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Mary Lou's Cafe

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North Central
Mexican
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4405 Mccullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-1618
210-396-7909
Today
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A nice surprise inside

Don't be put off by the plain exterior of this charming little cafe. Inside is cozy, but not crowded. We had breakfast here one day and a week later we had dinner here with friends. The breakfast was fine but nothing special, although the service was excellent. The dinner we had was terrific... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
DownsizerNettie
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Monroe, New York
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Monroe, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Don't be put off by the plain exterior of this charming little cafe. Inside is cozy, but not crowded. We had breakfast here one day and a week later we had dinner here with friends. The breakfast was fine but nothing special, although the service was excellent. The dinner we had was terrific. Our friends ordered the soup and loved... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Went here for a birthday Party and they gave us a separate room just for us in the bar. The food was very good at a reasonable price. Service was very good.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My husband had been here many times before for lunch. We came for breakfast on a Sunday. The restaurant bar area is beautiful. The food was great! All three of us were pleased with our food and the restaurant was packed by the time we left. We'll go back. The tortillas were just like grandma's!

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SA, TX
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The food here is average to below average. The atmosphere is ok, duded up to look authentic but it can't cover for the blah food. I'm a huge fan of great Tex-Mex food which generally is found in places with NO atmosphere, staffed by and filled with Hispanics.

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San Antonio, Texas
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52 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I have dined there many times over several years and find the food and service is consistently above average. Servers are friendly and the kitchen is usually fast. There is also a full bar. Seating arrangement is unusual with long benches and tables along them. There are three seating areas, one being outside. The acoustics are hard so it can... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon when we ran from the car to the entry foyer of Mary Lou's. We were there greeted with two signs; one touting the week's daily specials - today's was an enchilada plate for $5.95, and the other, "Please Seat Yourself", so we did. There were only two other tables of customers at this 2... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Referred by concierge at our hotel--her favorite Mexican restaurant. Spivey salsa. Wonderful home made tortillas. Some unique dishes. My husband had fish tacos and I had chicken enchiladas with salsa verde. Both were excellent. Between 4-7 pm they have a happy hour. We had their house margarita, very good, for $5 each. Very reasonably priced food.

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San Antonio, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

They don't abide by the prices in their menu. We were grossly overcharged for a la carte enchiladas, making the a la carte choice even more expensive than the full dinner entree. When we politely pointed out the problem and showed them the menu they refused to change the bill. We will avoid this restaurant in the future. They do... More 

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san antonio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

all of the mexican dishes are excellent but, in particular, we are fond of the caldo de pollo and the enchiladas verdes

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San Antonio
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28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Just left the place and am not at all happy about the experience. When my plate was presented I mentioned that the ranchero sauce, as described in the menu, was absent from my dish. I was told "Just wait, it's coming". I waited and it did come, but why was it not on the plate? No big deal. About halfway... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4405 Mccullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-1618
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > North Central
  • Neighborhood: North Central
  • Phone Number: 210-396-7909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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