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“Despite changes, Tabla de Fiesta is still the best”

Estanzia Santa Cruz
Ranked #3,485 of 4,414 Restaurants in Vienna
Price range: US$15 - US$22
Cuisines: Mexican, Grill
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Leopoldstadt
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Huge Mexican-style place next to Praterallee with most of the tables designed for big groups. Over the years we have learnt to order the Tabla de Fiesta every time and with three or four hungry people we have never managed to finish it – very meaty, crisp chicken wings, quesadillas with cheese and ham, pork skewers, Spanish omelette, two types of croqueta, hot fat chorizo, mini chorizos in red wine and fiery chilli poppers, before you even get to the huge basket of tortillas with guacamole and salsa and multitude of ham, salami, sundried tomatoes and olives. At EUR 25, you would be hard pushed to find a better or more filling platter to soak up the cocktails and beer.

There have been a few changes at Santa Cruz which include introducing a charge for tap water (EUR 1.20 for a glass or EUR 2.90 for a pitcher) and bumping up all of the prices, especially on drinks (EUR 8.50 for most cocktails). The service can be patchy, depending on how busy they are, but many of the waiters have been here for over a decade and cope quite well with a busy service, although the embarrassment of the new management policies such as charging for tap water and not allowing any variations are plain to see.

All in all, this is a good place to come if you want to sit and nibble for a few hours and can afford the drinks. I wouldn't recommend it to individuals or couples looking for a quick snack.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

This was most probably my least favorite Mexican meal in a long long time. I had tacos, that had beef in it, but it tasted like nothing (maybe beans). The sauces were also nothing special, a chilly one even faaaaar too salty. Overall a disappointment. On top the house beer is a Czech one?!?! I love Czech beer, but it just does not fit.

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Reviewed 29 March 2014

As we landed in Vienna, after taking a long walk through the amusement park, we ended up in Santa Cruz after being referred to it by someone from the hotel we were staying in. I would say the Mexican food here is below average. Imagine a preserved salsa dip served with ready-to-eat tasting quesadillas and poor service.
I would say a complete NO, and especially if you are a veggie like me!

Thank FBKalra
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

It is a large restaurant with over 200 tables located in Prater amusement park. In summer time, it is nice to sit outside, chatting with friends while swallowing down the spare ribs and beer. The portion is quite generous, and I never finished the spare ribs by myself. Maybe cebause they are more and more popular, the price has also increased over the past few years.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I ordered the chimichurri spare ribs which they served with fried potatoes, and boy was i filled up. Gigantic portions and great price. Their salsas and salads were also refreshing. Such a nice and lively place with the right Mexican spirit. Order beer with the ribs and you are in business!

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