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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
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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 123
    Very good
  • 52
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  • 18
    Poor
  • 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 good food.

Eat there for lunch and shared the beef fajitas and there was plenty to share and eat. The fajitas were well seasoned and tender and the rice was bland, but tasty. The chips and salsa were very good and the margaritas were very good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
sightseerNb_Tx
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Nb, Tx
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

The food was very bland the tacos flavorless and the salsa not spicy at all. Would not eat there again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is by far the best Mexican food on the Island and the best price too. We had queso, 4 dinners, 2 drinks from the bar and 2 sodas and our total was $62! Will definitely visit again.

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Webster, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Working close by, I had heard all the rave. I went in with high expectations and was very dissatisfied with both the food and service. Will not return.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Eat there for lunch and shared the beef fajitas and there was plenty to share and eat. The fajitas were well seasoned and tender and the rice was bland, but tasty. The chips and salsa were very good and the margaritas were very good as well.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Not far from the strand, steps from UTMB! This place had never disappointed! Their hot sauce is to die for! All dishes I've tried were great! Drinks are very good!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you want a margarita with alcohol, do not dine here or order the cheapest margarita and bring your own tequila. They need to set their AC lower, it was not cool inside. Nachos were adequate.

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Red Cloud, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Super good food and very affordable. The resteraunt gets busy so you will need to get there early. Parking is also a problem, even their personal parking lot is very small and fills up quickly. I highly recommend the mango daiquiri for those over the age of 21.

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Galveston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This place is the filthiest place I've ever been. The chairs are even filthy. There isn't a redeeming quality here.

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner here. The service was good, good chips & salsa, and the food was good (not spicy though!). The back area we were seated in did have a funny smell, I had to get used to it because at first it turned me off a little. Not sure if it was mold or something? I managed to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Not as good as originally, before it changed ownership, but improving, which is a plus. Each time I go the food is better.

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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: Large groups, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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
6 months ago
Galveston Island, Texas

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?