Loca

Latin American

  • Loca
  • Revamped Mexican brunch (Friday)

    The restaurant has revamped its brunch package, extending it by an hour and cutting the price by Dhs80. Dhs155 (soft drinks), Dhs270 (house beverages).
    Timings: Noon-5pm

Loca is arguably better known as a watering hole and nightspot rather than a venue for dining out. But bag a table on the periphery of the noisy hubbub and you’ll find a good stab at Mexican food. As is the trend in Dubai, guacamole is prepared tableside, and the creamy texture and mildly-spiced avocado flavour is a good indication of what is to come: nothing too adventurous or imaginative, but a ‘better-than-pub-grub’ meal. Fajitas sizzle at your table in six different flavours and we particularly like the less-common lamb option. It’s the tacos, though, that stand out from the predictable options. Served in a soft or hard shell, and generously accompanied with beans and rice, they’re great for sharing or as a meal in themselves. We’re pleased Loca goes the extra mile with Mexican desserts such as fried ice cream and banana empanada to finish off a meal. Loca
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: - Jumeirah
Tel: 04 346 1111
Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road
Cuisine: Bar Food, Mexican
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, Outdoor seating, Live music, Smoking permitted
Times: Open daily noon-2am
Price range: Dhs350-499
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  • JANE Mar 28, 2012 07:58 am
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    BIG GUY IN THE BAR IS RUDE. DOESN.T KNOW HOW TO TREAT A GUEST
    EVERYTIME I CAME AND SIT AT THE BAR HE ALWAYS PLAYING WITH HIS PHONE. WHAT KIND OF STAFF IS THAT!!!!!
  • Heather Mar 12, 2012 09:38 am
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    I really like Loca. I wouldn't call it authentic Mexican, but if you want something close (with a cocktail) without a day on a plane it fits the bill. I was a little disappointed to see that they no longer bring the obligatory chips and salsa unless you ask and then you do pay for them. Unexpected but not a deal-breaker.

    I had a grilled dish and found it to be a little greasier than I expected since I was aiming for healthy, but pretty good for Mexican. My companion had a huge shrimp burrito smothered in cheese sauce - too heavy for me but he said it was amazing and he was full and happy.

    The drinks are a bit steep - some of the margaritas are up to AED 75. You can get beer out of a tap right at your table in the bar area, so would be fun for a group. The place was really busy around 10pm on a Thursday - it seemed like it was a combination of people settling in with beer to watch soccer on the TV screens around the bar and groups having a late dinner before hitting Boudoir.

    Overall, great atmosphere, decent food and the prices were OK, just be careful with the drinks if you are pinching fils. A nice plus is that this place is in the entertainer fine dining book and I do believe the City Card works here as well, so there is value to be found.
  • Jason Jul 13, 2011 06:11 pm
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    These reviews are crazy. How in the world is Chili's considered Mexican (Tex-Mex)? I guess in this neck of the woods people do not know any better. Being from Houston, Texas, I've had my share of Tex-Mex in all of it's different shapes and forms. First of all, Tex-Mex and Mexican food are not the same. If Loca served authentic Mexican food, it wouldn't be open. Forget all that; just crazy how such a cool place is actually compared to a freakin' Chili's. Chili's is terrible food.

    Anyhow, in all the years I have been traveling through Dubai and spending time here, this is hands down best Tex-Mex in Dubai. I'd like to think I've tried most of them, if not all. Cool decor, laid back vibe, and great food. I just returned from Loca and will be going back tomorrow with friends. I actually like the fact it doesn't follow the cookie cutter Tex-Mex theme that all the other restaurants try to pass off. I get enough of that at home. The Nachos de la Casa could have used a bit more cheese, but the ingredients and flavor were delicious. Exactly what I look for when in the mood for this type of food. And it was fresh. Can always tell when food is fresh or if it's from CHILI'S. Seems the place has developed quite a following and I bet will continue to grow. Great place, great simple menu with FRESH ingredients and nice touch. The owner or chef knows what they are doing and obviously appreciate great tasting food and presentation. This place would do very well at home and I wish we had one. Anyone who likes flavor in their food and a few drinks will enjoy this place.
  • ryan Trutch Jun 28, 2011 10:51 am
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    I frequent LOCA at least 3 or 4 times a month and think its a great place..

    Problem is the bar staff are useless at keeping tabs on everyone's bar tab!!! You have been warned!! I have put more than 3000 dhs in the till for stuff which i didn't order over the last 6 months..
  • putri ekasari May 19, 2011 04:47 pm
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    The food, ambience, and decor were very good. We just had a very bad experience of the service. Staff was unrespectfully asking ID of one of us. We understand that it is the rule, but the way he ask for it is really unrespectful and rude.

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