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Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
409-762-6001
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Ranked #28 of 258 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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Colorado Spring
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173 reviews 173 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic! The food and environment was awesome. I loved the scenery. Fajitas were good. Do not miss. Service was fantastic.

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Dewey, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We went to the Original Mexican Cafe on the advice of a local. We had dinner and drinks. The food was excellent. Prices were good. We were very full and satisfied.

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Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I've been going to the Original for 20 years and it's still one of the best Mexican restaurants in a town with plenty of good ones. The food is consistent in quality and taste, their salsa and chips are fantastic (fresh salsa, crispy chips), and the wait staff are efficient, even if not always smiling. The only slight downside is... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The very very very best love the place great service, super food, great margaritas and great atmosphere. A must when in Galveston.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We heard good things about The Original so we gave it a try. It is a busy place, but there is plenty of room, so give it a try. The food was good, the prices were good but the restaurant was very noisy, so don't go planning to have a nice conversation with friends. Just enjoy the food.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My husband and I stopped in for breakfast before we went on our cruise Sunday before last. Hands down the best Chorizo I have EVER eaten!!! We loved this restaurant !!! The food , service and atmosphere was a perfect send off for our long awaited vacation !!! As soon as we pulled into port my husband asked me where... More

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Texas City, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is the very best Tex-Mex on the entire Texas Gulf Coast! Restaurant is always clean and the service is excellent as well. We are locals and there are many good Tex-Mex places in the area, but The Original is without a doubt our very favorite!!! Give it a try - you'll be glad you did!

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Denver, CO
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were driving around and accidentally found this place in Galveston. Decided to give it a try for lunch. So glad we did. It was crowded but our wait was only about 10 minutes. The menu was almost overwhelming. My peach mojito was so good. Portions are large. Food came out without a long wait. Yummy... Prices are reasonable.

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We are regular visitors to the Original Mexican as we visit family in Galveston. It is usually very busy during the usual restaurant peak times and can be noisy. Service is usually good. Chips and salsa are very good as is the guacamole. I lean more toward the enchiladas and quesadillas, I don't care for the nachos or beef tacos... More

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Westfield, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We had lunch here our first day in Galveston. We really enjoyed our meals. I had a chicken quesadilla which was excellent. The guacamole was amazing. The restaurant was busy but the service was very good. It's off the beaten path in a nice little neighborhood and definitely worth seeking out.

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