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“Come for the local colour, not the food”
Review of La Hacienda

La Hacienda
Ranked #42 of 170 Restaurants in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 28 March 2014

La Hacienda is patronized mostly by locals and ex-pats, with foreign tourists as a significant minority. During our visit, we witnessed a fiery dispute between two of the patrons. Shortly after our arrival, two locals poured onto the deck; they were involved in a heated discussion. As tension rose, we were surprised that the vulgarities and threats switched to English. This was unfortunate as we had been softening the interpretation for the younger ears at our table. We were also surprised that the decorum of their straight rum consumption remained the same throughout the argument. The contents of the bottle were poured into a shot glass, then gently poured into a larger glass filled with ice. We asked the waiter if everything would be okay; he assured us that it was no problem. One of the combatants went inside for a while, so we relaxed. Then, he returned; hostilities reconvened; he disappeared again and, upon return, he confessed his love for his friend and all was right with the world.

Later, some of their old friends appeared on the foot path below. We were relieved when one of the combatants entranced an older gentleman to join them. Both showed great reverence to the elder. Again, everything was right with the world. However, we were somewhat horrified to hear the resumption of hostilities. Issues escalated and the English language was re-introduced to the discussion.

To avoid witnessing further escalation, I asked for the bill. My nine year old son declared it the best night ever. It may be a sad statement on the monotony of my own life, but I had to partly agree. This restaurant offers mediocre food and surly service, but if you're looking for local colour, this is the place to be - just maybe leave the kids at home.

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Ate here 4 times while we were in Granada, its not really slow service, its just the slower pace of life down there, which we enjoyed. The food here was good, nothing to get really excited about, but it was good! the best thing about this place is it was not overwhelmed with beggars and tourist, and is in a quiet location with good music and drinks. This will be the first place I go, as soon as I go back, which hopefully is sooner not later.

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

My wife and I took two friends to check this place out but ended up being a bit disappointed.

The service was quick for the drinks (though our lemonade cost us more than our friend's beer!), but took 45 minutes to deliver the food. And when they did finally bring it over, it was only three meals out of four, as one friend had to wait another 5 minutes for his.

Our vegetarian burritos tasted okay ($4.00 each inc tax), but their meals were very small and expensive for what they got.

I personally wouldn't come back again.

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I love the setting of this place but the food and service is not consistently good. When it is good, it is really good, especially the fajitas.

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Sit on the patio and have a snack and a cold Toña or the best Macua in town while workmen with their horse drawn carts go clop-clopping by. Great way to bring your tempo down to that of the working Granada. You'll forget you're a tourist among the locals and ex-pats.

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