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Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

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879 Tomkins St EXT, Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-1151
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Traditional meals and flavors

Having travelled through Mexico numerous times over the years, I've come to expect that American Mexican restaurants will be rather generic. Garcia's is one of the few exceptions. The meals are either authentic in flavor or are far better than the Tex-Mex standard one would expect. (An... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Having travelled through Mexico numerous times over the years, I've come to expect that American Mexican restaurants will be rather generic. Garcia's is one of the few exceptions. The meals are either authentic in flavor or are far better than the Tex-Mex standard one would expect. (An example would be red sauces. Just as in Italian cooking, there are numerous... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We love the food. We even took friends from Mexico who claimed this was authentic and good Mexican food. My husband, who loves Margaritas, doesn't get them here.

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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I like Garcia's a lot, and I've been there quite a few times. I think the only reason I don't go more often is because it's not downtown and we forget about it. Anyway, I think the food and serving size is great and very reasonable for the price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The services was very friendly. The food was not bad it was ok. To me it needs more flavor for being latin food. Prices were a little high and dint like the smell of the place.

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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I guess I am spoiled, being from the West Coast. I judge a Mexican restaurant by the Chile Rellenos. The chiles were good, but I am used to a frothy egg coating on a chile relleno and these were completely naked ! Perhaps it is some regional variation which I am not aware of, but I have never seen this... More 

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Central NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My kids and I have dined regularly at Garcia's for over ten years. We appreciate the simple salsa, and each have our own favorite dishes: son loves the beef fajitas, daughter the beef chimichangas (soft), and I love the chicken chimichangas but currently have been ordering the calabacitas. There is a kids' menu as well as a few American options,... More 

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Central New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We eat here often, meet friends and family for special occasions, and always feel welcome. The variety of offerings include very mild to relatively hot and spicy, and vegetarian options as well as a children's menu. The Mexican music in the background and interesting and attractive décor, add a lot to the ample, attractively-presented meals. If you wish, Spanish conversation... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We stop here in Cortland from time to time. Salsas are fresh/flavorable. Tortillas are steamed to perfection. Spanish rice is great. Refried beans were just a hair on the soupy side but I'd rather have that than sludge. Chicken quesadilla was chockfull of chicken. Tamales and enchiladas were great. Huevos rancheros. Perfect. Like this place so much!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I have been visiting Garcia's for about nine years. Although the decor has changed, one thing has not: the excellent Mexican cuisine. Be prepared to stuff your face with delicious dishes! Great choices for vegetarians and any lover of cheese. I have never had a bad meal or a bad server. I just left and we are already planning our... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Two or three good sixzed rooms allow for plenty of seating in this simply, but pleasantly decorated mexican restaurant. We went there to try the tacos and enchiladas, but ended up ordering the fajita special. Not too long after stuffing ourselves with the complimentary salsa and chips, the bountiful,steaming platters arrived. Both the beef and chicken fajitas were tasty and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 879 Tomkins St EXT, Cortland, NY 13045
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Cortland
  • Phone Number: (607) 753-1151

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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