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Cinco de Mayo

Mexican, Southwestern
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1502 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
+1 919-929-6566
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Last evening was the first time I have eaten at this restaurant. The staff was friendly and service fair. I ordered a taco salad which was awful. The shell was slightly stale and the filling was soupy. I will not return to eat there.

1 Thank Diane F
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Staff is always friendly and helpful. Good variety of Mexican food. Kid friendly. Quick service if you want but they never rush you.

Thank dan071760
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We used to go here frequently. Half price wine on weekends was a lure. Last night, the discount had disappeared, which is totally fair. But they didn't have standard bottles of wine -- just big 1.5 liter bottles. Ordered relleno and the order came back wrong. They corrected it. The staff seems to have turned over significantly, with many new... More 

1 Thank Lawyerpo
Chapel Hill, NC
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Cinco de Mayo has been one of our favorite eating places, great outdoor patio. However our meal yesterday ranged from boring to lousy for all seven of us. I had a chicken tortilla soup which was tasteless - I had to go inside to ask for hot sauce - I was brought a small bowl of salsa, but even putting... More 

1 Thank robinhl
North Carolina
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This has been a family dinner destination for many years (over 25 years if you include the previous incarnations and locations), and the most recent visit was unique for the poor quality. We probably should have left after the first 15 minutes and no service, but tradition demanded we stay. Maybe the next 5 minutes should have been a sign?... More 

1 Thank BusinessSquirrel
Bastrop, Louisiana
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169 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

I'm still trying to figure out what type of Mexican food I had! Nothing was seasoned!! Mexican food is known for wonderful flavors! I love chips and salsa, but I couldn't even eat that. The salsa was awful. The service was good, but that's all. If someone thinks this is good Mexican food they need help!!

1 Thank Brenolan
Battle Creek, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Very fast and very great service! Our server was super friendly. Brenda. We stopped after baseball and we're in and out.

Thank Gary R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

I had been told by my co-workers that this was a good place to get an inexpensive Mexican lunch. This place is by far the worst Mexican food I have ever tasted. The customer service was awful-I was made to feel bad about breaking up their conversation by wanting to place an order. The food arrived very quickly, and now... More 

1 Thank angela53709
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

I have gone here for years, at least once a month (sometimes once a week), usually with friends. This place is great and deserves 5 stars, if you have the right expectations going into it. Yes, this is the standard Mexican food you can get at so many Mexican restaurants such as Monterrey and any other place like that you've... More 

Thank TriangleTarheel
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

We tried Cinco de Mayo on a friend's recommendation and we were highly disappointed. I ordered fish tacos and they were inedible. My husband ordered an entire fish; again, inedible. We immediately shared with the people working there and they took the food back and tried hard to get us something else. I ordered a vegetable quesadilla and my husband... More 

1 Thank allioak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1502 E Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-6566

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?