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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Latin, Bar
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 8 May 2024 via mobile

Good food, very nicely decorated, very friendly staff. The area is safe, with a lot of nice shops and restaurants around . Different age ranges we’re having a drink or eating some food. The indoor and outdoor seating was really nice. The food came quickly,...the portion was fairly small but delicious.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 9 April 2024

To be clear this is a review for the Overton Square Babalu. Restaurant not extremely busy and several tables empty. We were put in a 15 min wait. Others were also. Could be a help issue?? Anyway guac and chips was good but the rest...of our meal other than one salad was not. The burger which has always been great was a frozen patty cooked on grill. Kid you not! Maybe 1/4 thin. Shrimp was rubbery and the chicken had fat on it. Maybe the other location is better.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Christy Terry, Owner at Babalu, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2024

Hello – we want to apologize your experience wasn't up to par. Please note our burger patties are fresh, not frozen. However, if anything isn't to your liking, we encourage you to speak with a manager so we can amend the issue immediately. We're alerting...More

Reviewed 27 March 2024

Went for dinner and it was delicious! The server was kind of rude that particular evening. I would like to visit again sometime in the near future!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

Delicious! Great atmosphere…. Hip location. I had a Babarita & a LunaRita…. Drinks did NOT disappoint. Steak on a stick was amazing, great blend of flavors

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

When our party of three arrived, we were told it would be a 5-10 minute wait (ended up being 15), despite the fact that there were numerous empty tables. Guacamole was great, tacos good, shrimp and grits tasted good, but grits were very dry.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

Delicious, fun tacos! We each had three tacos from their wide selection. I truly loved the duck and pork belly tacos, so nice they have unique options that are cooked to perfection! My boyfriend also loved the steak and chicken tacos. They are super in...tuned with any allergens you may have and are more than happy to make adjustments for you. Overall, great place in a cute restaurant with yummy food!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 May 2023 via mobile

Came here after it being recommended by a few people. Started with the beef short rib rolls, as well as the tableside guacamole. Both were really good. Actually prepared at the table within a couple of minutes. Next, I had the fish taco and the...cuban sandwich. Both were really good and full of flavor. For drinks, we had a sangria & the spicy margarita. Well made drinks without question. Parking is in the deck behind the restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 18 March 2023

Excellent mixtures of flavors. The tacos were good. The churrasco steak melted in my mouth it was so tender. The homemade chips were outstanding and the salsa had a little heat to it.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2023 via mobile

Our server was excellent, very friendly, attentive, and willing to answer any questions we had. I had the chicken satay and my sis had tacos. Food was good but not great.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2022

Fun and tasty twist on Mexican with Memphis flavor Taco variety was both interesting and tasty, and my shimp and grits was top notch Atmosphere was upbeat- neat area of town

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 27 July 2022

My family enjoyed their variation on the Mexican cuisine we know in California. It is bright and flavorful much like coastal Mexican cuisine. Guacamole is made table side and tasty. Service is friendly and attentive. They gave us to-go cups of our beverages which was...an unexpected gift.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 April 2022 via mobile

Great Mexican style restaurant with a sprinkling of local Memphis cuisine. Friendly staff, bearded bartender very professional and friendly, good cocktails, quick service, food among the tastiest Mexican meals I have had. Done with attention to detail. Best meal I had in Memphis

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 15 February 2022

We had an early dinner. The waitress was very friendly and fun. The food was excellent if a little pricey. We also had some very good drinks. Would visit here again.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 20 January 2022 via mobile

Visiting Memphis for business conference & went to Overton Square location. Wonderful experience, great decor, vibrant neighborhood. Three of us had a variety of dishes. Appetizers: Gulf Shrimp Ceviche & Baked Queso & Chihuahua Cheese dip with chips, & Salsa with Chips. All were highly...enjoyed. The cheese dish stood out fantastically. The Chips are outstanding, with charred lines adding unique great flavor. Main dishes: Tacos with Gulf Shrimp, Smoked Pork, Steak & Redfish (Snapper family), Roasted Chicken & Cuban sandwich were all winners. We all shared tastings & gave thumbs up all around. Dessert: Cinnamon Bread Pudding & Crema Chocolate Chunk cookies topped with whip cream & strawberry. Both presentations consisted of 3 pieces, making it great for sharing. Prices are good for the quality. Service was pleasant. Another wonderful Memphis restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 4 January 2022

We went mid-afternoon and it wasn't busy. We still had to wait for a table. Once seated, it took a long time to get someone's attention to take our order. The food was pretty good but a bit pricey for what we received. I'll try...them again next time I'm in the area. But I won't go out of my way to eat there again.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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ahh9229
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Response from jcooper839 | Reviewed this property |
whatever your style is. At various times it goes from casual to trendy with a dose of business attire in the mix. Basically your good to go with shorts and t-shirt all the way to a dress or a suit.
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Scotty, Babalu's seating policy is "upon arrival." We look forward to seeing you! Otie H. Guest Relations Manager
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Response from JimE782 | Reviewed this property |
I'm really not that sure but Babalu's is really a forward thinking restaurant...I'm pretty sure they would. Worth a simple call.
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BABALU, Memphis - 2115 Madison Ave - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Babalu offers takeaway services.

Babalu is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4