Chips and Salsa at Iguana Mexican Grill in Oklahoma City

Iguana Mexican Grill reopens in downtown Oklahoma City

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Iguana Mexican Grill

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9 NW 9th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Every so often, all of our regular writers try to get together to experience a new Oklahoma City restaurant. I say that we “try” because so far, we haven’t quite made it. We were just about to accomplish this feat at the new Iguana Mexican Grill downtown, but Andrew got called away by work at the last minute. Nevertheless, Greg, Sarah and myself were able to get together for lunch at the Iguana. What follows reflects contributions from all three of us.

Perhaps you remember the Iguana from its old location on Western Avenue. I remember eating there several times and noting its uniqueness. Now it’s back and continuing to provide an interesting alternative to Oklahoma City’s standard Mexican food places.

We really appreciate its downtown location. The owners have not only opened a restaurant, they have refurbished a historical building just east of Broadway. One thing is for sure, you have to know the place is there because you’d never have any other reason to turn east on 9th. But once you find it, you’ll be delighted with this “old turned new” achievement complete with beautiful landscaping and free parking (a treat in downtown).

The interior decor is modern — an unfinished feel with giant, bright-colored paintings and glass light fixtures adorning the brick walls. The tables are made locally and, like the plates, sport a rough-hewn, slightly off-balance look. In other words, they have perfectly captured a look that isn’t meant to look perfect.

Now to the food. The starter is chips and salsa, as it should be at any Mexican restaurant, but here are thick, fresh-fried tortilla pieces and five unique salsa options. The house salsa comes for free, but you can try additional salsas for $2 each, or get all four premium varieties for $7. We got all four so we could give you the full report.

Surprisingly, we all agreed that the free, house salsa was just about the best one. It is a fresh and chunky salsa, almost like a pico de gallo, where the flavors of the vegetables stand out independently. Its only downside was being too mild. We felt that if they could add a few more minced shavings of jalapeno to warm things up, it would be just perfect.

The premium salsas were definitely unique. There was a tomatillo (verde) salsa which I liked pretty well but Greg found too sweet and lacking in kick. The smoked tomato salsa, served warm, also let us down. However, the “coral snake,” a sweet peach salsa with a definite kick at the end, was very unique and enjoyable. Then there was the favorite of the premiums — the citrus-habanero — spicy, flavorful, but not so hot that you can’t taste anything.

None of us were very impressed with the guacomole ($2 for a single serving, $4.50 for more). It was okay, but nothing to turn flips down the hallway over. We all agreed we’d had better elsewhere.

I was impressed that the menu offered some very affordable options. It’s a pretty good deal when you can get interesting, creative food in a fabulous location for about the same cost as standard Okla-mex fare. The lunch specials were all around the $7 range, which is at least what you would expect to pay at a Ted’s or Casa Perico. Even at dinner, you can get a meal for $9-$12 or so. Very reasonable for what you get.

Greg was very satisfied with his chicken torta lunch special ($6.50) and offered the following insights:

“Iguana must wood-grill their meat because this was flavorful, moist chicken. The torta bread was nice and chewy, but not too tough. The rice was so-so. Red rice is just your standard Mexican rice, though not as flavorful as some I’ve had, while the green rice was an even milder taste. Instead, spend $1 more and change your side to the sopa de maiz — a roasted corn soup with coconut milk, green curry, roasted poblano peppers and a shitake mushroom dumpling in the middle. Very tasty. If you choose to get it on its own, it’s $4 for a cup and $6 for a bowl.”

Sarah ordered the shrimp and vegetable skewer lunch ($7.50) and here’s what she had to say:

“It was pretty good, but the vegetables and plate were shiny with some type of oil. Wish I had known to order it without oil. That would have made it a pretty healthy dish. Also, the temperature of the food was not hot. Oh, and if anyone out there has tips on how to gracefully remove shrimp from wooden skewers, please let me know.”

I chose the fish taco lunch ($7). It was very good, even better than what I’ve previously reviewed at Chica’s. The fish had no hint of fishiness. I had the black beans and fresh fruit for sides. I was pleasantly surprised to find another Mexican place offering fresh fruit with their meals. My one recommendation would be to split this into two tacos. They served it as a single taco stuffed so full of filling that it was impossible to eat. They could easily add another corn tortilla and serve the same amount of filling as two tacos. It would be much more manageable and seem like an even better deal.

As I mentioned before, I feel that the pricing at Iguana is actually very good. It’s one of the reasons I am comfortable recommending it. They do offer some higher-end options, like their family-style group dining with charges of $12.50, $15, or $25 per person. These options provide a multi-course meal with some great variety, but personally, I don’t see the value there. I’d stick with the dinners or lunch specials.

Oh, one more thing — we did try out the key lime pie ($4.50). It was a hit. As Sarah said, “it was the only thing that was to die for.” This is key lime done right — a creamy filling with real, tart, lime flavor on top of a crumbly crust, served in a raspberry sauce. Very good eats, though Greg and Tim felt that the raspberry sauce was unnecessary. Sarah just felt that it was yummy.

Though we’re not saying the food is out of this world, we believe the Iguana is definitely worth a try. If nothing else, it’s a unique Oklahoma City eatery that highlights the potential of our downtown area and offers an alternative to the same old Mexican food we’ve all had over and over. Given the fact that pricing is quite reasonable, I highly recommend you check it out soon.

Tell us what you think in the comments.

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  • Matt Jank says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 8:41 am   

    How was the service? We went for lunch the week after it opened. It was relatively empty, but the service was absolutely horrible. Server didn’t turn in out ticket. and even after 25 minutes of waiting for our food, he only came back to us once to see if we needed anything. We even had to ask for him to get our ticket, which took another 15 minutes.

    The food was pretty good, though if a little bland. Just don’t think I can spare 1.75 hours for a work day lunch. The place is downtown, you’d think they would be prepared for business folks looking for a quick lunch.

  • Cody C says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 8:42 am   

    A group of us went there two weeks ago, and no one was “blown away”. To me it’s just another El Chico style restaurant, but it’s located downtown. One of those places to try once, but I have no desire to ever go again. Personally I think the over all better deal is Casa Perico or Ole… Two way better restaurants on many different levels. The building Iguana uses is nice, and it’s always a plus for new business to move in that area…

  • Tim says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 8:54 am   

    @Matt Jank, the service for us was better than what you experienced. It was a little slower than a normal lunch but nothing unbearable. I’m willing to give them a few more months to get the kinks worked out and then try again to see if things are speedier. One thing I did like is that they split our checks and even split the cost of the appetizers out over multiple checks. That is a nice little feature.

    @Cody, thanks for sharing your take. I agree that the building and location is the best thing going for it. For the price, I still think it’s worth a try but I don’t think it’s going to be a place that everyone just LOVES.

  • Aimee says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 10:32 am   

    Went last night with a group of friends. Mostly happy hour and appetizers. We kept poor John running! we sat outside, the patio is great and the food is wonderful. Great place for many happy hours. I love the tequilla “back”. Nice addition.
    We will be back! And the occassional train horn was a funny!

  • Danny says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 10:21 am   

    I was impressed with the drinks and the service and the art inside the building was gorgeous. I unfortunately don’t recall the food. For some reason it just wasn’t memorable for me.

  • im4ou says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 12:50 pm   

    We (14 of us) went there about a month ago and it was a definite hit with everyone! We went at 6:00pm and got right in, but could see the tables filling up the later it got.

    We ordered the #2 family-style meal and ate every bite. It seemed to work perfectly for us. Those of us eating a lot got all we wanted, while those of us eating a little got as much as we wanted.

    Every item on the meal was outstanding; the chips & caso came out in mass quantities -in Oklahoma shaped bowls, the chicken tacos and enchiladas were very moist & favorable (my favorite of all-time), the beef tacos and enchiladas were great as well, the green beans & black beans were very tasty, tamales were “wonderful” (as I was told since I was too full to try one), and if I missed anything else on the meal it had to be just as good or else it would have screamed out to us as being different.

    The service wasn’t outstanding but remember, we had such a large group. The girl had her hands full but still kept my tea glass from bottoming out all the while keeping a smile on her face.

    The location was a little different, but it reminded me of Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano in Dallas (up till now that was my favorite Mexican restaurant). I bet this restaurant will be an asset to the area, enticing other businesses be quickly follow their lead. Iguana’s décor was different, yet really cool.

    My mouth is watering while thinking about another trip to Iguana, although I know it will be hard to match our first experience.

  • Mark says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 9:07 pm   

    We really need a good tex mex choice, I feel like Ted’s and La Luna have declined the last couple of years.

  • Lew says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 1:23 pm   

    A group of us went for lunch and found the food to be “average” and the service below average. Decided to give it another try for parents night out and thing were much improved. The food was hot, tasty and fresh and the service outstanding. We loved the fact that they refurbed an old building which adds to the uniqueness of the experience. The lunch gang is planning a trip back to see if things have improved during the lunch hour.

  • debi says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 11:19 pm   

    The restorations look great. The location is great, plenty of parking … I’ve been about a dozen times since opening & it’s gets better everytime.
    Food’s great, friendly service, and LOTS OF “MUST SEE” art hanging (some for sale$$) from 3 very talented local artists. It’s worth stopping by for a cocktail or two just to check out the local talent.

  • Virginia says:
    September 19th, 2008 at 2:08 pm   

    I can’t believe all the negative remarks about this great little restaurant! I have been to Iguana’s four times since it opened and have had nothing but fantastic taste explosions and happy, attentive service. The fish taco’s are the best ever, and the house margarita’s more-ish (is that good or bad?!). Iguana’s is a fantasic addition to the growing downtown/midtown area of Oklahoma City. Cheers!

  • Noelle says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm   

    I went to Iguana with my boss for lunch and we really enjoyed our food and service. Since it was a beautiful day, we decided to eat outside, which was alright except for the four trains that passed by throughout our lunch. We both tried the sopa de maiz, and came to the conclusion that the soup would have been better if it was creamy rather than a broth. Other than that, everything was excellent… enchiladas, burritos, etc. For dessert we tried the chocolate chimichanga and the deep fried ice cream – both were really nice. I wouldn’t say it’s the best mexican in town, but I would definitely be a repeat customer at Iguana!

  • Sara says:
    October 9th, 2008 at 9:10 am   

    Went to Iguana last night with my boyfriend and two of our friends. While I can’t say it was horrible overall, my food was definitely not good. The chips and salsa were good, and it was fun to see some different versions to try. I ordered the fish tacos, and they were really bad. Everything was so oily, there was actually standing oil in my plate. I guess it all came from the four corn tortillas used for my two tacos, because the fish itself was pretty dry. I had roasted potatoes and fresh fruit as sides, and the potatoes were very tasty, but the fruit was 90% cantalope, which I’m not really a fan of. Not their fault, but it would have been nice to have more variety. My boyfriend ordered the crispy pork tacos and said they were good. He got black beans for one of the sides, and they were absolutely flavorless. It didn’t taste like they’d used any seasoning at all. Overall, the consensus last night seemed to be that it was decent: not horrible, not great. The atmosphere was very nice and the staff was great, maybe we’ll try it again in a few months to see if the food has improved at all.

  • Sadie says:
    October 15th, 2008 at 2:14 pm   

    Four of us from the office ate there for lunch today. The salsa and chips were great. I ordered the burrito and subbed the sopa de maiz. Both were excellent. The service was good and there were no problems. Had the Key-Lime Pie for dessert, that was wonderful as well. Has a nice atmosphere, and the prices were exceptional. Overall I was impressed. I will return.

  • Dan says:
    October 21st, 2008 at 5:17 am   

    4 of us met there for dinner on Sunday night and it was just awful. The service was disorganized and so slow. it took over and hour for the appetizers to arrive and then they were served at the same time as the entrees, which is inexcusable. Our waiter apologized a few times, but didn’t offer to take anything off the check, which is the proper way to handle such terrible service. As to the food, it fit the previous comments, some was ok, but some was extremely greasy, especially the fish tacos, which were horrible. Send someone to San Diego for a weekend and learn how to make them right. I also ordered a Mojito that had to be sent back it was so bad. One final note, we sat outside as it was a nice evening, right next to the door to the main restaurant and every time someone went through it (around every 10 seconds), it was slam shut, then bounce back and slam again and make this incredibly irritating racket. I really can’t imagine why no one has considered a door stop or anything to solve that problem. The only redeeming feature was the music playing, which was the soundtrack to “Across the Universe,” but I can hear that at home. We won’t be back.

  • Paul says:
    November 2nd, 2008 at 6:36 pm   

    My wife and I stopped by for Sunday brunch today. The $2 mimosas were great. We were also served free fry bread with honey, something we hadn’t had the three previous times there. I chose the pork verde breakfast burrito, which was extremely good. My wife had the chorizo quesadillas, which, while tasting great, were a bit greasy. I don’t know if you can fully avoid that with chorizo.

    Having been four times now, I can say I always like the food I choose, but the service is the greatest variance and has been bad enough two of the times to partially sour my meal. The first visit the waitress was over-the-top trying to sell extras… My wife and I are believers that portions are almost always too large to begin with – why would we want an appetizer and dessert if it’s just the two of us? The second time was slow at the start, but it moved well enough later. Our third visit was in the bar… this waitress was even worse with the salesmanship. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a waiter or waitress who can’t take a simple “No Thank You.” So, if they ever get the service down to a regular level, we’ll enjoy it more.

  • madeline says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 10:36 pm   

    The service was great and the place has a neat urban atmosphere. The food, however, tasted to us like an 80′s mexican resturant chain: store-bought flour tortillas [that arrived cold] for our bad fajitas: had all the bells and whistles; roasted vegetables. But the vegatables were mushy – should have had a slight al dente to them. The salsa apps was OK: seemed more like they tried to come up w/ “neat” name, when literally the honey-green salsa tasted like Honey poured over green salsa – no real sophisticated taste and didn’t work. None of the salsas tasted like they had fresh cilantro/lime – which for me is key. As much as i hate chains, Cafe Laredo @ Penn sq. mall has the freshest/best-tasting salsas in OKC..wish it wasn’t so, but it is! On a good note the margaritas we got were great – best we have had in OKC. I would not bring out of town guests here….would rather take them to RIO in Bethesda for chain-like tex mex [that is actually done right].

  • Chris J. says:
    November 11th, 2008 at 12:35 pm   

    My wife and I checked this place out the other day, and we both really liked it a lot. We LOVED the house salsa, but agreed that it could have used a few jalapeno seeds to spice it up a bit. I had the chicken burrito, which was excellent. And mark my words…SMOKEY GREEN BEANS! They’re delicious! So were the roasted potatos. The red rice was ok, but those two veggies made up for it!

  • Dan says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 3:03 pm   

    I have eaten here at least a dozen times and can not understand any of the above comments. I have tried almost the entire menu and think that everything rocks. The fish tacos are the best in the city. Serivce I have received has been always on par. Dont understand the comments about poor food and service. I have taken all my coworkers there and they are now all huge fans! If you are reading this disregard the other comments and GO! this is way better than any other so called mexican place in town!

  • Tyler says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 10:42 am   

    I enjoyed our trip to Iguana Lounge this past November. Drinks were better than most any latio influeneced establishment in the city, service was average for this class of resturant in our town, and the food was actually planned by a chef with some talent. This isn’t a typical grease filled okie-mex resturant. They use traditional latio flavors and herbs, and then add some that you don’t normally find in this market. Try all of the salsa’s, as they are doing some good thinigs here. I find humor when my okie brethern exercise their inablitly to find any latino style resturant in OKC they like that isn’t another attempt to fill them with Ted’s like grease and untalent “chef’s…errr i mean “cooks”.

  • Charles says:
    January 27th, 2009 at 2:49 pm   

    Iguana Mexican Grill is Great! It’s not tex-mex so don’t expect that. haha. All the salsas were unique and had their own flavors. Parking seems to be expanding in the coming months, so remember, they probably aren’t full inside! Service was top-notch and everyone there seemed to care about our happiness. OKC should be proud to have such extraordinary gourmet mexican fare.
    buenos dias!

  • RRB says:
    February 6th, 2009 at 4:18 pm   

    Service not very good, overpriced and just one of those “trendy” places. Gourmet mexican? I think not. Salsas were alright…

  • Amy says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 9:36 pm   

    The service was terrible!! We waited well over 30 minutes for our food, had to ask 3 times for tortillas, the chips were stale and my chile relleno had maybe three very small morsels of chicken in it. I liked them when they were on Western; however, I will never be back to waste my money.

  • Tom says:
    March 9th, 2009 at 10:54 am   

    I My wife and I tried it last Saturday. Loved
    the atmosphere and the service, the food was
    so-so. A little to bland for us. Next time it
    will be drinks,chips and salsa on the patio.
    With maybe a stop next door to sara sara

  • John says:
    March 15th, 2009 at 3:57 pm   

    I visited IMG for the first time on Sunday morning, at about 11am. A little early for the church crowd… there were only a few couples in the dining room. Because the weather was beautiful, I sat on the patio.
    I had read this website’s review a week or so ago, and this morning I read some readers comments. For those reasons, I made a point of asking Vicki [the Maitre d'] to let a waiter know I would be out there. Vicki took my drink order… and it appeared promptly. A young man brought chips and salsa before the drink arrived… and Jack, my waiter, almost immediately followed the drink. My order was served within 10 minutes of placing it. Jack returned twice to ask if anything else was needed.
    And, having delivered my check, he returned within 2 minutes with the signature slip.
    I say all this because I think it is important to note that my service was excellent. Granted I was not there at the busiest time of day… but then anyone silly enough to go to a new, or well frequented, restaurant during the rush hour is bound to run into slower service. A good restaurant is an experience to be savored… not rushed. If you want a fast, rush hour dinner experience… drop by Taco Mayo, grab some food, then take it to the busiest disco dance floor you can find. Stand in the middle of all the dancers and eat! That way you’ll get an opportunity to complain about the food quality while seeing and being seen all you want. Try asking for more chips while there… and see how long it takes.
    Anyway…. my service at IMG was excellent… and so was the food!
    The salsa verde that one of your reviewers called too sweet did, indeed, have a slightly sweet taste. But it also had a nice little after-taste kick. And I really enjoyed the “chunky” texture… most salsa verde’s are very liquidy.
    The gaucamole that came with my meal had an excellent avocado flavor… but, yes, it could have used a little more kick.
    The potatoes that accompanied my entree had great texture. They weren’t the usual over-boiled spuds you get in so many restaurants. And I liked the fact that they were well-seasoned…. but not to the extent that they over-rode the falvors in the entree.
    My entree was the Chorizo Quesadilla brunch. It was also excellent. I’ll mention texture again… because texture is an important aspect of good food. The tortilla’s weren’t steamed to the point they were mushy… the cheese wasn’t melted too much… the eggs had good body… and the chorizo wasn’t as lacking in texture as it is in many Mexican restaurants.
    The cup of fruit was a very nice plus… not what I expect, or get, in other places.
    A beautiful morning… an excellent meal… good conversation… excellent service… in an unusually pleasant atmosphere. Who could ask for anything more……………..?
    By the time I left, the place was getting very busy… and the wait staff was getting a little harried. I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered the old adage “Timing is everything.”
    Iguana Mexican Grill… a dining experience worth repeating!

  • Eric says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:00 pm   

    This is such a cool place. Great area, nice rehab, and art selection. The chips, salsa, and queso were very good. The problem we had was that the food seemed as if it had been sitting around for awhile. I had fajitas, and the only items that seemed fresh and warm were the tortillas. The fajita meat, roasted potatoes, and even smokey beans did not look as if they were just prepared.

    I really want this place to succeed, so my advice would to be not to pre-prepare so much. People do not mind waiting if they sense the food was prepared just for them.

  • TR says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:58 am   

    Iguana Grill is overrated. The ambiance is fantastic, they pour a mean drink and the menu is great – if only the food lived up to the descriptions. Eric nails it above “the food seemed as if it had been sitting around for awhile”. The food arrived sort of limp and exhausted as if all the vitality was squeezed out. And the second and third time I had the same experience only this time poor service. It’s the Paris Hilton of Mexican restaurants – flashy and beautiful on the outside – but no substance.

  • Ben B. says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 3:50 am   

    I just dined here [tonight] and have the folloing to say:

    I thought the service was horrendous. The worst part was that it was not friendly. This added insult to it being slow.

    The food? Cold and average.

    My recommendation: Don’t go. Save your money and dine at Ted’s.

  • Lisa says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 10:07 am   

    I have dined at IMG several times, lunch, dinner and in between. I have yet to have a unpleasant experience. I love the salsa they serve. The flavor is fresh! I have tryed a number of dishes and haven’t been disapointed.

  • AKurys says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 1:06 pm   

    The Iguana is one of my new favorite restaurants. The food and the atmosphere can’t be beat…and I always take my out-of-town friends there for lunch. This past week, I met some colleagues there during lunch and we all ordered the fish tacos with white beans and cilantro. It was delicious! I also love the Coral Snake salsa, it has just enough kick to it.

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  • Alexis Lux says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 9:53 am   

    I love the sweet nacho’s, they have sweet beans in them and it’s a really unique flavor. And the coral salsa is great, sweet and then a kick. Their chips are light, crispy and salty. Yumm!

  • Pam says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 4:44 pm   

    We have been to Iguana many times and have always had great service. Every item we have tried has been great! The drinks are terrific! We have been there for lunch and supper and everything is always way above average! Keep up the good work!

  • AJ says:
    May 25th, 2009 at 12:11 pm   

    Me and 12 friends went here two weeks ago for birthdays. It was on a Friday night, so I understand it is a busy time- but the wait staff was TERRIBLE! We were a little disappointed that they seated us at two different tables, which I sort of understand, but most places will move two tables together. Our waiter didn’t even tell us his name, he just went straight to asking what we wanted. The salsa was amazing, and I didn’t hear too many complaints about the food (though my nachos were burned, I like them that way) but most of us agreed that we were disappointed all together after hearing all the hype. I would give them another chance, though my friend went again last night and said she will probably never go back.

  • Eric D. says:
    June 11th, 2009 at 5:07 pm   

    After experiencing Iguana Grill four times now, I have to say, it is one of my favorite places to eat a late lunch in OKC. Why? Great food, wonderful guacamole, and some of the best chips and queso in OKC. Now, why do I say “for a late lunch”? Well, each time I have been for dinner or a ‘lunch-time’ lunch, the service has been less than stellar. In fact, in both instances the service was slow, but still courteous; were not promptly attended to; and had to ask for refills.
    The saving grace of course, is the food is great. Not sure if a different chef is involved, or what, but the food definitely seems better in the day-time hours, as opposed to at night. This of course added to my one-time-only dinner excursion.
    All in all, I will continue to go to Iguana Grill, in fact, I likely will try them again for dinner soon. Everyone deserves a second chance, well, unless you get me sick…

  • Eric D says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm   

    Perhaps I wrote too soon. After writing the above review last night, I could not get Iguana Grill of my mind. So, I chose to go there for dinner last night, give them one last shot at getting my dinner slot.
    All in all, it was awesome. The service was spectacular, the chips and queso were just as good awesome as always, and the food was great. Food was still not quite as good as during the day-time, but still great.
    So, I ask that my negative comments about my hopefully one-off negative dinner experience be disregarded. Possibly, those comments could be a cautionary tale of attempting to go to a smaller restaurant with a group of around six to eight on a Friday night; though, based on last night’s experience, it seemed they handled the larger crowds with ease.

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  • Donald says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:51 pm   

    Iguana is very good just about everything I’ve tried has been good,and they are able to seat and serve alot of people in ashort amount of time,another great place I haven’t heard mentioned is Adobe Grill, sort of gourmet Mexican I would call it, if you haven’t tried it you should!!

  • Jessica says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 10:03 pm   

    Iguana is awesome!!!

  • Kevin says:
    July 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm   

    Kevin is looking forward to using that certificate, just as soon as I can make my eve mesh with my reason for living’s eve.

  • AJ says:
    July 29th, 2009 at 9:31 am   

    I gave Iguana another chance this past Sunday afternoon. No one came to our table for at least ten minutes, and there were only 4 other small groups of people there. The $7 velveeta tasting queso literally only filled 1/4 of the bowl. If their service was actually decent, I wouldn’t dread every time that one of my friends wants to go there. It’s a good thing they have double size cups, because they don’t come around enough to refill a regular size. Its also a good idea to bring good company so you can laugh about it.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 1:57 pm   

    We had dinner at Iguana recently. Food was fairly good — not great, but good. Nice salsa.

    The service was quite poor. While the servers were fairly friendly, it took a long time to flag anyone down! Drink orders got lost, etc.

    I’m wavering between 3 and 4 stars for this place. Leaning toward 3. I’ll visit again before voting.

    PS: What is the DEAL with service in OKC restaurants? I can count the number of places I know that have brisk, professional, intelligent service on (maybe) two hands. The average level of waitstaff competence is noticeably worse than in other mid-size cities I’ve lived in.

  • Anon Reader Dude says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm   

    If not “missing,” then at least drink orders taking WAY too long to get filled.

  • Donna says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 8:25 am   

    We’ve only been one time for lunch…we were really excited to try it out. Food was pretty bland and not much of it for the price. I consider it sort of an eclectic Mexican type of place. I don’t think we would go again. Service slow also.

  • Karen H says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 4:27 pm   

    Sorry but I have to say I think their food is very bland. I have been several times and each time have not been impressed. Actually one of the best things I’ve had there is the layer dip.

  • Kaylee says:
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:55 am   

    The salsa is out of this world fresh and yummy!
    The rest of the food…ehhh.

  • AJ says:
    March 19th, 2010 at 7:35 pm   

    Ok ok…Though I did have a few bad experiences before, I’ve started going to taco Tuesdays, and now I can’t stop eating here.

  • Kevin says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 11:42 am   

    We were in for dinner Thursday. Seated promptly (lucky timing as the place was fairly full.) Our service was better than in many places I’ve tried. This made me happy given that our server was ‘in training’ and there have been service complaints by several others at IMG.

    The food was fresh, tasty, far from bland, with a nice change of pace from the typical ‘mex specials and standards.’

    My spouse enjoyed the quac, which is the only way I’d ever know if it was ok. I don’t quac, ever.

    We both enjoyed the coral snake salsa, but the standard salsa, though more than passable, could have used a bit more bite to it.

    Once the crowd thinned, and with this the volume level, it became a very enjoyable eve. We’ll definitely be returning again.

  • Kevin says:
    May 1st, 2010 at 11:54 am   

    I enjoyed the chile verde pork burrito, with smokey green beans and roasted potatos. She who forever adored enjoyed the Pollo Del la Case, which I was honored to finish off when she decided the served breast was a touch more than she wanted.

  • Jen says:
    June 30th, 2010 at 12:26 am   

    Shamefully terrible – and I do mean – TERRIBLE service. I have never, EVER, gone to a restaurant and waited so long to get in, only to overhear the host two hours into the wait say he’ll bump your party down the list so he can get a group of girls who just walked in (and who he’s flirting with) an immediate table. He stopped everything and had a table together for them within minutes. As the host started to lead the group off my boyfriend rocketed from his seat and told the host, “Before you seat them, I just want you to know that’s MY party you said was no big deal to knock off the list.” We gave up and walked out of the restaurant. Halfway through the parking lot I said, “I know this is frustrating but let’s at least inform a manager or someone.” We agree, head back in, and ask the host if we can speak to a manager. He tells us he IS the owner. He’s the OWNER. He profusely apologizes, attempts to make it right by rushing us to a table (which quite suddenly has become available for us out of thin air) but he offered no gesture or anything to recompense his juvenile disrespect. We ate our food, paid, and tipped our waiter generously because he was overly kind out of guilt for the whole situation. I will never, ever, subject myself to that place again. I would rather buy a plane ticket to Portland, and take the nearest taxi to Por Que No, where there is excellent food that is complemented by adequate service. The wait would be about the same anyway.

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  • Zombii says:
    September 4th, 2010 at 5:22 pm   

    I’ve eaten twice at Iguana Grill, once for dinner and once for lunch, both visits spaced out by a year. It’s highly doubtful I’d make a return visit for anything other than to try out Taco Tuesday. The wait staff is unusual and disinterested, slow, and both visits had this surreal “is this a dream??” aspect – mostly supplied by the weird staff. I’m not entirely sure the waiter on the second trip was human. He was like this bland “thing” that stood there and took our orders without really engaging us, and when I asked for a beer he came back later saying it was out……………and trailed off just like that. After a weird long pause I was like, um, ok, I guess I’m not having beer then? And he stood there for a few more moments and was like “ok.” and left without trying to talk me into another beer. Call me crazy, but if the cash in my pocket is determined by a service I provide, maybe I would try and talk somebody into beer? “I’m so sorry, A beer seems to be out of stock, but B beer has a similar feel and is well loved by _____.” “Sure, I’ll try it.” How hard is that?

    Not to mention my glass often ran empty and being seated in the main room, away from the bar and were people actually are, was like being pushed into a corner. Unwelcoming for sure, and makes for the wait staff to “forget” about you for extended periods of time.

    Food was decent, but not for the money. Like I said, I would check out TT at some point in the future, when the bad taste of my last visit has washed out (much like the first time). By the looks of the reviews bad service is commonplace. Much like Sauced, it seems the owner doesn’t care enough to put a decent staff in there. Pity. It’s a nice place with a great patio.

  • Hannah says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 10:30 am   

    I’m a fan of Iguana Grill, particularly Iguana Tuesday. I love the variety and creativity (and the price!) of the Tacos. Also, the Coral Snake salsa? Awesome.

    I think that Ryan Parrot has created a great community and spirit on 9th street.

  • Jason says:
    September 21st, 2010 at 12:36 pm   

    Have eaten here twice now…food was better than average both visits but not worth the cost. Overpriced.

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    December 10th, 2010 at 5:58 am   

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  • Zombii says:
    January 11th, 2011 at 7:04 pm   

    Ok, I’m back after my initial crappy review of Iguana to eat my words. I’m going to say those two visits I was basing my comment off of were freak incidents. You can’t judge a restaurant by its least busy times (after lunch, before dinner), as you’ll generally be treated like it’s an off time. And since I’ve not seen a waiter quite so weird – ever – before or since, I’m going to call him a freak accident as well.

    My past three (yes three) visits were dinner time and the place ran like a well-oiled machine. You can really tell a lot from dinner service at a restaurant, especially how much care goes in to it. No weird waitstaff, everything was pleasant and awesome, the owner is always moving n’ shaking helping bus tables, run food, drive the Iguana bus, etc..I tried a different dish each time and was happy with each one. The atmosphere was lacking on my first two trips, but these last three have been warm and inviting and I look forward to putting them into rotation. Taco Tuesday certainly makes frequent visits easy. Anyone else who had bad service there should check them out now, it seems like they’re in a good groove with a good staff.

  • sharon says:
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:23 pm   

    I have been here once before for lunch and thought it was ok. I thought I would give it another try when the deal came up. I ordered it to go. I thought it was great. The manager or owner or whoever he was even came out and thanked me for my order. The fajitas were so good and the meat was tender. I will definitely be back.

  • Freida says:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 2:30 pm   

    Finally had the opportunity to visit Iguana Grill and spend the coupon I had purchased. Yesterday my husband and daughter and I enjoyed the food and the place itself. Our entrees were wonderful.

  • Manda says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 12:47 pm   

    I first visited the Iguana Grill in the fall and have since invited several friends to join me there for lunch. Excellent service and healthy lunch and dinner options!

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