Restaurant Review: Jibarra – Raleigh, N.C.

Jibarra is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant in Raleigh. We started going to this place years ago when it first opened on Six Forks Road. I loved the layout of that location, especially the tequila lounge area. Jibarra is now located in the historic Raleigh Depot building (327 W. Davie St.) and you can watch the trains go by from the front of this upscale Mexican restaurant. The food is always fresh and the margaritas are marvelous!

On a recent trip to Jibarra we started off with margaritas, off course. I got the chipolte-mango margarita ($8.00), which is one of my absolute favorites. It is made with Degollado Gold tequila, triple sec, a hint of chipotle and fresh mango puree mixed with fresh citrus. The glass comes rimmed with raw sugar and chile piquin. This drink rocks – the sweetness of the mango mixed with the smoky and spicy chipotle is fantastic!

Brad ordered the Jibarra margarita ($7.00), which was made with Degollado Gold tequila, fresh citrus and triple sec, rimmed with sea salt. Traditional and good, but not as good as my chipolte-mango one!

For starters, getting the guacamole was a no-brainer and we ordered “Los Cuatro!” ($12.00), which is a sampler of all four of Jibarra’s guacamoles.  “Tradicional” is made with avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeños. “A la Piña” has avocados, pineapple, habaneros, onion, cilantro, tomato and oranges. “Al Mango” consists of avocados, mango, jicama, chipotles and pico de gallo. And finally, “A la Cabra” has avocados, goat cheese, tomato and poblano peppers. Brad and I both liked the “tradicional” the best, but all were quite tasty. However, we both think Brad and Kel’s Most Delicious Guacamole is better that any of these, but of course we are biased.

For dinner Brad ordered the Atún en Mole Negro ($19.00). This was perfectly seared, rare ahi tuna rubbed with Mexican spices and dried dark chiles over a garbanzo bean and chorizo stew, which was somewhat spicy and perfectly seasoned. Wow – it tasted as good as it looked!

I had the Chile Relleño y Hojaldrado ($16.00), which was a poblano pepper stuffed with black beans and panela cheese, baked in puff pastry over a creamy goat cheese sauce. I love chile relleños and this one is so good, especially with the goat cheese sauce. The picture does not do it justice – trust me, it is truly wonderful.

Brad ordered a tequila flight, which came with some tomato concoction to drink between each shot. I’m not sure what was in it, but it was out of this world! He liked all of the shots.

I had the pear-cilantro margarita ($8.50). It was made with Degollado gold tequila, triple sec, pear nectar, fresh citrus and muddled cilantro. Very refreshing, especially in the summer, but I liked the chipotle-mango margarita better.

Overall, the service was good – nothing outstanding. No complaints, though.


  • Price: Medium. Great food, great drinks, funky atmosphere!
  • Service: 3.50.  Not bad, not outstanding. Our server was friendly enough.
  • Food: 4.75. Everything I’ve had has been wonderful.
  • Recommend: Yes.
  • Kid friendly: I think mine would prefer Taco Bell (although I’m not sure if they’ve ever been there) to be honest. Anyway, if I leave them at home I get to enjoy my tequila so much more (just like Brad in this picture, LOL!)

1= hater, 2=poor, 3=adequate, 4=above average, 5=superb

Eat, drink and be merry!

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