Mad Mex - Robinson

Bar, Eatery

2 Robinson Plz
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15205-1017
United States

(412) 494-5656 | map

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Reviews by Octoberist:
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Octoberist from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania, Feb 17, 2016
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3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Dogleg from Pennsylvania, Feb 14, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Love this place. Probably one of the best happy hours around. 1/2 off crafts from 4:30-6:30 M-F. Usually a very solid line up too. Stone Enjoy By , Headhunter, and Juju, for 1/2 off? Sign me up. The bar fills up fast, so get there early. Great bartenders, and most of them know craft beer. Very friendly, and cool vibe.

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OGFGabv from West Virginia, Jul 09, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The bartenders are amazing! One of the best Happy Hours in the area.

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JArt from Pennsylvania, Jul 07, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

geodonnokepyo from Pennsylvania, May 15, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

buzzedup from Pennsylvania, Oct 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

McMatt7 from Pennsylvania, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JJStorm from Pennsylvania, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

rolltide from Pennsylvania, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

emquilxy from Pennsylvania, Jul 07, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Swanky beer bar during late night. Lights stay low. Usually an energetic crowd and staff. They do well enough to serve quality Tex-Mex fare and good beer. Lines are kept clean and there's a good number of beers on-tap. The bottle list is static, and decent. It's not exceptional for take-out mix sixers, as the price isn't friendly enough. Same problem with their drafts. $1 or $2 more (sometimes $3) than typical. The $9 drafts aren't necessarily upper-echelon offerings.

The draft list rotates at a pedestrian pace, and is usually quite IPA-heavy. They do promos often enough (single brewery tributes with two solid beers from that brewery offered at $5 for a 22oz pour). IPA Fest is a nice spring event, and the summer Beerfest is a must-go-to.

Bar service rocks the house. Great bar staff and wait staff supporting them. Ample beer knowledge from the crew slingin' brewskis. The food is great enough, but the employees know how to push craft draft with a boisterous vibe. I even like the regular crowd.

Two thumbs up.

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thecheapies from Pennsylvania, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | 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.

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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, Mar 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

schiltron from Pennsylvania, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ejimhof from Pennsylvania, Oct 09, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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lach78 from Pennsylvania, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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dungledauf from Pennsylvania, Apr 22, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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wvsabbath from West Virginia, Dec 16, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Nov 16, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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.

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woodske1 from Pennsylvania, Mar 12, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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 d├ęcor 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.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Decent restaurant style, nice southwest decor, although I found it a bit bright and sharp; not a place to relax really; I did dig the music, very old southwestern pub like.

The service was quite bad. I understand sometimes servers get busy at 2:00 in the afternoon doing their closing stuff, but that's no reason to make me wait a few minutes to even get a seat. Our server came by mutliple times at first, but then was no where to be found once the food had arrived to check on us and to even get the bill later. She messed up at least one thing on each of our orders (there were three of us), including my wife's steak tacos (she ordered them well done and they came out pink and bloody). There was never a smile or any pleasentness from her. I also hate waiting ten minutes to pay my bill.

The food was all right, what was done properly. Nothing really great, and I certainly expected more for the price. The burrito I got was more of a wrap with rice and beans, very little sauce and quite dry. My daughter didn't care for her enchilada, finding it spicy even though it was supposed to be basic and mild. As mentioned, my wife had to send her steak tacos back.

On a good note, the chicken wings (San Fransisco style) were quite good, both with the sauce and crispiness of skin.

The beer selection was also quite good. I had a Mojo Risin' IPA from Boulder that was tasty and would've loved to stick around and have several more, but I had to get back home for a softball game.

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JamesS from Indiana, Jun 25, 2009
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a Monday afternoon about 1/2 hour before happy hour. Glad we got there early because when happy hour approached, the bar filled up rather quickly.

Atmosphere: Even though the decor of Mad Mex's are similar, I like this Mad Mex the best out of all the Pittsburgh locations. I just wish the bar stools were a bit more comfortable.

Selection is very good and very pricey. They had on tap, Delirium Noel for 9.60 a snifter. This is a good beer but not at that inflated price. Average price for a pint around 6 dollars.

Service is usually pretty good, bartenders are quick with samples of anything you want.

Bottom Line: Happy hour is the best deal with half off pints. They will even fill growlers half off. I also like the Pineapple Salsa, can't be beat.

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Kolsch from Pennsylvania, Jan 07, 2009
Mad Mex - Robinson in Pittsburgh, PA
Place rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 32 ratings