We order lunch from this place at least once a month! I like their chicken fajitas and empanadas.. Ensalada Rancheros is a favorite among the team! We always do takeout or delivery. If order is placed before 11:30a, delivery is quite fast.. delicious chips and salsa! Lunch menu is much cheaper!Review Source:
The moon is definitely worth giving a shot, But I'm not so sure about a second visit. If you are that gung ho about good Mexican food you should consider going to the city or over the border to Rockland County. Moon makes up for their obvious lack of quality by giving you a whole lot of food And guessing you up on salsa and chips before. Got to give them points for originality though, I'm surprised they been able to stay business and a lot that has been historically the death touch for restaurants.Review Source:
One of the best Mexican resturaunts in the Bergen County area. Â I do not know what is better... their food or drinks? Â Blue Moon has a HUGE variety of Mexican drinks and food, which I have tried many of both and LOVED all! Â Every time I go, I like to try something different than the last. Â Thus far my favorite are the Pomegranate frozen Margarita and the chicken quesadillas.Review Source:
I would think this place would at least have a full 3 stars. It's nothing spectacular, but it's within about 5-10 minutes from my house, and it's a really cozy place to catch up with someone while simultaneously satisfying a guacamole craving. Up until this past August, I hadn't been here in years, so I'm basing my review off of my last two (but mainly my last one) visit/s. Most recently went here with my mom this past Friday.
First off, I have to say this place turned me into a margarita lover! They're made perfectly here.
Because I'm about 70% vegan, I brought my own vegan cheese and asked our waitress if my quesadilla could be made with that instead of real cheese, and she obliged with a smile and no problems whatsoever. Really appreciated that. It was good, but I mean..how can you screw up a quesadilla?
Mom and I had a lot to chat about, so we were there for about 3 hours, well after we had finished our meals and were only drinking Mexican coffee (mom) and another margarita (me). Although every table there was filled, we did not feel rushed to leave.
The atmosphere is okay, but it'd be nice if they had candles, if not on each table (since there's generally not much extra table room when you have chips and all that), at least around the restaurant. Not a fan of how many young families with little kids come here, but hey, guess they gotta eat too. Lol. The music (at least when I've been there) is a mix of older disco and soul songs from the 70s and 80s by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Donna Summer. While I happen to love this kind of music, I think it'd be fun if the place played Mexican or Spanish music a little more (or at all).
Oh, random, but if you're a chick you'll appreciate this: I also really like how the ladies room was actually quite clean! It's nice not having to go into a public bathroom automatically bracing yourself for how gross it's going to be.
Overall, while I had a great time and would come back, nothing wows me about the place, which is why I'm only giving it 3 stars. I have to feel a litttttle wow factor to give something 4 stars. =) But I would recommend Blue Moon if you're in the area and have a hankering for guac, chips, and margs.
Definitely Tex-Mex, but tasty Tex-Mex. Â I agree with others who thought it was overpriced, which really kept me from giving it 4 stars. Â I understand it was a busy Friday night, but I felt kind of rushed to leave by the pressing crowd waiting for tables. Â To sum it up, I would happily join if I were invited out here with friends, but I probably wouldn't think of it to suggest if I were making the plans.
To drink, I had a frozen mango margarita, and I thought flavor and strength were both spot-on...not too sweet.
For my entree, I got the Jungle Chicken, described as "chicken breast sauteed in our delectable honey lime sauce and topped with an array of mangos, black beans, plantains and avocado, served with grilled vegetables and Mexican rice" on the menu. Â It was extremely tasty, and if I went back, I would definitely order it again. Â It's a unique dish, and the combination of flavors was just right (I'm sure Goldilocks would agree). Â I highly recommend this dish if you go to Blue Moon.
A nice little Mexican restaurant in an area without a lot of options makes for a great lunch spot during the week. Â I have been twice now with one experience being better than the other, but do believe I will be back for an occasional visit in the future.
Sit down restaurant for non-fast food Mexican
Indoor and outdoor seating, which is nice in the summer time
Chips and salsa = yum!
Lots of burrito options
I ordered the empanadas off of the appetizer menu, and they were tiny and dry. Â I was expecting something home made, but this looked like it came out of a box in the freezer section at the local A&P.
Prices with a large group can add up quickly. Â
Outdoor seating is great, but can be a bit miserable on super hot days. Â Sunshine and flies = ugh
There are a few different Blue Moon CafÃ© locations and a full list of them can be found on their website, as well as a full menu, and other pertinent information as well. Although we have been to other locations, on this occasion we decided to go to our regular Blue Moon CafÃ© in Woodcliff Lake. We did not have to wait for a table, but we did arrive slightly later than usual. Â On a Friday or Saturday night a short wait is to be expected. Â As soon as we took our seat a waiter brought over a basket of fresh tortilla chips and a bowl of some of the best salsa that I have ever eaten and took our drink order. The salsa is tangy but not too spicy, just the right amount to get your taste buds bouncing in preparation for the meal to come. Â I know, most Mexican restaurants offer free chips and salsa as an appetizer, but this salsa is really spectacular and needs to be given the props that it deserves. Most places try to pass a bland, drab, soupy salsa that looks and tastes like it came right out of a five gallon bucket. Â Blue Moon's Salsa is anything but, with big chucks or vegetables and a taste that always has is asking for another serving.
Unfortunately, this is not a, "bring your own bottle establishment", which hurts their value score a bit, but they do offer a full bar which will create any cocktail you could wish for. I suggest one of their many specialty margaritas, which are served in a large glass with a decent amount of alcohol and a large amount of flavor. The good news is that although they will charge you per alcoholic drink, the non-alcoholic beverages are endless, which comes in handy after you pour a bunch of hot sauce on your meal and dig in.
As you were reading the descriptions, I could hear your thoughts of disbelief. Â As a foodie, I to have been lied to by a menu's description that promises portions using adjectives that are not quantifiable such as giant, huge, gigantic, or massive, but this is not just another white lie by the Mad Men. I know this is a clichÃ©, which I really try to use in my writing; The Blue Moon CafÃ© serves colossal burritos that are literally the size of my arm. Due to this fact, it is very hard for me to order anything else when I eat here. Â Occasionally, I force myself to switch it up, but if you are going to eat here for the first time, do yourself a favor and make the first thing you try one of their many different Â burritos, I assure you, you will not be sorry.
I always get defeated by The Legendary Blue Moon Burritos, which is no small feat for any food going against my gullet. Â With boxed leftovers in hand we left Blue Moon that day for a total of $58.42, which is just under my target price of $20.00 per plate. The Blue Moon CafÃ© is a must for any Mexican Food Junkie in Bergen County!
I have been here a bunch and continue to order out/dine in. It's ok Mexican food, definitely not the best I have ever had but for Happy Hour $4 sangria and tasty chips and salsa, its a solid deal.
The "Gigantic" quesadilla is more on the small side and some dishes are pretty pricey considering what you actually get.
Eh...so-so. Polite staff. Good service. Was surprised to see the Fajitas come out without a sizzling pan. My chicken quesadilla was tasty but overdone with cheese. Good free chips and salsa. Small place and tiny bar so felt a bit claustrophobic. Also very loud. Not horrible for a franchise...Review Source:
I love traditonal Mexican food. This is American Mexican, very good but authentic? Paleeeze...
Food is tasty, nachos are served quickly and warm, Build-a-Burrito is huge and well worth the price. The beans are a bit bland but most dishes are satisfying.
Matron-D at the door is icy, not friendly at all, but not rude either, just "matter of fact!" Waitresses are a bit slow for such a small place (I see them yaking at the bar while the table next to me awaits drink refills.)
Overall, worth the trip and the reasonable price.
I so wanted to love this place, as I am fairly new to the area and it's the only mexican place that I have come across. Â It's average at best. Â The margaritias are good, but quite pricey ($11.00). Â The service I received was very good, but the food just didn't seem to be the freshest.Review Source:
Not worth the money! Â The one positive was the waitress who was very nice and took our orders promptly. Â
The chips and guacamole were the best part of my meal. Â
I ordered shrimp / chicken fajitas and was quite disappointed. Â The peppers and onions had been cooked much earlier and were mushy / soggy from sitting too long. Â The flavor of chicken and shrimp was bland. Â
The worst part of the whole experience was the atmosphere. Â I sat in the bar area and witnessed multiple staff members eating oranges from the bar. Â One of the bus boys was petting a waitress' hair at the bar. Â What appeared to be the manager was witnessing all of this and did nothing to correct it. Â I constantly saw servers walking in and out of the kitchen eating things. Â At one point there were about 6 waitstaff people hanging out at the bar area. Â The floors looked like they had not been swept or vaccumed and there were crusty hardened spots on the edge of the table. Â The atmosphere took away from the already poor quality food.
Our bill for the night ended up $90 including tip, this was defenitely not a $90 dinner. Â High end prices for cheap food. Â Save your money
The most overhyped restaurant! The food is miserable as is the staff.
Chicken wings must be cooked once, refrigerated and then reheated as they are dry, chewy and foul tasting. The tortillas taste like they have freezer burn. If you order a "create your own" burrito be prepared for a mostly rice filled item with very little "create your own".
Even the drinks are terrible.
Good Place, Great Service, and Awesome food! I had a burrito and it was about 8 inches long and thicker than my fist and on top of that mmmmmmMmmmmm delicious. Â Why a 4 star then? Prices; It's expensive for a Mexican restaurant. For two people and no alcoholic drinks we spent about $45. It might just be that I'm not use to the areas prices either. Satisfied and will be back.Review Source:
Wow, I'm blown away that anyone could give this place 5 stars! How much tequila DID you drink? This chain serves sub-par psuedo Mexican fare in a loud, chaotic environment. The salsa is watery and tastes like confused, angry tomatoes. The cheese quesadillas will get hard and can be used as weapons if you just let them cool. Please, people understand - this is not Mexican, it is a corporation that is trying to line its pockets. Please, please don't allow yourself to accept this junk for the real thing. You deserve better!Review Source:
Low quality, overpriced mexican food. Â Poor service. Â We went there on Super Bowl Sunday, place was empty for a reason. Â Crappy fajitas, soggy nachos with no taste, quesadilla maya was far from tasty. Â Whoever gives this place 4 or 5 stars def never had 'good' mexican food. Â Never again, Taco Bell over Blue Moon.
Almost forgot their Margaritas are a joke.
I enjoy taking my family to Blue Moon -- we have always gotten our food very quickly (which is something my kids LOVE), and having the chips to snack on in the meantime is great, usually they are still warm and always crisp.
The double or triple combination platters are really good deals. Â It's also nice to be able to pick and choose the combination, although I generally go for the enchiladas. Â Always have had tasty meals (even the mexican-type pizzas are a nice change of pace!). Â
The dining area IS a bit tight and loud, but there's not much they can do about that, it happens to be popular and it's better than waiting forever for a table.
Really? Is this what you call good Mexican food? Laughable. I'll preface this review by stating that im hispanic American, so I know what good Latino food should taste like. Â I had a chicken and cheese quesadilla and it straight up sucked. Honestly, taco bell serves a better chicken cheese quesadilla. It's crowded and noisy, the chips and salsa were blah, and the service was rather ordinary. I waited about 30 min to get a seat..what a waste of time. My wife and I agreed that we would never come back here...not because it was super horrible, but simply because you can find better Mexican food just about anywhere else. Btw, I don't mean to sound righteous/pompous, but the reviewers that give this place 5 stars need to explore more Mexican food joints...Review Source:
Need a Saturday night out and you have a screaming baby?
This is a great place for a family night out. Â As a cautionary point, the Woodcliff Lake Blue Moon is much more family-oriented than the Englewood location. Â You can take a family to either location and have a great night; however, the expanded Englewood location is built to accommodate a great after-work crowd, while the Woodcliff Lake location has a much bigger dining area than bar area. Â
The food is uniformly good Tex-Mex. Â Service is helpful and efficient. Â The kitchen can get backed up; however, the food is well prepared and the extensive drink menu, chips and salsa provide ample distraction. Â The decor is a bit dated, but you're not there for ambiance. Â The location can be loud, but it doesn't detract from the meal.
I love this place. I'm surprised to see the review by Doug S.
Although I would agree that the food is a bit more Americanized for a Texan's taste it does taste great!!! That's all it takes for me...great food and fantastic service and I've always had both here. The nachos are piled high and every burrito me or my wife have had has been filled with steak or chicken that had delicious flavors!!! Best of all our kids love this place!!!
Clearly the good reviews are driven by people that have been drinking. Â Nachos and Margarita drink specials typically don't count as a basis for a review of Mexican food.
Wife and boy went for some comfort food - after 9 years in Texas we know good Mexican. Â This is not it. Â Greasy quesadilla that my 5 year old wouldn't touch. Â Rice filled burritos with mediocre flavors.
If this place can stay in business and prosper it lends more credence to my opinion that good Mexican food is hard to come by in the NYC/NJ area - why is this?
The Englewood branch is no better and has somehow managed to be successful enough to expand - amazing.
Small restaurant with tight table seating. Â Outdoor dining in the summer though it is located at a busy intersection so it can be noisy. Â Extended parking is down the hill in the back right of the lot.
The food is about as Americanized as Mexican food can get.
I'll start with the positive:
Full moon and blue moon chili are delicious
Black bean soup is delicious
Guacamole is generally very good
Many vegetarian and diet options (offering whole wheat tortillas is a nice touch)
Service is usually excellent
Now the negative:
The menu has changed several times since opening - they can't seem to find the right formula (hint to owner, delicious food is the only formula you need).
Chips can be great but generally have a stale and oily taste
Salsa can be good but when it isn't Â - wow!
Chili con queso is bland and floury
Jalapeno poppers are straight out of the box in your nearest frozen food aisle
Quesadillas are bland - flour tortillas have no color, cheese is barely melted with a smear of salsa and some jalapeno slices on top
Nachos are always soggy and if you're unfortunate enough to hit a night when the salsa is bad you're completely out of luck as it saturates the nachos
Salads are just ok. Â The one time I ordered the grilled veggie salad I received chunks of iceberg with peppers and onions on top.
I'll summarize the entree offerings with the following: Sauces taste canned, most food is bland, beef is tough and fatty, rice is bland and seems to be the main ingredient in their burritos.
They serve "Pizza Mexicano"
We used to go to lunch at Blue Moon once or twice per week, go to dinner/drinks and get take out quite a bit. Â We now only have it delivered on very rare occasions since the food has gone so far downhill. Â Not recommended to any real Mexican food enthusiast (or to anyone that likes fresh, delicious and creative food).
Love, love, love this place !!!! Â I met some friends at this restaurant for dinner on Wednesday evening and the staff as well as bartenders were so warm, and friendly ... They have a fantastic menu, the food was excellent and they have great drink specials for happy hour !!
I'll definitely be back. Â I want to add, Â it's great to know they have take-out !!!! Â I live close-by so it's nice to know I can stop in, get good food and head home to eat ...
The Classic Moon Nachos are one of my favorite, if not my ultimate favorite, nacho dish around. Washing it down with a Margarita on the rocks makes for a nice dinner out here. But, thanks to their take-out / delivery services available, you can make our own at home if you want! And you might want too if you tend to get claustrophobic in small places.
The compact dining area might make some uncomfortable. On a weekend evening, it's tightly packed with regulars, families, kids and parties of 5 or more. Even the bar area is tiny.
We opted to drink AND eat at the bar, which I suggest if you don't feel like enduring the inevitable weekend wait. I believe they take reservations. Also, weather permitting, they have a nice outdoor dining area.
The bar is too small to have anymore than 2 bartenders serving at once, which for a Friday night, is a little ridiculous in my opinion. They probably average a margarita per minute. We were initially neglected, but eventually greeted and served our drink orders quickly thereafter. It took a little while longer to get our food order in, but once we finally did, the food came out fast. And we had been given the staple chips & hot salsa to munch on in the meantime. The chips are terrific! Timely refills offers were made, and I got my food wrapped up quickly at the end of our meal.
We were in and out in a little over 45 minutes. Not bad, but the next time I have a Moon Nacho craving, I may simply order out.
Overpriced burritos that are stuffed with more rice than meat. We ordered take out told we would be paying by check. We were told that would be no problem.
After receiving our order i get a call 10 minutes later... "we don't accept checks." i told them what i was told when i ordered and the gentleman on the other end rudely this time repeated "we don't accept checks". He then wanted a cc to which i told him i would be happy to do if his driver returned my check. He then repeats "we don't accept checks" confused now I simply repeated that if his driver returned my check i would give him a cc number and hung up. Never heard from them again.
It is almost offensive to pay $16.00 plus for a rice filled burrito.
If I could give this place no stars I would!
So here is how my experience went with Blue Moon Mexican Cafe.
I called to see if we needed a reservation as we had 5 adults and 3 kids for dinner. I asked the young lady who answered the phone if how long the wait would be and if I needed a reservation.
Her response was no we are not busy tonight and asked her if she would like my name as we would be there in about 30 minutes. She said no we don't need your name we are not busy, just come on over.
So we packed up the kids (ages 10 to 15 months) as well as all the adults and headed off to dinner. 30 minutes later our party walks in the door, the place seems very busy. Â
The young lady at the door says to one of the people in my party how many are you he says 8 5 adults and 3 children. As I walk up to the front because I am the one who called and know what was going on.
Another women who looks like she is running the place says to me that the wait will be about 30 to 45 minute wait!!! I was a bit shocked as I had already spoken to another young lady and she knew that we were on our way.
I explained to this women that I had called 30 minutes ago and spoken with one of the young women said that we didn't need a reservation that they were not busy tonight. Now I am being told that we have a wait. I was then told that they take reservations and I should have made one.
I said I asked the young lady if I needed to make a reservation or if she wanted my name as we were a large party only to be told that it was not needed.
She then looked at the 2 very young women at the door to confirm this information and they both had that dear in the spotlight look and shrugged their shoulders like I don't know!
She then looked and me and said we have a lot of reservations and people here and I can't ask them to ask them to get up and move so you can have a table. I told her no need as we would be leaving.
The people in my party where shocked and disappointed that this happened as Â now what are we going to do for dinner???
We then all walked outside and I started looking up other places we could go to dinner and that we would not have a long wait.
This is not an easy task at 6:30pm on a Saturday Night right after Thanksgiving!
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe - Sorry but I will not be giving you another try based on this experience and I am sad about that as I have been here before and it was really good.
Blue Moon is a good restaurant to have drinks and appetizers at the bar. It's a casual place to go with friends... I wouldn't recommend it for a special date. Service is good and fast and the people are friendly. If you can, skip the dining room. It feels a little dated Â - plus it gets very loud and there always seems to be kids running around....Review Source:
Blue Moon is good, but the annoying parts about it mentioned in some of the other reviews certainly ring true. Â The dining room does get loud whenever there's a large party with children there- as someone who isn't a fan of children in public places this is the biggest downside about this place. Â I guess you can't blame Blue Moon for the fact that a decent amount of their guests are rude loud mouths but it definitely detracts from the experience. Â Â
Besides that Blue Moon is pretty good. Â The margaritas are tasty and have a decent amount of alcohol in them. Â Salsa and chips are refilled very quickly and both taste very fresh. Â I used to always order the burritos but have since stopped since they are too large and go WAY over board on rice (sort of a cop out in my opinion). Â This isn't a huge problem though since the rest of the menu is so good. Â My two current favorites are the chicken dish with mango salsa and the quesadilla's which ooze with cheese and lots of meat.
I have to step up and give Blue Moon a full blown 5 star rating. Â I eat here with my parents a lot and I think the food is GREAT. Â The only thing I've never really been that happy with are the crab cakes (I mean, we aren't in Maryland, so I'm not really sure what I was thinking with that. Â ANYWAY.) Â
It is true about the noise level and children - if you hit it at a time where children will still be awake it is best to avoid the main dining area. Â Yet the bar is cramped. Â Hmm...dilemma. Â But I repeat, the FOOD is GREAT, Â so give it a try!
PS Delivery is a good option too. Â Friendly + fast service!
I really like this place. Â So why I am giving it 3 stars? Â First, you can never sit in the main dining room. Â Well, at least I can't sit there. Â Depending on the time of day, the main dining room turns into a cross between Chuck E Cheese and a kindergarten playground. Â Kids are running around everywhere. Â I can't even hear myself think. Â Sit in the bar area. Â They've got 4 or 5 tables back there. Â If you have children, disregard that note. Â Stay away from the bar. Â Eat in the romper room section. Â Leave me in peace and quiet in the bar. Â Please. Â Second, the ambience needs to be kicked up a little bit. Â
So why do I go there? Â The food is good enough to make up for it. Â Margaritas are really good. Â I start out with a margarita, chips and salsa, and an order of guacamole. Â Ask them to make the guac spicy. Â If not, it is a little bland. Â I've had enchiladas combination, quesadillas (pick your ingredients), and fish tacos. Â These are all really solid entrees. Â I've had some of the other food. Â The chili is OK. Â Not great. Â The wings are OK. Â Not great. Â Stick with my picks and you'll be in good shape.