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Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
409-762-6001
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Ranked #36 of 257 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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
Restaurant details
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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English first
Galveston, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We go to this restaurant like twice a week, we love the fajitas, the meat and chicken quesadillas, and they have the best margaritas in town.The service is always good and is our friends favorite Mexican restaurant in town.

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Port Arthur, Texas, Usa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Very Mexican and the margaritas were great! A little noisy but tolerable! Busy but quick to get seated and wait staff was great!

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Galveston Island, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Over rated, service is not good, there is much better Tex-Mex food on the island and the restaurant is always very noisy. Excellent frozen Margarita's though. They bring your cold plate and your hot plate to the table at the same time,causing an overcrowded table and cold food that is supposed to be hot. Not very classy presentation. Hate to... More

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

I'm VERY sorry for your experience, if you'd like, please email me personally at info@theoriginalgalveston.com. I'd like to hear what happened and take care of it so it does not happen again. Thank you for your review. Nicholas More

Arlington, TX
Top Contributor
333 reviews 333 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Love their chips n salsa, small guacamole to start was tasty n generous. Mom's enchiladas were great, my cancan beef fajitas were, too. A local face of mine!

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Murphy, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

When we came to Galveston for vacation this year, I knew that we had to eat here at least once. I always have a great meal and it is a tradition that I hope to pass on to my daughter.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stopped by the visitors center and in our conversation I asked "if you were to want mexican for ..." before I finished both said almost as one, "The Original". Well, we took their advise and it was wonderful. Hot, plentyful, flavorful. Not too pricey and good atmosphere.

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Rockwall, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The food and staff were great. This is not a place to eat if your looking for somewhere quite. It was loud as they had only one room that was open to eat. The opened area made it really loud but, the food was worth it. Would eat here again.

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had seen this restaurant recently on the news and also on local outdoor media. We decided to give it a try. We were seated right away but the service was slow. The enchiladas were good but the taco shells were stale and so were the queso puffs. It looks nice on the inside but I am not sure if... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We wanted a break from seafood and this place has terrific reviews. The portions were so big, we had a lot to take home. Definitely a must do!

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a small casual cafe with good drinks and wonderful Tex Mex that literally will make your mouth water. Great Margaritas and service. We waited for about 20 minutes on a Friday night, but well worth it. Will definitely be back.

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