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Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

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242 Saint John St, Portland, ME 04102-3019
+1 207-874-6444
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Authentically delicious food and drinks made fresh to order daily. Art and...
Authentically delicious food and drinks made fresh to order daily. Art and furnishings handcrafted in Mexico. For family, friends and community, the fiesta starts here. It's like being in Mexico without getting on a plane.
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, Excellent service

We got a reservation for 18 on a Friday night, which in itself seemed ridiculous on our part. The place is busy anyway, especially on Fridays. We went in with 7 adults and 11 elementary-aged kids before an event at the Civic Center. Brandon was our waiter. He was approachable and patient with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
suesyd
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Dayton, Maine
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Portland, Maine, United States
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Even with all the fancy and new Mexican offerings in Portland we keep coming back to good ole Margaritas at St. John. Cold tasty margaritas, fast hot great Mexican food and a fantastic staff.

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Thank JayTeaBee
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Hope we see you again soon. More 

Panama City Beach, Florida
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great waitress, was so very disappointed in their food, I have never had to pay for rice and beans with a dinner #1, #2 raw onions were so overwhelming, couldn't eat the dinner, that's all you tasted. When I seen raw onions covering my paid for rice , I couldn't believe it. Then had shrimp tacos at bottom... More 

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Thank Geraldine R
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the food. We've been serving the Portland community for over 20 years and we value all the feedback that our guests give us. We will make sure the managers read your feedback and take action with the team. All our food is cooked to order,... More 

Harpswell, Maine
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful food best out of the three chains we visited our server "Megan" was great best ever! Great atmosphere definitely child friendly Bring everyone they won't be disappointed

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Thank sassybru
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review! We will be sure to thank Megan for doing a great job. Look forward to seeing you again! More 

Dayton, Maine
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We got a reservation for 18 on a Friday night, which in itself seemed ridiculous on our part. The place is busy anyway, especially on Fridays. We went in with 7 adults and 11 elementary-aged kids before an event at the Civic Center. Brandon was our waiter. He was approachable and patient with all the kids, accommodating to all of... More 

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Thank suesyd
Portland, Maine
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382 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I came here on a whim on a Saturday afternoon, having been many times before, the last time not being so great. It was quiet except for the loud TV sets. My friend pointed out "after all, it IS a sports bar." "Yes, too bad I thought, but it is what it is." When we entered the young women at... More 

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Thank James F
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the review James and we are glad that Kristy was able to guide you to a good meal. We will pass along your compliments too her. We are glad you enjoyed and hope we get to see you again. More 

Bunbury western Australia
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110 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Went here on the recommendation of our hotel nearby without checking reviews. Glad we did because it was the best Mexican we have ever had, no contest. Our waiter Brandan was great, we had to mix up some of the dishes to suit food allergies, etc, and nothing was too much trouble. I had the street tacos, gluten free, and... More 

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Thank Ozi-gal
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us on your trip to Portland and hope you can come back some day soon. Thanks for the review too! More 

Hope
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We were shown to a table promptly, the atmosphere grotto like and pleasant. We were seated at a table directly underneath duct work that was dripping water on one of our diners' head. Rather than move our table, we just all shuffled around, although we were offered a new table. Our waitress, while adorable, we think was very new and... More 

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Thank V F
Alpharetta, Georgia
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723 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,498 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We go to mexican restaurants often and Margaritas was a big disappointment. Chips were stale, the entree was overdone, guac did not have good flavor. There was a bad odor in the front and the back was very cold. Just too much wrong. It made dinner unpleasant. $69 for 3 is a lot without drinks or dessert for a sub-standard... More 

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KidTaco, General Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I would like to begin by apologizing for your most recent visit to our restaurant, however we truly appreciate your feedback and will use it in our efforts to continuously get better. As you know, chips, salsa, and guacamole are staples in a Mexican restaurant and the quality received is definitely below our standards. I also wanted to let you... More 

Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

First time back here in about a year. Craved Mexican and always liked the food and atmosphere. There are two Margaritas in Portland, we prefer this one to the one in heart of town. We found the restaurant extremely cool, everyone was complaining and it was 82 outside. They did not seem to care. Heard others say its always that... More 

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Thank KenandToni207
Scarborough, Maine
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86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This restaurant his good drinks and food, but every time we go there we have encountered tiny fruit flies that harass you and try to get in your food. At first we thought this was a random problem, but they are there every time we go, so it must not be spontaneous. It kind of turns you off to wanting... More 

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Thank Lindsay D
KidTaco, Guest Relations Manager at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and the feedback. We will talk to the mangers and address the situation. We value your patronage. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 242 Saint John St, Portland, ME 04102-3019
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-874-6444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Authentically delicious food and drinks made fresh to order daily. Art and furnishings handcrafted in Mexico. For family, friends and community, the fiesta starts here. It's like being in Mexico without getting on a plane.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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