Bar Review: Diego’s Mexican Bistro

By Molly Reppen

Diego's Mexican Bistro

If you’re like me and waiting for the warm weather of summer, a quick getaway to paradise is on State Street, at Diego’s Mexican Bistro. Located at 118 State Street, this multi-level Mexican retreat offers great signature Mexican food and their well-known food and drink specials – including their popular and tasty margaritas.

The atmosphere in Diego’s is casual, and jeans and a shirt are very acceptable. Diego’s is also great for large groups; the large tables in the back room and upstairs allow huge gatherings for socials, birthday parties, etc. The scene is young, with a large amount of college-aged and young professionals grabbing drinks at the end of the day.

The busiest nights I’ve experienced are Monday and Thursday nights, also known as half-price margarita nights. The tasty margaritas attract customers to Diego’s whether it’s 80 degrees and sunny or 15 degrees and snowing outside. The margarita flavors vary– Diego’s serves their traditional lime flavored margaritas, and choices of strawberry, mango, guava, raspberry or coconut flavors. I am proud to say that I have tried every flavor and they are all delicious – you can’t go wrong. You can get the margaritas frozen or on the rocks, but I find you get more for your money on the rocks. A reason why the margaritas are so popular is because they’re not only delicious, but they are also very strong, so you don’t need too many to feel its effect!

The outdoor seating in the summer is also great for people watching and gathering with friends for a pitcher of margaritas.

Another week-day night considering venturing to Diego’s is Tuesday night. Their special on Tuesday’s in $2 tacos (chicken, beef, or carnitas) and also $1 single serve lime margaritas. Three tacos and a margarita is a perfect cheap dinner. The tacos, though, do not come with cheese or salsa and you have to pay extra if you wanted to include those.

On busy nights, the service can be quite slow. It’s not too noticeable if you are sitting with a group of friends, buzzed off of the margaritas. The nights with margarita specials, the drinks may not come out to the table fast due to the large demand at the bar. Being busy, it’s understandable, but waiting for drinks can be frustrating.

Overall, I give Diego’s a good review, mostly for their extensive food and drink menu, fun and casual atmosphere, and decent prices – all great for college students.

Specials:

Sunday

  • $3 nachos
  • $15 buckets

Monday

  • Half-price house margaritas

Tuesday 

  • $2 tacos
  • $.99 margaritas

Wednesday

  • $2 beer specials on Sol, Tecate and Dos Equis

Thursday

  • Half-price house margaritas

Friday 

  • $5 Leinenkugel pitchers
  • $3 Milagro shots

Saturday 

  • Get a shot when you sing Karaoke, 10-11PM
  • 2-4-1 Rail Mixers, Bottled beer, and wine

Drinks: 8/10

Specials: 9/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Location: 6/10

Overall: 7.5

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