Hacienda Vallarta Mexican Buffet & Bakery
7200 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238, United States

Review №1

They provide you with a disposable glove to serve your own food, during covid. Hand sanitizer available. Nice clean environment.

Review №2

The food was great, but the service was horrible. Since were in a middle of a pandemic they aren't checking for temperature checks at the door. Second there not sitting people six feet apart. Everybody sits together like before the pandemic. Third they don't have hand sanitizer anywhere and fourth people didn't even bother to put on their masks when getting food. The staff would tell them to wear their mask, but they gave up and didn't care anymore!

Review №3

Low price for the about of food offered. Margaritas were good. Service mediocre.

Review №4

Food and service are great, reasonable price. The kids get the same cup but they put a lid that actually fits on it.They have a small section with Chinese food and a big dessert bar with lots of very decadent cakes, but none of it was as delicious as it looked. The capirotada had too much anise and was very mushy. The flan was very dense and creamy(the good part), but it tasted too much like egg still.They have tables blocked off to maintain distance and require masks any time you're not actually eating.Back to the food. The pork carnitas: 10/10. All the fish: 9/10. The pozole: 9/10. I didn't mess with the Chinese food. Beef fajitas: 10/10.Just go eat there. You won't be disappointed.

Review №5

Whenever our family comes to visit from Del Rio we meet here for the breakfast buffet. A great selection of Mexican food. Great service, the waitresses are always friendly.

Review №6

One of my top locations for quality mexican food. Great ambiance & decor. Fast and courteous service. It has a nice atmosphere. Feels similar to a restaurant in Philadelphia that I enjoyed visiting.

Review №7

Plain and simple, the food was great. Everything that I tasted made my mouth water. I had a great time, being that it had been a long time that I have gone to a restaurant that really pleased my palate. Unfortunately with my busy schedule and long hours I have to resort to many restaurants to fill up my gas tank, but this time I was very satisfied with the service and the food. I even sent my coworker a picture of the mouthwatering posole and he will be traveling to San Antonio this weekend, so he already made plans to take his family to eat at this fine establishment. I will definitly visit Hacienda Vallarta next time I'm in San Antonio even if I have to drive across town.

Review №8

Mexican food and the scene here is super good. Filled me up in no time. Really nothing but good experiences here. Feels like a cafe in Phoenix that I enjoyed visiting.

Review №9

My top scene for tasty mexican food. It's so appetizing. Atmosphere and food reminds me of Virginia Beach.

Review №10

Lovely place! Good food and I was pleased with the display of deserts and friendlyness *** But the only thing I was disappointed with was the majority of food that was made with Pork in it....*** PLEASE substitute some pork dishes with chicken.Other then that no complaints!!!

Review №11


Review №12

Mexican food and the feeling at this place is super good. Visited at eight, it was not full. The staff was very welcoming and sociable.

Review №13

Food was ok. Lacked flavor and for the price it should of been a lot better. Service was great though

Review №14

Not the best of TexMex/Mexican food ~ But with an all you can eat buffet, you definitely can find something you really enjoy ~BTW ~ They do offer a small Chinese menu as well ~

Review №15

Simply said it's delicious and authentic.You got to try it you won't regret it.

Review №16

A favorite spot for delicious mexican food. I love snacking here. I'll return with my coworkers. The prices are well within reason for the quality.

Review №17

Mexican food and the feeling at this location is great. Good place to catch up with friends. The staff was very helpful and welcoming.

Review №18

Loved the different dishes, the great attention from the waitress, and excellent Mexican vibe inside the restaurant, but most of all, really love the desert was just to die for. Next time I'll go, definitely will leave some extra space for more tres leches cake, flan, and corn bread/cake.

Review №19

Mexican food and the atmosphere at this location is excellent. A preferred evening place. The staff was very friendly and kind. Prices are decent.

Review №20

Mexican food, excellent. nice place to relax, people watch, eat good, etc. nothing but great experiences here. prices were fair.

Review №21

Good food. Waitress was excellent

Review №22

Good food! Friendly service. Good price

Review №23

This is a very family friendly establishment, with very reasonable prices. When they are not busy, their COVID-19 controls are sufficient. However, when they are busy, social distancing and sanitation procedures start to break down. The staff is pleasant and attentive.

Review №24

It was good always packed and customer service always good the one thing I have a problem with is the cakes the bread is always so hard like they are days old, food is delicious or I would of gave 5 stars but the cakes get me every time very dry and hard

Review №25

Yes this place has a lot of variety and I love Mexican food but the food here was hardly warm and bland, the Chinese food was ok though. But definitely not worth the price, sorry

Review №26

Loved the food choices from menudo caldo beef or chicken, Mexican food, salad bar to Chinese foodThe dessert bar all of it is AWESOME definitely recommend!!!

Review №27

Service was really good most likely cuz i was serving myself.

Review №28

Mexican food and service here is great. Two thumbs up for this place. The service here is outstanding. Prices are fair.

Review №29

My second time eating here, very good Mexican buffet, loved it.

Review №30

Mexican food, yeah, very tasty. food was so delish. looking forward to returning with my coworkers.

Review №31

I have found my new favorite restaurant. They have every type of classic Mexican dish you could think of. I ate enchiladas verde, chile rellenos, pozole and ceviche. They also had a variety of Chinese options along with some American food. Everything was hot and fresh and their dessert selection is amazing! So many to pick from. I will be back again and again. 5 starts for sure. I loved it.

Review №32

Decided to try this place after seeing it online a couple of times. It's a pretty large buffet inside and was moderately full on a weekend at dinner.I was surprised when the of buffet had many authentic South American and Mexican items on it, like menudo, pupusas, chicken mole, barbacoa, lengua, fideo, and caldo. I tried almost everything including the regular items like rice, beans, & cheese enchiladas.The cheese enchiladas were rather bland, the borracho beans where a little plain and had tripe in them instead of bacon, which was different. The chicken mole was decent, didn't really have a sweet flavor but more of just a plain mole seasoning. The menudo was good, a lot better than I would have expected for a buffet. Overall the traditional items were pretty decent, while the more mainstream items seem to be less flavorful.The buffet also included roasted chicken, grilled onions and peppers, sausage, carnitas, shrimp, carne guisada, steak and several other items.On the opposite end of the spectrum the buffet also offers a selection of Chinese food, pizza, fried fish , mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. I didn't try any of these except for the fried fish this visit. I used a crispy taco shell, shredded cabbage, Tapatio sauce, and tartar sauce to make a fish taco.The desert bar had a decent selection as well. It included four kinds of cookies that were Hispanic traditional bakery items. Tres leches cake was available but was not very moist, and had coconut on top which I had not seen before. I tried the flan which was interesting and had a very strong sweetened condensed milk flavor. There was cheesecake, pudding, tapioca, fruit, fruit ambrosia, ice cream and other items as well.The selection was pretty impressive, our waitress service was decent, and the food overall was at least average or a little better. Another plus was fresh made tortillas brought to the table.I would return here to try some more items, it's a good deal if you like traditional Mexican food and have a big appetite.

Review №33

20 dollars for the buffet and a drink. All the food was very bland and had no flavor. Most the meat was filled with fat and cartilage, even the deserts were very bland and had little flavor. Very disappointed in the quality of food and options available.

Review №34

Mexican food and the scene here is great. It's so delicious. It has a cool interior.

Review №35

It wonderful family atmosphere. And the food is hot, fresh and many items to select from. Best servers as well ask for Sandy!!

Review №36

Disgusting. Everything I tried was disgusting. Over f'n priced garbage.

Review №37

Love it so much good food.

Review №38

Good food, very good customer service. I've been there twice. Their place very clean.

Review №39

A top spot for tasty Mexican food. this place has a great atmosphere.

Review №40

Food it's good, but they have a waitress that's not good at her job..never comes to offer drinks or tortilla have toask..and they wonder why you don't tip good..she's Hispanic want to be blond kind of girl..that today November 11..afternoon...

Review №41

Not just my favorite Mexican restaurant but also my favorite buffet. They always have great fajitas, menudo, and more. They also change up the menu occasionally with something new which I find refreshing. Most of the waitstaff are very accommodating and always on point with a refill or more tortillas. The only thing I don't care much for however is the Chinese food they put out but that is more a reflection of my personal tastes, not of the quality of the food.

Review №42

Went there for breakfast while I was eating breakfast I found a long hair I immediately went to the manager and he puts the blame and all the customers that are there after showing him the hair in my food they give me my money back and I left when I was leaving I noticed no social distancing and the all table were being used, so people check your food when you go there. I will be reporting this restaurant to the Leon valley health Department.

Review №43

It was ok, service was good but the food was warm and some was cold. The fajitas and brownies were good, they have some variety of Chinese food too. I personally wouldn't go back.

Review №44

It's good. They have mexican food which isnt the best tasting but , again; it's a buffet. The dessert are delicious though and they also have some chinese food, like fried rice , broccoli chicken and chow mein. Large variety of mexican food as well as sea food like fish and shrimp. Overall I did enjoy it and would recommend it.

Review №45

I'm not really sure how the rating for this place is as high as it is. Food was lukewarm and not good, probably a health risk. Price was really high for what we got. Adult price is for ages 11 and up. It's a shame to spend 11.75 per child and all they ate were 4 taquitos and a piece of cake. If you see any of my other reviews I usually pretty positive and overlook the minor issues. With this place I have to say just don't go. You will most likely regret it. Sorry to have to leave a negative review.

Review №46

Great Customer Service and Great Food all the time ,fresh flour tortillas .

Review №47

Love the food!! Always yummy

Review №48

Sounds like a great idea. Total failure. Food was stale, dry, crusty, and looks like it had been sitting out all day. Unfortunately it tasted like it as well. I suffered through it with friends but won't go back. When I looked at the ice cream I realized how nasty it really was. The freezer had not been cleaned in what appears to be months. Price was pretty steep for Pancho's knock off. Weeknight $12+ tax, kids were 8$.

Review №49

Good food, excellent waiters.

Review №50

I love the buffet especially the menudo!

Review №51

My wife ordered me to go from this place and I don't usually write reviews but I felt compelled. The fajitas tasted charred or as if the grill hadn't been cleaned. Most of the first taco was fat and burned meat as you can see from the pic below. I think that's cabbage I found as well which was a surprise to me. I didn't want to attempt the second taco. The rice and beans are bland and I found several beans to be under cooked. Sad when the rice and beans are better than the fajitas. Eat at your own risk!!!

Review №52

Very surprised it being a Mexican food buffet. Had a great selection of Mexico, Chinese and American food. Went during lunch so food was fresh constantly being rotated. Will be back.

Review №53

Not much of a fan of Mexican buffets, as in most Mexican places around you end up eating more than you should. That's why I give it 3 stars and not 4. We went for a lunch meeting, a big party. Tip was automatically charged in the bill, which I don't like, but I understand is customary. Server really earn the tip. She was very attentive and quick with the refills ant taking out the used dishes, so good for her! Food was decent, and I guess almost all you can expect from a Mexican place, including some fish (i didn't try to make any fish tacos, though). Not a bad place if you are really hungry or craving a bit of everything Mexican food.

Review №54

I really enjoyed this place. The employees were friendly. It was also clean and the food was kept up with. There were never empty pans. The desserts were great too. I liked that they offered to take pictures of your group too. That makes for great memories.

Review №55

I was skeptical before I went it as I never tried a Mexican buffet before. I love Mexican food and I wouldn't want to miss it in the place where the most authentic Mexican food you can get in US. And, this place doesn't disappoint me. The wait list gave me a heads up about the food and the popularity of this place. They have most of the Mexican food that you find in any given Mexican restaurant. The staffs were friendly and the had amazing soups and burritos.

Review №56

Good variaty of food, good mexican taste, great service and price is good.We really liked the gorditas and my 8mo daughter loooved the sopa de fideo

Review №57

It was all good just little pricey for the three kids, you know they barely eat something.

Review №58

Love the food there,the waitress was very nice and polite.i definitely would go there again.

Review №59

The $$$$$$ is right too!. Eat great quality food on a Dime!!$$$$! I will say if you are looking for a great variety of food dishes, soups, sea foods, and desserts on a budget this is your place! The world class customer service was excellent!! Waiters are awesome as well!Few weeks ago my awesome friend invited me to Hacienda restaurant buffet to eat and I must say this play is really awesome!! I truly was exspecting the regular normal buffet food vibe. To my surprise, they had a very diverse menu, everything from Asian food, Mexican food, American food, and the most desserts varieties of sweets I've seen at a local buffet. I enjoyed myself and ate up till I could not. I Highly recommend Hacienda Vallarta Mexican Buffet!!

Review №60

Service was great,food was great prices

Review №61

The food is delicious n the setice is great just love it the price is good too

Review №62

Lots of authentic choices, definitely a must try

Review №63

Usually pretty good . Last two visits the shrimp was rubbery and old but the menudo and chicharon were good.

Review №64

Great place and delicious Mexican Food.

Review №65

Not a good place to eat food is cold most of the time some employees are rude the only good thing is the baked potato!!!

Review №66

Other than that cashier everything was great you need to slow down and talk to people look at them in their eyes when he speaks to them

Review №67

Never lets me down!Great menudo with all the right toppings

Review №68

Good food, very close to authentic. Is a buffet so don't expect excellent service just average. Go early for lunch or early for dinner for fresher food. Desserts are ok but can improve. If you don't like something you can ask for a fresh batch.

Review №69

Friends from work told me about this place. Was not convinced about a Mexican buffet. I was wrong. It had good food and lots of variety. The desserts are also great. Will be back again when in the area.

Review №70

No ground beef for tacos. No smoked sausage. They just weren't on their A-game on this visit. I will go back again because I've had good experiences before. Hopefully this isn't a permanent decline.

Review №71

Wow. This place puts Golden Corral to shame. In a good way. It's worth visiting for the dessert alone. The atmosphere is warm and inviting for families and quiet gatherings. The food is good and the prices are certainly reasonable. Don't tell anyone about the pork spare ribs; they're the best item in the buffet after the flan/tres leches cake. If you want a quiet meal with the family/kids, definitely stop by.

Review №72

The food for the most part is pretty good. It's a little pricey but it's all you can eat.

Review №73

So much good food. It was delicious.

Review №74

This place is awesome!! The staff is super friendly just be ready to wait a min! So worth it

Review №75

It was vry good.

Review №76

The food was greasy. The enchiladas were dry and the fried fish was hard. The flan was good. The floor was slick too. The atmosphere and presentation of food could have been better. The staff/servers were helpful and nice. I gave them two stars because of the staff and flan.

Review №77

I love going there when i visit San Antonio...the food is authentic Mexican food and a lot if variety. Their tortillas are homemade ya'll, what more can you ask for. I love the service. ((The menudo is bomb))

Review №78

Great Mexican buffet, they have a huge selection and their salsa is bomb ! Legit place. There are some items that a buffet standard like fries, sausage, ribs.. The only thing I would recommend is to have thick Mole not watery

Review №79

Its ok but food is always under temp and wait staff too slow

Review №80

So many varieties of Mexican food the Buffet Is so delicious

Review №81

Wonderful service. They are very friendly..

Review №82

Food was quite on the cold side not as hot or fresh as other times

Review №83

Great food and service , they're shrimp is extremely juicy.

Review №84

Didn't have the best meal for what my family and i paid. The food was pretty meh. A lot of it just seem to not be fresh. The rice was pretty hard as if its been sitting out all day under the heat lamps, the enchiladas were also extremely tough. The fajita meat was also pretty stringy and realky could have used some salt. The steak I got was mostly fat. The tortillas were good though. Our server was very quick and we let him know about the food on the line and he did his best to let the cooks know that it was old.. Maybe on a different day some time down the line I'll give it another shot to see if its improved any..

Review №85

Food was good and there was a variety of everything..

Review №86

Clean environment and decent food

Review №87

Homemade corn and flour tortillas. Al Pastor is so good. Fried shrimp. Huge dessert bar with great flan. Tons of choices. Salads, Chinese food, bbq sausage...

Review №88

This restaurant is the real deal when it comes to Mexican food. You can find all the traditional Mexican dishes here. The prices are fair for all you can eat. Service is good. Due to the high volume of customers, the place look a bit untidy some times, but is generally clean.

Review №89

Awful food presentation. The food it's self was more or less ok. I'm used to much better food. The staff was friendly, but I don't like the payment process they have. You pay up front and also choose how many drinks you're going to have, but than you have to explain the waiter, that you have payed for this and that drink. Makes me feel uncomfortable as a guest. My wife had a Margarita, and we are pretty sure there was NO margarita in there. Overall, it's to expensive for what you get... and you don't get much. Definitely not going back there.

Review №90

Service was excellent from our waiter. The men at the counter ignored me while I stood there until I exclaimed hello. There food is acceptable for a buffet. Really five stars for waiter service, 4 stars for food

Review №91

Everything I tried was very tasty, everything was fresh and was in constant rotation so I didn't have to wait for anything. The waitresses were very attentive and made sure my drink was never empty.

Review №92

This Restaurant was recommended to my wife Bea, by some of her friends. I was really impressed. This place is beyond my expectations. There's so much variety, that I don't know where to start. I have been looking for some real homemade fideo. As simple as it may sound very few Mexican Restaurants actually have real fideo available. The soup bar is out of this world. At this point, this is my #1 in San Antonio, Tx. The waiter was so friendly, that at first I thought he was the hoast. Oh! The only mistake I made was; I overly served myself not realizing, Hello! It's a buffet, I don't have to let my food get cold, if I serve a little at a time.

Review №93

Good food, nice service, nice atmosphere.

Review №94

Omg!!! To me this restaurant is more than a five star. Its has alot of different food to choose from plus desert too. I would highly recommended this establishment to eat there.

Review №95

Went to this buffet yesterday Sunday. It was gross. No adult supervision of their young kids at the food buffet. Young children putting their dirty hand on plate and putting them back where they are stacked one on top of another. Grabbing food with their hands and not liking and throwing it back so someone else can get it. A lady told the person in charge named Erick and really nothing was done. Gross , food was cold on the serving line. Health department needs to go inspect this establishment.. n. Never again.

Review №96

Was good food and good selection. No grievous buffet fouls observed.

Review №97

Very delicious it is a little pricey my waitress was awesome and kept my table free of any dishes thank you I plan to go back soon

Review №98

Food was cold. So was the restaurant.

Review №99


Review №100

First time there,food was horrible and temperature controlled sucked in all the food I tried. Everything was cold and under seasoned. Flavorless food,even the deserts were stale and dry

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  • Address:7200 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 210-509-7500
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:10:30AM–9PM
  • Tuesday:10:30AM–9PM
  • Wednesday:10:30AM–9PM
  • Thursday:10:30AM–10PM
  • Friday:9AM–10PM
  • Saturday:9AM–9PM
  • Sunday:10:30AM–9PM
Service options
  • Dine-in:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Fast service:Yes
  • Great coffee:Yes
  • Great dessert:Yes
Popular for
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • All you can eat:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Salad bar:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
Dining options
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • College students:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Accepts reservations:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
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