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Esmeralda's Mexican Food

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328 Grotto St, Eureka, CA 95501-4351
Mon 10:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 10:30 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Fortuna, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I would like to start out by saying; I am over 50 years old and love to eat good food of all kinds and that includes good Mexican food. A couple of people at my wife's work had told her the food was good at Esmeralda's. We had spent the day with our grand daughter and decided to try it.... More 

Thank Loren L
Eureka, California
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

After arriving and waiting 10 minutes I went to ask for some menus, chips, guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and utensils. We waited quite a while, and then the waitress had the audacity to wait on her friends who arrived 20 minutes after we arrived. After complaining, the waitress finally came to take our order (10 minutes later). Then I noticed... More 

Thank MistyForest
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were disappointed with the food portions however the food was good. The restaurant was clean and located well off the main drag. The cost of my meal was about twenty five dollars and that was before the tip. Way too expensive for what this restaurant offered. Will not go there again because Eureka offers so many other dinning opportunities.

Thank Chuck E
Eureka, California
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Not our favorite Mexican restaurant, but good food in Henderson Center if you are there for lunch or dinner.

Thank lentz316
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I have eaten at an award winning Mexican food restaurant in Los Angeles. Their specialty is Mole. Esmeralda's Mole is every bit as good, as is everything else and the service. This is a real FIND to have here in Eureka.

Thank 196randys
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I have eaten in an award winning Mexican food restaurant and the food here is as close to that as I have found yet. Service is outstanding and fast, too. We had the Mole Chicken and Fajitas, both were wonderful. The chips with salsa, well the chips are warm and both crispy and tender at the same time somehow. We... More 

Thank huntersth
Bayside, California
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Okay, at the risk of never getting a table here again, here goes -- the food is awesome!!! EVERYTHING I have tasted has been amazing! Not a fan of mole but the chicken mole is delicious, best I've ever tasted and I've tried it in every place my husband has ordered it. I love the basic tacos and the sopes... More 

Thank Nancy H
Eureka, California
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Esmeralda's recently rated best Mexican food in Eureka, so we had to try it. My wife's burrito was huge and delicious. We made two meals out of it. I favor flour tortillas so they made my tacos with crisp flour shells and they were delicious, loaded with fresh queso and sour cream. We will be sure to go back for... More 

Eureka, California
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

I love this place, the food is excellent!! I LOVE the dollar tacos, nachos and the fresh tortillas!! We eat here at least twice a week and even deliver!!

Thank Allison E
Eureka, California
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

I ate here for the first time this week, prepared to be disappointed, maybe even wanting to be disappointed. You see, this Mexican restaurant is included a couple blocks removed from the best Mexican restaurant in Humboldt, Oaxaca. So it's a little too close for comfort. How could two great Mexican restaurants thrive in such close proximity. Still, I must... More 

Thank TommyEureka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Grotto St, Eureka, CA 95501-4351
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Humboldt County  >  Eureka

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?