The Original Arcelias is at 12th street in Soulard. Don't know who is running the one in Lafayette square now ??
NOT authentic mexican!.
Arcelia's was recommended by a co-worker many times over the past 2 yrs. I went last night with my duaghter. The food is not authentic mexican. It tasted as if it was out of the can and/or box. The fruit in the fluata with strawberry tasted like strawberry perserves. The chips were dark and over cooked. I was charged $3.25 for a side of refried beans which again tasted straight out of a can.
I really wasn't sure who my waitress was b/c I ordered drinks from one, food from another and my check delivered and processed by yet another.
Good options, GREAT food. It's been many years since visiting this restaurant, but have many fond memories of lunches here. Liked the menu options. Prompt, friendly service! Great Food, Great Price!
Family owned and best mexican i've had..
There are a lot of mexican places St.Louis . But none I have been to measure up to this comfortable little place . Combos are great , chile poblanos are mild mexican cheese stuffed peppers , best with beef of course . There are so many . Ask your server for help. The food , service and everything seems to be much better at night . Quesofundito appetizer , Soppapia dessert . Margaritas , they're the best around .
Want good mexican ? Arcelias is the place . Don't forget to ask your server what is good . They make their own chips too ! Hot for every table ! Enjoy
Try It YOu Will Love It. I have been going to this great place from the first week they were open. And I will go to no other Mexican Resturant in this city
Just mediocre........ We hadn't been to Arcellia's in a while, so we decided to go last Sat evening (2/25). It was crowded as usually (which I believe is a good sign). We waited about 25 minutes for a table. The service was good, but the food this time was just mediocre. Maybe they were having an off night, but the food was just plain bland.
A neighborhood joint that welcomes outsiders..
A worn bar dominates the dining room of this dressed-down Lafayette Square restaurant, whose walls are hung with predictable Mexican kitsch. The sounds of a mariachi band peal through the speakers, and the smell of tortillas, garlicky chorizo and chili-spiked salsa wafts through the kitchen's swinging doors. Arcelia's servers are fast and friendly.
Try the nopales salad: fleshy slices of prickly pear cactus paddles tossed with diced tomatoes, onions and a drizzle of lemon juice. Or one of the traditional Mexican breakfast dishes, such as chilaquiles, a hash of fried tortilla strips, eggs and chorizo sausage. Arcelia's broad menu also includes soups, desserts and a la carte items such as tamales, empanadas and chalupas.
Don't Go!. I have never been treated more rudely! I made a reservation for myself and 6 others for a fun business luncheon. One of the owners actually called me a liar and said they don't take reservations and continued to argue with me. I don't know how a place stays in business with such a disregard for customer service. Lafayette Square needs to replace this ungrateful bunch with something more neighborly!
Food is authentic. I'm Mexican and the food here is great. No microwave used here. I definitely would return. Lovely neighborhood setting.
Bad service & bad food.... I have eaten at Arcelia's many times and always thought their food was good - not great, but good. Saturday night 4 of us sat at a table in the bar area and the service we received was some of the worst I have ever received. Stunningly bad. To top it off, our meal was bad and the chips were cold. It will be a long time before I go back.
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