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Rudy's Tacos

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2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-5717
+1 319-234-5686
11:00 - 21:00
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't get to that area of Waterloo much anymore. Was driving through and needed a spot for lunch and almost drove right past it. So happy I stopped in. It had been six or seven years since I was there last and we'll definitely the making a point of stopping in again soon. The food is great, the staff... More 

Thank CouplesDateNights
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic restaurant for a casual dining experience. Personal favorite is the chicken taco supreme but everything is good. They use fresh, local ingredients and you will not be disappointed.

Thank Kathy0126
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best Mexican restaurant ever. The Primo Burrito with green chili sauce is the absolute best I have ever eaten and I have been all over the country. Fast , efficient, and economical.

Thank John J
Des Moines, IA
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is in a building with several other businesses including two small bars owned by the same business. The food is pretty good but pricey for the quality. I have had better Mexican food for less money. However, it is better than most of the Mexican offerings in Waterloo so that helps it somewhat.

Thank NDomino
Waterloo, Iowa
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

For 20 years, I've ordered the same.thing.every.visit. The mini supreme chicken taco salad. Add everything to it, but jalepenos. And get a beer in a frosty glass mug. The salad is so good, that I am never even tempted to try another eatery's taco salad, because this one cannot be topped. Food is from local sources. The decor is unique.... More 

Thank TeeSue
Waterloo, Iowa
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

First we have margarita's w/chips and salsa in one of the bar areas and it's not expensive. Then we move to the main dining area. You order and pay at the entrance then seat yourself. Wait staff then brings napkins and eating instruments. and will bring water if your want. Food arrives quickly and it's always delicious.

Thank billy12102
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I love this place and its fresh ingredients. Everybody in my picky family likes Rudy's. My only complaint is that they're not open Sunday, and that is when we go into town. Their nachos are amazing and we love the chips and salsa. There is also a lot for the kids to look at with the puppets hanging from the... More 

Thank Lydia R
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

This is a super fun place for lunch. Kids and adults have plenty to look at. Nice service and clean place.

Thank Heather H
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

There is nothing I don't like about this place. It is very eclectic with its decorations. It has a great bar the lava lounge the the beer bar. You can play music for free in the bars. You get free chips while there. The restaurant Rudys serves local fresh food.

Thank oceantravelor
Evansdale, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I thought the place was clean, the staff was great! I would recommend this place to all my friends! Hope you enjoy this place as much as I did!

Thank larrygeiger100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2401 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-5717
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-234-5686

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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?