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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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Today
8:00 am - 10:00 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 191
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    Very good
  • 50
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very affordable!

My husband and I love Mexican food. We have been to multiple other Mexican restaurants on the island and most of them are just okay and over priced. The Original is very good and has very great pricing! The staff is wonderful, always on top of things and very friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Grackious317
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Galveston Island, Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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Galveston Island, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I love Mexican food. We have been to multiple other Mexican restaurants on the island and most of them are just okay and over priced. The Original is very good and has very great pricing! The staff is wonderful, always on top of things and very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were told about this place by a friend at work. The Fajitas were fantastic. We had queso with the fresh chips. Excellent place to eat!

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Texas City, Texas, United States
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Best Mexican food on the island! Everything is excellent. They have won several awards for best Mexican food in the city!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Although I like some chain restaurants, I prefer somewhere I can actually have a conversation while eating, without yelling over the music or people who've had too much to drink and kids aren't running all over the place. The Original (as the locals call it) is a great place to have a peaceful meal if on a date, shopping, or... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

After moving from the Island, my husband and I miss this place the most! In fact we go down there just to have lunch. The enchiladas el carbon are wonderful... My husband loves his enchiladas... And these are his fav. You get plenty of food... And the servers are friendly and prompt. We highly recommend!

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Santa Fe, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Looking for authentic Mexican food , this is it . so many restaurants on the island. This one is far and away the best. Family owned and operated forever always a friendly staff the chips and salsa are amazing, haven't ever had a bad meal here.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We landed here because the Sundlower Bakery was packed and it was Saturday brunch time. Nice surprise!! Great fajita salad (really good fresh salsa) and they have egg dishes on the menu till 1:00 PM. Good place to get your Mexican food fix.

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Galveston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We order the Chile relleno like always was very good. The service was excellent . The atmosphere was nice, we had a good time with friends.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

While this is passable subsistence it is not Mexican food unless you are from New York City and just don't know any better. There are Mexican Food places all over the Island with food cooked by real Mexicans using Mexican cheeses, peppers, and spices. As locals we have eaten at The Original because it is so highly rated and everyone... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We tried this restaurant based on its reviews on tripadvisor and were very pleased. It's conveniently located on the East End of the island between the seawall and the strand in a good neighborhood. This place has been around nearly 100 years, but is nicely maintained and inviting. Upon sitting down we were immediately greeted by our waiter informing us... More 

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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 $20
Cuisine: Mexican

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

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