Dunedin >Food & Dining > Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican
Sorry folks, not impressed.
This has to be the worst mexican restaurant I have ever been to. I strongly feel that all the good reviews have to be from people that have not been to Mexico and had real mexican food (no offense to anyone). I make all kinds of margaritas, strong and weak. But their margaritas were so watered down. The ice had already melted because of the slow service. My friend, who LOVES queso, mine to be exact, was disgusted. There was oil sitting on top of the queso. It was so solidified you coudn't scoop out a small amount to put on the stale tortilla chips. The burritos were served like it was a Lean Cuisine flatbread dinner??? Even the wait staff was incredibly rude and slow. We had to ask for our bill twice, and then go to the hostess to ask her to get our waiter so we could get our bill. They weren't very busy when I was there, maybe it was just a bad night....who knows, but I don't want to try it again. It was the worst $50 I ever spent.
The only good thing about this place is location, location, location. My boyfriend would rather spend $50 at Taco Bell any day of the week.
Across the street is Alfresco's, very good. Or Jollie Mon's, about 3 blocks away, DELICIOUS, talk about good queso!
Exceptional Food, Warm Service and an Unbelievable New Atmosphere too!. For years I ate at Casa Tina and I always ate the same thing every time I went. The Mole Poblano was so rich with delectable sweet dark chocolate and then the spice from the peppers would kick in, it was a mouthgasmic experience that would make me sweat with pleasure. Now, however, I have learned much more about the offerings of my favorite cantina and I have learned to venture off in new directions. I have found that there are many, many exceptional items on the menu. Be adventurous, try something new!
Great mexican cuisine in a family friendly environment. My wife and I have been going here for years and it is by far our favorite restaurant in town. Whenever anyone comes to visit we love to bring them here. The wait staff is very helpful and friendly! Tina, the owner, is usually in eye sight and working hands on to make sure you have the best dining experience possible. When you are seated you are given freshly cooked tortilla chips and an amazing fresh salsa that we usually buy a pint of to take home . The diverse menu should satisfy almost any group of people. I recommend the soft chicken or beef tacos which come with a side of Spanish rice and re-fried beans.
Best Mexican food in Pinellas County .... My wife and I have been regulars at Casa Tinas for nearly 15 years. This is because the food is the best of its kind in the area -- by a long shot. While most Mexican restaurants use low-grade, processed ingredients, Casa Tinas always offers unique, delicious, and fresh fare. The service is excellent, as well. It stuns me to read negative reviews of this restaurant. Anyone that says that Casa Tinas has bad food belongs at Taco Bell -- not at a real restaurant. My wife and I will continue to be regulars at this excellent restaurant. And, as an aside, my wife and I love the expanded space and atmosphere that is the "new" Casa Tinas.
Excellent Mexican Food with the freshest of ingredients!.
Casa Tina came highly recommended to me to eat at while vacationing in the area. A HUGE fan of Mexican food, I was thrilled to see that everything on the menu is fresh and that none of the ingredients are pre-prepared. My partner has Celiac's which makes eating out a chore, and she was able to order off of the menu and feel confident that her selection would not cause a reaction.
We were very pleased with the chips and salsa, and the promptness with which our dinners were served. The first night we ate there, we both had enchiladas, and the different sauce selections were lovely. Having had such a nice experience, we went back a second time, and this time had the tacos, and the flutes (flautas). Once again, the food was hot and fresh and served very quickly.
Although several reviewers mention a problem with drink service, we had no problems in this department at all. In fact, the first night various servers kept refills coming, and the second night being Friday which was quite busy, we had no trouble getting our own servers attention when we needed something. We were also pleasantly surprised by the wine menu being wine drinkers, usually you do not find Mexican restaurants that have a nice wine selection.
Overall, if you are looking for a fresh, authentic meal, come to Casa Tina's, it is a great place to catch a terrific meal.
How this place stays in business is amazing.
I have lived all over the USA..I am a professional restaurant consultant
and used to be a major newpapers restaurant reviewer..
Never have I seen worse food or service.
obviously the owner just doesnt care and the location is good enough to
keep the suckers coming at least for one horrible meal..
SAVE YOUR MONEY..IF YOU ARE GOING TO EAT IN DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN GO ACROSS THE STREET TO ALFESCO.
good mole, bad service. I want to give this place a good review, I really do, I just can't . The good is it's very cute. They have great mole! Nice homemade tortillas too. The service here is awful!!! We've been here on 4 different occasions, each time was worse then the one before. One time we walked in and sat down while the staff talked & watched us and NEVER came to the table. I had to walk up to the staff and ask if there was a server on duty. When she did come out she was very short & curt and seemed as if it bothered her when we asked for extra tortillas. Drink refills will not happen here! We always order a drink and an appetizer to start and then another drink with dinner. Good luck on that!! Unfortunately we will no longer drive the 30 mins it takes to get here as the I can make better traditional mole at home and I dont care to give my money to rude servers.
Better food at taco bell.
Service was bad. What do you have to do to get a drink refill?! The food was poor.
nothing good to say about this place.
Over rated. Having lived in the Dallas area for 13 years I had a chance to eat very Authentic Mexican food that was outstanding. After moving to Dunedin I was very pleased to hear about Casa Tina's, but very disappointed after I went there. I actually sent the first plate of food that was served to me back, stating that it wasn't tasty at all, but unfortunately the replacement serving wasn?t any better. Wanting to give them a second try, just this past March we took some friends there and their comments were that they didn't think the food was very good and the prices were high. Sorry I can't recommend this restaurant.
Awful Food and Uncaring Service!!!.
We went to eat at this restaurant expecting authentic Mexican food and we were extremely disappointed. We ordered 'Pescado a la Veracruzana' and had to send it back because their 'fresh daily' fish was old, not fresh, and smelled bad! It tasted like it had been dead for a LONG time. We complained to the owner, who was very indifferent about it, and she asked if we wanted something else. So, we ordered the chicken mole. This turned out to be not real chicken, but fast food style mechanically seperated with fake grill marks, in a tastless sauce.
We also ordered crab-meat tacos. They were equally bad, made from what appeared and tasted of canned crab meat. Literally, it was canned crab meat on a cold tortilla.
Overall, a very horrible and disappointing evening meal. Would highly NOT RECOMMEND!
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