Joanne’s Journey to Condesa Mexican Restaurant


Who likes Mexican food? I’ve been a fan of Mexican food since I first tried it on my honeymoon in Acapulco over 37 years ago. I’m talking about authentic Mexican food, not the fast food stuff.

There is a new Mexican restaurant at 721 Quaker Lane in West Warwick! It’s in a plaza there, so there’s plenty of parking. Condesa Mexican Restaurant and tequila bar is really a touch of Ole’ Mexico. It’s easy to find. Drive straight up from the Warwick malls until you reach Quaker Lane and turn right into the plaza in West Warwick.

The decor is homey and comfortable. We sat in a large booth and there is a good size bar area. Well, what’s your favorite Mexican drink? There’s a large variety of Margaritas and I chose the specialty Margarita which was served with a large margarita glass coated with seasoned salt and filled with “golden tequila”. The shaker was large and clearly holding at least two refills for the glass. It was similar to a “Golden margarita” and was delicious. You will not need a second margarita because this shaker filled my glass three times, total.

If you are a queso dip lover, you have to try the queso dip special which is served in a sizzle plate with ground sausage, onions and peppers, soft tortillas and tortilla chips. I could have gotten full just on that dip but I had to try more favorites. The restaurant also serves you a variety of side dips to try which include mild fresh salsa, guacamole, hot salsa dip, and bean dip. It was a smorgasbord of Mexican delights!

For our main entrees, I chose the taco dish which were filled with seasoned ground beef and onion in a soft taco shell with seasoned rice.

Tasty Tacos

This dish could easily be enough for two people. It was tasty but not too spicy which is the way it should be. 

We also had the specialty dish that the restaurant is known for – “the Molcajete” which consists of grilled chicken, steak, chorizo, shrimp and viajero cheese served in roasted tomato and chipotle sauce served with rice, beans, pico de gallo, and tortillas. This also had roasted jalapeños in it, all served in a crock pot. This also was enough for two people and very hot and spicy. 

We were not sure what to order but our waiter, Dan G. and the host, Israel, shepherded us to our choices. Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter or host for what to order. They know best and will guide you to a delicious and different meal. There is a nice crew of pleasant people at this restaurant who made us feel welcome and at home. The service was excellent.

Host Israel and waiter Dan G provided excellent service

I really didn’t think I could fit dessert in, but I did it. Israel, the host, told me to try the Mexican bread pudding with raisins and topped with raspberry ice cream. It really was the traditional dessert pudding I had in Mexico years ago and the ice cream had fresh raspberries on it. Wow! What can I say about this Mexican delight? It was refreshing and light!

If you enjoy something different, something spicy, something hot and fresh, and something authentic in Mexican cuisine, journey over to “Condesa, Restaurant and Tequila Bar” where “A Taste of Mexico” awaits you! Ole’!

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at