Raleigh >Food & Dining > Jibarra
327 West Davie St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.775726 -78.644671
What a waste. – A group of my friends went to Jibarra on saturday night. First impression was great, the interior of the restaurant was very nice and inviting. We did not have any appetizers or anything but the waitress did bring out hibiscus flower juice and some fruit/vegetable combination on a stick. We tried this and were anything but impressed, but hey it was free. So i ordered ribs and my friend ordered the fajitas. The ribs were a poor cut and were very fatty and disgusting, while the fajitas had a good flavor, there were only three and the tortillas were only about 3-4inches wide. To wrap everthing up, we ended up leaving spending over $30 each. We were all hungy still, so we went to rudinos, and had four full size grinders and a pitcher of beer for less than one meal at Jibarra. Save yourself, dont waist your time.
Not as good as the Hype – My wife and I went last week. Neither of us were impressed at all. The Margaritas were OK at best, with the Chipotle one downright strange. I had a clams and Octopus dinner that tasted like salt soup. Not impressed. They brought out a drink with something on a stick - on the house and worth every bit of that. It was made from some flower I think. Bottom line - we have eaten in many nice places in many large cities. Jibarra has a lot of hype, but for sure our last visit here
good food very bad customer service – I made reservations for fourteen people to celebrate my husbands birthday at Jibarra's and from the time we arrived the service was bad,from food coming late and cold to staff trying to charge $5.00 for us to cut the cake we brought to the restaurant. A few of my guest were charged a different amount then what was on the bill and one guest was charged twice. Now the service should been as good as the looks of the place for the prices they charge to eat there,and not the sever nor the manager working that evening of march 13th offered to compensate any of us on the $600.00 bill we had. I was very disappointed at the whole experience.
Label of "Mexican" does not tell the whole story! – The owners might well be advised that some passersby will simply keep driving when they see the word "Mexican" on the exterior wall of Jibarra. It certainly is an inadequate descriptor for this unique Triangle restaurant.
The first time I was there I had an appetizer featuring the candy Pop Rocks! I'll admit: that was a bit too bizarre for me, but the remaining visits have been simply wonderful.
Best brunch in Raleigh – I thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday Royal brunch at Jibarra - they did everything right. The coffee was very good and had a lovely presentation, the fruit plate with yogurt was beautiful and so delicious, as was my entree choice of a burrito with flank steak and cabbage (of all things, who knew what a great combination this could be!). I had the bloody mary (with a Mexican twist) and sampled some of the pastry buffet, and found everything to be very nicely done. The waiters were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was conducive to a comfortable meal with family and friends. This was one of the best new restaurants I have found in a long time, and I will definitely be adding this to my list of favorite places.
Excellant meal every time – My friend and I have visited Jibarra several times now and have yet to be disappointed. The drinks are delicious, you'd expect the fresh fruit juice to water down the tequila, but the flavors are matched perfectly. The service is wonderful, I drink a lot of water and my glass was never empty. Last night my friend had the truffle ravioli and scallops, which he loved and I had the duck, which was heavenly. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want an interesting, adventurous meal that keeps you guessing. This place is like nothing else in Raleigh.
Great! – Went to Jibarra Thursday before Thanksgiving with 6 other friends. Food, atmosphere, and service were all excellent. I went in expecting the standard Mexican fare and was pleasantly surprised. The menu is inventive and original with options for every palette. I would put it up against any fine dining restaurant in Raleigh. I ordered the Pato en Aromas de Mole, a spice encrusted Duck breast that was excellent. It was perfectly paired with a sweet potato puree. Every one ordered something different and they were all great.
Service was exceptional as well.... with our server taking the time to explain each dish as it was presented to the table. Can't wait to try them for brunch. I would recommend Jibarra !
Good food......BAD WAIT SERVICE!!! – Okay so I have to give this place an unfortunate 3 star (average), I would have rated it a 5 star previously but due to my recent visit on Sunday where the service was absolutely HORRIBLE...definitely Lazy service. We arrived for a nice Sunday brunch and as we walked in, there was NOBODY at the front to greet anyone and we waited a good 5 minutes until someone finally appeared from the back somewhere, they kindly sat us and that was great, we were given menus and left to fend for ourselves for about 20 minutes my husband almost got up to leave and so I convinced him to stay just a bit and see if I could get any of the waiters zooming by us attention...they were too busy attending a larger table and who knows what other tables....it was not full. Their food is exceptional to say the least, being Mexican myself I absolutely love it however they do need to workout their waiter/waitress situation. I would not go to Jibarra on a Sunday again and the Manager was not any help as backup.
some authentic mexican dishes that don't taste that great for what you pay – first, dont go casual (jeans). snobbish patrons that are oh so proud of themselves will stare, like was mentioned by a previous reviewer. my girlfriends salmon tasted not so fresh and the dish was smothered in a cream sauce that didnt taste like much else besides heavy cream. it gave her a belly ache. the polenta that topped the fish was the best part of the dish. i got a steak/ tamal dish. the steak tasted like a steak. i could of gone to outback and got the same thing. the tamal had a nice texture but didnt taste like much else besides corn dough. the sauce that was drizzled around the dish was indistinguishable. the meager bit of red chile sauce that was over the tamal was unrefined. it tasted like they blended chile negros or anchos with water in a blender and that's about it. the jibarra margarita was tastey--not too sweet. my girlfriends mango margarita was bad. it tasted like the mango juice was old or had been left opened in the fridge. the staff though were all very nice and polite. i'm a huge fan of mexican food (not tex-mex) and make a lot of it at home from rick bayless's excellent cook book, "mexico-one plate at a time". i dont have time to always make my own and so i'm still searching for a good tamale in the triangle.
Mexican At Its Finest – As a traveler to Mexico on several occasions, this is authentic Mexican food at its finest---Cabrito Asado al Horno (young roasted goat with potato confit)! I can?t agree more with the person comparing Rick Bayless? TOPOLOBAMPO in Chicago to Jibarra. I too have had the tasting menu at both and equally they are fantastic! Jibarra, though, has larger portions. Please if you are looking for tortilla chips and salsa to nibble on before your meal and expect your plate to be smothered with goopy cheese, an indistinguishable sauce and sour cream, this is not the place for you.
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