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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

€€ - €€€Mexican, American,
2808 7th Ave S, Suite #117, Birmingham, AL 35233-2813
+1 205-297-0200
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“guac” (37 reviews)
“tapas” (40 reviews)
“tacos” (97 reviews)
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Mexican, American, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2808 7th Ave S, Suite #117, Birmingham, AL 35233-2813
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very good service. Staff is knowledgeable about the menu, which offers a different and unique take on tacos and other items. Lovely, upbeat atmosphere in a great location.

Thank aovt
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Had a great meal with friends - went for the Chicken Tamales, a favorite for my wife, and were very pleasantly surprised that everything was so tasty - even the slightly over-hyped "freshly prepared at your tableside" guacamole. If you're a big guac fan, knock...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

It was just OK. Making a Big thing from a simple guacamole made next to a table is not strong enough to be a top restaurant.

Thank Cesu_cesu
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Babalu's was the choice for a friend's birthday dinner. Daniel took great care of us, stopping by often to be sure we had everything we needed. I started with a Champarita - Prosecco, agave nectar, triple sec. A nice woman prepared fresh guacamole to order...More

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We visited after a trip to UAB with my kids. This was not traditional Mexican. It was fantastic. We sat on the covered balcony outside, which was pleasant. The food was absolutely astonishing! We kept ordering to try new dishes. The food was fresh, wait...More

Thank JCKey
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Visited mid afternoon Sunday before the crowds hit. As a party of 5, seated at the back of the restaurant on a crowded 4 top, despite 6 tops open and restaurant wide open. Waiter appeared annoyed at our presence and seemed incredulous about bringing two...More

Thank Mark G
Otie H, Guest Relations Manager at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Mark G., Thank you for your review of Babalu. While we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the dishes you ordered, we are disappointed to hear that your service was less impressive. We greatly appreciate your feedback, as we use it as a means...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Was out and about and wanted something different, since it was our anniversary. Well-that's just what we got! We were wanting Mexican and what we got was Latin with a little Mexican. I have to say - we weren't disappointed in "something different"! It was...More

Thank cajunfun
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I will start this review with a recommendation: try the Rosti Potatoes; you won't regret it. The atmosphere of Babalu is fun, the service is great, and the prices reasonable. My daughter and I love coming here. The food is meant for sharing, so it...More

Thank CDS2014
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The Cobb salad with grilled chicken is the bomb. Perfect combo of ingredients. Although I didn't get the guacamole (dining alone) I've had it before and there's nothing like fresh made at your table! I did get a sampler of desserts. Omg. Chocolate cayenne truffle,...More

Thank mmcooper37
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the selection of tacos. The flavors are spot on. The happy hour deals are fantastic. Will go back soon

Thank Janice Z
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Questions & Answers
4 July 2017|
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Response from Otie H | Property representative |
Thank you for contacting us! We do have valet parking after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, as well as parking behind our building, and street parking. We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Leonard W
21 April 2017|
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Response from Otie H | Property representative |
Absolutely! You'll see anything from scrubs to shorts, to dress. We look forward to seeing you!
Linda O
9 January 2017|
Response from Otie H | Property representative |
Hi, Linda! Parking for Babalu is behind the restaurant (enter by Hattie B.'s), street parking all around, and valet at the front door! We hope to see you soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2808 7th Ave S, Suite #117, Birmingham, AL 35233-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-297-0200
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Located in Birmingham's Lakeview District, we serve authentic, gourmet tacos and Spanish style tapas with a Southern twist.
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