritas don't play. Fajitas Rancheros melts in your mouth.
  • Asael
    AsaelJuly 14, 2013
    The chile relleno al nogal is delicious!! Reminds me of the one my Abuela makes
  • Richard M.
    Richard MarvinFebruary 9, 2013
    Loved it all. Margs, salsa, enchiladas and fish. Great stuff!
  • Rafael C.
    Rafael CJune 2, 2012
    One of the best margaritas in Dallas period . (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Katie K.
    Katie KagaAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The brown salsa is TO DIE FOR. I could drink it it's so freaking good!!!
  • Monica R.
    Monica Rios HowethOctober 15, 2011
    Regular red salsa is perfect for spice pansies, fajitas are a piece of heaven!
  • John T.
    John TrozakMay 19, 2013
    The cheese, potato or chicken Flauta's are the bomb diggetty.
  • Amber B.
    Amber BennettApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best tamales I have ever had, get the tamale plate
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BurkartMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hey, SXSW'ters! The Saint James Society plays Iron Bear, Easy Tiger, & Scoot Inn this week! Thrasher party & beyond. Come get nasty w us like whoa.
  • Yvette B.
    Yvette BJanuary 10, 2014
    This tops the list of best tortilla soup in town.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CrouchAugust 17, 2013
    The Relleno al Nogal is GREAT! The Camarones Diablo - meh.
  • Liz
    LizNovember 3, 2013
    Love the fajitas! But not having to wait over an hour for my food to arrive last night!! The waiter gave an excuse of our ticket got lost. I'm disappointed with how we were treated by manager.
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KelleySeptember 5, 2013
    When I get home, I'm writing a negative review about this place - and I just now got my entree.
  • nathan a.
    nathan archambaultFebruary 20, 2010
    You don't need to know what a Mexican martini is. You just need to know this place serves the best Mexican martini around.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    Ok the last time we were here our waiter was on drugs (literally) and we got our food complimented bc of that weird situation. So we gave it a few months and came back... 😔 (see next tip)
  • Sandy B.
    Sandy BattiseAugust 24, 2013
    Frozen Margaritas are awesome.share a pitcher.
  • Marques S.
    Marques StewartMarch 11, 2015
    Be careful asking for the guacamole. You have to mix it yourself.
  • Hugo H.
    Hugo HernandezJuly 8, 2012
    Best Chile Relleno al Nogal I have found in Texas!
  • Alexa L.
    Alexa LopezJanuary 17, 2015
    The Fajitas are TO DIE FOR 😩😩😩😩😩 #PolvosAustin #DateNight#RitasOnPoint
  • Valeria G.
    Valeria GomezMarch 5, 2014
    The caldo de res is delicious!
  • Rick O.
    Rick OrrDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Used TabbedOut - pay with your phone, split the tab with friends.
  • Theda S.
    Theda SandifordMarch 25, 2012
    Try the Carne Guisada - That's what I'm talking about. Getting my tex mex fix before moving
  • John W.
    John WisemanMarch 9, 2010
    Amazing pickle/salsa bar. Don't fear the trailer-parky decor. This is THE spot for Tex-Mex in Austin.
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Interior Mexican Food in South Austin. Keeping it weird one taco at a time.
  • Brooke K.
    Brooke KellerJanuary 5, 2011
    the cerveza fajitas and the chile relleno al nogal are where its at!
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KelleySeptember 5, 2013
    Delicious, well-expedited food ... but terrible service. I had to ask to be served, minutes after a waiter took the order for two guys that had come in after me. Hostess non-existent.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AOctober 29, 2011
    Sit outside on a cold day. Free tequila and cinnamon drink. :)
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7, 2016
    The host... Really..?! Tried to sit us two at a table LITERALLY pushed up by the bar. With people standing all around us (Friday night) like what I'm supposed to communicate sign language w/my guest?
  • Niel K.
    Niel KennedyNovember 16, 2010
    Excellent salsa bar, get the Mexican martini and very good tamales!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chili Relleno Al Nogal must be made with baby tears. Order it!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganMarch 19, 2011
    Amazing Mexican, home made tortillas, strong drinks!
  • Hayley F.
    Hayley FojtikFebruary 5, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Service can be a hit or miss.
  • Noah E.
    Noah ElkinFebruary 15, 2012
    The AmEx check-in special is kind of pointless since Polvos only accepts MC and VISA.
  • Keith
    KeithJanuary 31, 2015
    Fish fajitas are outstanding.
  • Roman L.
    Roman LopezJune 25, 2013
    Great margaritas! Haven't been in a while....Need to.
  • Ruben S.
    Ruben SalinasNovember 13, 2011
    Bananas with your eggs is a must try!!!!
  • Vance C.
    Vance CobbMay 3, 2011
    Try the Bubbly Moses you won't leave disappointed!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffFebruary 24, 2013
    Very crowded, mediocre service, but great food! Loved the shrimp fajitas!
  • Max M.
    Max MullenJanuary 22, 2012
    Try the fajitas, you won't be disappointed.
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.October 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Salsa bar is so good...
  • Frankie M.
    Frankie MAugust 12, 2012
    Craziness on the weekends but so worth it ;)
  • B W.
    B WNovember 26, 2014
    Overrated Bouldin Mexican restaurant. Decent food, good salsa, nice outdoor patio.
  • melissa l.
    melissa laneMay 7, 2015
    Excellent margaritas, and the food is not so bad 😉
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