Raleigh >Food & Dining > Jibarra
327 West Davie St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.775726 -78.644671
One of my favorite places – Wow. I tried this place back in March and was very impressed. The food is amazing! I
Poor service – My wife wanted to go to Jibarra just for the ravioli and drinks. She ordered ravioli but when her dinner arrived, she received a dish that she did not order. It was shrimp and onions with green sauce. We told the waitress that it was incorrect and she took the plate, walked about 5 feet turned around and said "sorry, we are out of ravioli I forgot to tell you-go ahead and give this plate a try, if you don't like it I will bring you something else". My wife didn't like it and took one bite. The waitress avoided coming back over to our table and acted like nothing could possibly be wrong. We are very passive, usually and this time was no different. We were so surprised at the unusual poor service that we will probably never go back-this was out third visit. Oh I forgot to mention that she asked if we wanted a "to go" box for the uneaten dinner. If you get "Linzi" as your server, run!
Has gone down in quality – I would have given this restaurant 4 or 5 stars last year. I used to go all the time, bring friends and family from out of town, absolutely loved it.
But I went today since they have reformulated their menu, and I think it's really gone down in quality. They no longer offer the basket of fresh tortillas with their tacos, which I loved, and the shrimp in the shrimp tacos seemed to more of a cheap, food-service quality rather than the good, larger shrimp they had before. The "mashed potato-poblano" side was bland with hardly any poblanos at all.
I'm so disappointed, because I was Jibarra's biggest fan last year, and the new menu and ingredients seem to be a real shame. Seems like an attempt to cut costs in ingredients, and I went there *because* it used to be quality.
Overpriced, disgusting wanna-be mexican food – Went here for a bachelorette party, food is WAY over-priced and NOT good. I got served cold coffee. I ordered fajitas and the peppers & onions tasted like they had not been cooked at all! The steak, which was supposed to be medium-rare, was black on the outside, dry and completely brown all the way through. I asked for some sour cream and there was a $1.00 fee for that! The fajitas are disgusting!! You would be better off going to a real mexican restaurant and getting good mexican food for half the price!
We had brought a cake with us and they brought it out and we asked for a knife to cut it, the waitress said she would cut it and bring it out and they charged everybody in the party a $1.00 cake fee because they cut the cake for us, which we weren't told about and we asked for a knife to cut it ourselves! COMPLETE RIPOFF!!!!
I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!!!
Decent food , expensive drinks – Went to Jibarra (now moved to the Warehouse district of Raleigh) last night with some friends
Nice welcome from the server who turned out to be a little less attentive than we are used to ( had empty glasses for a while)
Food was nice and well presented but unexceptional quality. I had a makers mark manhattan infused with ginger which had a nice flavor but was a light pour by my standards and the other 2 people that had the same drink , for $8 a pop I want to taste the liquor
Nice location and would go back again for dinner but not sure its worth $100 for 2
Wow!! – Had a great meal out this week at Jibarra. Have been frequenting their new location for a few months now and although they were inconsistant at first, something has changed for the better! I actually am compelled to write a review.
My fiancee started with a delicious red pepper margarita(huh?). She loved it. I had the special of the night, an avocado martini. It was terrificly creamy but more of a dessert cocktail. Very imaginative however.
For a starter we shared the ceviche sampler. I know of no other place that serves 4 ceviches all the time in Raleigh. The one with the scallops in lime and avocado was my favorite.
For dinner we shared two entrees. The Osso Bucco dish and an incredible Tuna entree. The seared tuna had some kind of smoky chile rub and was served over a stew of chorizo and garbanzo beans(?) and some spicy peppers. Was a flavor combination I've never encountered. The osso bucco being a favorite dish delivered. Fell off the bone when presented at the table. Instead of potato I got to try yucca and it was deliciously kind of sweet.
We didnt have room for dessert so we had our server surprise us with a cold beverage.
I'm doing brunch next.
Hit or Miss – I found Jibarra very "hit or miss." The atmosphere was nice, & our server was great, but they need to "iron out the kinks" in the food combinations and portions. My husband got fish tacos, which came with 4 "fishstick-sized" pieces of fish, a teaspoon of pico de gallo, & a couple of tablespoons of coleslaw. We both laughed out loud when we saw that he only had THREE tortillas to go with his 4 pcs of fish, and our request for more pico de gallo resulted in a $1 charge being added to our tab (how tacky!) My $25 steak was swimming in a super-salty sauce, (I'm a sodium freak - it's hard to make something too salty for me), & it was strange to see it served with a side of 10-12 large french fries. Fried plantains and vegetables would have been a much better accompaniment. The margaritas are great, and we will give it another try to see if the food has improved.
BTW - Lizlan must be an owner to insult another reviewer who had a bad experience. (HELLO - you look like a fool for getting defensive, because who would do that besides an owner??) Owners - if you must read reviews of your restaurant, take notes on what you can do to improve, instead of insulting people who might become your best customers if you get it right.
Not Worth The $$$ – This was our first time at this restaurant. It will be our last time.
Food was very expensive; the food preparation was mediocre. For the quality and quantity, not worth the $$$. Two drinks - $24!!!.
There are many other restaurants in Raleigh which offer a much better dining experience.
Should have known better when you go on a weekend night, with no reservations, and the restaurant was half empty – can understand why.
I crave this food every week. – First of all I MUST reply to the last review of this so called "FOODIE ". It sounds to me like you're a complainer, and would like to get your food for free.
Try writing a more constructive review next time, if you are a self proclaimed "foodie" and really know something about the food you're tasting.
The tortilla soup has a very distinct flavor from the Crab soup. Yes, they are both salty, and spicy, but with totally different complexities.
I have not yet found a better crab soup in the triangle than the Chilpachole de Jaiba. I have to have it every week. Everytime I go I try a different entree after the soup. I have not yet been disappointed. It only gets better. The Cabrito (Goat) is exceptional.
I have to say this place really should make Mexicans proud!
This is the worst excuse for mexican food – We are self proclaimed FOODIES, eat out often and love to try new places and love GOOD FOOD. Stumbled on Jibarra, looked inside, thought it looked like a great place. Not very many people in there at all, but put it on our list of places to try. Just this week, Friday, we decided to go on a date night with another couple and went to Jibarra. The menu was certainly different and we were excited to try this modern mexican. We ordered chips and salsa to begin with, the salsa was excellent, but very sparce and the chips, well, let's just say the bowl that they came in was about the size of a toddlers cereal bowl for $2.50 each time you asked for a refill. There was barely enough for 1 person to enjoy. We also ordered the guacamole which was very bland, we added some lime and salt and "doctored" it up and it was a little better. Again, very small portions. We went on to the next course...My husband and bff ordered the blue crab soup and I ordered the tortilla soup. The presentation was awesome....it should have stopped there. The broth that was poured over the base ingredients that were in the bowl was all the same....once poured in, the blue crab soup and the tortilla soup tasted almost the same...the only difference is that you could taste a slight seafood flavor in the crab soup. It was awful...we sent them all back. Next course, my husband and his friend ordered the special of ravioli with scallops and gorgonzola....tasted like they dumped the entire container of sea salt in the dish. They couldn't finish their entrees as noone bothered to refill their waters and they were dying from the salt intake. I ordered a skewered chicken with traditional fajita veggies and tortillas. The chicken was moderately warm, the "traditional fajita veggies" were ice cold and when asked, we were told that was the appropriate way to be served. If you can wrap around this, moderately warm chicken, ice cold veggies and hot flour tortillas. By the time you wrapped the tortillas around the chicken and veggies you ended up with a slightly cold version of a very dull and forgettable entree. We were so very dissapointed as we loved the location and were really hoping for so much more....we asked to speak to someone in management just so that we could express our thoughts. Again, we dine out several times a week and most of the time together, we love different types of food ranging from the awesome Chinese food at 5 star to the sushi at Sushi Blues. We loved Prime Only's steak and sushi bar, etc. When Hector Jibarra came to our table and explained to us that the flavors that we were experiencing were the way they were intended. The overly salty "special" was most likely that way because it had gorgonzola in it and the cold veggies were intended to be that way, the base or broth used for all the soups and sauces was their signature sauce or sorts. Everything tasted very redundant as if they has one sauce in the kitchen and they made the soup out of it, the sauce for the ribs out of it and they are extremely heavy handed on the salt. This time, there were about 3 tables occupied when we got there and only one more joined us as we had this experience. Doubtful that this restaurant will be around for a very long time. With the lack of care exhibited by the "family" management. They were not in any way customer service friendly as even though we had sent items back and sent the chicken and veggies back and they merely microwaved them and sent them back out, there was no mention of compensation, took nothing off of our bill.....we figured with 4 or 5 tables on a Friday night, they needed every dime that they were billing, regardless of satisfaction. Overall the experience was horrible and these Foodies WILL NOT WASTE our time or money again. With 4 people, we left there with $120 less in our pocket, still hungry with an awful taste in our mouth....don't bother.
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