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Mexican, Latin
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Reviewed 11 May 2021 via mobile

Delicious authentic family recipes. Really really great!!! You have to order the pork. It’s to die for. And the drinks r delicious too. Margarita martini and mezcal margarita with a smoky taste. Delicious!!!!!!! The service was fantastic too. A must go to!!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 26 March 2021

I love Mexican food so much. I had high hopes for Mexican food while vacationing in the Austin area, and wasn’t disappointed with what I found at Santa Catarina. As a relatively small space upstairs in a strip mall, you’d be forgiven for thinking you...were going to get something along the lines of slightly more expensive Taco Bell. Not hating on the Bell, but it’s not exactly authentic. Santa Catarina adheres more closely to what you’ll find while you’re actually in Mexico. We were there early on a weekday, so it wasn’t terribly crowded, but there were enough folks there to give us the feeling that it was going to be pretty good. The drinks we had, the Pina Martini and the Mexican martini, were both good. We always ask for extra spicy salsa at every Mexican restaurant we go to, and were rewarded with a green sauce they call Jalapeno Salsa. It was slightly creamy, and while it wasn’t all that spicy, it was quite tasty and unlike anything we’d had before. For entrees, I opted for the Enchiladas Mole with chicken (which BTW, were better than ones I have had in actual Mexico) and my husband went for the Carne Tampiquena. We both thoroughly enjoyed everything we had. I’d not say that this is the best Mexican food ever, but it certainly ranks in the upper echelon. There are lots of choices in this area, but I recommend giving Santa Catarina a try.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 23 March 2020 via mobile

I’m pretty picky regarding my Mexican food but everything here was top notch. The chips and salsa... the salsa was very different and full of flavor all around...6 stars. My combo meal had flavors all around as well and loved the authentic Mexican cheese on...the top. Loved the whole meal.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 13 March 2020

This place let me have a delicious healthy Mexican taste adventure. Isai, our server, recommended perfect dishes for my step-daughter and me. My tasty salad that featured shrimp, avocado, and nopales. My step-daughter had a delicious chicken salad with walnuts, avocado, and strawberries. Our margaritas...were equally specialized to our tastes, I had a skinny Margareta--that had was not as sweet but just as flavor-packed as their mango Margareta. Their salsa had a Tex-Mex punch. Their decor fused artisanal craftsmanship with a contemporary fling.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 7 January 2020

We visited for dinner in September and were wowed with the unique menu, great margaritas and fantastic flavors! I highly recommend this restaurant. I can't wait to be back in Lakeway so we can visit again! Great service, fresh tasty dishes and fun atmosphere.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 31 December 2019 via mobile

Really great local restaurant. Wonderful flavors from the salsa to the enchiladas. Some great margaritas which are essential at any Mexican restaurant. Always packed so call ahead.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 3 December 2019

Visited Santa Catarina for lunch with my boss and was impressed with how comfortable the place looked. Our server Sandra took great care of us and made sure our drinks were always filled of if there was anything we needed. We started with an appetizer...of Queso Fondido and this was a really good with the Chihuahua cheese mix and homemade tortillas. The lunch menu is an exceptional deal (both in portion and price) and there are some interesting options available. I selected the Tacos Cochinita recommended by Sandra. This is a platter of two pulled pork tacos with queso fresco, lettuce, pico de gallo, and pickled onions. The dish also came with a helping of rice and black beans which were delicious! Now this “lunch” was a very large portion and the taco’s were exceptional. I really enjoyed the flavors the pork was marinated in and the pickled onions really added to the overall flavors. My lunch partner had the Enchiladas Adobo which I sampled. The pulled pork topped with the salsa adobo was really…really good! Overall great food and service…this place is a gem hidden away in the Travis Lake area you should visit!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 25 November 2019 via mobile

Decided to give them a try. Not your average tex mex restaurant...more like Mexico. Items here are not the typical choices found in many mexican restaurants. Very good service and great margaritas. Good crowd on a weeknight.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 24 November 2019

I love this Mexican Food it is very delicious. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I love this restaurant. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 10 November 2019

We came here because I saw several things such as Huitlacoche Rellinos, Conchinita Pibil that are rare in ordinary Tex Mex restauarants. We weren't dissapointed, both were great. Specialty Margaritas all very nice and reasonable priced. The items we saw delivered to other tables all...looked very appealing. There is a reasonable amount of fish and vegitarian options.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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21 July 2017|
Response from Celia O | Reviewed this property |
Happy hour is from 4-6 pm every day. Most appetizers are 1/2 off. House Margaritas and flavored Margaritas are all $2 off, the rest is $1 off. Spirits are not discounted. Happy hour pricing is either to the left of the... More
11 June 2016|
Response from Greg S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have gluten free options.
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Santa Catarina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4