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Mad Mex - Robinson

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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

2 Robinson Plz
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205-1017
United States
phone: (412) 494-5656

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Well I have to say I love this place. Good to great tap selection with all craft beers and Miller Lite... Trendy looking resteraunt with dim lights and cool artwork around the place. The bar can get pretty packed but I normally can find a spot somewhere close by if so.

The service is always pretty good at the bar, the bartenders there are friendly and know whats good and fresh. I sometimes find myself delving into their impressive Tequila collection, but mostly just beer. They have discounted wings during happy hour, and the burritos there are huge.

The half price drafts during happy hour can't be beat. If youre in Robinson, this is a great place to stop, especially between 5 and 7.

11-16-2010 03:40:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

For whatever reason, I think I like this Mad Mex better than the other locations I have been to. Maybe because it isn't smack in the middle of a shopping center or something. The selection is extensive, as all locations of Mad Mex are. All the rest falls in line, as the other spots do as well.

03-12-2014 20:24:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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schiltron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-16-2013 00:41:16 | More by schiltron
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-08-2013 23:26:20 | More by ejimhof
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lach78

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I've been going here since it opened in 2001. This is the place to go in Robinson for good beer and atmosphere. Happy hour is a great deal but it stops at 6 so you have to be early. The beer selection is always updated every week. Although they have some bottles, primarily go with the drafts. Typically around 20 + beers with very few carry overs from week to week.

08-18-2013 02:27:39 | More by lach78
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dungledauf

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$$

Although I have only been here one time, I don't believe I would go back. Stopped in for a drink and ordered a Smuttynose Robust Porter for $5.00 and a Rogue Irish Kelles lager for $9.00. Both on draft. Both glasses were dirty. The Rogue lager was non-carbonated, flat, with no flavor. For $9, I would expect a clean glass and fresh beer. The Smuttynose Robust Porter was outstanding, but I would not have paid $9 for it. This place needs to revisit their pricing. I will never go back because they served old and skunked beer.

04-22-2012 21:55:53 | More by dungledauf
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$

I've been here a few times and have put off reviewing it always hoping that the next time will be better. I figured since I'm local to the area that a review from someone who has stopped in here multiple times and can very rarely describe an experience as "good" (4.0/5.0) was in order.

The atmosphere is similar to other Mad Mex's. Dark and Mexican themed with lizard representations, adobe, and metal abounding.

The draft list is rather impressive. Lots of great craft brews on tap-actually its mostly to all good craft beers that I like. Actually its fantastic. Definately the highligh of this place and why I keep trying it again.

The food is pretty good-decent overall. I've had a bad experience or two with the food to taint my mostly good experiences with the food.

My issues are consistently one of the two following things.

1. The quality of the beers offered- IPAs on draft that taste less than fresh, all their beer is served in pint glasses, and just beers I normally would like don't quite get my seal of approval from here.

2. The service. Now I have to say on my most recent trip the bartender was very nice and attentive-but knew little about beer. The biggest slap in the face was a few months ago when I wanted to have a few drinks but the bar was full so I sat at a table adjacent to the bar with some gaming areas...i.e. "bar seating"...the server brought us chips and salsa before taking our order (these are normally free...if you order food). But we just wanted a few drafts. So we were charged for the chips that we did not ask for or order. The place was too busy to ever hear from the server again. I've also had to wait a good bit of time to eat when the place was not very crowded.

Lastly, I would like to say that I love Mad Mex North Hills-and I wish that I had better experiences at the one that is more convinient to me. Both places have the same theming, menu, and very similar great draft lists- But when you add overall unimpressive service, food that is usually good but not consistently prepared, and drafts that don't always taste fresh to the list-Mad Mex Robinson and North Hills are quite different beasts.

It seems that a lot of people really like this place-and I'm not giving up on it yet-but I seem to draw the short end of the stick when it comes to this establishment.

Before I got into craft beer I used to refer to this place as a glorified Taco Bell. I guess more of the meat is real here.

04-20-2011 00:44:37 | More by PittBeerGirl
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Been to this resturant many times. Love the atmosphere, kind of a laid back its all good feeling. The food is always spicy, which i love, but some may hate. Usually have around 12-15 craft beers on draft. The prices for the beers are overpriced. The food is reasonable. The service is always great, the waiter was increbily friendly and helpful. I always sit at a table but i did notice the great personality the bar tender had. The shift manager stopped by to make sure everything was good. In all, i really enjoy this place but as i said, its spicy american-mexican food, so week stomachs be warned

12-16-2010 01:45:24 | More by wvsabbath
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Always the best mexican american food in the business. Home of the Big Azz Margarita ($7 for a 22 oz. drink). The beer selection is always top notch. About 20 craft brews on tap at all times...1 macrobrew at most. Tons of seasonals, they switch the beers frequently here.

The food is awesome. GREAT burritos. Way better than a chipolte. They have wierd stuff too...like mushroom burritos, fried tofu, stuff like that. Its not crazy hot either, just a little spice.

Not Authentic Mexican, but damn close. The Cranberry one is nicer/cleaner...but this is a step up from the Oakland one. overall, great place to hang out.

03-12-2010 22:51:33 | More by woodske1
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I saw this one on my way to Bocktown and decided to ask my friends to drop me off after our rendezvous. My buddy, Peter Kozlowski, pointed out that the 28X bus stop should be re-designated as "Port Authority's Mad Mex stop" due to its extreme proximity. As a public transit phreek, I would ride up here alla time, yo!

The entryway was on a corner of the building, so although the m.d.s. and bar were straight ahead, the restaurant area was like the twin forks of a "Y". The more that I visit the M. M's, the more that I realize that ours in SOAK was a wee, tiny anomaly. MMPHL was huge and this one was even bigger. The décor was the standard mix of rustic and industrial. The overhead in the bar area had driftwood-like planks, plus Ball jars illuminated from within by colored bulbs hung down from nylon line. The restaurant area had exposed ducting, flat black paint, and sound-buffering acoustic tiles. Like I said, industrial.

Food: Man, every time they bring out sizzling fajitas, I begin to drool like Paulou's dog. I have never determined whether it is my auditory or my nasal senses that kick in first, but M. M. fajitas - mmmm!

Beer: 24 taps, 60 BTs and only a few clinkers in the mix. One, Dos Equis, just fits their Tex-Mex, SW theme. Plenty to keep any Advocate happy.

Did I mention the curvy, snaking pebbly-topped bar?

Once again, I have returned many times since. Mad Mex is one of my fave chains and I never miss an opportunity to stop into one when visiting.

11-24-2009 00:26:56 | More by woodychandler
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Mad Mex - Robinson in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.