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  • 5.0 star rating
    10/1/2011
    3 check-ins here

    Great Mexican restaurant in the centre of Greenwich. Desperados gives its customers dear portions, cheap prices and tasty food. The cocktails are fairly priced and are NOT watered down (fantastic!) The staff and welcoming, the restaurant is clean and the seating is comfortable.

    It gets my vote!

  • 1.0 star rating
    16/7/2013
    1 check-in here

    I know Yelp is awesome -

    but sometimes, despite the bad reviews you have to give a place a go.

    Wrong.

    The food is bland. Really bland. I ordered the burrito with refried beans and rice. The rice tasted like that dried packet of savory rice you buy from the supermarket and add water. The burrito itself was fine, but bland and soggy on the bottom because it was placed on the beans. The beans, bland again. Salsa was less salsa, more tomato.

    The Mrs had the fajitas which she said was OK - but not as good as we make it. I think, how wrong can you go with frying up some veg?!

    There's a big drinks menu, but the soft drink options were barely existent and cost as much as they cocktails and beers.

    Service was just awful. Moving your stuff around the table, cleaning around you in mid conversation when completely unnecessary.  No smile, no chat, leaning against anything while taking your order. You can tell they don't care not only by the attitude of their staff but by their 'hilarious' little note in their menu 'Service obsessed co' - any feedback write to Acapulco.'

    The decor is bold and tacky. At first you think, cheesy and fun, then realize it's just cheap and unappealing really..

    Wild horses couldn't drag me back here for all the Meh in the world.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/12/2008
    First to Review

    The first time I went to this little mexican restaurant in Greenwich, we had to climb a little step ladder to get to our table- a novelty, which to my childlike glee, always makes me want to return. Although these upper tables are not always available, I am always happy to visit anyway for the excellent food and even better frozen margaritas, which are served in goldfish bowl-sized glasses and come in a variety of fruity flavours including peach and strawberry.

    All of the portions are huge and I have taken a mexican friend here who was satisfied by the quality and authenticity - my favourite is the burritos.

    The service is also excellent and the place has a cosy but lively atmosphere due to the latin music that's played. When I feel like a trip to Greenwich, this is one of my top restaurants to eat at.

  • 1.0 star rating
    1/1/2010

    I hate to have to say this, but Desperados Mexican Tapas and Cocktail Bar gets the big thumbs down from me.

    The food is so so so very poor and the staff...well lets just say they are certainly not the beacons of great customer service and would struggle to survive working at McDonalds.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/12/2009

    Cute place in the heart of Greenwich, good service and decent food. Our group of seven was lured in by the host who gave us two pitchers of Sangaria on the house which was really nice. Not sure how much alcohol  (or little) alcohol was in those pitchers but it was a sweet perk nonetheless.

    My boy and I split a beef and chicken enchilada combo which was tasty, especially since the meat in each was shredded vs. ground. I didn't really dig the beans or rice (I prefer mex to tex here). The chips tasted a bit like Doritos and the guacamole was more like guacamolito sauce. Still, prices were ok and everyone was pretty happy with their main dishes, except for the guy who ordered the burger, which was a little too well done (although I was surprised there was a burger on the menu and even more so that someone ordered it.) The sizzling fajita plate is always a crowd pleaser, even their veggie version which includes a rather odd combination of snowpeas and baby corns in addition to peppers and onions.

    I'd come back here if I'm in Greenwich to try one of their margaritas, or embarrass a friend by ordering them a  "Wild Sex" or "Mexican Sex Monster" cocktail as offered on the drink menu.

  • 1.0 star rating
    31/3/2011

    you would have to be desperado to go here.

    The food was piping hot in a 'reheated in the microwave' fashion and arrived alarmingly quick after ordering, in a 'reheated in the microwave now get this down you and clear the table for more customers, por favor' kind of way.  The tables were WAY too close together.  The waiters were friendly, I can't argue with that.  I think mexican food has to be superb to be enjoyed, this wasn't superb it was mass catering production line and I did not likey.

  • 2.0 star rating
    10/8/2011

    The food here is only okay, but the service was fast which was important because we were going to catch a boat back to London after visiting the Royal Observatory.

    We had 2 beers, Tortilla chips with salsa, guac, and sour cream, and prawns in chili lime sauce, and the worst patatas bravas that I've ever had. The bill was about 24 GBP or $38. This place was busy and they seemed to have many specialty cocktails so that may be the appeal, but it isn't the Mexican food or the tapas.

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    It's not bad in here. The spanish/mexican place has been around for as long as I've lived in Greenwich, but it's never really been on my radar. No one i know seems to favour it.

    It's not that it's bad. you just get very avergae food and average service. I last came here for breakfast and it was alright, but nothing to shout about.

    That said, the freshly squeezed orange juice when you have a hangover is always a bonus.

    There are better places to eat in Greenwich, but if they're full (and they often are) then this place is alright too.

    • Qype User m3r0v1…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 28 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    30/4/2011

    The jug of cocktails are a scam, they dont put the same measures in them as in the glass cocktails, ours was at least two shots short of being the same taste, and before you say it i ordered both the jug and the cocktail itself so i definitely know.

    As for the food, a burrito is pretty standard fare for a mex restaurant right? Well the one they served here was miniscule. They say 10'', thats bs, its about 4 inch, so either someone is used to exaggerating the length of things or they need their eyes tested. Plus it was pricey, in Soho, im happy to pay £6 for a burrito, but here its £10 which is a jip if you as me especially as most of the plate is refried beans and rice. I mean i am full, but mainly cos of the nachos, which were ok i suppose, just not enough chilis.

    They arent Mexican either, and the toilet looked like the M6 if you know what i mean, but if you like panpipe cover versions of The Eagles, then you're on to one! They also started bleaching the floor while we were there, and after a jug of cocktail that piney fresh smell doesnt sit so good. avoid.

    Anyhoo, wont be coming back, so vaya con dios Desperdos

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/5/2012
    1 check-in here

    While meeting a friend before going to Greenwich Theatre, she had plenty of time to look around and decide what she wanted to eat. Therefore, we ended up here. It was empty when we sat down (about 18.00), but it was a Tuesday night so I wouldn't expect it to be crazy busy. Our waitress was very helpful and did not rush us in any way. We ordered drinks and food at the same time, and our starters arrived before our drinks (and very quickly at that). Nachos were what you would expect, and my chicken fajitas were tasty. Main meals are about £10, starters about £5. I wouldn't chose to eat her again, but if friends wanted to I wouldn't say no.

    • Qype User ski…
    • London
    • 32 friends
    • 138 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    Some nice staff, but not much banter with them. Service was slow, food was average and very expenisive for what you got. Keep it as a last-resort for Mexican in Greenwich.

    • Qype User supert…
    • Nuneaton, Warwickshire
    • 69 friends
    • 101 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/1/2009

    I know the other reviews aren't hat great, but we had lunch there, and it was a positive experience. We were very politely welcomed, served very rapidly and enjoyed a very decent drink. The portions were very large and the food was tasty. As it was mid-afternoon, the place was very quiet, but we were happy with that. The toilets were very clean, no smells anywhere as someone has reported.

    • Qype User louise…
    • Canterbury, Kent
    • 27 friends
    • 96 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/7/2008

    Well, if you want a cocktail.go here. Its great they seem to have everything you want. plus they do food really late, even after you have finished at the pubs kick out, you can still go here and eat and drink. Pitcher or glass, what ever tickles your fancy your sure to find something.

    • Qype User Jonla…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 103 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    11/3/2009

    I haven't tried the food, but went with friends for late-night cocktails and it was certainly passable, if pretty packed. Nothing outstanding, but I'd return there without too much fuss.

  • 2.0 star rating
    2/9/2009

    Really sub-par food, poorly presented and over-priced drinks.

    • Qype User tobypi…
    • Scarborough, North Yorkshire
    • 4 friends
    • 219 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    5/4/2010

    We had a BBQ combination and lemon salmon washed down with a mojito and a couple of glasses of red. The service was attentive and friendly. The meat all tasted nice enough but was slathered in sauce so could not differentiate between the taste of steak or chicken. Although easy on the eye it was a little too dim for me to be able to tell what was meat and what was fat. The bill came at £51 so I suggested to the waitress round it up to £55 for tip. She said thank you and took my money. I then noticed the £5 service charge. So I asked for, and got, the additional tip back but do think it was very dishonest of her not to say anything. In summary the food was ok but all too expensive. I would eat here again but only if I could not get in somewhere else

    • Qype User lot_th…
    • London
    • 28 friends
    • 26 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/7/2008

    I wasn't impressed with this place. It seemed very expensive for what you got. The service was poor and the food dire! I actually left after my starter as I waited for about 15mins to order and another 25-30mins for the actually food which came out cold! Drink prices were astronomical and I wouldn't go there again! Go to Cafe Sol which is over the road.

    • Qype User bigre…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 18 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    1/10/2008

    This place always looks dull and uninteresting from the outside however inside it is bustling with punters and diners.
    the food is very nice it was just unfortunate that it was served within 5 minutes of ordering so it is not a place to go for a long relaxing meal but for a quick dinner, just passing through, it's ideal

    • Qype User anin2…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 53 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    Desperados by name desperados by nature. This place is vile in my opinion, the first time I walked in here we walked straight out again because the whole place stuck of toilets (ick). The second time I went it was arranged by a friend of ours so we had to go, and we really should have walked out again! The drinks were watered down the food was was ok but it didn't really make up for the lousy decor and generally dour interior. It's really an uninspiring place to have lunch and it's not exactly cheap either. Plus I still think it smelt of toilets. Don't do it to yourself, go to High Chaparal next door it's much nicer.

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