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Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
409-762-6001
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Ranked #34 of 263 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Arizona
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137 reviews 137 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

During a trip back West, we ate as much Mexican food as possible since the East has terrible/blah Mexican restaurants. This place was recommended to us by our hotel clerk and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! They offer the typical free chips & salsa (note--the salsa is a tad spicy which we enjoyed). Hubby & I both had enchilada plates.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

As regulars to the island, we have eaten at the Original many times. On this particular Friday night, a special events weekend on the island, we visited again. I shared a taco salad with my boyfriend. It was mediocre at best. The shell was a strange texture. Festive atmosphere, though. Will probably be back but may change my menu selection.

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Galveston Island, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is the BEST mexican restaurant on the island seven days a week great mexican dishes an not to pricely don;t miss out on there great food

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Quite some history to this restaurant, open since 1916 at the same location. Our party of 5 was warmly greeted at the door and quickly escorted to a table. The young man who took our drink order wasn't listening and completely missed my preference, but he did get everyone else. Chips weren't greasy and were frequently refilled as was the... More 

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Glenelg, South Australia, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This cafe has been serving meals for 98years & is still going strong. The margaritas were delicious & the food was also good. I had shrimp quesadilla & it was very tasty. Good if you enjoy Mexican. We were recommended to go here by a local - best Mexican in Town.

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houston
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71 reviews 71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We have been eating here for years. Always dependable. No cutting edge or crossover cuisine here. Just soul satisfying border food. Great weekend breakfast place. Usually less crowded than the other 14th street restaurants.

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Houston, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Went in on a early Friday afternoon before it got too busy and sat upstairs with 3 other friends. We were the only patrons upstairs at the time. Put in our drink orders and it took about 10 minutes to get our refreshments. We put an order of appetizers and about another 20 before food came out. Fried food sampler... More 

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Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

I'd love to hear more about your experience so we can try and fix whatever the problem was. Please feel free to contact me directly and info@theoriginalgalveston.com. More 

Galveston Island, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was craving Mexican food and saw their billboard. I figured any restaurant that has been in business since 1912(?) had to have something going for it. I was not disappointed in the least, but I was not blown away either. Typical tex-mex fare, nothing new or unusual. I got a combo plate because it was pretty much one of... More 

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McKinney, Texas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I always search for a good Mexican food restaurant on vacations, I love trying new places for Mexican food and was not disappointed here. The prices were reasonable and the food was excellent.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Had lunch here and the food was very good. I had chicken enchiladas with rice and beans. It was all fresh tasting and I really liked the rice. The chips were just right with good salsa. Would definitely go here again

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Additional Information about Original Mexican Cafe

Address: 1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
Phone Number: 409-762-6001
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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