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La Esperanza

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1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
+1 574-273-0345
10:00 - 21:00
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South Bend, Indiana
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130 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

The food was good - salsa a bit spicy and runny. However, everyone seemed to enjoy their food. The only strange thing was the manner for payment. We asked for separate checks and were informed that everything would be settled when we left. When we checked out, the manager had to ask us what we had, then figure out what... More 

Thank maryluber1
South Bend, Indiana
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

Good place for a party or big group, the food is not great and not ever bad right in the middle. I like the cheese enchiladas as a vegetarian option but the veggies you can fill a burrito with seem to have come frozen.

Thank WanderfullLife
Tokyo, Japan
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

We stopped for carry out and were so glad we did! The tortillas, while not hand made, were good. The salsa was spicy, the meat tender. Prices reasonable. Lovely meal!

Thank Nancy P
Oakville, Canada
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

We were in South Bend for a family wedding and decided on Mexican for our one dinner out. What a fantastic spot! Close to our hotel, friendly service and great food! There were 10 of us and we enjoyed the chimigangas, salsa and chips, margaritas, quesadillas, and enchiladas! The owner even came out and spoke to us. Would def go... More 

Thank H2Ogirl13
Mishawaka, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

My husband and I are particularly addicted to the enchiladas. We always look forward to the fresh salsa as well. Excellent food and cozy surroundings. We cannot say enough about the amazing staff. They are all so kind and welcoming. You always feel like you are coming home.

Thank Dana_Adair
South Bend, Indiana
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

The food is very good, served quickly and is tasty. It is near ND and the owners and staff are welcoming and gracious.

Thank Maggie K
South Bend, Indiana
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82 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

This was our first encounter with Mexican food in South Bend. I read the reviews before we went so it looked pretty good. The chips and salsa were great (salsa is spicy). My wife ordered tacos which she said were ok; I had a similar reaction to the camarones al a diablo. My shrimp were in a spicy sauce...but a... More 

Thank Publicola76
Clifton, New Jersey
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

Good find. Salsa was fresh and spicy. Mexicano Burrito was tasty with lots of onions cilantro and chopped up steak. Rice and refried beans were very good. I did NOT get an MSG headache for once. Service was friendly and fast. I recommend it for a reasonably priced, fast, quality meal.

1 Thank Jackthewhack
South Bend, Indiana
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107 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

I think we go here enough to be considered "regulars". We've tried most of the things on the menu by now. This past Saturday evening we went again - she had the seafood burrito (one of her favorites) and I tried something new - grilled trout smothered in veracruz sauce. Both entrees come with rice and beans. Wonderful as always!!

1 Thank John A
Granger, Indiana
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

We love the food here. Always fresh and they will change anything you wish since all is made to order. No frozen burritos here. Their salsa is great and the Diablo sauce is hot. The owner and all the servers are friendly and attentive. Prices are very fair.

1 Thank Tjoines

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-273-0345

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