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Gran Cafe del Portal

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Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran...
One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran Hotel Diligencias. High ceilings, fans, patrons with guyaberas and straw fedoras. menus offered in english and spanish - get the spanish one - the english one is a little puzzling. they do all the classics well and service is professional and excellent. even their presentation of Sopa de Tortilla is good - bowl of soup with side plate of tiny tortilla strips, chunks of queso fresco, chunks of avocado and slices of guajillo chile - rather than the usual bowl with tortilla strips already in and getting soggy. Ate there mid afternoon and an oasis of quiet and cool in the center of Veracruz.
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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
traditional coffee in a traditoanl setting

We like this place so much that we ate there five times in 3 days. They are famous for the lechero coffee. The waiter brings a glass with coffee, then another waiter with 2 pitchers brings hot coffee and milk. Art this time, for stronger coffee, request more coffee; then he pours the milk into... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
kitty k
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Santa Rosa, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Santa Rosa, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We like this place so much that we ate there five times in 3 days. They are famous for the lechero coffee. The waiter brings a glass with coffee, then another waiter with 2 pitchers brings hot coffee and milk. Art this time, for stronger coffee, request more coffee; then he pours the milk into the glass from at least... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Almost twice as much for a beer as other places. Menu was limited and overpriced.very loud musical vendors asking for money spoiled the limited atmosphere.

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toronto
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188 reviews 188 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We had lechero (coffee with hot milk) here and a couple of desserts. I'm not sure what they were called (crepe with caramel sauce, ice cream with chocolate liquor), but they were delicious. This is a fun place for an afternoon snack.

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Barcelona, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Not a fan of the fatty saucy stuff... if I want mexican I'll go fo the jummy full of stuff spicy fajitas

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Uruapan, Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

the talking and spoons on the cofee glasses can be heard from blocks away, un lechero is a most and bakery is impecable.

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Kingston, Ontario
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358 reviews 358 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A small group of us came here for dinner and it was pretty close to the worst service I have experienced in Mexico. We were largely ignored by our waiter, who was surly, and other waiters refused to serve us. We were seated for 10 mins before a drink order was taken. The food was horrible - drowned in tasteless... More 

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Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

the food was just average and was the wait staff. Perhaps it suffers in comparison to the other Gran Café just a few blocks away

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Mexican food isn't that great to begin with. There is no such thing as a Michelin Mexican restaurant. Charging 250 pesos for some pan fried, frozen fish is unacceptable.

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Baden, Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I will definetly recomend this place for a breakfast or a little something in the afternoon. The place is quite traditional and the coffee is just excelent. "Cafe lechero" is the speciality of the house do not miss it if you visit Veracruz.

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Ajijic, Mexico
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was an uniquely bad experience. Happened on a Sunday morning about 11 AM. Seating is inside or sidewalk, I chose sidewalk. I waited 20 minutes before the waiter came to the table with the menu. I ordered coffee, orange juice, and eggs and bacon. After an additional 20 more minutes, I received the coffee and orange juice. After another... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Veracruz  >  Veracruz

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

One of the old, classic Veracruz cafes. Just off the zocalo, next to Gran Hotel Diligencias. High ceilings, fans, patrons with guyaberas and straw fedoras. menus offered in english and spanish - get the spanish one - the english one is a little puzzling. they do all the classics well and service is professional and excellent. even their presentation of Sopa de Tortilla is good - bowl of soup with side plate of tiny tortilla strips, chunks of queso fresco, chunks of avocado and slices of guajillo chile - rather than the usual bowl with tortilla strips already in and getting soggy. Ate there mid afternoon and an oasis of quiet and cool in the center of Veracruz.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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