614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 444-2542
Phone: (512) 973-0333
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Delivery, Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Take Out, Fast Food, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good for Kids: Yes
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09/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have had a few of the menus items and been pleased. Their carnitas with homemade red tortillas however are amazing. Drinks are well made but too sweet at times for me. Last time we were there the server brought us all an extra shot when we asked for a little less sweetness :). Well done service!
"Curra's is a tiny little Mexican food restaurant that is always packed but never over crowded. They have an award winning vegetarian enchilada plate that is heavenly. My favorite thing to eat there can not be found at any of the neighboring Mexican restaurants. Try the sweet Tamalies. The cool thing about ordering Tamalies from Curra's is that you can mix an match. I also love the chicken ones!"
05/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
CURRAS GRILL IS ONE THE MY FAVORITE PLACES FOR GREAT MEXICAN FOOD, I ALSO AM A FAN OF THEIR DELICIOUS AVACADO MARGARITAS THEY ARE SUPER YUMMY, AND REFRESHING, I USUALY HAVE ENCHILADAS , OR TRY A NEW APPETIZER, THE CEVICHE WAS A LITTLE DRY AND COULD OF USED MORE LIME, BUT OTHER THAN THAT I LOVE THIS PLACE!!
I haven't been to Curra's in years even though I had always liked it before. I decided to take a new friend there for dinner tonight and it was just as good as I remembered.
I ordered the Salmon with Nopalitos in a cream sauce and it was super delicious! The salsa had a really nice homemade flavor too. The waiter was really great! We stayed there chatting and eating for almost 3 hours and he always made sure our waters were full. He didn't bring our check until we asked for it so he allowed us to take as long as we wanted without feeling rushed.
They have a really large dining area inside but they also have a small outdoor patio if you want to eat outside.
02/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant is not much to look at and even the menus seem about 20 years old but the food is just really good. A lunch special of pork flautas was crispy and full of flavor. A pork dish wrapped in banana leaf was so tender and flavorful served with amazing plantains. Lamb empenadas were crispy with a nice filling. Great Salsa. Great churas which are pinto beans with bacon. Great meal overall and terrific value
10/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I used to be a south Austin Curra's regular. I loved the food. The service wasn't always great, but that was ok.... until one night. My boyfriend and I were hungry, and went to Curra's. To make a long story short, a waiter seated us after we were ignored for a long time waiting to sit. Then, the manager bitched him out right in front of us for him having sat us. He calmly apologized to her, stating why it seemed ok for him to sit us there. (She had totally ignored us up until that point) We were quite embarrassed, and so was our waiter. We asked him if that was his manager, and we told him we were so sorry that he had to work for someone like that. He told us that not only was she the manager, but she was also the owner.
I do not want to support a business that mistreats their employees, especially in such an embarrassing, unprofessional way. There was no need for the owner to yell at our waiter at all, except perhaps for some sense of control or power.
I now don't go to Curra's. I miss the food from time to time, but I do not want to give that woman any of my money.
06/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
i like curras, but the food is always different.. sometimes plentiful and delicious, other times lacking and bland. for example, i was excited to try the blackened fish enchaladas with the chipotle cream sauce fot the first time. it was great, but when i got it the second time it just didn't tase anywhere near as good. similar thing with breakfast tacos. one day they are small and the next they are just right... always tasty. the breakfast tacos are great when they're good(does that make sense? i will continue to eat there and take my chances... ) i would discourage vegitarians from going because they like to lie about using chicken stock in the rice. i found out from a server who was reluctant to admit it, but he did. this was after years of being told otherwise. i don't really fault them for lying.. it's mexican food, what do you expect? however if you are going to act like you cater to vegitarians, then you probably should.
02/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Wow. Best mexican food I've had in Texas all month. This little unassuming joint of Oltorf, next to a gas station and another mexican place, has spectacular food. If you're vegetarian, you know that vegetarian chorizo is a rarity, and they make it in house. Highly recommended.
02/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have to agree, things have begun to decline at Curra's over the past--oh, 6 months? Especially the one off Oltorf. They fired our favorite bartender, got new menus, raised prices and hired a horrible staff. Last time we were there, our server forgot he had seated us (we flagged another waitress and he apologized for forgetting) and then proceeded to forget we were there again. ?? Up North, the staff is pretty much clueless, as in, never coming by to ask for what you need and never being able to answer questions about the menu. HOWEVER! The food is AMAZING. I've decided to just flag down waiters/waitresses when I need them and forget about the annoying service. ///// The food is a bit better up North. What to get? Cochinita Pibil, Shrimp anything, Tacos al Pastor is a favorite, Colorado Enchiladas. What not to get? House margaritas (get them made fresh instead!). Get ready to ask for what you want, insist on getting it, and enjoy the wonderful meal you're bound to eat. I'll be back as long as the food rocks!
02/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I have been going to Curra's for years, but we've given up and won't be going back. Over the course of several years, the prices have gone up, which is to be expected and not too offensive. But the high pressure up-selling is a turn off. You have to pay for chips, and then the wait staff tries to pile on queso, brand name tequila, and on and on. After three or four ""no thanks"" you start to feel like a cheapskate.
The much bigger problem is the deterioration of service. Two weeks ago (and I'm still mad) five of us went. It took 25 minutes from the time we were seated to get four drinks. It took six more minutes to get the exotic drink (a glass of white wine). From there, things went downhill, with the food arriving a loooong time later in some cases cold and in other cases badly overcooked. The poor waiter was so in the weeds. I told him we were not happy, but no manager ever came to consult with us. There was a line out the door - why provide good food and service if people will come anyway? There are too many good restaurants in our neighborhood for us to put up with a customer-hostile place. This feels like writing a breakup letter...
01/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at Curra's Grill twice in the past two years on visits to Austin. Both times the service was excellant. The wait staff was well informed and engaged in thier work. The food was excellant. I don't like to use the word authentic but this is NOT your typical ""American"" Mexican food. The atmosphere is family friendly and relaxed. Be sure to get there early as the place fills up fast. Locals reccommend Curra's which is a sure sign of it's resilient appeal. I am in fact moving to Austin in a month and Curra's will be a regular haunt.
11/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Look I understand that some servers have a bad day . . . or that they just hate their job..... but sometimes some behavior is not excusable. My husband and I went to Curra's for breakfast and had the rudest waitress we have ever had. She was not even friendly when she greated us and her attitude just got worse throughout our meal. I will never return back to Curra's again!! P.S I won't name names but her name does start with a J. She has long blonde hair and is petite. Diners beware!
11/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to this restaurant at least 4 times in the past (before moving to Bastrop) because it was on the ?approved? list of my nephew and his ex wife, what with them being Vegans and all. They do have a number of vegetarian dishes, and I applaud them for being health conscious. GF and I went there yesterday, and the food was pretty good, especially the sauces, and in particular, the poblano cream sauce on the Enchiladas Chiapas. However, I cannot in good faith give them top marks. The prices were a bit on the high side, but so was the quality. However, for those prices, I would expect free chips and salsa. Even most dives give you free chips and salsa, and there is no reason why this place shouldn?t. As for those who give the joint poor marks because their avocado margaritas, I?d like to ask you just what the heck you were thinking ordering an avocado margarita? I mean, REALLY! A word of warning, though ? if you didn?t like the avocado margaritas, then I would recommend you NOT order the anchovy and Limburger flan!
10/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The avacado margarita is absolutely revolting. Before you order this horrible margarita for everyone at the table, get one first and try it out to save yourself some money. For desert, do NOT get the bananas flambe unless you want a banana cut in half and thrown in the microwave for 30 seconds. Instead, try the tres leches as that is pretty good.
And don't expect a friendly wait staff. Consider yourself lucky if they even smile. It was as if they really could not be bothered too much with serving you.