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Original Mexican Cafe

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1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
409-762-6001
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 182
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Local Favorite

This place is a wonderful stop when looking for your TexMex fix while on the Island. It is NOT one of your run of a mill chain restaurants that you see up and down the seawall. The food is well seasoned and very authentic. True to TexMex standards it is also served in large portions. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Dave L
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This place is a wonderful stop when looking for your TexMex fix while on the Island. It is NOT one of your run of a mill chain restaurants that you see up and down the seawall. The food is well seasoned and very authentic. True to TexMex standards it is also served in large portions. The restaurant is located near... More 

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Bryan, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is my favorite Mexican food restaurant, and that's saying a lot. Authentic food and great service. Very reasonable prices and great margaritas!

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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great Mexican food restaurant with authentic recipes, served HOT and tasty. The establishment is not a chain, so it offers local character and flair. Speaking of local...this is where they go for Mexican cuisine, so go early for dinner and beat the rush. The service is great even when they are swamped. They've got it down. You... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Casual atmosphere with very attentive staff. I've been here several times and have never been disappointed. Enjoyed every meal I've had but especially liked the chilli rejeno.

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Stopped in on a Sunday morning with the family. The food was excellent and generous portions. Their breakfast menu is very limited, but 99% of it is Mexican breakfast receipts. Yes they have the regular eggs, bacon and potatoes, but after that..it is all south of the border food. Service was great and food was delicious. We stopped here before... More 

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College station, tx
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the Original Mexican Café. The feel of the place is very cultured and, although a bit tight, it is comfortable and has a family run feel. The staff was welcoming and accommodating, and our waiter helped me select my meal when I could not decide. The guacamole was DELICIOUS and I would go back just to eat... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We had enchiladas verde (excellent) and Carne asade (also excellent). We will return. Waitstaff was very friendly.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Good Mexican food reasonably price. Great service! The tacos carbon beef were very delicious! The beans and rice were good too.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Truly one of the hidden local restaurants that caters to Galvestonians. A group of 9 of us enjoyed a Sunday brunch. Although I stayed with the staple fried eggs and diced potatoes, I sampled other items served. The food was flavorful and authentic. I noticed the food was fresh cooked, not retrieved from a one hour suntan session beneath a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We visited the Original Mexican Cafe for dinner on April 18. The waiting list was long but well worth it. Very reasonably priced, tasty and good margaritas. The ambiance is funky and casual... just perfect for the coast.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: 409-762-6001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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

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Hinsdale, New York
4 months ago
Galveston Island, Texas

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?