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La Esperanza

€€ - €€€Mexican
1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
+1 574-273-0345
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good18%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“burrito” (7 reviews)
“bistec” (2 reviews)
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1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second visit and it was as expected. The Bistec ranchero was tender and flavorful, the fajita was delicious, The Taco and flauta combo was also delicious. The grilled chicken was ok, could've used a little more flavor but it wasn't bad. The...More

Thank Panteranegra07
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

I asked the motel desk clerk for a Mexican restaurant recommendation. She named a few places but recommended La Esperanza as her top pick. I took her advice and was not disappointed. I ordered a chicken and a ground beef enchilada which included rice and...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We love Mexican food and try to stop at new places often. We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor on the way home from family vacation. It was a Saturday am, not too busy, but the service was slow. I agree with other reviewers that...More

Thank staceys906
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

In town for the weekend and we had a hankering for some Mexican so we followed the recommendations of the other reviewers. The food was great. The seafood burrito was just what I hoped for. The margaritas were totally awesome. Good menu choices. Worth the...More

Thank HandsomeMoose
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We visited this restaurant for the first time due to the great reviews here and on a famous search engine. We went on mothers day and it was very busy and it was pretty obvious they were short staffed. We waited for about 5 minute...More

Thank Panteranegra07
Reviewed 6 March 2018

I really appreciate a Mexican restaurant that doesn't overdo the cheese and is willing to substitute more beans in place of rice. And that would be La Esperanza. I especially like the chili rellano--it's not too cheesy, and it comes with four tortillas of your...More

Thank DouglasJones2014
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Food was soo good, everyone was super nice and friendly, atmosphere was authentic and cozy, excellent quality food, 10/10

Thank Addison A
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Very enjoyable meal. The meal started with complimentary chips and salsa, which they refilled several times as quickly as we finished them. I had carnitas mole which was very tasty and such large portion I could only finish about half (so sad). My son had...More

Thank cececole
Reviewed 11 April 2017

First visit and was completely satisfied with service & food. I had the Mexican style burrito, no meat. When I told the waitress no meat, she asked if I liked avocado. Of course! In place of meat, they put fresh sliced avocado on top. It...More

Thank C S
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I think La Esperanza is the best place around for authentic Mexican Food. Clean, friendly, and reasonably priced restaurants. It is a little on the small side.

Thank Deb Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1636 N Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46635-1842
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: +1 574-273-0345
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