Eat Out Review: Rubio’s

Rubio's Original Fish TacoThe first time I went to Rubio’s and ate a fish taco (my first fish taco ever), I fell in love.  Not much later, that Rubio’s location closed and I waited years and years before I got to eat at Rubio’s again.  Now a Rubio’s is just a few miles from my home…fish taco heaven!

Rubio's Interior

Rubio’s is a quick service restaurant, but it’s definitely a step up from other Mexican fast food joints.  The interior is themed with a Mexican beach theme with faux thatched roofs over some tables.  Everything is made-to-order in their open kitchen, so you can see the preparation from the dining area.  The focus of their menu is seafood-stuffed tacos and burritos including their classic Original Fish Taco.  They strive to use seafood from sustainable sources.  100% of their Pollock, Salmon, Shrimp, & Tilapia is from sustainable sources!  For non-seafood lovers, they also have entrees featuring grilled steak, grilled chicken, pork carnitas, & vegetables.

Rubio's Steak Baja Grill Burrito Bite Rubio's Steak Baja Grill Burrito
Mr. Diner opted for a non-seafood entree:  the Baja Grill Burrito with Grilled Steak served with tortilla chips ($7.29).  The burrito had chopped steak with salsa fresca, guacamole, & shredded cheese in a flour tortilla.  The burrito was huge and had a fresh flavor.
Rubio's 2-Taco Plate with Tilapia and Shrimp

I knew what I was going for:  seafood tacos.  I ordered a 2-taco plate with the new Regal Springs Tilapia Taco and Grilled Gourmet Taco with Shrimp, served with a side of pinto beans and chips ($8.29).

Rubio's Regal Springs Tilapia Taco Blackened

The Regal Springs Tilapia Taco is served with your choice of grilled or blackened tilapia.  I chose blackened at the suggestion of the cashier.  The tilapia is topped with serrano slaw, salsa fresca, & creamy chipotle sauce on a corn tortilla.  It was delicious and slightly spicy with that distinctive blackened flavor adding a depth to the whole thing.

Rubio's Gourmet Shrimp Taco

The Grilled Gourmet Shrimp Taco was filled with the perfect-sized shrimp, bacon, habanero-citrus salsa, cilantro, onion, avocado, creamy chipotle sauce, & cotija cheese on a corn tortilla that had cheese melted to the inside.  Yum!  This was my favorite of the two!  Maybe it was the addition of the bacon & avocado, but it was soooo tasty (however I would have preferred several smaller slices of avocado instead of one large one)!  The flavors were just perfect for my palate and I savored every bite.

Rubio's Kids Chicken Taquitos

Amazing Diner & Sweet Diner both chose the chicken taquitos with applesauce on the side and a mini churro ($4.69).  The taquitos have melted cheese on top, which both of my kids were not happy about & scrapped off.  Amazing Diner loved the whole thing and begged his siblings for bites of their mini churros when he was done.

Rubio's Kids Quesadilla

Little Diner had the quesadilla with applesauce and the sweet mini churro ($4.69).  The quesadilla was large and folded into a rectangle instead of the more common cut wedges.  Other choices for kids meal entrees include a fish taco, chicken bites, and a bean & cheese burrito.  For a side, kids can also choose chips, pinto beans, black beans, or Mexican rice.

Rubio's Salsa Bar

Salsa bars make me happy, and Rubio’s has one!  I love sampling the salsas and customizing my dish with the extra condiments!  Rubio’s features Mild, Picante, Tomatillo, & Roasted Chipotle salsas plus lots of extra limes, cilantro, & onions.  The salsa bar was very clean and the salsas were kept at a nice, crisp temperature.  I liked all the salsas, but the Mild & Tomatillo were my favorites.

Rubio’s also does catering with everything from boxes lunches to their Beach Mex Buffet!  And if you are looking for a way to raise money for a good cause, Rubio’s has a fundraiser program where non-profit organizations can earn 20% of all sales!

I am definitely a Rubio’s fan and have been a member of their Beach Club for awhile now.  I often get emails with coupons to save $1 on one of their menu items.  When you sign up, your first email will be for a free taco!

If you are a fish taco lover, go try Rubio’s for a quick meal, maybe on a Tuesday when the Original Shrimp Taco is only $1.50 after 2:30 pm…and try a shrimp taco, too!

Entree Price:  $
Average Fork Rating:  3.5
Mr. Diner:
Mrs. Diner:  4.5
Amazing Diner:  4
Sweet Diner:  3Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon
Little Diner:  3

Rubio’s provided free meals for our family for this review, but all opinions are our own.

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