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Polvos Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Bouldin Creek, Austin
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  • Niel K.
    "Excellent salsa bar, get the Mexican martini and very good tamales!"(8 Tips)
    Hugo H.
    "Best Chile Relleno al Nogal I have found in Texas!"(5 Tips)
    Sandy B.
    "Frozen Margaritas are awesome.share"(7 Tips)
    Karl B.
    "best mexican food in Austin.."(3 Tips)
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  • Ed I.
    Ed IresonOctober 12, 2013
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Erika H.
    Erika HermannsNovember 24, 2013
    Killer Mexican Martinis and kitschy vibe makes this a fun weekend spot. Love the brown salsa (salsa bar!), ceviche and enchiladas. Impressive seafood options.
  • Kat M.
    Kat MandelsteinSeptember 12, 2011
    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
  • 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.
  • Joe A.
    Joe AraizaDecember 18, 2011
    Hate to say it, but you're better off going to taco bell. There's nothing out of the ordinary about their food. Plus they play their overhead music way too loud and it's not even 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • mike b.
    mike b.May 1
    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.
  • 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....
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SidoraJuly 22, 2015
    Large portions. Pitchers of frozen margaritas. My favorite salsas in town. Fajitas or breakfast tacos are my go to orders.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7
    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.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7
    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.
  • Ken C.
    Ken CagleApril 7
    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)
  • 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.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlanísOctober 22, 2012
    Although the menu seems to indicate otherwise, the huevos rancheros and the huevos corridos are actually the same thing. ;)
  • Alfred M.
    Alfred M.March 10
    salsa bar, queso and the fajitas. oh and they made the tortillas on the spot. all outstanding. great little spot.
  • 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
  • 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]
  • Scott Y.
    Scott YoungbloodMarch 10, 2012
    The salsa bar is well worth the extra cash. And if you plan on having the Mexican Martini, plan on calling a cab.
  • Storm H.
    Storm HollowayJuly 20, 2013
    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.
  • Manda M.
    Manda MosleyMay 9, 2014
    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.
  • Germaine W.
    Even the fajitas have butter in them. So if you're vegan ask about them making it with water or oil instead.
  • 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.
  • Anne L.
    Anne LMarch 30, 2014
    Mexican martini, guacamole + salsa bar, two enchiladas (one chicken + poblano, one beef fajita + chile con queso) = perfection.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    The must try Awesome Mexican Cuisine! Killer location, deadly margaritas. A must do for the out-of-towners.
  • Cameron
    CameronMay 12, 2013
    The enchiladas Dona Clara are nothing but raw onions and cheese. Don't order them unless you LOVE you some onions!
  • 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
    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?
  • Jairy G.
    Jairy GrisaffeSeptember 20, 2011
    Excellent food and the fire roasted salsa is outstanding. Just wish the music was lower on the inside.
  • Trevor O.
    Trevor OlsonNovember 26, 2014
    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!
  • Esteban S.
    Esteban SanchezJanuary 15, 2012
    The menu is freakin overpriced for the quality of food. And you NEVER charge for chips and salsa at a respectable mex restaurant.
  • Leslie M.
    Leslie MurguiaApril 20, 2011
    They charge $2 for the salsa bar or else you just get chips. And 18% gratuity added for parties of 4 or more. WTH??
  • 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.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AprilMarch 11, 2011
    Entrees are large and can definitely be split by two people! Chicken fajitas are very tasty as well.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GeislerNovember 17, 2011
    Karla was my waitress she was awesome and their enchiladas are shuttled good. Guacamole is bomb too
  • Yola B.
    Yola BlakeNovember 16, 2011
    Order anything from the seafood part of the menu. They season everything perfect! Especially shrimp.
  • 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.
  • Bam R.
    Bam RodriguezFebruary 9, 2012
    Fish tacos are not on the menu. ASK for it! 2 tacos plus rice. Yummo! Oh yeah, mango margs.
  • Kristin P.
    Kristin PhillipsMay 30, 2013
    Best Mexican food I have ever eaten! This is not your typical Tex Mex. Try the beef nachos!
  • Yurij B.
    Yurij BryndziaMarch 7, 2015
    Their enchiladas will bring you there, though their margaritas will convince you to stay longer
  • Chris H.
    Chris HillsJune 8, 2012
    They up charge everything. Salsa isn't complementary? Nope, and you have to serve yourself if you want it.
  • Augustine V.
    Augustine VMarch 23, 2012
    There's ALWAYS a long line outside.. slip past the hostess and get yourself a drink at the bar inside!
  • Roz G.
    Roz GMay 20, 2012
    Food is fair, service is so so, there are better places in town but lots of people like it. Take your chances.
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