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Gran Cafe del Portal

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Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
522299329339
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 26
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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
good restaurant

A good restaurant close to the main square. The food is excelent the service is nice ans there is a good atmosphere

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
bruno123452015
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Xalapa, Mexico
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Xalapa, Mexico
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49 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A good restaurant close to the main square. The food is excelent the service is nice ans there is a good atmosphere

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Breakfast was 110 pesos including omelet, beans, lechero, bread and orange juice. The marimba was entertaining.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

I liked the decor the old world casual feeling, clean tidy and just a great old look I ordered the Spagetti Marinara and these guys need to lift their game big time, a huge plate of slop just does not do it for me . I want al dente, fresh, flavor, My wife ordered the Pizza Hawaii and while soggy... More 

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Thank Ted N
LA
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Went for breakfast...was reliable, no surprises, service was good but not great. If this is your first time to downtown Veracruz try it but the nearby Cafe Bicentenario is similar but in a more modern setting.

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Thank Matchmaker
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I kept returning and no matter what the time of day the excellent staff produced and served first rate meals with quiet professional efficiency The waiters work as a well oiled machine and our if something awry happens there is a supervisory hand available The restaurant is clearly open long hours but transition between shifts is seamless I have nothing... More 

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Thank Michael R
Huayacocotla
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This famous caffee house has already some branches. Once it was located in front of the zocalo and a meeting point where there has been made no distinction between rich and poor. To have the attention from your waiter (being served coffee), you have to knock with a spoon the coffee glas on your table an get it served in... More 

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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

I went with my French friends to eat lunch here. And we really liked it. The service is nice, the music is classic and the cafe was perfect. That is a place where Ladies and gentlemen meet

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Thank Pascal L
San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

One of the best places in Veracruz for coffee. I went to the one right across the malecon and had the corn bread, dessert section of the menu, which was a perfect late afternoon snack. Coffee is a little potent; definitely not your Starbucks medium roast.

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Thank XioMSanFrancisco
Santa Rosa, California
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89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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Thank kitty k
Dover, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Independencia at Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Veracruz  >  Veracruz
  • Phone Number: 522299329339

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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