The end of Chapel Street closest to Windsor station is fast challenging its upstreet Prahran neighbours and establishing itself as one of Melbourne’s best food hubs, and with Jalisco entering the fray armed with an arsenal of Mexican culinary classics and margaritas you can murder the heat is on. The small terraced frontage at Jalisco is deceptive – inside the restaurant opens out into a space that can accommodate up to 140 people, with a big beer garden out back and a private dining room that is ideal for a celebratory dinner. As for the bar, it is stocked with a growing collection of tequilas – over 90 at last count – compelling cries of ¡Ay! and repeat reservations.
Nothing quite like heading to Jalisco’s after a hard day in the fields for one of Melbourne’s top-ranked margaritas on the rocks – or a straight up shot of mezcal if you’re a true vaquero – along with a simple Mexican street food-style corn on the cob seasoned with paprika, parmesan, chipotle mayo and lime. At this stage you’re very likely to be tempted to pillage Jalisco’s fine menu for more, with delectable tapas-sized bites like taquitos, stuffed jalapenos, corn chips and dips all at the vanguard of Windsor’s booming foodie hub down Chapel Street.
Beside’s Jalisco’s famed margaritas, colourful Mexican-esque cocktails like the Sourpuss and the Mexican Moon, plus a range of alcohol-free gaseosas can all be had from the fully-stocked bar that presides over Jalisco’s small-on-the-outside-capacious-on-the-inside Windsor alamo. On a fine Melbourne day grab yourself a Mexican street salad, a pile of enchiladas, nachos, burritos or fajitas and head out to the beer garden for a proper south of the border atmosphere. Lovers of Mexican food and drink, or just lovers of food and drink are, for one, advised to check out this superb cantina and, two, make a reservation – this joint is regularly hopping.
Great food, great drinks, great service with enough time to chat. Went for dinner before a movie at the Astor. Will definitely go back to Jalisco to linger and enjoy!
Lovely food and lovely service! I can’t complain, I came for my birthday and I was very satisfied with everything! I highly recommend going there
Great food, quick service and amazing frozen margaritas. Braised beef tacos in particular were amazing and the chicken fajitas. Thanks so much for a great dinner!
Quick service, yummy food and an overall relaxed vibe on a hot Thursday night! My fave was the prawn tacos but I was also pleasantly surprised by the pineapple in the beef taco! All washed down with a refreshing Mojito. Tick tick tikcs all 'round.
Jalisco has lots of promise! We had dinner with a group of friends. The food was delicious - everyone was happy with their mains which included both chicken and beef faquitas, enchiladas and quesadillas. The pre-dinner chips were the best we’ve had in Australia (we used to live on the Mexico border so we know a good chip). The guacamole and with black bean dip were also good but unfortunately, they only give you a small amount of chips with the dips so we had to order more several times and it took a while to get them. Overall, the service needs some polish. Our server didn’t know the menu very well and mixed up drink orders. That said, we’ll be back - it’s easily the best Mexican food we’ve had in a long time. If they added authentic queso dip to the menu we might go every few weeks!
I came on a Saturday night with my family for my birthday dinner. It's the third time I've been to Jalisco, and it is amazing every time I go! The wait staff are friendly and happy to answer questions, the service is prompt. And the food is amazing!! It tastes so fresh and is full of flavour. I recommend the stuffed jalapeños, street tacos and fajitas!! Will definitely be coming back again, it's now my favourite Mexican restaurant!
Great experience all round. Tacos were amazing, fresh, authentic flavours and ingredients. Staff were really cheerful. Bar at the front in great too but we ate in the courtyard out the back, great on a warm night. Relatively casual atmosphere and not expensive.
Service - friendly and efficient Restaurant - warm, welcoming, trendy with cool decor Food - WOW! Highly recommend the corn, prawn taco and chicken quesadilla Will definitely be back, the 30 minute drive to get there was well worth it.
My favourite Mexican restaurant in Melbourne. Great food, great service, couldn't get much better authentic food. Try the stuffed jalepenos and out of all the mains I'm yet to try one i haven't named my new favourite! Awesome place!
Loved the food. The portion sizes were big. The chicken fajitas were yummy! If you are looking for a quiet place to have a chat, this isn’t the place though, although the Mexican music was 👌🏻