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Rafa's Cafe

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5617 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209-4309
+1 214-357-2080
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11:00 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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559 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This place has been around for decades for one single reason, its outstanding. It's not overpriced, it's always fresh and full with people. Incredible salsa, fresh baked chips, outstanding margaritas. Try the carne asada - it's a classic. The way Tex MEX should be, reasonably priced and delicious.

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Thank Flyby0161
Prosper, Texas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Rafa's is the best overall Mexican restaurant in Dallas. Been going here for 20 years and the food and service is always good. Never had a bad meal. The chef has been with the owner for over 35 years. For you out of towners, Rafa's is where the locals go so please try it out.

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Thank tom w
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent service and excellent food. I had a delicious taco and chicken enchilida. My brother in law loved his beef fajita tacos. Really loaded with meat. Our wives both loved their dinners.

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Thank Glenn D
Charlotte, North Carolina
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141 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

What a great restaurant. Don't be misled by it being in a little strip center. It's beautiful inside! The service is excellent! Great salsa and chips with on the spot refills all the way through our meal. The food was excellent. Really nice portions! They're doing it right. One of the best Mexican food experiences I've ever had. Great experience.

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Thank Jartmiller
Dallas
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Rafa's is a great no-frills, family friendly, authentic tex-mex experience. Service is great and food usually comes out fast. Gotta try the spicy queso and cheese enchiladas. My favorite anywhere. Parking can be hard to find so be sure to read about towing.

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Thank michael9988
Dallas, Texas, United States
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We love this little gem of a restaurant. The Hostesses and wait staff know us by name we come here so often! Perfect place to take our grandson when we have him as well. Love it!!!

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Thank Dianne W
Greenville, North Carolina
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

told about Rafa's by a colleague who hadnt been there is some times..... but we weren't disappointed. my husband refuses to eat TexMex in our home state of NC... but thoroughly enjoys it when in Texas and Arizona. Since we don't get it much we usually rely on a waiter to help us know what the different dishes are. Nick... More 

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Thank Kathy K
Dallas, TX USA
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I love this place! All entrees are wonderful. Love the Taco Soup. An order of the pico de gallo is a great shared appetizer. Really good ice tea. I eat here monthly if not more often.

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Thank GorillaGirl45
Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Great Quesadillas. Friendly wait staff. Fun paper tablecloths you can color. Parking can be iffy because of other things in their shopping center. Look for coupons in the mail.

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Thank DRCBookLady
Knoxville, Tennessee
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1,002 reviews
649 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We always go here when visiting my parents. The food here is really good. The shrimp quesadillas are delicious. The enchiladas are full of cheese and meat. The puffy tacos are the best! Margaritas are fresh and fruity.

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Thank SmurfySmurfette80

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5617 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209-4309
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas
  • Phone Number: +1 214-357-2080

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