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“Authentic Mexican Cuisine...Finally!”
Review of La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza
Ranked #5 of 79 Restaurants in Garfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: You don't have to travel to Mexico to enjoy the traditional atmosphere and Mexican cuisine at La Fortaleza! Located in Garfield, we take real pride in our authentic Mexican Gastronomy. Our dishes are prepared according to exclusive family recipes and made throughout the day with the highest quality ingredients available. From our homemade salsa and tableside guacamole made with Michoacano Avocados, Onions and Cilantro, to our thick corn tortillas for our tacos, burritos and fajitas- everything is prepared fresh to ensure the ultimate flavor. These are but a few of the efforts we make every day to bring you the real flavors of Mexico! Family and friends can join us on Friday and Saturday nights for Karaoke, and Sunday nights for Mariachi, to enjoy an unforgettable moment with us. Visit our website for more information and full menus, then let us satisfy your craving for something different tonight with our daily specials at La Fortaleza!
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Description: You don't have to travel to Mexico to enjoy the traditional atmosphere and Mexican cuisine at La Fortaleza! Located in Garfield, we take real pride in our authentic Mexican Gastronomy. Our dishes are prepared according to exclusive family recipes and made throughout the day with the highest quality ingredients available. From our homemade salsa and tableside guacamole made with Michoacano Avocados, Onions and Cilantro, to our thick corn tortillas for our tacos, burritos and fajitas- everything is prepared fresh to ensure the ultimate flavor. These are but a few of the efforts we make every day to bring you the real flavors of Mexico! Family and friends can join us on Friday and Saturday nights for Karaoke, and Sunday nights for Mariachi, to enjoy an unforgettable moment with us. Visit our website for more information and full menus, then let us satisfy your craving for something different tonight with our daily specials at La Fortaleza!
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

I've been looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant in Jersey for the past 10 years! I grew up in California, where there's a surplus of Mexican food and accepting anything less was not ok with me.

Coming here really impressed me! They have decorated everything in nostalgia from my past like Cantinflas, Frida, Pedro Infante, El Santo, and El Chavo del Ocho figurines/artwork. The restrooms were also awesomely decorated. The sink was a molcajete and the soap dispenser was a patron bottle lol!

The food was amazing! I had the chilaquiles verdes and my Jarritos de Tamarindo. For desert we had the churros-also good. The only thing I wish was on the menu is Micheladas.

What I loved most was the integrity of the owner who hasn't watered down the food making it less spicy for the locals. This has been a disappointment with other restaurants here in Jersey! The food here had the perfect spicyness and flavor. I really wish I would have met the owner to give him a hug for the great ambiance and food.

Thank edith c
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Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Will not return
Guacamole premade no flavor
Chips oily
Fundido gross
Burritos ordered spicy - but had zero spice
Mole is ok but missing the chocolate richness
Refried beans just whipped grey paste
Rice was good
Food barely warm
Will not return

Thank Foodisfun77
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

As you dri8ve past this place, you are transported into another era in restaurants.
Entering the parking area is like entering Disneyland. When you step inside your eyes are greeted with a fabulous array of colors and carved wooden chairs and tables all of which are delightfully painted with scenes of old Mexico.
If you like Mexican food. This is the place to go It is wonderful. And , if that doesn't help you choose La Forellezza, most of the customers are Mexicans. I love it.

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Thank eaulbert
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great authentic Mexican food and colorful decor. Would definitely recommend. Stopped in for lunch with a friend and food was excellent.

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Thank David Z
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Arturo O, Owner at La Fortaleza, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Authenticity and flavor are so important to us, David, so I love seeing that it made such an impression on you during your time here! Thanks to you and your friend for stopping by -- pay us another visit anytime you're hungry for more.

Warm Regards,
Arturo, Owner

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We have been twice to La Fortaleza, since it is not close by (otherwise we would go every weekend). You need to order the shrimp coquetel, that is AMAZING. The portion is good enough to share and the salsa, OMG, it is just wonderful.
We had parrilada for the kids and they could not finish it (two kids). It is a huge plate, enough for two adults. The plates are huge and you will get stuffed when you finish eating. Service could be better, but we love the food, so we will go back again.

Thank Sanja1974
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Arturo O, Owner at La Fortaleza, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

We wish we were closer to you, Sanja -- we'd love to have you every weekend! Thanks so much for just stopping by at all and for taking the time to write about how much you enjoy our food and company. Anytime you're back in the area, it'd be our pleasure to serve you again.

Sincerely,
Arturo, Owner

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