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Original Mexican Cafe

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

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  • 195
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very well worth it

Food and service was superb, if you like tex,mex, this is very good. Service was very professional and friendly 😉. Will come back...

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
John H
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Food and service was superb, if you like tex,mex, this is very good. Service was very professional and friendly 😉. Will come back...

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Texas City, Texas, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My hubby and I went by for a working lunch one day while on the island. They had pretty good service with excellent chips & hot sauce & delicious cheese enchiladas.

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beaumont texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We stopped here because the history of the restaurant was intriguing. I tend to judge a Mexican restaurant by their Margarita's. These did not disappoint. Large selection of various types. Food was good, not memorable. Will go back though because the rita's were so good!

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great food. . Good prices. It will fill you up. Definitely better than fast food type competitors. Cozy atmosphere. The wait for a table is worth it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

The "homemade" tamales are horrible! An accidental mouthful of sand at the beach had better flavor and texture...The guacamole was served with a nice swirl of bruised brown avocado, but it was stretched with so much sour cream it was edible. The refried beans and Modelo were the best part of my meal. Seriously- we enjoyed a much better meal... More 

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

I'm sorry you feel that way. We have won multiple awards in multiple years for our food. Hope you will enjoy the rest of your visit. More 

Flower Mound, Texas
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Fun atmosphere with good food. Margaritas weren't great but large selection of beer and other drinks.

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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great AUTHENTIC Mexican food!!! If you like the nastiness that is Tex-Mex,do NOT make me wait for you to find a seat in the restaurant I want to eat REAL Mexican food in!!!

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Sugar Land, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a great place for happy hour and TexMex food. It's a favorite with locals, and can be very busy. It's near the medical school and can be full of students -- good food and drink at reasonable price.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This restaurant is on our list to visit every time we come to the island. It isn't the best Mexican food I have ever eaten but it is good food and is made with quality ingredients. I like the atmosphere too. Parking can be a bit difficult around lunch so come early if possible.

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Webster, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Service was horrible! We are locals and have come here for years. We waited over 40 minutes for our food which is unacceptable. No apology or explanation during that 40 minute wait for our food until until about 4 minutes before we finally got our food. We were told they had a party of 20 upstairs they were serving. So... More 

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

I am so sorry for your experience. We were hiring new staff and a busy summer isn't the best time to train. I hope you'll come back by and give us another chance. More 

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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: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
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
7 months ago
Galveston Island, Texas

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?